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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Mì Hoành Thánh Vịt Quay (Wonton and Roasted Duck Noodle Soup)

I have been fighting a cold for almost a month. I am not completely well yet but I am well enough to make a pot of Mì Hoành Thánh Vịt Quay to make up for all those weeks that my family had to live off Mama instant noodles, Annie Chun instant udon bowls and lots of fried eggs. 

Mì Hoành Thánh is a delicious, nutritious, easy-to-make meal.   It's one of the best hot steaming   bowl of soup to have for breakfast or a light meal during the day.   The light and yet tasty stock can be made of either chicken broth or pork broth with white daikon, carrots and vegetable seasoning.

The filling in the wonton is the combination of ground pork, chunks of shirmp, crunchy water chestnuts, fresh ginger,  the white part of green onion and my favorite, the wonderful aroma of sesame oil.

You may freeze the premade wonton for a few weeks.  Whenever, you crave for it but have little time to cook, just use canned chicken broth and dilute it with some water, then you will have a bowl of  Mì Hoành Thánh in no time. Now that's what I call instant . . . gratification. 

I always like to enhance a bowl of Mì Hoành Thánh with a few pieces of roasted duck on top, a couple of  boiled baby bok choy and sprinkled it with some fried garlic and a pinch of fresh ground pepper. The roasted duck actually adds quite a distinct flavor and I think it enhances the taste of Mì Hoành Thánh.  

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RECIPE: Mì Hoành Thánh

1 pack Wonton Wrappers
1 Egg White, for wonton wrappers
1 Roasted Duck, chopped into small pieces
2 bags Egg Noodles
Sesame Oil, for noodles
Fried Garlic, for garnish
Green Onion, finely chopped, for garnish
1 bag of baby bok choy, washed
Make about 6 quarts
1 lb Pork Neck bones or 2 cans of Chicken Broth 
1 large chunk of fresh Ginger about 1 inch chunk, cut into a couple slices
1 White Radish, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 large Carrot, cut into round slices
Fish Sauce
A small chunk of Rock Sugar or regular Sugar
4-5 tablespoons Mushroom Seasoning
1-2 tablespoons Salt
Wonton Filling
Make about 80 wontons
1 lb of small Shrimp without shell, cut into about  half inch chunks
1 lb of Ground Pork
1/2 can of Chestnuts, about 20 chestnuts, diced small
1 small chunk Fresh Ginger, finely chopped, make about a tablespoon
4-6 White Parts of Green Onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon Sesame Oil
1/2 tablespoon Salt
1/2-1 teaspoon Ground Pepper
3/4 tablespoon Sugar
1 Egg
Making Broth

If use pork neck bones, rinse and clean the pork bones with salt.  Bring it to boil then rinse and clean it again.
Add ginger, carrot, white daikon and ginger to the stock pot and bring it to boil again.  Add salt, rock sugar about the size of a tablespoon, and mushroom seasoning.  Let simmer for an hour. Season the broth with  fish sauce.  Adjust the ingredients if needed.  Discard the white radish.  Keep the carrots if you prefer. 
Making Wonton

Combine all the wonton filling ingredients. Let it sit in a fridge for about half an hour.  The mixture will stiffen as it sits and this will  make it easy to work with. 

Apply egg white around the edges of the wonton wrapper with your finger. The egg helps the edges to adhere to one another.  Fill a wonton wrapper with  about a teaspoon of mixture then press the corners together. 

Bring a pot of water and a tablespoon  of sesame oil to boil.  Add wontons to the boiling water.  Wonton are ready when they float.  Remove wontons from the pot and set them aside.   Continue boiling the remaining wontons. 

The skin of boiled wonton has a soft texture.

Another method to cook wontons is steaming them  in a single layer in each steamer tray for about 10 minutes on med-high. The skin of steamed wonton is firmer and not as soft as the boiled wontons.  I tried both methods and like them both.

The skin of steamed wonton has a firmer texture and darker in color.
Preparing Baby Bok Choy

Bring a small pot of water and a pinch of salt to boil.  Add Bok Choy in boiling water for a about a couple minutes.  Remove Bok Choy from water.  Set it aside.
Frying Garlic
Chop 1 whole garic finely.  Add oil in a pan and bring it to medium heat.  Once the oil is hot, add garlic and stir it until it starts turning color.  Remove from heat and keep stirring it until it's golden.  Don't wait until the garlic turns golden then remove from heat.  The oil is still very hot and it will burn the garlic very quickly. 

Cooking Egg Noodle

Bring a pot of water to boil.  Add egg noodles in the boiling water for about a couple minutes.  Drain it.  Add a tablespoon of sesame oil in the noodle and toss it up well. 
Presentation of Mì Hoành Thánh Vịt Quay

In a bowl, arrange wontons, roasted duck and bok choy on top of the egg noddle. Pour hot broth over it with a few slices of carrot for accent if you prefer. Add a teaspoon of fried garlic, garnish with some green onions and sprinkle on some fresh ground pepper and voila.



  1. I am glad you are getting better. We miss you. Please eat more oranges and plain yogurt to boost your immune system. Here's to a healthier Ms. Loan!

  2. Ahh...thanks Anh. I am feeling fine now except the cough that is wearing me out.

  3. This looks so totally delicious!! I am drooling....!!

  4. Thanks CG. I am throwing a bday party for my daughter tomorrow and plan to make some masago rolls...saw your it. Got your sushi recipe and I am ready to make it

  5. Thanks for the inspiration, I'm off to fix myself a batch of wontons :)

  6. @Emmy: Thanks for your support. Umm...a bowl of steaming wontons sounds so good right now. Too bad, I don't have any left. Enjoy your wontons :-)!

  7. Hi, I made some Wonton following your recipe. They're out of this world!!! I made another batch using ground chicken minus the shrimps for some Jewish friends, I think now they owe me their firstborn ;)

    I'm try com hen this coming weekend


  8. I found your blog last night....and I can't stop reading it!!! The photos are great. Thank you for spending the time to post.

  9. Hi Anh, i read your comment but looks like I deleted it by accident. Sorry :-). I was so busy with house hunting since March. Now that we got the house, I had been extremely busy with remodeling it. Our house is just barely finish. I now find myself busy with cleaning the house and slowly unpacking boxes. As soon as things are organized and computer is set up, I will cook up with new recipes. Thanks Anh for thinking of me. :-)

  10. Hello, if I'm using can chicken broth how many oz can and do I add water to it? If so how many cups of water? Thank you!

    1. It's 49 oz can. You can add about half of a can of water to it or just use only chicken broth.