Pancit Molo or Filipino Wanton Soup

May 26


Pancit Molo has got to be the most requested soup dish in small gatherings at home. It’s been quite some time since I cooked Pancit Molo as it takes a lot of preparation as you will see below. But it is all worth it after you see the pleased expressions from your family members. Pancit Molo is best garnished with lots of toasted garlic. So here is the recipe for you to feast on.

Preparation is in three parts: the wrapper (if you want to make your own), the filling and the broth.

Let’s start with the wrapper

1 cup all purpose flour
2 egg yolks
1/4 teaspoon salt
Enough cold water to make a dough

1. Place flour and salt in a bowl. Make a well in the center.

2. Add eggs and water in the center of the flour.

3. Work it up to a paste and knead until smooth.

4. Roll thinly with cornstarch.

5. Cut to triangular shapes with 3 inches on two sides and shorter on one side.

Note: You can always buy ready-made wanton wrappers at the vegetable/cold storage section of the supermarket.

Next, the filling

1/4 kilo ground pork
1/4 kilo shrimps, chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped singkamas
3 tablespoons chopped green onions
4 dried Chinese mushrooms, soaked in water then chopped
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon oyster sauce
1 egg
3 dashes of sesame oil
salt and pepper.

1. Combine all ingredients of the filling.

2. Wrap into the wanton wrapper you have made.

3. Add a teaspoon of the filling mixture at one of the corners of the triangle shaped wrapper then close by rolling and joining the tips. Make sure to press the two free ends firmly together with water.

Lastly, let’s prepare the broth

1 head of garlic, crushed
1 medium sized onion, chopped
2 tablespoons oil
1/2 kilo shrimps, shelled
salt and pepper to taste
12 cups chicken broth (the broth to cook 1 breast of chicken)
1 breast of boiled chicken, flaked
6 tablespoons chopped green onions,

1. Saute garlic in cooking oil until brown. Set aside half of the toasted garlic for garnishing.

2. Then add onions.

3. Place shrimps and season with salt and pepper.

4. Pour in chicken broth and chicken flakes and bring to a boil.

5. Drop in the stuffed wanton wrappers and boil for 10 minutes.

6. Pour in soup bowls and sprinkled with green onions and toasted garlic.

Super delicious soup.

Serves 12

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Noemi Lardizabal-Dado (354 Posts)

Noemi, Editor of Blog Watch and features editor of Philippine Online Chronicles is a 55 year old mother to three kids and is married to Atty. Luis H. Dado. She loves being a full time mother and homemaker after retiring as a Researcher/Consultant from the UP Institute for Small Scale Industries in 1987. Now that her children are all college graduates, she devotes her time to grief support, blogging, new media events and using her blogs to promote online advocacies. Her personal blog is at aboutmyrecovery.com, which garnered numerous awards such as Best Website, Blog Category during the 9th and 10th Philippine Web Awards. Her blog also won in the Blog- Personal Category of the DigitalFilipino.com Web Awards 2007 and Globelines Broadband Family Blog Award (in honor of family-oriented blogging) 2007 Philippine Blog Award. Globe also recognized her as Digital Elder in the 2009 Philippine Blog Award.


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  • Genevie B. Cabang

    Hmmm…..looks good! bet you it smells good in your kitchen…I can’t wait to cook it myself. I like to know at what region in the Philippines this dish is originated? I was told that people from different regions have varied taste in cooking, and ingredients;like there are different ways of cooking “pinakbet”. I wonder if you could someday include “suman latik” I don’t know if I spelled that right. Thank you for sharing your delicious soup.

  • butch

    As the name suggests, it may have originated from Molo, a district of Iloilo. Another well known dish from that city is the La Paz batchoy.

  • http://www.happythoughtshappytot.com Paula

    Would definitely try this as I noticed we don’t have soups that often.

    Paulas last blog post..My Dream Sofa

  • http://livingtogetherblog.com/ Living in Iloilo

    Me too, I love Pancit Molo and Batchoy, thanks for sharing!

    Indeed, Iloilo is known for its good food, beautiful places and friendly people. Oh, well I miss Living in Iloilo

  • jakris gutierrez

    thanks for the recipe. just want to learn how to cook one of my wife’s favorite soup.

  • yen

    “Drop in the stuffed wanton wrappers and boil for 10 minutes.”

    Hindi ba maghihiwalay yung wrapper sa filling?

  • toni rose

    Thanks so much for this recipe! I’m not much of a cook, but I followed the recipe and everything turned out great. I just bought the wrappers and couldn’t find the mushrooms for the filling, but it still worked out. I’ve googled other recipes for this dish, but I don’t think the filling would’ve tasted as good. Great post again!