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  • Writer's pictureKevin Dam

"Authentic Mì Hoành Thánh Xá Xíu Recipe: Mastering the Art of Wonton Noodle Soup with Char Siu"

Dish name: Mì Hoành Thánh Xá Xíu (Wonton Noodle Soup with Char Siu)

  • Cuisine: Chinese-Vietnamese

  • Preparation time: 2 hours (including marination time)

  • Yield: Serves 4

  • Expiration: Best consumed immediately; however, char siu can be refrigerated for 3-4 days.

  • Ingredients:

  • For the Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork):

  • 500g pork belly or tenderloin

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce

  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce

  • 1 teaspoon five-spice powder

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • Red food coloring (optional)

  • For the Wontons:

  • 200g ground pork

  • 100g shrimp, finely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper

  • Wonton wrappers

  • For the Soup:

  • 2 liters chicken or pork stock

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • Salt and sugar to taste

  • Additional:

  • Egg noodles

  • Choy sum or bok choy, blanched

  • Chopped scallions and cilantro for garnish


Instructions:


  1. Marinate the pork for Char Siu with honey, soy sauce, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, five-spice powder, garlic and onion powders, and optional red food coloring for at least 1 hour or overnight for better infusion of flavors.

  2. Bake the pork in a preheated oven at 200°C for 25 minutes, turning once mid-way, until cooked. Optionally, broil for an additional few minutes for a charred exterior. Allow to rest and then slice it thinly.

  3. Prepare wontons by mixing ground pork, shrimp, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, and white pepper. Place a small amount of filling in each wrapper and seal edges with water.

  4. Boil wontons in water until they float to the top and are fully cooked. Remove and set aside.

  5. Prepare the egg noodles according to package instructions, rinse under cold water, and then drain.

  6. Cook the chosen greens briefly in boiling water until tender. Set aside.

  7. Bring the stock to a simmer, season with soy sauce, salt, and sugar.

  8. To serve, place a portion of noodles in a bowl, top with wontons, sliced Char Siu, and greens. Pour hot soup over and garnish with scallions and cilantro.


Tips and Tricks for Mì Hoành Thánh Xá Xíu:


  1. Marination: Allow the char siu to marinate for as long as possible to ensure that the flavors fully penetrate the meat.

  2. Oven Roasting: To achieve the signature char siu flavor and texture, bake until cooked and then broil for a few minutes to get that slightly charred edge.

  3. Wonton Wrapping: Keep wonton wrappers covered with a damp towel while working to prevent them from drying out. Seal them tightly to ensure they do not open while boiling.

  4. Soup Taste: A clear and flavorful broth is the heart of this dish. Season it well, but keep it light to complement the wontons and char siu.

  5. Plating: For the best texture, do not overcook the noodles or greens. Everything should be cooked to the point where it retains some bite, keeping the dish vibrant and lively.





Follow these tips and tricks to create a delicious bowl of Mì Hoành Thánh Xá Xíu, where the rich flavors of the char siu, tender wontons, and the comforting broth come together in a symphony of taste and texture. Enjoy your cooking adventure!

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