fried wonton recipe
Fried Wonton authentic recipe
by Liv

Fried Wonton authentic recipe

Nov 15, 2010 | Chinese Food, Recipes, Taiwanese Food | 18 comments

fried wonton recipe

Wontons are a very popular dish in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Even different provinces in China have different names and different cooking styles for this popular dish.

There are many different stories about Wontons. My favourite story is about how Xi Shi created this dish. Xi Shi is one of the four most beautiful women in Chinese history. She originally comes from Kingdom of Yue during period of time called Spring And Autumn.

During a war with King Fuchai of Wu, King Goujian of Yue was imprisoned after he was defeated. After his imprisonment, King Goujian of Yue secretly planned his revenge. He trained beautiful women and offered them to Fuchai as a gift and Xi Shi was one of those beautiful women.

Xi Shi created Wonton during her mission for which she was to seduce King Fuchai. One day, during a big party, King Fuchai became sick of all of the food at his party and became annoyed. Xi Shi ran to the kitchen in a panic to try and find food to please King Fuchai. King Fuchai took one bite of her Wonton and was surprised by the taste of it. He asked Xi Shi “what is this tasty dish?”

Xi Shi thought King Fuchai was a completely ignorant, chaotic, stupid pig. In Chinese language, there is a word which sounds very similar to wonton which translates to chaotic, so she decided to call this dish Wonton.

So, this is basically how Wonton was created. Even though the name for this dish isn’t that affectionate it doesn’t affect the taste. I deep-fried the wonton today instead of serving it in more traditional wonton soup as I really like the crunchiness of the batter. I have to say I really love wontons whether they are in soup or deep-fried but my personal preference is for deep-fried.

Credits: Preparation photos were taken by myself but final photos were taken by Chris at: http://www.chrisradleyphotography.com

fried wonton procedure
fried wonton procedure

 

Fried Wonton authentic recipe

Course Main Dish
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 25 wontons

Ingredients

  • 250 g prawn
  • 100 g pork shoulder meat cut into small dices
  • 3 spring onion chop roughly
  • 2 slices ginger chop roughly
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp rice wine
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 30 sheets wonton pastry

Instructions

  1. Process half of the prawn, pork, spring onion, ginger and all the seasonings in a food processor.
  2. Roughly chop the other half of the prawn and mix evenly with step 1 (this ensures the filling texture tastes better).
  3. Put 1 teaspoon of filling in the centre of the pastry and use your fingers to gently close the pastry tightly as shown in the procedure photos.
  4. Heat a wok with some oil at full gas power. Put the wontons into the wok and turn off the gas and let the wonton fry until the wonton turns a nice golden colour.

Recipe Notes

** Oil temperature is about 180 degree. Turn off the gas after placing the wonton inside so it cooks through. This will ensure the outside doesn’t burn but the inside isn’t raw.

 

By Liv

Illustrator by day, home chef at night. I worked as a professional chef for many years but now I draw for a living. I now cook just for the love of cooking. The recipes on this website are all influenced by things I have eaten in different locations around the world.

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18 Comments

  1. nina

    These little bundles are a joy to behold!!! I can imagine all crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside!!

    Reply
    • admin

      Thank you Nina. I love the crispy pastry too. 😀

      Reply
  2. eatgreek.net

    these little pouches look very yummy!!!!! 😀

    Reply
    • admin

      Hi eatgreek.net,
      Thank you for your kind comment. 😀

      Reply
  3. bigFATcook

    Amazing!! I once saw how to make these on a TV show, and it’s really quite simple. I bet they taste good too:))

    Greets from BFC!!

    Reply
    • admin

      Hi bigFatcook,
      Thank you very much for your kind comment. I love your blog too. I can feel those chocolate semolina bars are calling my name… 😀

      Reply
  4. Medifast

    I honestly think I could eat these beautiful little won tons until I started to look like a won ton, thanks so much for your recipe and pics. Can’t wait to make some up.

    Reply
    • admin

      Hello Medifast,
      Thank you very much for your comment. I’m really appreciate. I’m so glad that you like this fried wonton but please don’t eat too much 😀 I will feel guilty if you look like a wonton in the future.

      Reply
  5. Joy

    That looks wonderful. I love wontons especialy the deep fried ones.

    Reply
    • admin

      Thank you Joy, You’re so sweet. 😀

      Reply
  6. Evan @swEEts

    Wonton soup is my favorite.. and these fried wontons look just as lovely.. thanks for the little history lesson too! 🙂

    Reply
    • admin

      Wonton soup is my favorite too. But I can’t find the proper wonton pastry here for wonton soup. I would love to try to make my own wonton pastry in the future. This pastry I use is especially for deep fried wonton and it’s call 炸皮(Zha Pi). That’s why I made this fried wonton first and hopefully I will make wonton soup or Sichuan style spicy wonton soon. 😀

      Reply
  7. Nancy/SpicieFoodie

    What a story behind the Wonton, one would never imagine it. I love Wontons, and the fried ones are the so tasty but a Wonton soup is very hard to resist for me.

    Reply
    • admin

      Thank you Nancy, Your comment always made my day. 😀

      Reply
  8. Magic of Spice

    What a great background story Liv…I love how the name came about 🙂 And I do love fried Wonton, these look perfect…
    Hope you are having a great week, Alisha

    Reply
  9. Chris

    I just read the comment about wontons can’t be fried from someone who supposedly lives in Hong Kong. Funny how their IP address is in the Philippines. What a dick!

    Reply
  10. Lena

    Great story! The picture looks pretty, makes me really hungry for wontons now. Nice writing!

    Reply
    • admin

      🙂 Thank you very much, Lena.

      Reply

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