Cantonese Wonton Soup

Wontons are small dumplings, very common in China as a dry snack or appetizer… in this recipe they are served in hot broth, for a hearty dinner!

Ingredients (for 2)

  • 1 cup ground pork
  • 8 wonton wrappers
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tbsp potato flour
  • 1/2 scallion
  • a couple of leaves romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 cup bamboo shoots
  • 1/4 tbsp white sugar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp peanut oil
  • 1/4 cup sherry
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • salt & black pepper



  • Put ground pork in a large bowl, add sliced shallots (half of the stated amount) and bamboo shots, and mix thoroughly
  • In a separate bowl prepare the marinade by mixing together: salt, sugar, soy sauce, black pepper, sherry (or sweet wine), potato flour and peanut oil
  • Pour the marinade over the meat mixture and mix well until soft
  • Let marinate for 20-30 minutes, covered
  • When ready, add sesame oil and beaten egg yolks
  • Put about 1 tablespoon of meat mixture in the center of each wonton wrapper, placed on the palm of the hand
  • Fold together the corners of the wrapper with the other hand and give it a twist in the middle to secure the wrapping; repeat until all wantons are filled
  • In a deep saucepan bring salted water to a boil
  • Blanch the lettuce leaves for about 1 minute; then remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to a bowl
  • In the same water, boil the wontons for 3-4 minutes, or until cooked through and floating to the surface; remove with a slotted spoon and set aside
  • In another saucepan, bring vegetable (or chicken) stock to a simmer
  • Transfer wontons and lettuce to the stock
  • Add remaining sliced scallions, some soy sauce, ground black pepper and sesame oil, and simmer for 1 minute to blend all flavors
  • Pour into your serving bowl and eat hot!


Best Served With

Your favorite noodles…

Tips from the Chef

  • Try adding minced shrimp to the pork mixture for a richer taste