Hot & Sour Dumpling Soup

Hot and sour dumpling soup  It's soup season guys. We recently posted about ten of our favorite soup recipes. And, it got me thinking. I really loved this asian style dumpling soup. It's the dumplings, really. Love them. It kind of has the same effect as ramen noodle soup. It's just warm, carb-y, comforting goodness. So, I decided to spice things up and play around with new flavors. Homemade shrimp dumplingsWhat I love about making your own dumplings is you can cater them to your favorite tastes or dietary needs. We mostly eat vegetarian at our house, along with some seafood here and there. But, most store bought dumplings I can find in my area use pork as the main ingredient. By making my own I was able to switch out the pork for shrimp and use all fresh ingredients as well. Loved the result!Homemade shrimp dumplings   Hot & Sour Dumpling Soup, serves 2-3.

For the dumplings:
1 package of won ton wrappers (you'll only need half of them)
1/2 pound cooked shrimp, tails removed
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon grated ginger
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon sriracha (or more if you like it hot)
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse a couple of times until well combined. Homemade shrimp dumplings  Place a small amount of the shrimp filling in the center of a won ton wrapper. Lightly wet the edges with a little water. Then fold up the edges and press together. Try to remove any air from inside the won ton as you fill them. This will make around 20-22 small dumplings.Homemade shrimp dumplings For the soup:
1 cup dumpling water
3-4 cups Chinese hot & sour broth (or seafood stock/broth, or even chicken broth is fine)
1 garlic clove, minced
1 red bell pepper, sliced thin
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/8 cup chopped fresh cilantro
soy sauce to taste

First cook the dumplings for 1-2 minutes in enough boiling salted water that they have enough room to float around and not stick together. Hot and sour dumpling soupRemove all the water except for one cup, add the broth and vegetables. Cook over medium heat just until everything is hot. Taste and add a little soy sauce if needed.Hot and sour dumpling soup Serve immediately. The dumplings will continue to cook as long as they are in the hot broth, so make this just before you plan to serve it. Enjoy! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photos by: Emma Chapman

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