Wonton

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Quick Facts:

  • A wonton is a type of Chinese dumpling.
  • The traditional filling is pork but now, you can find an almost infinite variety of stuffing.
  • Wontons are usually either steamed, boiled or deep fried.

I have been trying to give backstories or personal anecdotes about the foods I’ve written so far but I’ve got nothing for wonton.  Nada, zip, zero, zilch.

Don’t get me wrong.  I love wontons-especially the ones you can get in my hometown of Kuching.  They are so light and delicious in contrast to most of the ones I’ve tasted here which are dissapointingly bland.

So today’s post will mostly be about recipes and techniques.

How to fill a wonton:

http://utry.it/

 Here is a video on how to make wontons:

Recipe for wonton soup:

kqed.org

kqed.org

Recipe for cream cheese and crab wonton or crab rangoons.  According to this recipe, you can bake these!

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My favorite way that wonton is served: Wonton mee (noodle) from my hometown of Kuching in Sarawak, Malaysia.

http://eatingasia.typepad.com/

Recipe for wonton mee.

I know a lot of you have been commenting on the luscious photos on these posts and I’m particularly sorry for this post because I think the photos are ridiculously tempting too and is serious food porn.

What can I say-there seem to be a lot of sumptuous wonton pictures on the internet.

Are you a wanton for wonton?  I know-groan….. but how could anyone resist the pun?

How do you like your wontons?  Steamed, boiled or fried?   Have you ever tried making wontons at home?

16 comments to Wonton

  • Raquel  says:

    I LOVE wantons!!!
    I love fried, steamed, boiled, you name it. 😉
    The best I ever ate– and I know these are prob very nontraditional– were these coconut creme cheese wantons with spicy/sweet dipping sauce.
    They were one of the best things I’ve EVER eaten!
    And yes I am having a SERIOUS craving now thanks to your awesome pics!

    • Lila  says:

      The coconut creme cheese wantons sound fantastic. I’m sure I would’ve enjoyed them too. I always enjoy hearing from you Raquel. :)

  • Corinne  says:

    I love a dumpling, any kind of dumpling including a wonton. Yes, great photos!

    • Lila  says:

      Corinne,
      Dumplings are delicious and so hard to resist. Also who can stop at only a couple-definitely not me! So I am going to have continue running those dreaded hills but they are so worth it if it means an extra serving of dumplings. :)

  • Constance - Foreign Sanctuary  says:

    I have never made them before but I have eaten ‘Wen Duan Mian’ a time or two (ok, a lot more that that!) There is a small vendor in town that makes the best dumpling soup ever! Plus I think it is cheaper to buy it than for me to make it which is always an added bonus! Pork ones are my favorite!!

    • Lila  says:

      Yes-it is probably much cheaper to buy than make dumplings in Taiwan. I love the pork ones too. Thanks so much for dropping by. :)

  • Daidri | Thee Getaway Gal  says:

    YUM!!! I have never been brave enough to make my own wontons. These look delicious.

    • Lila  says:

      They’re fairly easy to make. A little labor intensive but delicious. Thanks for stopping by. :)

  • Nana Prah  says:

    Yummy. I think I might have to take a trip to your hometown to eat my way through it.

    • Lila  says:

      Nana, You would love my hometown of Kuching in the island of Borneo. Fantastic food is just the start of it’s charm. My friends and I call it the best place on earth. :)

  • jean baldridge yates  says:

    Those look so delicious–even at 6:30 in the morning! Who says you cannot have wontons for breakfast?!!! I like wontons made in every manner, although that is the very first time I have see a recipe for baked wontons! thank you! jean

    • Lila  says:

      Jean, In Asia wontons are eaten for breakfast so you’re spot on. Try the baked wontons if you get a chance-they are healthier and quite delicious. Thanks for dropping by. :)

  • Calli  says:

    These all look so delicious! I’m a big fan of wonton soup but I’ve never actually had them prepared another way. Great post!

    • Lila  says:

      Calli, you can ask for dry wonton noodles at most Chinese restaurants. It is a great way to eat wontons. Thank You for stopping by. :)

  • Contented Traveller  says:

    I am wantin for wontons right now. Great post my foodie friend

    • Lila  says:

      I like your play on words. It’s hard to resist when there are so many funny puns! :)

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