Pork Wonton Soup

by Tokyo Terrace on October 11, 2009

IMG_5085The first time I had wonton soup was actually here in Japan. Hubs and I found this great Chinese restaurant (which sadly closed last spring and was replaced with a restaurant called Singapore Magic) with the best Chinese food I have ever eaten. The wonton soup was the stuff of legend…I craved it constantly. Because of this, I was overjoyed to see that Andrea Nguyen included a recipe for wonton soup in her cookbook, Asian Dumplings. For the record, her book is beautifully written and illustrated. Each page is full of information everyone should know about Asian dumplings. While I did not use her recipe, I did follow some of her techniques for assembling the wontons. I will not reveal all of her technique secrets…you should buy the book and learn them for yourself!

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When I decided to attempt making my own wonton soup, I basically looked in my fridge and pulled out the ingredients I thought would work as a filling. Fortunately, I had wonton wrappers already. I also had ground pork, fresh garlic, fresh ginger and fresh chives from my herb garden. Perfect!

Using Nguyen’s technique for folding the wrappers, I began composing the great symphony of *deliciousness*…

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…dampening the edges of the wrapper…

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…and folding the wrappers over the lump of filling and sealing them before dropping them into boiling hot water.

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This soup is easy, comforting, and definitely crave-able! I love how the wontons look like whispy clouds floating gracefully in the chicken stock. It is almost whimsical…

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Pork Wonton Soup

Makes 4 servings

4-6 cups chicken stock or broth

16-24 wonton wrappers

1/2 lb. ground pork

1 tablespoon grated fresh garlic

1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon white pepper

1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

water

Bring a pot of water to a boil.

Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the pork, garlic, ginger, chives, salt, white pepper and sesame oil. Stir to thoroughly combine. Spoon approximately 1 teaspoon or so of the mixture and place in the center of each wonton wrapper. Fold the wrappers to form a triangle. Use the water to lightly dampen the edges of the wonton wrappers to help them stick.

Put the chicken stock in a large pot and bring to a slow simmer.

Working with 4 wontons at a time, place them in the boiling water until they float to the surface. Transfer the wontons to the chicken stock and continue cooking the rest of the dumplings.

Spoon the soup along with 4-6 wontons per person into 4 bowls. Garnish with chopped chives, parsley or green onions. Serve immediately.

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  • http://honeynutlo.com/ Lo

    Thank you so much for stopping by and saying hello! I think your blog is beautiful and is such a great idea. I have always wanted to travel to another country and Tokyo, I am sure is amazing. Good luck, and I am now a subscriber to your blog because I love all the recipes and photography you offer.

    xoxo
    Lo

  • http://honeynutlo.com Lo

    Thank you so much for stopping by and saying hello! I think your blog is beautiful and is such a great idea. I have always wanted to travel to another country and Tokyo, I am sure is amazing. Good luck, and I am now a subscriber to your blog because I love all the recipes and photography you offer.

    xoxo
    Lo

  • http://thescootabaker.blogspot.com/ The Scootabaker

    You know when people leave comments and say their mouth is watering looking at your pics, blah blah blah. Well, for real this time here, I began to salivate (legitimately) when looking over your dumpling photos. I truly love wonton soup. I ALWAYS order it when eating at a Chinese restaurant. In fact, I’m gonna take a break here and walk over to Hong Kong China Bistro and pick some up.

    Holding…

    Ok, so bowl in hand, I’m pretty stoked about my lunch. Thanks for the idea!

    Let’s have lunch again soon!

    luv,
    heather

  • http://thescootabaker.blogspot.com The Scootabaker

    You know when people leave comments and say their mouth is watering looking at your pics, blah blah blah. Well, for real this time here, I began to salivate (legitimately) when looking over your dumpling photos. I truly love wonton soup. I ALWAYS order it when eating at a Chinese restaurant. In fact, I’m gonna take a break here and walk over to Hong Kong China Bistro and pick some up.

    Holding…

    Ok, so bowl in hand, I’m pretty stoked about my lunch. Thanks for the idea!

    Let’s have lunch again soon!

    luv,
    heather

  • Mary Blanchard

    Well, since we had snow here last night, I opted for making vegetable beef soup (which I can now put in our outdoor freezer), but I wish I had you here to make me some of this lovely wonton soup.:>)

  • Mary Blanchard

    Well, since we had snow here last night, I opted for making vegetable beef soup (which I can now put in our outdoor freezer), but I wish I had you here to make me some of this lovely wonton soup.:>)

  • http://www.keeplearningkeepsmiling.com/ MaryMoh

    looks delicious. I love wonton, whatever way it is cooked. It is such a comfort food.

  • http://www.keeplearningkeepsmiling.com MaryMoh

    looks delicious. I love wonton, whatever way it is cooked. It is such a comfort food.

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    [...] Pork Wonton Soup « Tokyo Terrace tokyoterrace.com/2009/10/11/pork-wonton-soup – view page – cached The first time I had wonton soup was actually here in Japan. Hubs and I found this great Chinese restaurant (which sadly closed last spring and was replaced with a restaurant called Singapore Magic)… (Read more)The first time I had wonton soup was actually here in Japan. Hubs and I found this great Chinese restaurant (which sadly closed last spring and was replaced with a restaurant called Singapore Magic) with the best Chinese food I have ever eaten. The wonton soup was the stuff of legend…I craved it constantly. Because of this, I was overjoyed to see that Andrea Nguyen included a recipe for wonton soup in her cookbook, Asian Dumplings. For the record, her book is beautifully written and illustrated. Each page is full of information everyone should know about Asian dumplings. While I did not use her recipe, I did follow some of her techniques for assembling the wontons. I will not reveal all of her technique secrets…you should buy the book and learn them for yourself! (Read less) — From the page [...]

