This is the one that made me want to open this blog so it’s a good way to start.
First of all, I want to say that this is is probably not the proper way to make wontons, but this is my take of it.
You’ll need very few things to make them. Just a bit of patience to fold them, but then, I’ll show you simple way to do it, and once it’s done, you’ll have plenty of them.
Here’s what you’ll need for approximately 60 wontons :
- Wonton wraps
- 450g of lean ground pork
- 150g of soft tofu
- 2 tbls of ground ginger
- 2 tbls of dark soy sauce
- 5 tbls of Nuoc Mam (fish sauce)
- 2 crushed cloves of Garlic
- 5 tbls of scallions
- 2 tbls of Five spices blend
If you’re thinking 60 wontons is a lot, you can freeze them for later. Also yes, tofu. I use it to make the filling a bit less dry. But you can skip it if you hate the idea of it.
Now that you have a list of ingredients, the next step is pretty simple. Just combine everything together and mix well.
Sidenote: I also use this exact same filling to make meatballs. So if you do not want to go through the process of folding wontons, you can shape them into small balls, and bake them in the oven. Serve with rice and any vegetable you like.
Put about a teaspoon of filling on each wonton wrap. You don’t want to put too much, otherwise you won’t be able to close it.
After that, folding time ! Use a bit of water on the side of the wrap so that it’ll stick when you fold your wontons, and just follow the steps below.
Try and make sure the filling is tightly secured in your wrap. And don’t bother making it look super pretty, because once cooked, they lose their shape anyway. And even if you put too much filling and tear the wrap, you’ll be just fine too, so no worries! After just a few of these, you get the hang of it pretty quickly.
You made it through about 60 wontons, now what? I either cook them in a soup, just boil them and eat them with soy sauce as a quick appetizer, or you can grill them, just like Gyozas. You can also deep-fried them to make them extra-crispy, I personally just don’t like to deep-fry stuff at home. If you froze them like I said before, just take put them in boiling water, no defrosting needed.
To make a soup, you’ll need :
- Chicken broth
- Egg noodles
- Vegetables if you like, cabbage for example
Just boil everything together with some wontons and that’s pretty much it!
The other way like I said is just to grill them and you have a nice appetizer, Gyoza style. Simply serve with soy sauce and Sriracha if you like.