Wonton Soup

This is a delicious soup that everyone loves.  It does take longer to make than some of your other traditional Chinese soups but it is worth the effort.  As with everything that takes a little extra effort, once you do it the first time, the second time is not as difficult.

The soup basically consists of two parts.

won ton soupThe first part is the basic soup stock which consists of:

  • 6 to 8 cups of chicken broth—bring to a boil and then add the following ingredients:
  • 2 cubed chicken breasts
  • 1 pound medium size shrimp that has been deveined and tail removed
  • 1 cup sliced mushroom
  • 1 can water chestnuts
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dry sherry
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped scallions
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh ginger

Cook for about 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked.


The second part consists of making the wontons.  Combine all the following ingredients:

  • 6 ounces of ground pork
  • 8 medium ground shrimp
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dry sherry
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped scallions
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped freshly grated ginger

After all the above ingredients have been blended let the mixture marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

won tonTo make the wontons place them in a diamond shape in front of you and moisten all the edges by dipping your finger in water.  Place a teaspoon of the wonton mixture in the center.  Fold the wonton from bottom up to form a triangle and press the edges together.  Moisten the left and right corner of the triangle and press together.  Place on a sheet of waxed paper and cover with a damp towel and continue making the rest of the wontons.

Add wontons to the boiling soup and cook for 8 minutes.

Here is the perfect large stock pot to use for making this soup.  It is large enough to double the recipe for a large group.

Variations:

You could add a cup of either spinach or bok choy  to the soup mixture.

Ground chicken can be substituted for ground pork in the wonton.

If you are in a hurry and don’t have time to make the wontons, try adding noodles, Chinese cabbage, carrots, broccoli and snow peas.

The amount of chicken broth can be doubled.  You can use store bought chicken broth, homemade chicken broth, or a combination of both.

You can also buy store bought wontons or buy store bought pot stickers and substituted them for the wontons.

Chinese soup recipes can be intermingled to make your own signature recipe.  Just start cooking and experimenting with what your family loves.  The best part is that they are healthier than what you can carry out or get in the restaurant because you can control the sodium and MSG.

 


 

For This Soup Recipe We Recommend

The Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Stockpot

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  • Won’t react with acid foods
  • Multiple uses depending on the size
  • Comes in 12, 10, 8 and 6qt sizes
  • Tapered rim that allows easy pouring
  • Handles stay cool to the touch

 

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