*  Exported from  MasterCook II  *
               Barbara Tropp’s China Moon Cafe Wonton Burgers
 Recipe By     : Burgers - James McNair
 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Asian                            Sandwiches
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   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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      1/4  cup           plus 2 tsp. green onions -- sliced
      1/4  cup           cilantro or Chinese chives -- chopped
    1 1/2  tablespoons   fresh gingerroot -- finely minced
    2 1/2  tablespoons   garlic -- finely minced
      1/4  cup           plus 1 T. soy sauce
    1 1/2  tablespoons   Chinese rice wine OR dry sherry
    1 1/2  teaspoons     kosher salt
    1      teaspoon      black pepper
    1 1/2  tablespoons   hot chili oil
      1/4  cup           chicken stock
    3      pounds        pork butt -- coarsely ground
                         (1 part fat to 3 to 4 parts lean)
    2                    French baguettes -- each cut crosswise
                          -- into 4 equal
                          -- portions
                         peanut oil
                         Dijon mustard
 In a large bowl, combine the green onion, cilantro, ginger, garlic, soy sauce,
 rice wine or sherry, salt, pepper, chile oil, and stock and mix well. Add the
 pork and stir in one direction with your hands or a large spoon just until the
 mixture can be thoroughly blended. Do not overcook the meat. (At this point
 the mixture can be sealed airtight and refrigerated overnight. The flavors
 will actually enlarge. Bring to room temperture before cooking.)
 Handling the meat mixture as little as possible to avoid compacting it, divide
 it into 8 equal portions nd form the portions into rectang;es to fir the
 bread. Brush a heavy skillet with a film of oil. Remember that the pork will
 render some of its own fat, so you'll need only minimal oil for cooking. Place
 the pan over high heat and heat it as hot as possible. Add the patties and
 sear, turning once, until well browned on both sides. Reduce the heat and cook
 until done to your preference.
 Cut the French bread lengthwise and spread the cut surfaces of the baguette
 portions with mustard and enclose the patties inside.
 Serves 8.
 NOTE: “Burgers made from leftover spicy pork wonton filling is a favorite
 staff lunch at China Moon Cafe in San Francisco. The meat mixture is moist and
 zestily seasoned, so a mild Dijon mustard is a terrific accompaniment....
 Wonton, by the way, translates as ”cosmic chaos“. The word dates back to
 Chinese antiquity when the universe was described as a jumble of light and
 dark enclosed in a thin shell, hence the edible invention of the wonton.”
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