There are several different versions of this Chinese restaurant favorite. Some include additional ingredients like bok choy or noodles. Some give instructions to boil the wontons directly in the soup while others boil them separately. The wonton soup recipe below uses a simple Chinese broth in which delicious pork filled wontons are cooked. I boil them in the soup stock itself because it adds extra flavor to both the stock and the wontons. This wonton soup makes a great lunch, especially on these cold wintry days. Enjoy!
To see a video of these instructions click here.
5 cups homemade Chinese chicken stock
2 tbsp sherry
½ tsp pepper
4 green onion stalks
1 lb ground pork
¾ tsp ground ginger
¾ tsp salt
1 small egg
25 to 30 wonton wrappers
- The night before making this recipe, make the homemade Chinese chicken stock found here. You can also use a store bought chicken stock if you prefer.
- In a large stock pot heat the chicken stock on high and bring it to a boil.
- Once it boils, add the sherry and pepper. Then turn the soup down to low and let it simmer while preparing the wontons.
- Cut the bottoms off the green onions as well as about 1 inch to 1 1/2 inches from the tops and discard. Rinse the remaining stalks under cold water and dry them with paper towels. Then dice them into small pieces. Set aside half of the green onions for garnish and use the remaining pieces in the pork mixture.
- Place the ground pork in a large bowl and mix in the green onion, ginger, salt, and egg. Stir everything together with a fork, and then use your hands to mix it in thoroughly.
- To make the wontons, set up a work area. You will need a board or plate to wrap the wontons on, the wonton wrappers, ground pork filling, a bowl of warm water, and a plate to place the finished wontons on. To see a video on how to fill the wontons click here.
- Begin by placing a wonton wrapper on your board or plate. Spoon about a teaspoon of the ground pork mixture in the center of the wrapper. Be sure to get some of the green onion in each wonton. Next, moisten the edges of the wrapper by dipping your finger in the water and lightly spreading it along the border.
- Fold the wrapper diagonally in half and press along the edges to seal the meat inside. This forms a triangle shape. Next wet one of the bottom corners of this triangle. Then take the two bottom corners of the triangle and bring them together, overlapping the dry corner on top of the wet corner. Press them tightly to seal. If the meat begins to squeeze out the sides when you bring these two corners together, simply use a little less meat. You only need to use a little meat to make a great wonton.
- Continue wrapping all of the wontons.
- Once all of the wontons are wrapped, bring the soup up to a boil.
- When it boils, slowly add the wontons. As you drop the wontons in, they will sink to the bottom of the pot. As they begin to cook, they will start to rise to the top. Let the soup boil for about 8 to 10 minutes.
- After 8 to 10 minutes, spoon the wonton soup into bowls (each bowl should have about 4 to 5 wontons) and garnish with the remaining green onion. Makes about 5 servings.