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Crispy Fried Wontons

Fillings for fried wontons

Fried Wontons Recipe

In this recipe, the technique used folding the wontons is the easiest one - a half diagonal triangle fold. You can try out other ways of folding (such as twisting the ends to form a nice pouch) or use round wonton skins instead of squares. The most time-consuming part of making this dish is the wrapping, so you can enlist the help of your family for some special bonding time.

Serves: 4

Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins

Ingredients

  • 120g minced pork or chicken
  • 100g fresh water chestnut peeled and roughly chopped
  • 6 prawns shells and veins removed, diced
  • 150g square wonton skins
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • water

(A) Marinade

  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped spring onions
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp Shaoxing wine
  • 1 tsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • a small pinch of salt
  • a few dashes of Chinese white pepper powder

Directions

  1. In a bowl, mix minced meat, water chestnuts and prawns with (A); marinade for a few hours or overnight in the fridge.
  2. Place 1 tsp of the mixture in the center of the wonton skin, and add a piece of prawn on top of the filling.
  3. Wet the edges with water, fold down halfway diagonally to form a triangle. Press gently on the edges to seal the wonton.
  4. Heat oil in wok until 180°C (356°F), then deep fry the wontons, in batches, for about 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown. Drain wontons on kitchen towels/tempura papers before serving.

Cooking Notes

  1. Run leftover oil from deep frying the wontons through a sieve and store the filtered oil in an air tight container for re-use. You can re-use the oil a couple of times. If the oil becomes too black or when it smokes too soon, it shows that the oil has spoiled and should be discarded.
  2. If you have leftover wonton skin wrappers, deep fry them on their own for a crispy and delicious snack.
  3. While wrapping the dumplings, cover the dumpling skins in a clean and moist kitchen towel to avoid them from drying out.

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