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Fried Wontons + An Illustration on How to Fold a Wonton

Fried Wontons

 

Ah, the glorious fried wonton. Isn’t she a beaut?

When my family throws a big party, 9 times out of 10, fried wontons line the buffet table, perched over one another like golden gems, housed inside coffers of aluminum. It’s an impressive spread for sure but even more extraordinary is the speed in which we finish it. Flanked by ice cold beer and good company, we nibble and gorge our way through with unbridled fervor. And this is just the first course.

For as long as I can remember, it was always my dad or my grandpa making these, sitting at the dining table, chopstick in one hand and wonton in the other. It looked like a lot of work but they made it look so fluid and simple. I don’t know why I never took part in these events. Maybe it was my pager to blame. Pager-ography translation was no easy task must I remind you and it required my full attention. For instance, do you recall how to interpret this: 533 4011 127312

Brownie sticks if you do.

Yesterday I pretended like I knew what I was doing and made these fried wontons. Turns out they’re remarkably uncomplicated to fashion and only require mild hand agility. Translation: If I can do it, you can do it.

 

Fried wontons, stuffed with shrimp and pork

This was my first attempt at making wontons and I grew pleasantly surprised at how simple they were to prepare. Once you get the hang of folding them, the process moves along faster. For the filling, I used the traditional mix of flavors from my dad’s recipe but I’m looking forward to experimenting with different combinations. I’m thinking mushrooms + cheese, chorizo +peppers, or a vegetable one with zucchini and carrot strands. The thing with the filling though too, a scant teaspoon is all you need. Otherwise, the filling won’t cook properly before the shell has turned golden. 

Makes 1 1/2 baking sheets worth, about 70 wontons

Ingredients:

1 pound ground pork

1/2 pound raw shrimp, shelled and minced finely

2 tablespoons minced green onions, light green part only

1 tablespoon soy sauce

2 teaspoons oyster sauce

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 package thin wonton sheets (I use the pale yellow Hong Kong style variety)

Small bowl of tap water for sealing edges

Vegetable oil, for frying

Nanami togarashi Japanese spice blend, optional

Sweet chili sauce, for dipping fried wontons (Mae Ploy makes a good one without any preservatives or dyes)

 

Instructions:

Grab a medium-sized bowl and plop in the ground pork and minced shrimp. Toss in the green onions, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, salt and pepper. Use the tines of a fork to really mash this all together extremely well. You want this to look like a paste, saturated and for lack of a better word: tacky. Set this aside and prepare your station. You might want to sit down for this.

Get  your bowl of water, you don’t need much. Find a chopstick if you have one, or use the end of a spoon, fork, blunt knife. Grab a small working surface,  like a cutting board. Also, grab 2 baking sheets — these are for holding your wontons as you go along. Get your bowl of filling and wonton wrappers.

It’s wrapping time! Here’s how to do it:

 

How to fold a wonton

How to fold a wonton

 

Did you do it? Horray! I’m so proud of you.

Next, you’ll want to usher your trays of pretty wontons over to the fry station. Get a medium-sized pot and fill it about 1/3 of the way with vegetable oil. Crank up the heat and let the temp of the oil get to 350 degrees. Use a thermometer, super helpful in the kitchen. Put a large paper towel-lined platter near you for the fried wontons. Using a slotted spoon, gently lower the wontons into the  hot oil to fry. I did 5 wontons per batch to keep the oil temp from dropping. Fry until golden brown, flipping them around a few times to brown everywhere, about 3 minutes. These little suckers can be stubborn though and will want to only float on one side, but be persuasive and flip them anyway until they concede. Fetch and plop them onto the plate to drain. Repeat with rest of wontons.

When they’re all done, sprinkle liberally with nanami togarashi, if desired. This spice blend, full of chili pepper, orange peel and seaweed sticks to the crispy wonton skin like a barnacle and offers tons of piquant flavor. Serve fried wontons fresh and hot with plenty of sweet chili sauce for dipping. These go fast so as the cook, make sure you snag a couple as you fry before the guests devour them all. #justatip

Provecho amigos!

 

 

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Stephanie - Hi Stacey,

Wow, you learned to make won tons in 7th grade? That’s pretty impressive. I think I was still learning how to be a human being at that point. :-p Won tons really are delicious and such a treat to enjoy. They certainly take some time to do but if you’ve got helpers, the time passes quickly.

Stacey - Won Tons were the first thing I ever cooked in cooking class in 7th grade! That was over 30 years ago. When my brother, his family and I are together and just want to sit around and snack on stuff, they always want me to make Won Tons! I love that they ask me and I love them sooo much too, but they are very time consuming to make and of course, they are best when hot out of the pan. Seems Im the one cooking them and they get many and I get few! Thanks for your folding instructions! I always start off with them looking all pretty and by the time I get to the last few wrappers, Im not caring so much how they look! Love Love Love Won Tons! Who ever would have thought that I would still be creating the first thing I ever made in cooking class all these years later! Thanks Mrs. Robertson!

Andrew - I love this tutorial :) it’s cute and easy to follow. I wish I knew how to blog bc I would repost. I am making these for our family game night. We theme each one to try different foods. Normally we have Indian food but last month we had Mexican and this month is Chinese. Long story short. Thank you!

Island Vittles - OMG, I could eat a baking sheet full of these. So golden and delicious…and your step by steps are adorably cute! Theresa

Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) - Great instructions, Stephanie, and the finished products look perfect. Hmm, I have a pack of wontons that need to be used…

Eri - Beautiful Post, I’ve never tried making them! I love them though!

fatpiginthemarket - Wontons…love ‘em! Big time. Your photo makes me want some now. Wontons for breakfast would be so good, right? It really is an awesome photo but I think I dig your drawings even more!

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