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I've always wanted to be able to make a homemade won ton soup....and I can't believe how ridiculously easy it is to make! It has all the flavors of a good Chinese restaurant's Won Ton Soup, but as Steve would say "it's better."

P.S. It's a little time consuming to make the won tons all at once, but if you do you won't regret it. Freeze half the batch, and then on a busy weeknight it will take you only 10 minutes to throw this soup together.


Recipe from about.com - I know...weird place to find a recipe.
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Serves 4

Package of won ton wrappers

Filling:
1 lb ground pork
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
A few drops sesame oil
1 teaspoon sugar
2 green onions, finely minced
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 dashes of white pepper

Soup:

Water for boiling won tons
4 1/2 - 5 cups chicken stock
Green onion, thinly sliced, as desired
A few drops sesame oil
Bok Choy chopped up (as much as you want)
Any other veggies you may want (such as carrots, celery, etc) sliced very thin


Get a big pot of water on to boil. In another pot bring the chicken stock to a boil. Add the green onion and bok choy and the sesame oil. Turn to low and let hang out while you get your won tons made.

Combine all the won ton filling ingredients in a bowl, mixing well. Lay one won ton skin in front of you. Cover the remaining won ton skins with a damp towel to keep them from drying out. Moisten all the edges of the won ton wrapper with water. Place a teaspoon of filling in the middle of the wrapper and twist to seal. The final result should resemble a money bag or drawstring purse. Make sure you don't fill them too full, or you won't be able to seal them...you'll have filling oozing out the top. When you are done you will have around 50 won tons made, but you only need half that for serving 4 people. Freeze the rest for another time.

Add the won tons to the pot of water that should be now boiling, making sure there is enough room for them to move about freely. Let the won tons boil for 5 - 8 minutes, until they rise to the top and the filling is cooked through. Remove from the pot with a slotted spoon.

Place 6 won tons in each bowl and ladle the warm broth over top. Eat and enjoy!

Click here for printable version of Won Ton Soup
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THE RESULTS?
So good! I've made a pot of this soup at least 4 times already and it's amazing every time. My whole family loves it.

*If you think you can skip boiling the won tons in a separate pot and just boil them in the broth, you are mistaken. First of all there isn't enough liquid to sufficiently boil that many won tons, as well as, I found a website that broke it down for me step by step. It said that the won ton wrappers have flour on them, so by boiling them in the broth, you will get a gungey non-clear broth. Not very appealing. I only say this, because that was my first thought :)


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13 Responses
  1. Jules Says:

    hey just so you know with the back ground color and the font color, it is VERY hard to read the words... But glad to see you got some new stuff up :) I have been negalecting my blog...


  2. Kindra Says:

    Thanks for the tip. I changed it so it was a bit darker. Hope that helps!


  3. Vanessa Says:

    I think I heard angels sing when we tried this soup. It was sooooo gooood! I love it.

    As usual, I'd forgotten to pick up something. This time it was green onions, so I had to get creative to make sure that the soup and meatballs had lots of flavour. To the meatballs I added onion powder, a clove of garlic and extra sesame oil. To the soup I added about an inch of grated ginger (very tasty) and some extra sesame oil as well. Turned out great.

    I wasn't surprised that I couldn't find won ton wrappers in the bustling metropolis of Wetaskiwin. So I found a recipe for some on allrecipes.com and made my own. The dough wasn't hard to make, but it was hard to roll it out so that it was thin enough. The dough expanded quite a bit when it was boiled, so we had some really chewy doughy bits around our meatballs. In the future, I think I'd rather have the store bought wrappers. But still, it was so awesome. Liam put his stamp of approval on it too!


  4. I'm so glad you guys loved it...we pretty much feel the exact same way as you guys when we eat it (angels singing and all :) Next time you are at Superstore, check the deli/seafood section. There's this refrigerated case that carries Asian stuff like tofu, egg noodles, etc and the won ton wrappers are in there.

    Oh and good call on the sesame oil. I think that sesame oil was one of the greatest seasonings ever invented and pretty much always add extra as well. Love it.

    Have you heard of War Won Ton Soup? It's essentially won ton soup just kicked up a notch with extra veggies like thinly sliced carrots, celery, mushrooms, etc. I made it like that last time and it was really good as well...kind of makes for a more balanced meal with the added nutrients of the veggies.


  5. Yum, yum, and YUM!!! I have got to try this. It looks so yummy. Is it terrible that I'm secretly hoping the kids won't like it so that it can be my lunch throughout the week? :-D


  6. Haha! Not terrible at all...it's possible I have had those same thoughts ;)


  7. UNCgal Says:

    This may be a stupid question..but does the pork filling fully cook in the boiling water or are you supposed to precook the pork & other ingredients before putting it on the wrappers? Thanks a bunch!


  8. UNCgal - Nope not a stupid question. There is such a small amount of the pork filling (about a teaspoon) inside the wonton that it doesn't need to be precooked. It fully cooks when you put the wontons in the boiling water.


  9. LZF Says:

    I would never have thought to make won ton soup at home, mostly because you can get it cheaply from most chinese places and making my own won tons seemed too time consuming. After tasting this soup, my mind is changed! This tastes so fresh, far better than takeout.

    The sesame oil is definitely the secret to a flavourful dish. I also like it with a little chinese chili sauce stirred into my bowl before serving to spice it up.


  10. LZF - Thanks Lindsey! Ooohh, I love your idea of the Chinese Chili oil. Steve would be ALL OVER that.


  11. Jewell Says:

    This soup was soooo yummy! Thanks so much!


  12. Nicole Says:

    what kind of side dish might you prepare with wonton soup? i've never made it before , but I'm about to try it tonight!


  13. Nicole, I make an Asian Salad with mixed greens, dried cranberries, almond slivers and Kraft Asian Sesame dressing. Adding crunchy chow mein noodles over the top is nice too.