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Wonton Soup

Bring your favorite restaurant Wonton Soup into the comfort of your own home where it tastes 1000X better and is completely customizable!  This Wonton Soup is loaded wontons stuffed with juicy pork, ginger, garlic soy sauce, green onions, etc. swimming in a garlic, ginger, soy spiked broth.  You also have the option of adding shrimp, bok choy, mushrooms and carrots to your soup for a veggie packed meal.  I've included step by step photos, easy to follow instructions, and how to freeze wontons for an easy meal any night of the week!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 - 8 bowls

Ingredients

Wontons

  • 38-42 wonton wrappers
  • 3.5 oz. pkg. shiitake mushrooms
  • 4 green onions
  • 1/2" peeled ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled
  • 16 oz. ground pork lean is fine
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoons rice wine may sub dry sherry
  • 1/2 teaspoon Asian chili sauce optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

SOUP

  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 medium carrots sliced
  • 2-3 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • 9 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 pound medium shrimp peeled, deveined, tails removed (optional)
  • 4 oz. baby bella mushrooms sliced (optional)
  • 3 Scallions chopped
  • 4 heads baby bok choy chopped into bite-size pieces (approx. 3 cups) (optional)

Instructions

Broth

  • In a Dutch oven or soup pot, heat 2 teaspoons sesame oil over medium high heat. Add carrots, ginger, garlic, red pepper flakes and sauté for 1 minute. Add chicken broth, soy sauce, rice wine, and brown sugar and bring to a boil then reduce to a gentle simmer. Simmer on low for 20-30 minutes while you prep your wontons.

Wonton Filling

  • Add mushrooms, green onions, ginger and garlic to food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add ground pork and all remaining filling ingredients and pulse until combined but not pasty.
  • Assemble: (SEE PHOTOS IN POST):
  • Fill a small bowl with cool water. Lay out a baking sheet size sheet of parchment paper (to lay finished wontons on).
  • Working on a flat, dry surface, lay out 4-6 wonton wrappers. Keep remaining wontons covered with plastic wrap or in a large freezer bag. Place 2 teaspoons of filling in the center of each wrapper (I use a heaping ½ tablespoon for convenience and eye ball it).
  • Working with one wonton at a time, brush the top 2 sides of wonton with water with your finger.
  • Bring 2 opposite corners of the wonton together (2 dry, 2 wet) to form a triangle and enclose the filling, pinching edges of the wrapper together to firmly a seal, pressing out any air.
  • Moisten opposite corners of the long side of triangle and fold them down then and across one another then pinch to seal together.
  • Place finished wontons on parchment paper and cover with a damp paper towel or damp towel. Assemble remaining wontons in the same manner.

Soup

  • Bring soup broth to a boil. Add shrimp, and mushrooms to soup then gently add wontons using a slotted spoon. Cook for 4 minutes or until they float and pork filling is cooked through. Remove wontons with a slotted spoon straight to serving bowls (it is okay if you get some veggies/shrimp with your wontons). I use about 6-8 wontons per bowl.
  • Add bok choy and green onions to soup and cook 1 minute.
  • Ladle soup over wontons and serve immediately. Do not let wontons sit in broth before serving or they will become soggy and fall apart.

Notes

TIPS TO PREVENT WONTONS FROM TEARING

There are a couple tricks to keeping wontons sealed:
  1. Make sure your wonton wrappers don’t become brittle at any point.  You will want to keep any wrappers you are not immediately working with under a damp cloth or in a sealed bag.  Once the wonton wrappers are filled, you will want to keep them under a damp cloth.
  2. Don’t use too much water to seal the wontons.  Too much water will cause the edges to not stick together.  Only lightly dampen one edge and fasten it to a dry edge.
  3. Once you finish filling a batch of wontons and remove them to parchement paper, wipe your work area with a paper towel so it is dry every time you start making a new batch of wontons.
  4. Don’t overcook your wontons.  Wontons easily tear when they overcook.  You will want to remove them from the broth as soon as they are cooked to serving bowls and then ladle broth to the individual bowls.

CAN I USE FROZEN WONTONS TO MAKE WONTON SOUP?

The star of this Homemade Wonton Soup is the wonton filling but if you don't have time to make your own wontons, you can make semi-homemade Wonton Soup and use frozen wontons.   Make the broth according to directions and add frozen wontons when specified.  The frozen wontons will take a few extra minutes to cook.

CAN I MAKE EXTRA AND FREEZE THE WONTONS?

Freezing the wontons creates a fabulous easy-dinner option for all those busy nights.  To freeze wontons:
  • Place assembled, uncooked wontons on a parchment-lined baking sheet/plate (whatever will fit in your freezer) without touching.
  • Loosely cover with plastic wrap.
  • Freeze wontons until solid, about 1 hour.
  • Transfer wontons to a freezer bag.
  • Cook wontons directly from frozen in hot broth.