Saturday, April 9, 2011

紅油抄手/Wonton Soup in Spicy Sauce

I love wonton soup.  I watched my mom make wontons when I was a kid and I thought it was the coolest thing ever.  I would choose to eat wonton soup over anything.  After I moved to Hong Kong for University and began living by myself, I found that almost every street corner had a food stand that sold their own version of wonton soup with slight variations on the soup base or the wonton.  However, there was one particular street food stand that I always returned to because their wonton reminded me of my mom's homemade wonton in Chongqing.  Although I had to stand on the street corner while eating it, I still went there at least twice a week for a quick meal.   Every time I went back home to Chongqing to visit my family, my first meal was always a bowl of wonton soup made by my mom.  

After I moved to Vancouver, Canada, I was really craving my mom's homemade wonton soup.  I went to so many Chinese restaurants just trying to find one that's similar to my mom's but no luck.  So I decided to make it myself.  It's not hard at all!  With my mom's secret ingredients, the wonton will stay soft even if you keep them in the freezer so it's very convenient if you have a family.  We eat homemade wonton soup whenever we are in a hurry and need a quick, comforting and energizing meal.  I made videos about how to make/fold wontons and how to make Chinese wonton soup, and I'm sharing my family secret ingredients with you.  Enjoy!


  • 1 package of wonton wraps
  • 2 oz spinach
  • 1 tbsp chopped green onion
  • 1 cup of duck soup (or any homemade soup)

For the filling:

  • Half pound ground pork (or ground turkey for Thanksgiving)
  • 4 oz small shrimp
  • 2 green onion
  • Half package of soft tofu
  • 6 water chestnuts
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 quarter tsp salt
  • 1 egg white

For the soup sauce:


    1. Mix all the filling ingredients in a bowl.  Take the wonton wraps and fold the wontons in your favourite style (See the video).
    2. Mix all the soup sauce ingredients in a bowl.
    3. Bring half a medium pot of water to a boil.  Add the wontons to the boiling water and cook for about 4 -  5 minutes.  When the wontons are floating on top of the water they are ready.  Add 1 cup of cold water to cool down the wonton skins so they don't get soft.  Bring to a boil again, blanche spinach and transfer everything to the bowl where you have the soup sauce.  Add 1 cup of homemade soup to the bowl.  Garnish with chopped green onion.  Mix everything in the bowl evenly.  Now enjoy!

    Episode I

    Episode II

    This is the another version of wonton soup I made in Chinese Silk Squash soup.  It was so delicious!


    1. Incredible soup! I love that you gave us two styles of wrapping. I make a Korean version and my step-mother taught me yet a third way of wrapping! I want to try your favorite way to wrap as well. I've bookmarked this recipe!

      Is your chili oil recipe on your website? It looks delish :)

      Brilliant videos! They're just getting better and better. Thanks so much for sharing!

    2. I love wontons. I like the spicy soup you've used here. Makes it more exciting.

    3. Thank you all for the wonderful compliments. I love sharing my recipes and ideas with everyone.
      Parsley, I don't have the chili oil recipe on my site yet but I'm thinking of doing a chili oil recipe and video as many readers emailed me about this. Please stay tuned, I'll update it as soon as I can. Thanks again for checking back!

    4. Wow - nice soup.
      I make my own dumplings and they are similar to yours.
      I like the way you assemble your soup - I will try this next time.

    5. Thanks for the comment! I just recently filmed a dumpling video recipe and will update on my blog soon. Thanks for stopping by!

    6. Thank you for the recipe. I am on a soft food diet, and these dumplings and soup will be perfect to help satisfy my need for yummy variety.. and this looks so good!! I will be trying it tomorrow and I now have your site bookmarked.

    7. I did try this recipe and it was delish! Only thing I changed was not using the 1 cup of cold water as I wanted the wontons very soft..mmmm...yummy. Thanks again Kelly.

    8. Thank you for visiting my blog and your nice comments. I'm glad that you enjoyed this wonton soup. Sorry I haven't seen been updating much recently as my baby girl had a bad flu for two weeks. I'll be posting more comfort food soon. Please feel free to check back. Thanks again!

    9. I had this served to me in taiwan and didn't know the name in chinese to find a recipe. It is one of the many dishes I had in taiwan that I will never forget. I am so excited to have your family secrets. Thank you sooo much for sharing!

    10. please post this link to your facebook, let as much people know this website, which teach very traditional chinese food, especially in English instruction

    11. This is yummy, making me miss home food so much.
      Thanks for sharing. Will try making the wonton (if i ever found the skin in Norway). and the spicy sauce look mouth watering.