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Wonton Soup

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Serves 4

  • by Julissa Roberts from Fine Cooking
    Issue 122

Shredded romaine adds fresh flavor and a little crunch to this Chinese restaurant classic. Look for wonton wrappers in the produce section of the market. For ideas on using leftover wrappers, see the wonton ingredient profile.

  • 2 quarts lower-salt chicken broth
  • 3 Tbs. soy sauce
  • 1 3-inch piece fresh ginger, 1 inch finely grated (1 tsp.) and 2 inches thinly sliced
  • 1/4 lb. lean ground pork
  • 2 large scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced (green and white parts kept separate)
  • 1/2 Tbs. Shaoxing (Chinese rice wine) or dry sherry
  • 1/2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1/8 tsp. Asian sesame oil; more as needed
  • 20 square wonton wrappers
  • 2 romaine lettuce heart leaves, halved lengthwise and very thinly sliced crosswise

In a 4-quart saucepan, bring the chicken broth, 2 Tbs. of the soy sauce, and the sliced ginger to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and let the ginger steep while you make the wontons.

Combine the pork, the remaining 1 Tbs. soy sauce, the grated ginger, scallion whites, rice wine, cornstarch, and sesame oil in a medium bowl and mix gently by hand.

Arrange the wonton wrappers on a clean work surface and put 1 tsp. of the pork mixture in the center of each.

Fill a small bowl with warm water. Dip your finger into the water and run it along the edges of a wonton wrapper. Fold the wrapper diagonally over the filling, pressing out any air, to make a triangle. Press the edges firmly together. Moisten the two points on the long side of the triangle and pinch them together over the filling to seal. (The finished wonton should look like a pope’s hat.) Repeat with the remaining wrappers.

Remove the ginger from the broth with a slotted spoon. Raise the heat to a lively simmer, add the wontons one at a time (so they don’t stick together), and cook until the pork is done, 5 to 8 minutes. (To check, pull one wonton out and cut it open to make sure the pork is cooked through.)

With the slotted spoon, divide the won tons among 4 soup bowls. Divide the lettuce among the bowls. Season the broth to taste with 1 or 2 drops of sesame oil and divide evenly among the soup bowls. Sprinkle with the scallion greens and serve.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 260; Fat (g): 7; Fat Calories (kcal): 60; Saturated Fat (g): 2; Protein (g): 20; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 3; Carbohydrates (g): 32; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1.5; Sodium (mg): 1380; Cholesterol (mg): 20; Fiber (g): 1;

Photo: Scott Phillips

Excellent. Kids loved it too. Used thinly sliced scallions (green parts) in the broth at the end rather than the lettuce. (Left those out of the kids portion) Will definitely make again.

So very good! I added scallions and thinly sliced woodear mushrooms the second time I made this soup. Thanks for the recipe!

It was a lovely soup - nice as the recipe is written to serve as a starter (we followed it with Nigella Lawson's mirin seared salmon & stir fried veg - really nice!!!) You could also add more veg to the soup and make it a meal on its own.

Very quick and easy to make. We added some red pepper flakes to the wontons and a bit more sesame oil to the broth and it was excellent. Definitely a repeat recipe!

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