Year of the Snake: Wontons for Fortune

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I know I’m a week late… but! Happy Chinese New Year and the Year of the Snake! It’s time to eat some good food for good luck this new year, and wontons definitely represent fortune. The reason why wontons and dumplings (larger and thicker skinned than wontons) bring luck and fortune is because they look like Chinese Ingots, or basically money back in the dynasty days. If you are eating “money” then I guess money is supposed to be coming your way! Simple enough, right?

As inspiration for my wonton making, an awesome friend gave me a two-layer bamboo steamer. Thanks, A! A step-by-step illustration on how to make a wonton is at the bottom of the post.

Chinese Wontons

Chinese Wontons

Ingredients

  • 1 Pack of wonton wrappers (in the refrigerated section with tofu)
  • bamboo steamer
  • parchment paper

Filling

  • 1lb of ground pork
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • a few dashes of white pepper
  • 1 tsp of soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of rice wine
  • 1 tsp of sesame oil
  • 1 tsp of grated ginger

Dipping Sauce

  • black vinegar
  • minced garlic
  • spice oil (depending on your spice preference)

Recipe

  1. Fill about 2 inches of water in a large pot. Make sure that the pot fits the bamboo steamer and that the water level is lower than the first layer of the bamboo steamer. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Mix filling ingredients together in a big bowl. See illustration below for wrapping wontons. Take one wonton wrapper and lay it in the palm of your hand. Dip your finger in water and line two edges of the wrapper. Scoop about 1 heaping teaspoon of filling into the center of the wrapper. Fold dry edges of wrapper to stick to the water edges.
  3. Dip your finger in water again and touch the two corners of the triangle. Push the bottom of the triangle upward slightly toward the triangle tip, then fold the two tips with water toward each other, and mush them together. There is your very first wonton!
  4. Repeat this until you have no more filling or no more wrapper.
  5. Line the bamboo steamer layers with parchment paper squares (you want to leave some holes exposed to make sure steam comes through). Place wontons about 1 inch apart on top of the parchment paper.
  6. Steam over boiling water for 12 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, mix dipping sauce ingredients together. Dip steamed wontons in sauce and enjoy! You can also boil or fry wontons.

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