  • http://www.sense-serendipity.blogspot.com/ Divina

    After having a heavy dinner last night, this would be the perfect meal to have for tonight. Unfortunately I don’t have any wonton wrappers right now. But that encourages me to make something that dad used to make for me. Thanks Rachel.

  • http://www.sense-serendipity.blogspot.com Divina

    After having a heavy dinner last night, this would be the perfect meal to have for tonight. Unfortunately I don’t have any wonton wrappers right now. But that encourages me to make something that dad used to make for me. Thanks Rachel.

  • http://wasabiprime.blogspot.com/ wasabi prime

    YUM. Your post looks amazing! I think the season is definitely putting people in a comfort food-mood. I do love the soft, velvety texture of wontons when they’ve been boiled and served in broth. It makes you feel like nothing bad can happen when you’re having that as a meal.

  • http://wasabiprime.blogspot.com wasabi prime

    YUM. Your post looks amazing! I think the season is definitely putting people in a comfort food-mood. I do love the soft, velvety texture of wontons when they’ve been boiled and served in broth. It makes you feel like nothing bad can happen when you’re having that as a meal.

  • tokyoterrace

    Scootabaker: Hahahaha! Love your comment. You are so sweet. And yes, I would love to have lunch with you again!

  • tokyoterrace

    Scootabaker: Hahahaha! Love your comment. You are so sweet. And yes, I would love to have lunch with you again!

  • tokyoterrace

    Mary: Isn’t it amazing how a bowl of soup-no matter what kind-is so lovely when the weather gets cold? I can imagine the smell in your kitchen…Wish we could be there to enjoy it with you!

  • tokyoterrace

    Mary: Thank you! It is a great comfort food.

  • tokyoterrace

    Mary: Isn’t it amazing how a bowl of soup-no matter what kind-is so lovely when the weather gets cold? I can imagine the smell in your kitchen…Wish we could be there to enjoy it with you!

  • tokyoterrace

    Mary: Thank you! It is a great comfort food.

  • tokyoterrace

    Divina: It is a great follow up to a day of heavy eating. Sometimes, the most you need or want is something simple and light. This definitely fits the bill!

  • tokyoterrace

    Divina: It is a great follow up to a day of heavy eating. Sometimes, the most you need or want is something simple and light. This definitely fits the bill!

  • tokyoterrace

    wasabiprime: I love the last line of your comment because that is truly how it feels- having something that warms you physically and emotionally the way comfort foods can makes everything else stand still for a moment.

  • tokyoterrace

    wasabiprime: I love the last line of your comment because that is truly how it feels- having something that warms you physically and emotionally the way comfort foods can makes everything else stand still for a moment.

  • http://timeinthekitchen.com/ Timeless Gourmet

    Gorgeous. I would love a bowl – right now – for breakfast!

  • http://timeinthekitchen.com Timeless Gourmet

    Gorgeous. I would love a bowl – right now – for breakfast!

  • http://www.southerngracegourmet.com/ Angelia McGowan

    Looks so good! I have always wanted to know how to make this, the only traditional Chinese soup I know is egg drop, I do it with duck eggs. Looks so good, great photos too! Congrats on your nominations, I wish it had been only for Foodbuzz active people like yourself. I think it is a fun community activity.

  • http://www.southerngracegourmet.com Angelia McGowan

    Looks so good! I have always wanted to know how to make this, the only traditional Chinese soup I know is egg drop, I do it with duck eggs. Looks so good, great photos too! Congrats on your nominations, I wish it had been only for Foodbuzz active people like yourself. I think it is a fun community activity.

  • http://rasamalaysia.com/ Rasa Malaysia

    Rach, your second picture with the steam coming off the soup is gorgeous!

    Slurp!

  • http://rasamalaysia.com Rasa Malaysia

    Rach, your second picture with the steam coming off the soup is gorgeous!

    Slurp!

  • http://www.eatlivetravelwrite.com/ Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite

    Delicious looking pics and great recipe!

  • http://www.eatlivetravelwrite.com Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite

    Delicious looking pics and great recipe!

  • http://www.houseboateats.com/ Talley

    man, that’s two blogs today that are praising Nguyen’s books (yours and heidi swanson’s). where have I been? I’ll have to check them out. Do you have her first book as well (vietnamese kitchen)? do you have a suggestion for which book to grab first?

    once again, the pictures are fantastic. I especially like the one focused on the steam rising form the black cup. cool.

  • http://www.houseboateats.com Talley

    man, that’s two blogs today that are praising Nguyen’s books (yours and heidi swanson’s). where have I been? I’ll have to check them out. Do you have her first book as well (vietnamese kitchen)? do you have a suggestion for which book to grab first?

    once again, the pictures are fantastic. I especially like the one focused on the steam rising form the black cup. cool.

  • http://oysterfoodandculture.com/ OysterCulture

    Yum, I confess I have Nguyen’s book but have not had the opportunity to try anything. I think the wonton soup will be the first thing because well, that’s how my hubby and I judge a good Chinese restaurant on how good their wonton soup is. Whatever else we order, we always get a lovely piping hot bowl of soup.

  • http://oysterfoodandculture.com OysterCulture

    Yum, I confess I have Nguyen’s book but have not had the opportunity to try anything. I think the wonton soup will be the first thing because well, that’s how my hubby and I judge a good Chinese restaurant on how good their wonton soup is. Whatever else we order, we always get a lovely piping hot bowl of soup.

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