A delicious homemade wonton soup made from scratch with a filling of shrimp/prawn and pork in a flavourful chicken broth, this is comfort food at its best; Asian style, ready in 15 minutes. Quick and easy to make, with delicious dumplings that take only minutes to make, this soup is ideal for a busy midweek dinner, and it’s better than any Chinese take-away.
Winter is all about comfort food, isn’t it? And I have the very best one to soothe us like nothing else can: a heavenly bowl of homemade wonton soup. Forget about buying frozen ready-made wontons, you can get yours done in a matter or minutes with fresh ingredients that you can trust.
Shrimp and pork are a combo used heavily in Asian recipes, especially Chinese. It’s delicious, and gives a nice touch to these delicate wontons. You could, of course, choose only one meat, but together they taste even better. Let me show you how to make your own Chinese delicacy at home.
Wontons are nothing but delicious dumplings that can have any filling of your choice, from vegetarian to meat, or seafood. Use any combination you like, the folding is done the same way.
How TO make wontons at home
Right, so all you need is some wonton wrappers, which you can find at most Asian stores. Not sure about regular supermarkets, probably the big ones do have in the Asian aisle.
Usually these wrappers are either round or square. Any would do, and there are so many ways of folding a wonton, but this one is probably the easiest.
- To make the filling, combine the ground pork with finely chopped shrimp, spring onions, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, and oyster sauce.
- Place about half a teaspoon of filling in the middle of the wrapper, brush the edges with water, then fold into a triangle.
- Fold the edges together to seal, then repeat with the remaining ingredients.
Careful with the filling, you really need a small amount, otherwise you won’t be able to seal it properly. It does help to moist the edges of the wrappers with water before folding to seal it perfectly.
Some people use egg wash too, but plain water works just fine, so no need for that. Keep it nice and simple, that’s the beauty with this soup.
How TO cook the wontons
Bring a pan of water to a boil, add about 5-10 wontons (depending on the size of the pan), and cook for about 5 minutes or until the wontons float. The filling will be fully cooked (since it’s such a small amount anyway) and the wrappers will be amazingly soft.
How do you make the wonton soup broth?
It’s super simple, and super delicious. Bring chicken stock (broth) to a boil, add ginger, garlic, spring onions, blanched pak choi and leave to cook for a few minutes so that the veggies are tender. Add the wontons to the soup, and that’s it, it’s ready.
As for the broth itself, you can either go for chicken broth with ginger, garlic and throw in some spring onions and pak choi, or even use miso soup, for a Japanese twist. Whatever you choose, you are in for a treat!
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A delicious homemade wonton soup made from scratch with a filling of shrimp/prawn and pork in a flavourful chicken broth, this is comfort food at its best; Asian style. Quick and easy to make, with delicious dumplings that take only minutes to make, this soup is ideal for a busy midweek dinner, and it's better than any Chinese take-away. Ready in just 15 minutes, this is a fantastic recipe for the Chinese New Year
- 100 g ground pork
- 100 g shrimp, finely chopped
- 1 spring onion, finely chopped
- 1 tsp ginger, finely chopped
- 2 cloves a garlic, finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp oyster sauce
- 1/2 tsp soy sauce
- 1/2 tsp rice vinegar
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 25 wonton wrappers
- 5 cups chicken broth (stock)
- a handful of pak choi, blanched
- 2 spring onions, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 1 tsp ginger, chopped
To make the filling, mix all the ingredients.
Place about half a teaspoon of the mixture onto a wonton wrapper, then brush the edges with water.
Fold the wrapper like a triangle, then bring the corners together to seal. Repeat until you use up the mixture.
Add boiling water to a pan, then add about 5-10 wontons at a time, depending how big your pan is.
Leave to boil for about 5 minutes or until the wontons float and they are cooked through.
To make the soup, add the chicken broth to a pan together with the garlic, ginger and spring onion, then bring to a boil.
Place the blanched pak choi in a bowl, add one-two laddlefuls of the chicken broth, then some wontons.
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