This vegan wonton soup recipe is easy to make. With its tofu and shiitake mushroom filling wrapped in delicate wonton wrappers and floating in a savoury and sour broth, this soup is just what you need on a chilly day!
While they might seem intimidating, vegan dumplings are actually quite easy to make, and easier still to make them vegetarian or even vegan.
Where to buy vegan wonton wrappers
This is a question that I get asked a lot.
Wonton wrappers often have egg in them so you need to read the ingredients carefully before buying.
In conventional supermarkets you may be able to find the brands Nasoya and Twin Dragon, both of which make vegan wonton wrappers.
I usually go down to my local Asian supermarket because they always have a good selection of dumpling wrappers.
This time I found these ones, which are Korean and the ingredients are just flour, cornstarch, rice flour, water and salt.
I generally get square wrappers for wonton soup, but this time they happened to be round. It doesn't matter, they can be folded the same way.
If you can't find vegan ones anywhere, they can be made at home following this vegan wonton wrapper recipe.
How to make vegan wonton filling
These vegan wontons have a simple filling of tofu, shiitake mushrooms and green onions.
Dried shiitake mushrooms have a much stronger flavour than fresh mushrooms so that's why they're used here.
First, they need to be rehydrated.
The added bonus of using dried shiitake mushrooms is that you're left with a wonderful umami mushroom stock that can be added right into the soup!
Next step is to prepare the filling by crumbling some extra firm tofu in a food processor.
If you don't have a food processor, you can just mash it with a fork.
The tofu is seasoned with ginger and garlic, then combined with the chopped shiitake mushrooms, chopped green onion and dressed with soy sauce and sesame oil.
It's a super simple filling that can be adapted to your taste!
If you want to try something different, check out my edamame-mint vegan wonton soup recipe.
How to fold wontons
This is the part that might seem tricky at first, but you'll get it in no time.
There are many different ways to fold a wonton, this is my preferred technique and it works the same for both round and square wrappers.
Holding the wrapper in one hand, place a couple teaspoons of filling in the middle. It's important to not overfill your wonton or else the edges will come apart.
Wet your finger with some water and run it around the edge of the wrapper.
Fold the wrapper in half to enclose the filling and press the edges together well. As you do this, gently press on and around the filling to try to squeeze out as much air as possible.
Any trapped air may cause your wontons to explode as they cook.
Now wet the bottom corners and gently bring them together. (Here's where you'll know if you overfilled it because the seams will start bursting!)
The above photo is what you'll end up with if you use round wrappers and the below photo shows what they look like with square wrappers.
How to make vegan wonton soup
Once you have wrapped all your wontons, they're simmered in a simple yet flavourful broth.
If you're wondering, yes the wontons can be frozen at this stage before cooking. Place them in a single layer on a cookie sheet in the freezer until frozen, then transfer them to a freezer bag until you're ready to make the soup.
The broth for this recipe is made from vegetable stock and the mushroom soaking water, seasoned with ginger, garlic, rice vinegar and soy sauce.
It has a delicious flavour that is reminiscent of vegan hot and sour soup.
Once the broth is at a boil, add the wontons and let them gently simmer for about 5 minutes until the pasta is cooked through.
It's important that they are cooked at a gentle simmer so that they don't explode.
Finally, add some shredded cabbage and lots of green onions for extra texture and flavour and your soup is ready to serve!
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For the wontons
- 15 - 17 vegan wonton wrappers (see note)
- 5 dried shiitake mushrooms
- 2 cups water
- 100 grams (3.5 oz) extra-firm tofu, pressed
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 green onion, chopped
For the wonton soup
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
- 4 cups vegetable stock
- 2 cups mushroom soaking liquid
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 cups cabbage, shredded
- 2 green onions, chopped
For the wontons
- Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Remove from heat and add the dried shiitake mushrooms. Allow to rehydrate for 30 minutes. Once re-hydrated, chop mushrooms into small pieces. Reserve mushroom soaking liquid.
- Place tofu, ginger, and garlic in a food processor and pulse until coarsely ground. Place tofu in a bowl and add the chopped mushrooms, soy sauce, sesame oil, and green onion.
- You can use either square or round wrappers for this. Keep the remaining wrappers under a moist towel to prevent them from drying out.
- Holding one wrapper in your hand, place a couple teaspoons of the filling in the middle of the wrapper. Dip your finger in a little water and run it around the edges of the wrapper. Fold the bottom up to meet the top, enclosing the filling. As you do so, gently press down on the filling to squeeze out the air, then press the edges together to seal. Wet the botton two corners and gently pull them together and press them well.
- Keep your filled wontons under a moist towel to prevent them from drying out.
For the wonton soup
- Combine the vegetable stock and mushroom soaking liquid in a large pot and bring to a boil. Add the garlic and ginger. Add the wontons and reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes until the pasta is cooked.
- Remove from heat and stir in the rice vinegar, soy sauce, and cabbage. Serve in bowls garnished with green onion.
I have the most luck finding vegan wonton wrappers at an Asian supermarket. They can also be made at home following this vegan wonton wrapper recipe.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 196Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 1730mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 5gSugar: 6gProtein: 11g