Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Shrimp Wantons (deep-fried)

Tonight, we had some home cooked Chinese Food. I cooked shrimp wantons, stir-fried beef, stir-fried cabbage and some eggs. I followed the recipe by Rachel Edelman. I saw her video in Chinese Food. She uses uncooked shrimp but I used the cooked shrimps and even add some chopped spring onions. ...nice..... I miss eating the Chinese food back home.. Wanton shredded chicken wanton noodles, chicken rice, fried kuehteau, carrot cake and so much more... (oh my thinking of these food makes me hungry

For this recipe, you will need:
  • 1 pound uncooked shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • ginger root
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • cornstarch (for dusting baking sheet)
  • 1 8-ounce package wanton wrappers, (use 2/3 package; thaw if frozen)
Unwrap the wantons and keep them covered with a moist cloth so they don't dry out.

Shrimp Wanton Dipping Sauce Ingredients
You will need:

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp hot chilli flakes
  • water

Pour the shrimp into a food processor, and pulse shrimp until they're finely chopped.
Then transfer the cut shrimp into a large bowl, and mix in the egg white, cilantro, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Peel some ginger, and grate about 1/2 teaspoon into the mixture. Mix everything together.

Lightly dust a baking sheet with cornstarch. Take one wanton from the plate, and put it on the baking sheet. Fill wantons one at a time. Place 1 teaspoon of shrimp filling on one side of wanton wrapper. Moisten the edges with water.

Fold the wrapper diagonally over filling to form a triangle. Firmly press to seal the sides. You can make a different shape for the wanton. Place 1 teaspoon of filling in the wrapper. Pick up all the sides, and squeeze it to seal. You can even twist it a little, so it looks like a money bag or a purse.

I prefer to deep-fried my shrimp wantons instead of the boiled one. So to deep-fry the wantons:
Heat oil in a pan to about 360 degrees. Add the wantons in small batches. Fry them, turn them occasionally, and after about two minutes on each side, they'll be golden brown. Remove with tongs or a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Serve the wantons warm or at room temperature with the dipping sauce or the sweet black sauce. (I did not make the dipping sauce because I prefer to have with the sweet black sauce.)

You can also boil the shrimp wantons by bringing a large pot of water to a boil. Add the wantons, about six at a time. The wantons are done when they rise to the surface. This may only take 3 minutes. Remove them with a slotted spoon or a stainer. Place on a tray in a single layer, cover and keep warm.

The picture below is just to show, our Chinese dinner. I will blog about the Stir-Fried Beef tomorrow. Enjoy! :)

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