Sometimes, you are just craving a warm and cozy wonton soup, so you decide to order takeout but you don’t meet the threshold to get free delivery. Well, just put the phone down and save your money. In just 10 minutes, you can make better than takeout, Shanghai style wonton soup at home. This recipe is a small batch single serving soup for one person.
Wonton soup is one of the most popular dishes in Chinese cuisine. It is a staple breakfast meal all through Asia, but I like to eat this for lunch or dinner too. You can serve it with savoury pancakes or with steamed buns. It's the perfect meal because you feel light after eating it, as opposed to other comfort foods that make you feel heavy.
Ingredients in Shanghai Style Wonton Soup
To make Shanghai-style wonton soup, you will need to gather the following ingredients, which are staples in most Chinese households:
- wontons - try homemade chicken and cilantro wontons
- maggi sauce - can substitute with soy sauce.
- sesame oil
- white pepper
- nori seaweed
- green onions
- sesame seeds
This soup is very versatile. You can choose the protein (since you can use any flavour of wontons), and you can use any vegetables that you have on hand. One of my favourites to add is bok choy.
How to Make 10-Minute Wonton Soup
This is the easiest soup that you will make. There are just two main steps that you will need to follow. First, cook the wontons, and second, assemble the soup directly in your soup bowl.
- Cook the wontons. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add wontons and cook for 5 minutes. Add cold water and cook for a few more minutes, until wontons float to the top.
- Assemble the soup. In a large soup bowl, add maggi sauce, sesame oil, white pepper, salt, seaweed, and wontons. Add reserved wonton water and garnish with cilantro, green onions, and sesame seeds on top.
This easy, better than takeout, 10-minute Shanghai style wonton soup is the perfect soup to make for one person and is packed with classic Asian flavours.
- 10 wontons, fresh or frozen
- 1 teaspoon maggi sauce (or soy sauce)
- 1/8 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1-2 pieces of nori seaweed, loosely crumbled
- 1 teaspoon cilantro, chopped
- 1 teaspoon green onions, chopped
- In a small saucepan, bring 4 cups of water to a boil over high heat. Add wontons and turn heat down to medium-high. Give it a quick stir so that the wontons don't stick to the bottom. Cover and cook for 5 minutes, until wontons float to the top. Add 1 cup of cold water. Once the wontons float up again to the top, remove from heat and set aside.
- In a large soup bowl, add maggi sauce, sesame oil, white pepper, salt, and seaweed. Scoop wontons out of the pot and into the bowl. Add 2 cups of the wonton water into the bowl and garnish with cilantro and green onions.
- Category: Soup
Keywords: wonton soup, shanghai soup, soup for one