Chinese cuisine! Most of us know about fried rice, noodle soups, Peking duck and dim-sum and… we know how to use chopsticks! Wonton soup is another staple Chinese food.
In a nutshell, Wonton soup is a soup with dumplings called wonton as the main ingredients. Wonton is a dumpling made with a dough filled with mainly pork or shrimp. The wonton wrapper or skin is cut from a dough made of flour, egg, water and salt whereas the filling consists of adding some seasoning to the meat or shrimp along with green onions, ginger, leek and garlic. The dumpling can be deep fried and served as an appetizer but most people prefer it served in soup.
Again wonton soup differs from one region to another. For example in Cantonese cuisine, wonton soup contains thin noodles whereas in Sichuan region, the soup is served with chili oil sauce and sesame paste. In North America, wonton soup consists of wonton dumplings served in clear broth soup by boiling water, adding the wonton and seasonings and soya sauce. Sometimes, a chicken clear broth is used to enhance the taste.
Maybe you do not know, in China there are six versions of Wonton,
Each version of Wonton shape is different, here I introduce eat 4 versions.
There are two versions in Jiangxi, Shanghai, Zhejiang region, Respectively large Wonton and small Wonton,
Big Wonton skin made from flour, dumpling stuffing rich degree is no different. Appearance package wonton focus on large law a package with angular shape.
Small Wonton skin is made from flour, stuffing pork-based. Law on package small ravioli stress fast.
This is the version of Sichuan, in Sichuan, he also called Chao Shou(抄手), Wonton skin made of flour, pork-based fillings
This is the version of the Hong Kong and Guangdong, Wonton skin with eggs and flour, stuffing pork, seafood (shrimp-based), mushrooms and so on.
You can order wonton soup at your favorite Chinese restaurant, but you can also make your wonton soup at home. For that, you can buy frozen wonton probably available at your local grocery stores and just make the clear broth soup and add the wonton. Or you can make your wonton by purchasing the wonton wrappers from your local Asian market then you can choose your favorite filling. Or if you are even more daring, you can make everything from scratch! Yes, I mean making the wonton wrappers yourself, filling them and making your soup! If you are up to the challenge, below a detailed recipe to make your pork-filled wonton soup from scratch. And the process does not even take that long!