A light lemongrass-miso broth with mushroom and scallion wontons.
'wontons' on Serious Eats
Wontons for dessert? You betcha. These crunchy, chocolate filled envelopes are delicate, light as air, and dusted with a Chinese five-spice sugar.
The wontons at Tasty Dumpling are made with the same ridiculously juicy pork that goes into their potstickers, but crisp-tender shrimp and bright greens make the texture and flavor light and plenty interesting.
"Mommy, where do dumplings come from?" We all reach an age when we want the answers. Last week, Chichi gave us a glimpse of a factory in Brooklyn that churns out half a million dumplings a day. Here is video footage from the tour of both the dumpling crimper and wonton wrapper maker in action. Simply mesmerizing.
Last week's post on big wontons wouldn't be complete without its companion, the little wonton post. Little wontons, or xiao hun tun, are made with flour and egg wrappers crumpled casually around a tiny nub of pork.
No, these wontons aren't super-sized. The Chinese make a distinction between "big" wontons, which are made with wrappers filled with meat and vegetables, and "small" wontons, which are filled with only meat and use much thinner wrappers. Compared to other dumplings like Chinese jiaozi or Korean mandu, wontons are easier and more forgiving to make at home.
Photograph from Bouchon For Two Mel of Bouchon For Two shares some helpful tips and a recipe on how to make her mom's Shanghainese-influenced wontons (which, judging from the photos, probably taste awesome) filled with seasoned pork, shrimp, and and flowering garlic chives. Since I'm an amateur when it comes to making homemade dumplings I didn't know the tips Mel includes in her post, such as combining two cuts of pork, and tempering the water three times while boiling the dumplings. Methinks a wonton-making party is in my future. Related Eat for Eight Bucks: Dumplings Two Ways, with Freestyle Dipping Sauce In Videos: Dumpling Battle in 'Kung Fu Panda' Photo of the Day: Fresh Dumplings...