Slideshow: The Food Lab: The Best Wonton Soup

Wonton Soup
Wonton Soup
Rich broth and tender wontons with shrimp that crunch under your teeth.
All your base
All your base
Pork, sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, and yellow chives are the base ingredients for the filling.
Mix it up
Mix it up
Massage the ingredients together with your fingers. For an extra-smooth filling, you can blend them in a food processor.
Test for seasoning
Test for seasoning
Before stuffing your wontons, test your filling for seasoning by placing a small amount on a plate and microwaving it for 15 seconds. Taste and adjust seasoning accordingly.
Place your wrapper
Place your wrapper
To stuff, start with a square wonton wrapper on your cutting board.
Place your filling
Place your filling
Add about a tablespoon of filling to the center of the wrapper (the less you use, the easier it'll be to stuff).
Moisten the edges
Moisten the edges
Use your fingertip to add a thin layer of water all around the edges of the wrapper.
Pinch it up
Pinch it up
Pull two corners together and pinch them shut to form a triangle.
Seal the edges
Seal the edges
Seal up the edges of the triangle, making sure to push out as much air as possible to prevent a blowout when you boil them later.
Ready to cook
Ready to cook
The finished wonton should be plump, like a little sphere wearing a cape.
Repeat
Repeat
Repeat until you've made all your wontons. They can be frozen for future use by placing on a parchment-lined plate in the freezer. Once fully frozen, they can be stored in a plastic zipper-lock bag.
Cooked
Cooked
The cooked wontons should be slippery and tender-skinned with juicy meat and a crunchy shrimp in each one.