Fried Wontons

Marc Matsumoto

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A few simple tricks for getting ultra crispy fried wontons that stay crisp long after you've fried them.

While Wontons are traditionally boiled, Fried Wontons have become increasingly popular both in the West and in China. With a chip crisp wrapper and a small morsel of savory filling in each bite it's no surprise why, and they border on addicting.

Written in Chinese, the word Wonton (雲吞), literally means "to swallow clouds", a reference to the billowing cloud-like wrapper of a Wonton (particularly when they're boiled). This is why Wontons typically have a lot less filling that other dumplings such as Shaomai and Jiaozi, because you are meant to enjoy the wrapper more than the filling.

Nobody likes a soggy Fried Wonton, and there's a great trick to getting the wrapper ultra crisp. Instead of sealing the wrapper shut like an envelope with water, you leave the majority of the folded wrapper unsealed, using just a dab of water to pinch the ends together. This allows the oil to circulate, frying the wrapper from both the inside and outside.

Simple delicious fried wonton recipe, the perfect finger food for a party.

For those that make a lot of Asian dumplings you might assume the filling will leak out, or that the wontons will end up being greasy, but having tried this both ways, I can tell you that the filling does not leak, and if anything, the open wrapper makes for a less greasy wonton. The reason is that since the wrapper isn't sealed the fat in the ground pork has a chance to render out and drain. Using this method will give you ear pleasingly crisp wontons that stay crisp long after you've fried them.

My last trick is to improve the texture of the shrimp by soaking them in an alkali solution (such as baking soda and water). It's certainly not necessary, but It gives the shrimp a snap, kind of like the texture when you bite into a good sausage. You can read more about this on my Wonton Soup post.

Served with a tangy, sweet and spicy sauce, these Fried Wontons are irresistibly good, and while 60 may sound like a lot, they'll disappear before you know it!

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Fried WontonsWhile Wontons are traditionally boiled, Fried Wontons have become increasingly popular both in the West and in China. With a chip crisp wrapper and a small morsel of savory filling in each bite it's no surprise why, and they border on addicting. Written in Chinese, the word Wonton (雲吞), literally me...

Summary

1150
  • Courseappetizer
  • Cuisinechinese
  • Yield60 wontons 60 wontons
  • Cooking Time15 minutesPT0H15M
  • Preparation Time20 minutesPT0H20M
  • Total Time35 minutesPT0H35M

Ingredients

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For shrimp
208 grams
Shrimp (peeled and deveined)
1 tablespoon
Baking soda (optional)
For filling
154 grams
Ground pork
35 grams
Scallions (2 white part only, minced)
1 tablespoon
Oyster sauce
1 tablespoon
Shaoxing wine
1 teaspoon
Sesame oil
1 teaspoons
Potato starch
1/8 teaspoon
White pepper
For wonton
60
Wonton wrappers
2 tablespoons
Thai chili sauce
1 tablespoon
Rice vinegar
Vegetable oil (for frying)

Steps

  1. (optional) Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda to 4 cups of ice water and stir to dissolve. Add the shrimp and soak in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Drain, rinse well and then pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Ingredients for wonton filling
    Roughly chop the shrimp into 1/3-inch pieces. Add them to a bowl with the ground pork, scallions, oyster sauce, shaoxing, sesame oil, potato starch and white pepper.
  3. Mix the wonton filling
    Put some gloves on and knead the mixture together until evenly combined.
  4. Prepare a bowl a small bowl of water to use to seal the wontons, and a tray lined with parchment paper to line up your wontons.
  5. Add the filling to the wonton wrapper
    Put a wrapper in the palm of your non-dominant hand (if you're right handed that's your left hand) and add a small spoonful of filling to the center of the wrapper.
  6. Easy way to fold wontons
    Fold the wonton wrapper in half diagonally so that it forms a triangle.
  7. Best way to fold wontons
    Put your index finger below the bulge where the filling is and press down from the top of the wrapper with your thumb and middle finger.
  8. How to fold wontons
    This should form an indentation in the middle of the wonton that makes two of the corners curve in toward each other.
  9. Folding wontons
    Bring those two corners together and use a little water to seal them together. Repeat until you run out of wrappers or filling.
  10. Add 1-inch of vegetable oil to a heavy bottomed pot and heat to 360 degrees F (180 C). Prepare a paper towel lined wire rack.
  11. Fry the wontons in batches turning them over once to ensure even frying until they are golden brown and crisp. Drain the fried wontons on the paper towels.
  12. Chop the green part of the scallions and sprinkle on top as garnish. Mix the Thai chili sauce and vinegar together to make a dipping sauce.

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