Wonton is one of the most famous types of Chinese dumplings. Wonton wrappers can easily be found ready-made (typically frozen): they are square and thin, and they allow to wrap about one teaspoon of filling. The most common type of filling is some type of ground meat and or shrimps. Here, I have used minced chicken-less meat and wombok cabbage.
Wonton dumplings are fun to prepare and they are extremely savory. Yet, they are low-carb and they don’t require heavy sauces or other seasoning than soy sauce and green onion.
- 16-18 wonton wrappers
- 1/2 cup vegan ground chicken
- 1/2 cup wombok cabbage
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seed oil
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- Pinch of pepper
- 3 tablespoons Tamari sauce
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 green onions
Take the wonton wrappers out of the freezer as you start preparing the dumplings. Heat the toasted sesame seed oil in a large skillet. Add the minced chicken. Rinse and thinly slice the wombok cabbage and mix well. Continue to cook for 5 minutes, until the wombok is cooked and reduces in size. Season with ground ginger, pepper and one tablespoon of Tamari sauce. Mix well, take off the heat and set aside for a few minutes to cool.
Pick a wonton wrapper and lay it on a wooden surface (a bamboo cutter will be perfect). If it doesn’t peel off from the wonton stack, lay your palm on the stack for a few seconds: the heat of your hand will soften the dough and you will be able to peel the wrapper off the stack very easily. Add a teaspoon of the filling in the center of the wrapper. Wet your hands in water and run a finger along the edges of the wrapper. Fold the wrapper on itself to form a triangle, then fold the edges on the longest side backwards and pinch them together. Fold the remaining edge on itself as well and pinch it so it won’t open. Repeat the operation until you finish the filling.
Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan. Toss the dumplings into the water and boil for a couple of minutes, until the come to the surface. Drain and transfer to your serving bowls.
Quickly prepare the dressing by mixing soy sauce and maple syrup in a ramekin. Rinse and thinly slice the green onions. Toss them into the soy sauce mix and pour evenly on the dumplings.
Enjoy your home-made wonton dumplings!