Wontons are dumplings found in a number of Chinese cuisines. Wonton soup consists of boiled or fried dumplings which are combined with stock and sometimes with noodles. Surprisingly minimalistic but big on flavor, wonton soup is light and clear with a slight onion flavor. The word wonton comes from Cantonese wan tan which interpreted literally means “swallowing clouds.” Wontons are filled with either pork or shrimp mixed with ginger, onions, carrots, soy sauce and sesame oil.
Dumplings are created by placing a wonton wrapper in one hand, putting a small amount of filling in the wrapper and pressing the edges of the wrapper together. If the wrappers are difficult to seal, remove a small bit of filling or moisten the edge of the wrapper with water. Be sure to press out any air so that the dumplings do not explode when they are cooked.
Prepared but uncooked wontons can be stored in the freezer for up to two months. Because the wonton wrapper can be folded in a number of ways, the dumpling’s shape varies by region. The soup itself is based on chicken stock that has been combined with onions, ginger and other flavors. Garnished with green onions and served with a cup of jasmine tea, wonton soup makes a delicious light lunch or dinner appetizer.