Hello! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday filled with food. Since winter break for was about 3 weeks long, my brother and I often had free time when we weren’t sleeping, hanging out with friends, or watching tv online. Thus, my mother employed us in her “sweatshop” or her kitchen, where we made dumplings and wontons. Earlier I posted a picture of our dumplings, adding that a tutorial or recipe would be coming. However, I decided to post about wontons because I ran out of dumpling wrap.
What is the difference between a dumpling and a wonton? I must admit, I can’t think of many differences between dumplings and wontons. Wontons are shaped differently in a more funky-spherical shape with thinner skins, while Dumplings are cylinder-shaped with thicker skins: (Fun fact, there is a saying in Chinese where people with “thicker skins” like dumplings are bigger risk takers). Wontons are usually cooked in soups with noodles, while dumplings can be fried or steamed and eaten individually with some soy sauce or condiments of one’s choosing.
- Wonton Skins (easily bought at local Asian market or even normal grocery stores. Some people choose to make their skin out of flour and water)
- Stuffing (personal choices of meat and vegetables*)
- Bowl of Water
- Take 1 single Wonton skin. Using chopsticks, place about a half-dollar amount of stuffing in the middle of the skin.
- Choose 2 adjacent sides of the square-shaped skin and dab with water.
- Fold the square diagonally in half so that dry sides of the skin stick with the wet sides. At this moment, the Wonton should look like an isosceles triangle.
- Put water on the the equal angles of the isosceles triangles (the bottom two).
- Fold the corners together as shown in the picture above.
- Repeat! (..until you run out of either stuffing or skin). A giant platter is helpful as a place to put your finished wontons
After wonton wrapping is completed, put the wontons in a boiling soup with noodles. Keep them in the soup until fully cooked, serve, and enjoy!
*Ethical Scale- On a scale of 1-10, Wontons are 6.5 Many use pork, beef, or chicken in their stuffing, who have been raised in dangerous farms under harsh conditions and treated with chemicals. Some even use endangered species such as Shark fin. However, there are an abundance of organic vegetables available that can be used in the recipe and will surely be delicious! As for the recipe above, shrimp, green onion, and pork were used. Another batch was made for me without the pork with egg replacements because I don’t eat meat.
Thanks for reading this post! It means a lot to us :)
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