Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Pretty Fried Wantons
Wantons are very popular Chinese food - boiled or deep fried. I made these cute dumplings for soup, and with some left overs I decided to deep fry them to make some delicious crisp appetizers. Make these for your guests... they'd love these cute little crispy appetizers.. or snacks!
Fresh wanton skins can be found in many Asian markets and supermarkets, and those frozen ones are not bad too. There are 2 types - thin and thick skins which the thin are used for soups and the thick for frying. But it does not really matter, at least not to me. To add, there are 2 shapes of the skin sold - square and round. These make different styles of folding - money bag, boat, or just plain fold.
While most wantons are primarily made from minced pork, we can also use vege, beef, prawns and chicken. Be creative and you'll be amazed at how wonderful these taste!
:: Ingredients ::
1 cup Minced chicken
1/2 cup Minced prawn
1/2 Green onions, chopped
1 stalk fresh coriander, chopped
2-3 water chestnut, chopped
Salt & pepper to taste
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 packet wanton skins
1. Combine the above in a small bowl and add some corn starch.
2. Place a teaspoonfuls of mix on a wonton skin and wrap it. Wet your fingers with some water and just lightly circle the skin before wrapping it to seal it. Then press it firmly to create a "bag" shape.
3. Repeat for remaining ingredients.
4. Heat up a deep pan with cooking oil. Fry these cute wontons until golden brown.
5. Place on some kitchen towel to drain the oil before serving.
Serve with chilli sauce (I recommend Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce) while still warm.
To see how to wrap wontons, see the short simple video, from Rasa Malaysia: