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Fried wontons are especially popular in the Chinese restaurants here in the United States. Fried wontons are commonly served as an appetizer and comes with a pinkish-red sweet and sour dipping sauce. Everyone loves fried wontons…they are crispy and filled with savory meat or meat and seafood filling, and the sweet and sour sauce makes them even more appetizing. Wontons come in small parcels and are available in many forms: deep-fried, boiled, steamed, or in soup.
Whenever I have a craving for something light, appetizing, yet not overly complicated to make, I would make fried wontons. They are so pretty and delicious, and it takes less than 30 minutes to make them!
For this fried wontons recipe, I used some shrimp and mixed them with ground pork. I also added some water chestnuts to give the fried wontons that extra crunchiness and interesting texture. You can be totally flexible with the fillings and use chicken or turkey instead of pork. You can add some shrimp, scallop, or even crab to the filling or just plain with meat. Fried wontons always come out delicious regardless of the protein used.
Here is my easy fried wontons recipe that you can make at home. Enjoy!
1/2 lb ground pork (chicken or turkey)
1/4 lb shrimp (chopped into small pieces)
1 pack wonton wrappers
3 water chestnuts (peeled and chopped into tiny pieces)
1 egg (lightly beaten)
2 sprigs of cilantro (chopped)
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon fish sauce
3 dashes white pepper powder
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying
In a bowl, mix the ground pork, shrimp, water chestnuts, chopped cilantro, and cornstarch. Add in half the beaten egg (save the other half for wrapping the wontons). Mix the ingredients well and season with the fish sauce, salt, and the white pepper. Set aside.
Wrap the wontons with the wonton wrappers. First lay a piece of the wonton wrapper on your palm and add 1/2 tablespoon of the filling in the middle of the wrapper. Dip your index finger into the beaten egg and trace it on the outer edges of the wonton wrapper. Pinch the edges of the wonton wrapper and seal the wonton tight. Heat up some cooking oil in a wok and deep fry the wontons until golden brown. Serve hot with chili sauce or eat plain.
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