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Classic Chinese Wontons

Updated April 27, 2016

Wontons are healthy and great to have ready in the freezer.

Makes20

Preparation Time20 min

Cooking Time10 min

Cooking MethodSteaming

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 1 hour

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionFamily Get-together

Recipe CourseHot Appetizer

EquipmentSteamer

MealDinner, Lunch

MoodAdventurous

Taste and TextureLight, Meaty, Salty, Savory

Ingredients

  • 6 oz (175g) ground pork
  • 2 scallions, white and green parts, finely chopped
  • 4 oz (115g) shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and finely chopped
  • ½ in (1cm) piece fresh ginger, peeled and shredded
  • ½ tsp Asian sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 20 wonton wrappers
  • Cornstarch, for the baking sheet
  • Lettuce or napa cabbage
  • Steamer, bamboo preferred
  • A wire rack

Instructions

  1. Mix the pork, scallions, mushrooms, ginger, sesame oil, cilantro, soy sauce, and pepper.

  2. Spoon a teaspoon of the pork mixture into the center of a wrapper. Brush the edges lightly with egg, fold the wrapper in half, and crimp the edges to seal. Transfer to a cornstarch-dusted baking sheet.

  3. Fill a large saucepan about one–fourth full of water and bring to a boil. Line a steamer with lettuce and add the wontons. Place the steamer on a rack so it sits above the water. Cover and steam the dumplings for 10 minutes or until cooked through. Serve at once.

  4. Wonton Soup: Instead of steaming the wontons, cook them in a rich chicken broth, along with such vegetables as sliced bok choy, baby corn, or chopped Chinese broccoli. Simmer 10 minutes or until wontons are cooked.

Notes:

  1. Prepare ahead: The wontons can be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated several hours in advance.

  2. Freezing Information: Uncooked wontons can be frozen for up to 1 month. Good with soy sauce or your favorite dipping sauce.

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