Wonton soup, a good Wonton soup is something I crave regularly. However, what is terrible is when I give in to my craving and it isn’t satisfying, the broth is extremely salty and yet flavourless while the wontons taste off. So, I have resorted to the best thing for quality, and the least best thing for convenience to solve my cravings – making Wonton soup at home.
Now, I love a Wonton soup where the wontons are pure shrimp with little else. Adding ground pork and water chestnuts is also good, but that is a recipe for a different time.
Tip: no time to properly make Chinese chicken stock? Take store bought stock, water it down a bit and simmer a few slices of ginger and some sections of green onion in it for 30 minutes.
Shrimp Wonton Soup Recipe(~30 wontons / 4 people)
First, prep the prawns and allow them to rest in the fridge to marinate for at least 20 minutes. Also, if you need to "fake" your stock by simmering it with ginger and green onion then do this now. To prep the prawns dice them small, and stir together with the white pepper, cornstarch, ginger, sugar, sesame oil and salt. Use a wooden spoon to beat it together. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
While you are waiting on your prawns put a pot of water on to cook the wontons in. Bring it to a boil and add salt. Also bring your broth to a simmer and season it with salt and white pepper. If you are adding vegetables like broccoli and bok choy, this is a good time to get those ready. Wash and chop the vegetables into large bites. Blanch in the boiling water and then run under cold water to stop the cooking.
To assemble your wontons, get a wonton station ready: a bowl of cold water and a brush, the shrimp mixture along with a teaspoon, and a baking sheet lined with parchment to put the wontons on as you assemble them.
To form each wonton. Place a wrapper flat on the counter. Spoon a teaspoon of the prawn mixture into the middle of the wrapper and brush the outside of the edges of the wrapper with lots of water. Fold opposing edges together so that you have a triangle. Gently push the air out and seal all the edges. Place on the cookie sheet and repeat. Don't feel bad if it takes you a few tries to get one to work, wonton wrappers are cheap.
When the wontons are done place them in the boiling water for 4 minutes. In the meantime, divide the vegetables and green onion between 4 large bowls. When 4 minutes is up, remove the wonton from the water and cut it in half to make sure it is done. Drain the remaining wontons gently and divide between the bowls. Top with the hot broth and serve.