Warm up your taste buds and savor the delightful taste of Thai Wonton Soup. It is a simple yet flavorful dish with the goodness of pork wontons, vegetables, and aromatic Thai herbs.
Make your own easy pork and shrimp wontons here.
Last week, I shared these related new recipes that you will also love. Use your wontons in this Thai Ba Mee Moo Hang recipe and season it with Thai chili garlic oil, chili flakes, Thai Sriracha, or Nam Prik Som.
For a starter before your soup, enjoy these Thai crispy egg rolls, fresh spring rolls, Thai shrimp in a blanket or this Thai Kanom Jeeb, a Thai dumpling recipe. They pair well with this Thai wonton soup.
- What is Wonton Soup
- Chinese vs Thai Wonton Soup
- Why You'll Love this Soup
- Ingredients in Thai Wonton Soup
- How to Make Wonton Soup Thai Style
- Garnishing Options
- Tips for the Perfect Thai Wonton Soup
- Variations & Substitutes
- Other Thai Soups to Try Now
- More Thai Recipes
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Thai Wonton Soup (W/ Pork Wontons)
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Warm up your taste buds with a bowl of delicious Thai wonton soup! Found all over the streets of Thailand, this culinary delight is a mouthwatering blend of Chinese influence and homemade goodness.
Picture succulent pork wontons swimming in a flavorful clear broth perfect for those cold days when you need something comforting.
Treat yourself to a steaming bowl of authentic Thai wonton soup, and let the flavors comfort you with each delightful slurp!
What is Wonton Soup
Wonton Soup is a delightful bowl of goodness! It's filled with delicious wontons swimming in a flavorful broth and comes with blanched green leafy vegetables.
It has the right balance of heartiness and Thai flavors full of aromatic herbs. Give it a try and treat your taste buds!
Chinese vs Thai Wonton Soup
Chinese and Thai wonton soups are both delicious and popular dishes with slight differences in ingredients and flavors.
The Chinese wonton soup has a rich and savory taste with Shaoxing wine, dark soy sauce, fresh ginger, and sesame oil. It often includes noodles for added satisfaction.
Thai wonton soup is aromatic and vibrant, made with Thai aromatic paste, (Sam Gler) garlic, cilantro stems, and white pepper. It typically doesn't have noodles, allowing the flavors to shine.
Whether you prefer familiar Chinese flavors or bold Thai tastes, both soups are sure to delight your taste buds!
Why You'll Love this Soup
Thai wonton soup combines traditional flavors with an easy-to-follow recipe, making it a must-try for all food enthusiasts. This homemade wonton soup is easy to make! All the ingredients can be found at your local grocery store!
It's a comforting soup with a wonderful flavor that will warm the heart!
Ingredients in Thai Wonton Soup
There are three easy parts to making this homemade Thai wonton soup from scratch.
- First, we'll make the aromatic paste called Sam Gler, a staple in Thai cuisine. This will add a burst of flavor to our soup.
- Second, we'll make the wontons from scratch, using fresh ingredients.
- Finally, we'll prepare the delicious broth, which forms the heart of this comforting dish. Once all three parts are ready, we'll bring them together for a delightful bowl of homemade Thai wonton soup.
1. Ingredients for the Sam Gler Paste
This Thai Sam Goer paste makes about 2.5 tablespoons of paste. Divide the paste in half. One half will be for the broth, and the other will be used for the wonton fillings.
- Garlic cloves.
- Coriander root or stems (cilantro). Use the root if you have them but stems will work as a substitute.
- Ground white pepper. Use only white pepper for this paste.
2. Ingredients for the Wontons
In This wonton recipe, You will have enough filling to make around 30-40 wontons. Use 3-5 pieces per bowl or as needed. Any leftovers can be used as appetizers with garlic chili sauce!
- Sam Gler paste (above)
- 30-40 wonton wrappers. Store leftover wonton wraps in a ziplock bag to keep them fresh.
- Ground pork. Use any protein of choice if you prefer another meat.
- Green onion. For aromatic and fresh onion-like herb flavors.
- Oyster sauce. It adds a savory umami to your wonton filling.
- Soy sauce. Add a light touch of saltiness to wontons. More about Thai sauces here.
- Tapioca starch. It binds all the ingredients together like glue and adds a bouncy texture to pork filling.
- Egg. Adds moisture and fluffy texture to the ground pork.
- Salt. It just needs a little for added flavors.
3. Ingredients for the Wonton Broth
- Water or stock. Use low-salt chicken stock or chicken broth for extra flavors.
- Sam Gler paste (above)
- Soy sauce. To add umami flavor to the broth.
- Salt. Salt adds a sharper edge than the soy sauce, making it more flavorful.
- 1 ½ teaspoon sugar. Palm or brown sugar will work.
