Make this, I promise you will thank me later! I have been dreaming about wonton soup recently, like literally, picturing myself slurping up that fragrant broth and biting into the tender dumplings filled with deliciousness! Once upon a time, I lived in Brooklyn, and you can get amazing Chinese food all over the place. There is one place in particular that I miss, and that is an all vegan Chinese restaurant in my brother’s neighborhood in Brooklyn. They deliver to his apartment, and there is literally nothing better on a cold day than getting Chinese delivery and chowing down without having to go anywhere. Well, it just so happens that they have a mighty fine vegan wonton soup. I love it, I dream of it, and now, I think I have made something just as good!
Amazing fragrant broth with ginger, garlic and shallots, a bit of tang with some rice wine vinegar, and you have something I could just drink by itself. However, adding the meaty, garlicy, gingery tofu in an adorable little package makes it the greatest thing ever. I was able to find vegan wonton wrappers at my local Asian market, however I have been told this is not easy. So, I did a little research and tried out a couple of other things you can use. I found some fresh pasta sheets that were vegan, and I also found some fresh spring roll wrapper that you can use that were also vegan. So, you have a few options if you don’t get as lucky as me. I suppose if you are feeling super ambitious, you can also make your own. Just remember to cut the sheets into square if you use larger sheets.
So, this is insanely easy. It requires a bit of prep with the chopping and filling and folding and all, but it was pretty quick. Here is an example of how to fold your wontons that is very simple, but you can really fold them however you like. I just like the way this looks, and I didn’t have any bust open.
Alright, so go to the grocery store right now, pick up all the ingredients to make this and go do it! You will be pretty happy with yourself, at least I was. It is super comforting, light but filling at the same time, and slurping good!
Have any questions or feedback for me? I would love to hear from you!
Vegan Wonton Soup
- Prep Time: 30m
- Cook Time: 30m
- Total Time: 1h
- Serves: 6
- Yield: 6 bowls of soup
- Category: Entree
- 1 tbsp. Sesame oil
- 3 Cloves of garlic
- 1 Inch of ginger(grated)
- 1/2 of a Shallot
- 8 c No chicken broth or veggie broth
- tbsp. Rice wine vinegar
- 2 tbsp. Coconut oil
- 1 Block of Extra firm tofu
- 1 tbsp. Liquid smoke
- 2 tbsp. Soy sauce
- 3 Cloves of garlic
- 1/2 of a Shallot
- 1 inch of ginger(grated)
- 3 Green onions
- Vegan wonton wrappers or vegan fresh pasta sheets or vegan spring roll wrapper(what ever you can find)
- Green onions
- Crumble tofu, and set on a paper towel and place another paper towel over, and press down. While the tofu is drying, add the sesame oil to a large soup pot and heat on medium. Chop garlic and shallot really small and grate the ginger.(you can do this for both the filling and broth at the same time if you want)
- Add garlic, ginger and shallot to the soup pot, and stir. Bring down the heat and cook for a few minutes to start softening and flavoring the oil.
- Add the 8 cups of broth and bring down to a simmer. Add the rice wine vinegar and let simmer while you prepare the wonton filling.
- In a wok or large pan, add the coconut oil and heat on medium. Chop up the garlic and shallot if you haven’t already and grate the ginger. Add to the pan. Stir for a few minutes to get them soft and then add the crumbled tofu(it should all be crumbled so it looks like ground meat)
- Cook tofu on medium-high for about 5 minutes stirring pretty consistently as it starts to brown, but you don’t want it to stick(if it starts to stick add more coconut oil.) Once it has browned and cooked a bit, add the liquid smoke and soy sauce.
- Cook a few more minutes, then turn the heat off and add the chopped green onion at the end. Stir in and let cool for a few minutes.
- Once the broth is seasoned to your liking and the filling is done, take out your wrappers(if you could only find large wrapper that were vegan, cut into squares)
- Place a tsp. of filling in the center of each wonton, wet the sides with water and press together in triangle form and then wet the ends of the triangle and fold together. (See pictures for reference) or you can really fold them however you want!
- When ready to eat, take the broth off the heat and add the wontons. Let sit for a few minutes, and then serve immediately, they cook fast! Top with green onion!