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SFoodie: Homemade Wonton Soup - By - October 11, 2007 - SF Weekly
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SFoodie: Homemade Wonton Soup

When was the last time you got to “swallow clouds?”

By Chef John from Food Wishes Video Recipes

Half the fun of doing a blog is the research I do about the various dishes. Even after many years of cooking and eating, I’m still amazed at the new things I learn. Of course, most of it comes from Wikipedia, so it may be complete BS, but what the hell, most of it sounds like it could be right. Today’s clip is a wonderfully easy wonton soup. So, I thought I better find out what exactly a “wonton” is and where the term came from. I found two translations, and boy, are they different!

The term “wonton” is mostly commonly translated as meaning “irregularly shaped pasta.” But, the second translation I found is apparently from a popular Cantonese homonym that literally means “swallowing clouds.” So, if given the choice between eating “irregularly shaped pasta,” or “swallowing clouds,” I’m going with the clouds every time!