Crab dumplings in pea broth

Crab dumplings in pea broth
  • Serves icon Serves 4
  • Time icon Ready in about 1 hour

Entertain friends with this wonderful flavoursome and vibrant green pea soup with crab dumplings.

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
307kcals
Fat
12.6g (2.3g saturated)
Protein
19.5g
Carbohydrates
27.4g (6.2g sugar)
Salt
0.4g
Calories
307kcals
Fat
12.6g (2.3g saturated)
Protein
19.5g
Carbohydrates
27.4g (6.2g sugar)
Salt
0.4g

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp ground fennel seeds
  • Pinch of saffron
  • 100ml medium to sweet white wine
  • 500g peas
  • Extra-virgin olive oil (optional)

For the dumplings

  • 12 sheets 9 x 9cm won-ton pastry
  • 2 eggs
  • 100g dressed crab meat, plus shell (see our how-to video below)

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Fry the garlic and onion for 5 minutes, until softened.
  2. Add the fennel seeds, saffron, wine and crab shell. Stir, then add 1 litre water. Bring to a simmer and cook, covered, for at least 45 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, lay the won-ton sheets on a lined baking tray. Beat 1 egg in a small bowl until smooth, and the other into the crab meat. Season. Place a teaspoon of crab into the centre of each sheet and brush the edges with beaten egg. Fold each sheet in half diagonally to create a triangular parcel, and seal the edges. (If you like, brush more egg along the sealed edges and gather the pastry into a parcel.) Chill until ready.
  4. Strain the cooked broth into a clean pan and discard the shell. Add the peas, bring back to a simmer and remove from the heat. Cover and set aside for 10 minutes. Blend until smooth. (Strain again for a really smooth soup.) Season to taste.
  5. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Add the won-ton and cook for 2-3 minutes, until they rise to the surface. Remove with a slotted spoon. Divide the soup between 4 bowls and top each bowl with 3 dumplings. Add extra-virgin olive oil, if you wish.

delicious. tips

  1. Buy won-ton pastry from Chinese supermarkets.

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