Wonton Soup

Wonton soup with lean pork

Cultura RM Exclusive / BRETT STEVENS

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
505 Calories
18g Fat
46g Carbs
37g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 505
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 22%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 112mg 37%
Sodium 1569mg 68%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 37g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 82mg 6%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 714mg 15%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The name wonton means swallowing a cloud, and the wonton floating in this popular soup is thought to resemble clouds.


  • 18 to 24 wonton wrappers

  • 1/2 pound boneless lean pork, chopped finely

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce

  • 3 to 5 drops sesame oil

  • 1 teaspoon sherry

  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar

  • 1 green onion, finely minced

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

  • 2 dashes white pepper

  • 5 cups water

  • 4 1/2 to 5 cups chicken stock

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine all the filling ingredients in a bowl, mixing well.

  2. Lay one wonton skin in front of you. Cover the remaining wonton skins with a damp towel to keep them from drying out.

  3. Filling the wontons: Moisten all the edges of the wonton wrapper with water. Place a heaping teaspoon of wonton filling in the center.

  4. Fold the wonton wrapper in half lengthwise, making sure the ends meet. Press down firmly on the ends to seal. Use thumbs to push down on the edges of the filling to center it. Keeping thumbs in place, fold over the wonton wrapper one more time. Push the corners up and hold in place between your thumb and index finger. Wet the corners with your fingers. Bring the two ends together so that they overlap. Press to seal. The finished product should resemble a nurse's cap. Repeat with remaining wontons. (Alternate method: Place the teaspoon of filling in the middle of the wrapper and twist to seal. The final result should resemble a money bag or drawstring purse.)

  5. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the wontons, making sure there is enough room for them to move about freely. Let the wontons boil for 5 to 8 minutes until they rise to the top and the filling is cooked through. Remove from the pot with a slotted spoon.

  6. To make the soup: Bring the chicken stock to a boil. Add the wontons and bring the soup back to a boil. Add the green onion, remove the pot from the heat and add the sesame oil, stirring. Ladle into soup bowls, allowing 6 wontons per person.