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Wonton is a type of Chinese dumpling. They come in small parcels and are available in many forms: steamed, deep-fried or in wonton 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.
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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.
How Many Calories per Serving?
This recipe is only 311 calories per serving.
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.
- 1/2 lb. ground pork, chicken or turkey
- 1/4 lb. shrimp, chopped into small pieces
- 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce or fish sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
- 3 dashes ground white pepper
- 1 pack store-bought wonton wrappers
- water for sealing
- vegetable oil for deep frying
1In a bowl, mix the ground pork, shrimp, soy sauce, sesame oil and white pepper together. Stir to combine well to form a sticky filling.
2To 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.
5Heat 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.
Watch the cooking video on this page for step-by-step guide.
If you want to make wonton wrappers from scratch, please follow this recipe.
You can find my sweet and sour sauce recipe here.
Making these today. They look so good. I always have a package of wonton wrappers in my freezer. Love your website and have made your Ensaymadas and Spanish Bread. My son has befriended a group of Phillipino students and I sent them a batch of each. They said they were better than any they had back home and were so happy to taste some of their homeland food as it’s hard to find in Canada. Thank you and please keep the recipes coming.
Awesome Judy. Please try more recipes on my site, all my recipes are very good! :) https://rasamalaysia.com/recipe-index-gallery/
Hi, can they be pre made, if so, how should they be stored?
I don’t recommend premade as you need to freeze them. Then thaw them to fry.
Wow, looking so delicious, want to try this at home and really want to taste it at once in my life.
Hi Bee! I love your recipes!!
What temp would you fry at? 350? 375?
Sorry if I missed it in this post!!
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This looks like a great recipe! Sorry if this is a silly question but are the shrimp cooked or raw? My store sells both so I wanted to get this right.