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Made with tender beef, dumplings and fresh egg noodles in a delicious, flavor-packed broth, this beef wonton mami soup is comfort food at its best
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5 from 2 votes

Beef Wonton Mami

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 4 Servings


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 onion peeled and sliced thinly
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 1 pound beef brisket cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 8 cups water
  • 6 pieces star anise
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 beef bouillon cube or 1 tablespoon beef base
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 16 ounces packages fresh egg noodles
  • 1 cup napa cabbage shredded
  • fried garlic bits
  • ½ cup green onions chopped

For the Wontons

  • 1 pound ground pork
  • ¼ cup green onions finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 15 pieces wonton wrappers


  • In a pot over medium heat, heat oil. Add onions and garlic and cook until aromatic. Add beef and cook until lightly browned. Add water and bring to a boil, skimming scum that floats on top.
  • When broth clears, add star anise. Add brown sugar and beef bouillon. Stir until dissolved.
  • Lower heat, cover and cook for about 1 to 1 ½ hours or until beef is fork-tender. Gently add wontons and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes or until filling is cooked through. Season broth with salt and pepper to taste.
  • In a pot over medium heat, bring about 4 quarts of water to a boil. Add egg noodles and cook for about 10 to 15 seconds. Remove noodles from water and rinse with cold water. Drain well and divide equally into bowls.
  • Divide napa cabbage into bowls. Add beef and wontons and pour hot broth. Garnish with fried garlic bits and chopped onions. Serve hot.

For the Wontons

  • In a bowl, combine ground pork, green onions, garlic, soy sauce, salt and pepper. Gently stir until well-distributed.
  • Separate wrappers into individual sheets. Spoon a heaping tablespoonful of meat mixture on middle of wrapper and then gather sides to form a "cup" around mixture.