Sichuan Style Wontons in Spicy Chili Oil 紅油抄手
If you have been reading this blog for a while, you know that I absolutely adore two things in my life: 1) a bowl of juicy and meat wonton/dumpling and 2) anything sitting in a puddle of spicy chili oil.
Now, just imagine having both of the two in one tasty dish (already drooling)….
….Which brings us to the recipe I’d like to share today – Wontons in Spicy Chili oil – a popular Chinese street food I grew up eating in Sichuan.
This is a dish for all you spicy food lovers or wonton lovers out there. Especially if you already master your homemade chili oil, this is the next dish you absolutely should make!
If the freshly prepared wontons are the body of this dish, then a good homemade chili oil is the soul that makes this dish fly.
Depending on the quality of the chili oil you have, you either end up with a bowl of ass-kicking, mouth-watering wontons soaked in that spicy and aromatic chili oil sauce just like the one from the streets of Sichuan
or, you end up with a bland and uninspiring wontons in a spicy mess.
In this recipe, my goal is to help you achieve the former and I cannot overstate the importance of a good chili oil.
What makes this dish different
To make this authentic Sichuan style wontons in chili oil, first you want to start with freshly prepared pork filling. Fresh grounded pork is seasoned with simple seasoning. I’ll also show you a little trick to make your meat tender and juicy right in the recipe.
Next, use the Northern style wonton wrappers. These wrappers are thicker and doughier than the Cantonese style wrappers so they make wontons hold up better.
Lastly and more importantly, the chili oil used in the sauce is what turns plain boiled wontons into a Sichuan classic
If you haven’t, please make your own chili oil by following this recipe. The 30 minutes you spend can instantly turn you into a pro in Sichuan cuisine.
How to Fold Wontons
Folding wonton might seem intimating but once you’ve gotten through the first few, you’ll realize it’s quite doable.
And I’ll make it super easy for you by breaking the process down step by step.
Heck, I’ll even show you 3 different ways of folding them so you can pick the one you like the most.
One last thing before you jump onto the recipe, if you a not a pork guy, you can simply substitute the pork with chicken (recommended) or beef or even fish. Just experiment to see what works best for you.
Step by step recipe
How to Make Sichuan Style Wontons in Spicy Chili Oil 紅油抄手
Yield: 30 - 40 wontons
Prep Time:40 mins
Cook Time:5 mins
Total Time:45 mins
- 1tsp white pepper powder
- 1tbsp Shaoxing cooking wine
- 1tsp salt
- 1tsp soy sauce
- 1tsp sesame oil
- 1 scallion, chopped
- 1 egg
- 3 tbsp water
Sichuan chili oil Sauce/dressing (for 2 servings)
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2tsp Chinese Black vinegar
- 2 tbsp hot chili oil (plus more for drizzling)
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 scallion, chopped
- cilantro, chopped (optional)