What are wontons made of?
Wonton filling can be made from a variety of ingredients and each family has its own preferences and go-tos. My dad makes his filling in classic Cantonese style using pork and shrimp.
To flavor the filling, our wonton recipe calls for cornstarch, salt, sugar, white pepper, oyster sauce, water, chicken bouillon, sesame oil. Check the ingredient list above to see precise amounts. Don't forget that you can scale the recipe up and down!
What is the best cut of pork for wontons?
My dad uses pork butt, also known as "Boston butt” or "pork shoulder,” and this seems to be among the most popular cuts for wontons.
It’s ideal to use more fatty cuts, so some other options would be the pork neck end or pork belly.
Try to avoid using leaner cuts like pork loin or pork chop.
Selecting wonton wrappers
We talk about this at great length in our video, but for a quick overview, you'll want wrappers that are square, thin, and yellow.
What's the difference between potsticker wrappers and wonton wrappers?
The dough for both types of dumpling wrappers is generally the same: wheat flour and water. Many wonton wrappers also contain egg, which turns the wrapper yellow. Because potstickers are usually pan-fried and steamed, the wrappers are thicker to stand up to the more exciting cooking process. They’re also usually in round circles.
On the other hand, wontons are usually dropped into a big pot of boiling water or deep-fried, so the structural integrity of the dumpling is not as much at risk. They're usually thinner and square-shaped.
Where do you buy wonton wrappers?
You'll find wonton wrappers in the frozen or refrigerated section of the grocery store. If there is a large selection, they may have their own section. If not, you might see them near the tofu. They're commonplace enough now that even if you don't have an Asian grocery store nearby, your general supermarket may stock them!
Finding Asian ingredients
Some of these ingredients can be hard to find in a typical grocery store.
If you don't live near an Asian market, most or all of what my dad uses in this recipe can be found on Amazon:
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