Wonton Soup (Pancit Molo)

Wonton Soup (Pancit Molo)
Pancit generally refers to a Filipino noodle dish Pancit Molo is the only exception. This is a soup made with dumplings that are cooked within its meat broth (and not before). Pancit Molo may be prepared with either shrimp or chicken. Serves 4 to 6.


  • 1/2 lb (225 g) ground pork
  • 2 tsp. peeled and minced fresh ginger
  • 1 green onion (scallion), finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. freshy ground black pepper
  • 1 package round wonton wrappers
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 4 cups (1 liter) chicken stock
  • one 1-in piece fresh ginger, peeled
  • one 1-in piece lemon-grass
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1/4 lb (125 g) watercress washed with woody stems removed

Cooking Directions

  1. In a large bowl combine the pork, ginger, scallions, soy sauce and black pepper. Mix thoroughly. Place a teaspoon of this meat filling in the center of each wonton wrapper and fold the top half over (forming a half moon) with the meat in the middle.
  2. In a large pot combine chicken stock, ginger, lemon grass and patis; simmer over medium-low heat for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and discard the ginger and lemon grass. Add 12 to 15 wontons to the soup and simmer until wontons are cooked, about 5-6 minutes. Serve warm and grab a spoon.

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