- Baby bok choy. Use one to two bok choy per serving.
How to Make Wonton Soup Thai Style
This recipe serves 4+ bowls. Instead of using bouillon cubes, I prefer to make my homemade paste for the broth. This means my broth may not have the same clear appearance as the ones you see in restaurants.
It's healthier and more delicious with homemade paste!
1. Make the paste by combining garlic clove, cilantro stems, and white pepper in a mortar, and then pound to a rough paste. then divide it in half.
2. Prepare the filling. In a medium mixing bowl, add the wonton filling ingredients together. Mix all the ingredients until a smooth pork mixture forms. Test ½ tablespoon in a microwave or pan to sample the taste. Adjust as needed from here.
3. Let's make some delicious wontons!
- 3A. Start by preparing your work surface like a cutting board or a flat platter. Have a small bowl of water nearby to use for wetting the edges of the wrapper.
- 3B. Lay one dumpling wrapper on a smooth surface. Scoop half a tablespoon of the wonton filling onto the middle of the wrapper. Next, Use your fingers to wet the edges of the wrapper, then fold it in half to form a triangle. See pictures.
- 3C. Next, pick up your wonton with the triangle point facing down towards you and bring the top two edges together, folding them on each other. The wet edges will stick together naturally. Dabb more water if needed.
- 3D. Make sure to squeeze out any air pockets. Voila! You've created a boat-shaped wonton! Repeat these steps until you've used up all the filling. Set them aside for cooking later.
Enjoy your homemade wontons!
4. The broth is next. In a large pot, add the green paste and water. Bring to a gentle boil. Add fish sauce and salt to season the broth. Adjust as needed. Let it simmer on medium heat until ready to assemble your bowl.
5. add 3-4 cups of water in a separate small pot and bring it to a boil. Blanch the bok choy, then set aside. Place them in cold water for the vivid green leaves!
6. Next. Use a wireless strainer to drop a few folded wontons in the hot water. Let them cook until they float to the top for 1-3 minutes. Scoop them out and set them aside.
Finish cooking the rest. Cook as many as you will need for your servings.
7. Let's put your wonton soup together! In a large bowl, add wontons and bok choy. Ladled the broth over them. Sprinkle some green herbs and a squeeze of lime into the bowl. Serve hot and enjoy!
Use these garnishes as needed to customize to your taste buds. These can be tailored to your liking, so I don't have exact measurements. Start and add more as needed.
- Garlic chili oil.
- Ground white pepper. More about Thai spices here.
- Fish sauce. More about Thai sauces here.
- Red pepper flakes
- Prik Nam Som
- White sugar
- Fried garlic or fried shallot chips.
- Thinly sliced green onions and fresh cilantro leaves for garnishes.
Tips for the Perfect Thai Wonton Soup
- Blanch the wontons and bok choy in a separate small pot of water rather than directly in the broth for the soup to avoid a starchy and cloudy broth.
- Place the freshly wrapped wontons on a large platter or baking sheet lined with parchment paper to prevent them from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
- If you want more smooth consistency in the pork filling for your homemade wontons, use a food processor to blend the ingredients until you have a sticky, thick meat filling.
- You can also use a large mortar and pestle to mesh the wonton filling if you prefer a manual way of mashing your food.
- The wontons will need to be cooked for only a couple of minutes. They can be easily overcooked and come apart if cooked too long.
Variations & Substitutes
- Make a vegetarian version of Thai wonton soup by using ground-up tofu instead of pork in the wontons. Add ground vegetables like napa cabbage, bean sprouts, water spinach, carrot, onion, and red bell peppers.
- Try different proteins for filling, like shrimp, ground chicken, beef, or even combining different proteins!
- Feel free to add noodles to your soup. Rice noodles and egg noodles are particularly good with this recipe.
- Keep the broth stored separately from the rest of the ingredients for leftovers. The broth will be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days and in the freezer for four months.
- Place uncooked wontons in a small ziplock bag or container where they can lay flat.
- Freeze for up to 3 months or longer. To use, allow the frozen wontons to thaw, then boil, steam, or fry as desired.
Other Thai Soups to Try Now
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- Thai basil fried rice
- Sen Yai, a homemade rice noodle made of rice flour and water.
- Kabocha squash dessert with coconut milk
- Instant pot Tom Yum soup
- Tom Yum soup with turkey bones.
Frequently Asked Questions
It's usually a mix of chicken or pork clear broth with different seasoning sauces and herbs.
Yes, you can! You can steam or pan-seared your wontons for your soup. Cook them for a total time of no more than 3-4 minutes.
Wontons originated in China but are enjoyed in various forms across Asian cuisines.
Wonton soup originates from Chinese cuisine.
Yes, it can be healthy, especially if loaded with veggies and lean protein.
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