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Wonton Soup Recipe

Updated on March 4, 2013
Wonton Soup
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In China, wonton soup is served as an appetizer or "small eat" rather than a meal in and of itself. It is a clear broth soup with shrimp and pork dumplings. It is pretty easy to make using ready-made, store-bought wonton skins or wrappers.

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: 4 servings


  • 6 ounces pork, roughly chopped
  • 2 ounces shrimp, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger root, finely chopped
  • 24 wonton skins, ready-made
  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • scallions, finely chopped for garnish


  1. In a medium-sized bowl, mix the pork and shrimp with the sugar, rice wine or sherry, soy sauce, scallions, and ginger together thoroughly. Set aside for 30 minutes.
  2. After 30 minutes, place 1 teaspoon of the mixture in the center of the wonton wrapper.
  3. Wet the edges of the wrapper with a little water and press them together with your fingers to seal in the meat.
  4. Repeat steps 2 - 3 until all the meat has been used.
  5. Bring the stock to a rolling boil. Add the wontons and cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Season the broth and wontons with soy sauce and add the remaining scallions.
  7. Serve hot.

Favorite Additions

Chinese dishes are never complete without fresh vegetables. Often times, wonton soup comes with bok choy or another type of green. The fresh vegetables are added to the soup during the last few minutes of simmering before service.

Wonton soup is best served piping hot.

** To turn this side dish or appetizer into a full meal, add ramen or egg noodles and enjoy!

Regional Variations

Depending on where you go in China, there are variations of this dish. Those who live in and around Guang Zhou like their wonton soup clear and refreshing as outlined in this recipe.

In the central coastal area, in and around Shanghai, the wonton soup is spicy. In addition to pork and shrimp, people in Shanghai also like to include fish in their wontons.

In the Sichuan region, people like to eat their wontons in a sesame paste and chili oil.

As you can see, wonton soup is an extremely versatile dish that you can personalize and flavor to your liking.

Nutritional Value

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
% Daily Value *
Fat 2 g3%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Carbohydrates 16 g5%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 14 g28%
Cholesterol 52 mg17%
Sodium 589 mg25%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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