Fried Pork Wontons with a Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce

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I really love Chinese food but I rarely eat it when I’m at our Seattle home. Chinese food in the United States is usually quick, cheap, and very greasy. Not always but most of the time. I know there are some great upscale Chinese restaurants in some cities but I really haven’t found a good one in Seattle yet. In Tokyo there are the quick and cheap Chinese food places all over the city but there are many beautiful upscale ones as well with amazing food. I really miss my favorite Chinese places when I’m in Seattle. The kind of places with fine china and white tablecloths. Yes those kind of Chinese restaurants which are very hard to find in the United States. My stomach knows when I’m eating greasy food so I started making my favorite Chinese dishes at home when I’m in Seattle. I know what I put into my food and what kind of ingredients I use so it makes me feel better preparing these dishes myself.

One of my favorite appetizers to order at a Chinese restaurant are deep fried Pork Wontons with a sweet and sour dipping sauce. I’m not sure why but I cannot find good Wontons here in Seattle. Most Chinese restaurants here in the United States have cream cheese and crab Wontons, so weird in my opinion, and some with only cream cheese! I never saw Wontons like this until I moved to the United States. I was really surprised because I was only used to the pork or pork and shrimp version. Not a fan of cream cheese Wontons.

My Wonton recipe is the result of my two month Wonton experiment and I can tell you they came out really yummy. It is a very easy recipe to throw together even last minute. You can substitute ground chicken instead of pork and once you try the sweet and sour sauce you’ll be addicted too. This recipe can easily be doubled for a larger group. I hope you enjoy these as much as we do.

Pork Wontons ~ appetizer for 4 people

1 package of Wonton wrappers (usually 30 to a pack)
1/2 pound Ground Pork
3 scallions, chopped
1 Tablespoon minced Ginger
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
1 Tablespoon Sake
1 Tablespoon Water
1/4 teaspoon Sugar
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce

1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
1 Tablespoon Sake
2 Tablespoons Water
3 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar
3 Tablespoons Ketchup
4 Tablespoons Sugar
Pinch of Black Pepper
1 teaspoon Cornstarch or Potato Starch & 1 Tablespoon Water (to thicken)
1/2 teaspoon Sesame Oil (to finish)

Oil of your choice for frying (I use Rice Bran Oil or Canola)

Small bowl of water to wet wonton skins

Make Pork filling for Wontons:

Combine the ground pork and all ingredients except scallions and ginger and mix well until everything is thoroughly mixed with the pork. Add chopped scallions and ginger and combine into the pork mixture.

Assemble and Fry Wontons:

Take one skin and dampen edges with water and scoop one teaspoon of filling and place in the center of the skin. Fold over into a triangle so edges meet and press gently around the filling making sure there are no air bubbles, and seal. Lay them out on a parchment lined baking sheet. Continue assembling the rest of the wontons.

Heat oil in wok or large saucepan over medium-high heat to 375 degrees F. Deep-fry wontons, a few at a time for 2 to 3 minutes, or until brown and crispy. Drain on paper towels. Serve warm with the Sweet and Sour Sauce.

Make Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce:

Combine the first seven ingredients into a small saucepan. When the sauce starts to bubble drizzle the cornstarch (or potato starch) and water mixture into the sauce and stir until thickened. Remove from heat and add the sesame oil. Serve warm with Wontons.

Fried Pork Wontons with a Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • >> Pork Wontons
  • 1 package of Wonton wrappers (usually 30 to a pack)
  • ½ pound Ground Pork
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon minced Ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Sake
  • 1 Tablespoon Water
  • ¼ teaspoon Sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • >> Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Sake
  • 2 Tablespoons Water
  • 3 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons Ketchup
  • 4 Tablespoons Sugar
  • Pinch of Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Cornstarch or Potato Starch & 1 Tablespoon Water (to thicken)
  • ½ teaspoon Sesame Oil (to finish)
  • Oil of your choice for frying (I use Rice Bran Oil or Canola)
Instructions
  1. Make Pork filling for Wontons: Combine the ground pork and all ingredients except scallions and ginger and mix well until everything is thoroughly mixed with the pork. Add chopped scallions and ginger and combine into the pork mixture.
  2. Assemble and Fry Wontons: Take one skin and dampen edges with water and scoop one teaspoon of filling and place in the center of the skin. Fold over into a triangle so edges meet and press gently around the filling making sure there are no air bubbles, and seal. Lay them out on a parchment lined baking sheet. Continue assembling the rest of the wontons.
  3. Heat oil in wok or large saucepan over medium-high heat to 375 degrees F. Deep-fry wontons, a few at a time for 2 to 3 minutes, or until brown and crispy. Drain on paper towels. Serve warm with the Sweet and Sour Sauce.
  4. Make Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce: Combine the first seven ingredients into a small saucepan. When the sauce starts to bubble drizzle the cornstarch (or potato starch) and water mixture into the sauce and stir until thickened. Remove from heat and add the sesame oil. Serve warm with Wontons.

 

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