I love soup. My grandma has a great tomato soup recipe which I make on a regular basis, and Vietnamese Pho is also a common dish on the menu in our household. But there are more soups which deserve a little bit of attention. When I was in Cambodia, I ate absolutely divine Wonton Soup in a little restaurant on Pub Street. A DIY kind of soup, since they give you all the veggies separately on a plate. Just add whatever you like: bean sprouts, chili peppers, lime… nom!
The Wonton Soup I had in Siem Reap, Cambodia
And of course the wontons. Those little packages, filled with flavor, really add another dimension to an otherwise quite simple soup. So I decided, after stumbling upon some recipes on Instagram, to give it a try. So here’s my take on the good ol’ Wonton Soup.
Want to try another soup recipe? How about this Tom Kha Gai soup?
Wonton ingredients (makes about 20 wontons)
- 85 grams of shrimp, finely chopped (don’t like shrimp? Substitute for pork!)
- 85 grams of minced chicken (or pork)
- 1 tsp of soy sauce
- 1 tsp of sesame oil
- ½ tsp of oyster sauce
- 1 large clove of garlic, finely chopped
- 1 piece of ginger (about the size of the garlic clove), finely chopped
- 1 spring onion, finely chopped
- Pinch of pepper
- Pinch of sugar
- 1 tsp of flour
- Wonton wrappers
Soup ingredients for 2p
- 5 cups of chicken stock
- 4 slices of fresh ginger
- 2 tsp of soy sauce
- 2 tsp of fish sauce
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 2 spring onion, in large pieces
- Veggies to taste (I had bok choy)
- Egg noodles
How to make this wonton soup recipe?
1. You start off with the wontons. Add all the ingredients (except the wonton wrappers of course) together in a bowl and mix until combined. Now smell… because it smells absolutely heavenly!
2. Take a wonton wrapper in your (dry!) hand, put a dollop of filling in the middle, wet the edges with water and fold them into a wonton. There are several ways to do so. Just look for YouTube tutorials and try until you find a shape that works for you :). That’s what I did :P.
Good to know: just put your spare wontons in an airtight container and put them in the freezer.
3. Set your wontons aside to rest while you make the noodle soup. Put the slices of ginger, the crushed garlic, the green onion and chicken stock in a pan. Bring it to a boil.
4. When the mixture boils, add the soy sauce and fish sauce. Stir until combined and let it simmer for a bit.
5. Meanwhile, in a separate pan, bring some water (or a broth) to a boil. First blanch the bok choy. Remove from the water and put the bok choy in your soup bowl. Now add the egg noodles to the water. When they are done, add them to your soup bowl too.
6. Last but not least, add your wontons to the water. Let them boil for about 4 to 5 minutes. When they are floating, they’re done.
7. Add the chicken soup to your bowl. Last, take your wontons out of the boiling water with a spoon, and transfer those to your soup bowl as well. Add some chopped spring onion, and you’re done!
Enjoy your freshly made Wonton Soup!