Watch My Video: How to Make and Wrap Wontons
Small Bite with Big Flavor
Wonton is a type of Chinese dumpling. They come in small parcels and are available in many forms: steamed, deep-fried or in soup.
What is inside of a wonton? The inside contains a savory meat or seafood filling and a special yellow color and rectangle wrapper wraps the filling inside a wonton. The yellow color comes from egg yolk as wonton wrappers do contain eggs.
Wontons vs Dumplings
Many people are wondering what is the difference between a wonton and a dumpling? Simply put, wontons are dumplings. They are under the big umbrella of Chinese dumplings and they are a subset of dumplings.
What is Fried Wonton?
Fried wontons are deep-fried to golden brown and popular in the Chinese restaurants here in the United States.
They are an appetizer and come with a pinkish-red Chinese sweet and sour dipping sauce. Everyone loves them because they are so crispy, delicious and the sweet and sour sauce makes them even more appetizing. Once you start eating, you just can’t stop!
My wontons recipe is very easy take less than 30 minutes to make at home. First of all, you make the filling. My recipe calls for a shrimp with ground pork filling. I added some water chestnuts for an extra crunch and texture.
You can also use chicken or turkey as the filling. You may add in some shrimp, scallop or crab if you like.
Next, you need to learn the basic technique of how to wrap Chinese dumplings by watching the video above. To deep-fry, make sure you use a neutral cooking oil such as vegetable oil. After deep-frying, make sure you drain the excess oil with paper towels.
What Dishes to Serve with this Recipe?
This meal is best served as an appetizer. For a wholesome Chinese meal at home, I recommend the following recipes.
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Fried Wontons Recipe
Fried wontons – Homemade, crispy and delicious wontons with simple everyday ingredients. Learn how to make wontons with this easy Chinese recipe.
In a bowl, mix the ground pork, shrimp, soy sauce, sesame oil and white pepper together. Stir to combine well to form a sticky filling.
To wrap the wontons, lay a piece of the wonton wrapper on your palm and add 1/2 tablespoon of the filling in the middle of the wrapper. (Use 1 teaspoon filling if you are a beginner.) Dip your index finger into the sealing water and trace it on the outer edges of the wonton wrapper.
You can wrap the wontons three ways. To make a triangle, just fold it up to form a triangle. Pinch the edges to seal tight. To make them into the pretty shape (far left in the above picture), just pull the two corners of the triangle down so one overlaps the other, pinch and seal with water. To make them into Hong Kong style wonton (far right in the above picture), please watch my video at the top of this post.
Heat up some oil for deep-frying. Once the oil is fully heated, deep fry the wontons until golden brown. Drain the excess oil with paper towels. Serve hot with Chinese sweet and sour sauce or Thai sweet chili sauce.
You can find my sweet and sour sauce recipe here.