Shanghai Wonton Soup


This Shanghai wonton soup recipe comes directly from my childhood in China. Ask a Shanghainese person what their favorite breakfast is. It's probably this.

What you will need

1½ pound chicken bones

1½ pound pork bones

9 cups of water

2 slices of ginger

Salt, to taste

½ pound ground pork

¼ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons shaoxing wine

2 teaspoons light soy sauce

¼ teaspoon ground white pepper

1½ tablespoons water

¼ teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 slice of ginger, finely minced

½ a pack of thin wonton wrappers (double the filling to finish the whole pack) [The original little wonton wrappers are white, but in the US, you can generally only find yellow thin wonton wrappers that are made with egg. If you find the white ones, use those!]

A few drops of sesame oil in each bowl

A pinch of ground white pepper in each bowl

Chopped scallion (about ½ a scallion per bowl is plenty)


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