Easy lunch for one - wontons in sour/sweet/salty broth 

If I’m home by myself at lunchtime I’ll occasionally make this dish. It is so satisfying, I can hardly wait the few minutes to devour it as it cooks. 

It’s super easy to make. I pull out a bag of frozen wontons that are always in my freezer and cook up a batch. After they’ve sautéed and then simmered for a few minutes, they get browned and crunchy on one side. I spoon them into a warm bowl of a sweet/salty dipping sauce that is so unbelievably good, I decided a while ago to call it a “broth”.

Don’t even try to figure out what ethnic type of food this is. I’m sure I’ve broken several rules along the way with this simple dish. 

The Mini Chicken Cilantro Wontons come from Costco. They’re precooked, but frozen. I landed on the dipping sauce recipe many years ago, and usually have what I need on hand to make it. The whole thing comes together in less than ten minutes.

Sauce ingredients: (You’ll end up with more than you need if you’re making only a few servings, but it stores beautifully in the refrigerator.)

  • ½ cup very hot water
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 5 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 2 serrano chiles, thinly sliced (optional)


Whisk all ingredients together until sugar is dissolved.

To fix wontons:

Heat a few tablespoons of cooking oil in a sauté pan over medium-low heat until very hot. Add frozen wontons. (I usually cook about 10 for myself.) They’ll spit, so either cover loosely with a lid, or use a spatter screen. After 4 or 5 minutes or until nicely browned, add about ¼ cup of water and cover immediately with tight lid. Let wontons heat through for another 3 minutes or so. Remove lid. You can continue to cook until water evaporates, or call it good enough. 

Transfer hot pot stickers into preheated soup bowl and spoon on warm sauce. Refrigerate leftovers. (There won’t be any.)


Karan Soni, who played Benny in Ghostbusters, was out walking in LA last night and he happened to notice through someone’s window that they were watching Ghostbusters. I joked to him that he should have knocked because I have popcorn (implying that it was my window, because when am I *not* watching Ghostbusters), and he said that he seriously considered going to get some wonton soup and knocking on their door to deliver it. I earnestly advocated for him to carry out this joke because HOW INSANE WOULD THAT HAVE BEEN? 

Imagine if you will, it’s a Thursday night, you’re settled in for the evening and watching your favorite movie (I’m ASSUMING). Just when the ladies are about to save New York City, there comes a knock on the door. You think “That’s weird, I’m not expecting anyone,” and  get up to answer it. You open the door AND THE GUY FROM THE MOVIE YOU’RE WATCHING IS AT YOUR DOOR DOING THE THING HE DOES IN THE MOVIE!!!!

I would have lost my mind. I offered to pay for the soup, but he didn’t come back on insta to see my message in time. Oh, well. Better luck next time.

Wonton Soup
Lil B "The BasedGod"
Wonton Soup

TRAPAHOLICS OH MY GOD BASED GOD we have a classic on our hands.  Nothing sticks out on Blue Flame like WONTON SOUP.  this some real trap shit.  If you aren’t already listening to WONTON SOUP on repeat, you’re FAKE BASED.

  • “Bitches suck my dick because I cum like 36 ways”
  • “Young Based God dope my bitch like I’m cocaine / Bitches snort my ring that crackpipe like my chain”
  • “30 on my dick on the court like Spalding / Bitches suck my dick because I look like J.K. Rowling”

Vietnamese Wonton Soup by Pat Durkin
Via Flickr: