Cooking Technique: Wonton Folding

Tue, Feb 9, 2010

Cooking, Techniques

The Chinese New Year is upon us (February 14th), and what better way to celebrate it than to learn the technique of folding wontons?  If you don’t know what wontons are, they are a type of dumpling. They are typically used as appetizers, street food, or in soups and are usually steamed, boiled or fried. Wontons should not be confused with potstickers, as potstickers are made with a thicker, chewier skin.

Wontons are usually filled with meat (pork, shrimp or oysters are common), ginger, onion and carrot and sesame oil and soy sauce. Other things can be used as a filling such as broken up firm tofu, finely shredded vegetables, or other sea foods.

For folding techniques, you can fold wontons in a very basic way or get more creative, but there is one trick that almost all of folding styles have in common, using water to seal the edges!

The first and most basic folding technique is done by starting out with a wonton wrapper laid out flat and about a teaspoon of filling in the center. Dip your finger in some water and run it across the inside edge of your wonton skin. If using round wrappers, fold the skin over the filling so as to make a half circle and press lightly from the center, down to the folded corners. Make sure that all the air is pushed out and the wonton is sealed tightly (pictured above left).

For the second folding style, and much more creative looking but no more difficult, you’ll want to start out the same way  as the first. Once the first step is done, take the corners (this is usually done with square wrappers) and fold one side in. Wet the other, unfolded corner, and then fold it in, pressing both corners firmly together (pictured above right).

Another way to fold your wontons is to lay out the wonton skin (again square ones are ideal here) so that it’s in a diamond shape, with a corner pointing to you. Place the filling at the bottom corner and fold up just enough to cover it. Fold once more, there should be a wonton corner that is bare, and then fold over the right corner, wet and fold over the left corner and press together firmly to seal.

If you are having problems keeping your wontons from sticking together, a great trick is to place them on a plate that has a bit of flour on it. This will soak up any extra liquid while you make the rest!

For many more ways to fold your wontons, check out, there are even a few videos that can make the instructions even  easier to understand!

Enjoy your wontons for the Chinese New Year and for the rest of the year to come!

Photos in by penguincake, springorchid, and my_amii.

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