Wonton Soup: A Chinese Culinary Classic

Wonton soup, a staple in Chinese cuisine, has a rich history that dates back centuries. This delicious dish, often enjoyed as a comfort food, is a testament to the culinary prowess of ancient Chinese chefs. But what makes it so special? For a deeper dive into the history of Chinese cuisine, check out this comprehensive article by BBC.

Introduction to Wonton Soup

Wonton soup’s origin is deeply rooted in Chinese tradition. Its significance in Chinese cuisine cannot be understated. This soup is more than just a dish; it’s an experience, a journey through time, and a taste of authentic Chinese culture. For those who’ve tasted it, especially the homemade variety, the difference is clear. If you’re interested in exploring more Asian soups, Epicurious has a fantastic list of must-try recipes.

The Art of Homemade Wonton Soup

Making wonton soup at home is an art. The difference between store-bought and homemade wontons is like night and day. The secret? Fresh ingredients. When you make wontons at home, you’re in control. No preservatives, no fillers, just pure, fresh ingredients. And contrary to popular belief, making wontons isn’t tedious. In fact, with the right guidance, it can be quite a delightful experience. For beginners, Tasty offers a simple and easy-to-follow wonton soup recipe.

Wonton Filling Varieties

  • Pork and Shrimp/Prawns: The most common ingredients found in wonton fillings.
  • Mushrooms: Adds a unique texture and earthy flavor.
  • Water Chestnuts: Provides a crunchy texture.
  • Asian Greens and Carrots: For those who prefer a touch of greens in their filling.

Remember, the key to a great wonton filling is authenticity. It’s not just about the ingredients but how they come together to create that perfect bite. For more on the art of filling wontons, this guide by Serious Eats is a great resource.

Wonton Soup Recipe

Preparation Time: 45 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4


For the Wontons:

  • 200g ground pork
  • 100g peeled and deveined shrimp, finely chopped
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Wonton wrappers (available at most grocery stores in the Asian section)

For the Soup:

  • 1 liter chicken broth
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • A pinch of salt and white pepper, to taste
  • Optional: Bok choy or Chinese broccoli


  1. Prepare the Wonton Filling:
    • In a mixing bowl, combine the ground pork, chopped shrimp, green onions, soy sauce, sesame oil, white pepper, ginger, and garlic. Mix until well combined.
  2. Wrap the Wontons:
    • Lay a wonton wrapper flat on your hand or a clean surface. Place a teaspoon of the filling in the center.
    • Dab the edges of the wrapper with water using your fingertip.
    • Fold the wrapper over the filling to form a triangle. Press the edges to seal.
    • Bring the two opposite corners together and press to seal, forming the wonton shape.
    • Repeat with the remaining wrappers and filling.
  3. Prepare the Soup:
    • In a large pot, bring the chicken broth to a boil.
    • Add the sesame oil, soy sauce, salt, and white pepper. Adjust seasoning to taste.
    • Reduce the heat to a simmer.
  4. Cook the Wontons:
    • Gently drop the wontons into the simmering broth.
    • Let them cook for about 5 minutes or until they float to the surface.
    • If using bok choy or Chinese broccoli, add them now and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  5. Serve:
    • Ladle the soup and wontons into bowls.
    • Garnish with sliced green onions.
    • Serve hot and enjoy!

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