I found Kylie Kwong’s Simple Chinese Cooking at one of those overstock bookstores for $20 and the returns have been remarkable. Any home cook looking to get into Chinese cookery should start with this book. Not only is it nice to look at, but the recipes are super easy to follow. The food is super delicious, and most of it is pretty cheap to prepare, the beauty of Asian grocery prices!
These wontons are a great way to peacock around for guests without actually doing much work. They are perfect dinner party food because they can mostly be prepared in advance, they look awesome and they taste even better.
A good visual tutorial of how to fold a dumpling can be found here.
Adapted from Simple Chinese Cooking by Kylie Kwong
- 2 1/2 tablespoons light soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons finely sliced cilantro (coriander), roots and stems
- 2 tablespoons finely minced ginger
- 2 tablespoons finely sliced spring onions (scallions)
- 2 tablespoons kecap manis
- 2 tablespoons malt vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon chili oil
- dash sesame oil
- 9 uncooked medium-sized prawns – about 300 grams (10 ounces)
- 1 tablespoon roughly chopped cilantro (coriander) leaves
- 1 tablespoon finely sliced spring onions (scallions)
- 1-1/2 teaspoons finely minced ginger
- 1 teaspoon shao hsing wine or dry sherry
- 1 teaspoon light soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon white sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
- 16 fresh wonton wrappers, about 7 centimetres (3 inches) square
- For the dressing: combine soy sauce, coriander, ginger, spring onions, kecap manis, vinegar, and both oils in a bowl and put aside.
- For the wontons: peel and devein the prawns. Dice the meat. Combine with the remaining ingredients, except the wonton wrappers, in a bowl, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Fill and shape the wontons. An example of how to do this can be found here.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Drop the wontons, in batches, into the water and cook for 2 minutes, or until they are just cooked. To test you can remove one wonton and slice it with a sharp knife to see that the prawns are cooked through. Continue with the rest of the wontons.
- Arrange wontons on a plate, drizzle with the dressing, and serve immediately.