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Chinese Shrimp Dumpling Soup

The following dumpling soup, or wonton soup, is easy to make and making wontons is an activity the whole family can get involved in together. This recipe serves 8 people so you can halve it. Do not cook the wontons in the broth because the flour from the wonton wrappers will make the soup murky and affect its flavor. The best broth for Chinese dumplings is clear, light, and aromatic.

Use good quality shrimp for the dumpling filling, such as black tiger shrimp. Dumpling soup is a famous Chinese dish and it has been written about by poets since the Tang dynasty, which was from 618 to 907 AD. The most famous type of dumpling soup is the Cantonese Hong Kong style one and the wontons in that contain a lovely pork and shrimp mixture. That is the recipe ours is based on.

This is suitable for a light dinner or you can serve the dumpling soup for lunch or as an appetizer if you halve the portion sizes. Anyone who loves authentic Chinese flavors like sesame, soy sauce, and oyster sauce should enjoy the fabulous texture and flavor of this recipe. The dumplings are easy to make, but keep them covered with a damp towel between making them and cooking them, else they might dry out and crack, and if that happens the filling will leak out.

Authentic Chinese Wonton Soup
Summary: Shrimp are combined with oyster sauce, pork, rice wine and more to make the filling for the Chinese dumplings which are served in a fragrant wonton broth.
Cuisine: Chinese
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 8
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  • 2 pints wonton broth (or good quality chicken broth)
  • 2½ tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 2 lbs black tiger shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 chopped green onions
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 lb lean ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon cooking rice wine
  • 100 wonton wrappers
  1. Cut the shrimp into little pieces and put them in a bowl.
  2. Combine the oyster sauce with the shrimp, soy sauce, pepper, oil, pork, and rice wine.
  3. Stir well then let the mixture sit for 30 minutes.
  4. Put ¾ teaspoon of filling into the center of each wonton wrapper and fold them over.
  5. Moisten the outside of the wonton wrapper with a wet fingertip and press together to seal, squeezing out all the air beforehand.
  6. Gently heat up the wonton broth in a pan but do not let it boil.
  7. Cook the shrimp wontons in an uncovered pot of water for 2 minutes or until they float to the top.
  8. Spoon them into serving bowls then ladle the broth over the wontons.
  9. Sprinkle the green onions on top.

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This traditional Chinese delicacy is worth making from scratch. When making this, ensure you are using a premium-quality wonton broth or chicken broth. Also, it is best to use reduced-sodium soy sauce, else the combination of that and the broth might make the dish too salty. Although fresh wontons are best, it is not worth only making a few at a time, so feel free to make a large number and freeze them for future dumpling soup recipes. You can thaw them in the refrigerator overnight. This dumpling soup is nutritious and satisfying and you will probably want to add it to your regular menu.


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Christine Szalay-Kudra

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