Chinese wontons, Darth Vadar style

Chinese New Year is coming up, so we’re sharing some traditional, yet simple recipes with you!

* Wontons are traditionally made with ground pork and shrimp. My mother doesn’t
eat pork and so whenever I can substitute out pork, I try to do so – this way Mom
can enjoy my cooking as I have enjoyed hers all my life.

  1. 1.5 lbs. lean ground turkey
  2. [optional: 6 uncooked shrimp, peeled deveined, chopped]
  3. 1 tsp. fresh ginger, minced
  4. 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  5. 1/3 cup green onions, finely chopped
  6. ¼ cup napa cabbage, chopped
  7. ¼ cup carrot, finely chopped
  8. 1 8-oz. canned water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped
  9. 1 tsp. sesame oil
  10. 1 tsp. quality salt (I’m currently fond of Hawaiiian Red Salt)
  11. ¼ tsp. ground pepper
  12. 1 egg, beaten
  13. 2 packages square Wonton Wrappers
  14. 2 Tb. soy sauce, 2 Tb. rice vinegar, garlic chili paste

Combine first 11 ingredients (set aside egg and Wonton wrappers) in mixing bowl.
And prepare to wrap!


Wontons can be prepared in a variety of ways. Most common in Chinese restaurants
are, of course, the fried Wonton and Wonton Noodle Soup.

wonton ingredients pre-mixed

Once folded, Wontons keep well in your freezer for up to 3 months. Freeze Wontons
on tray in the freezer. When fully frozen, transfer to a freezer storage bag.

wonton ingredients mixed

scooping meat for wontons

Scoop 1/2 Tb of meat into the center of a wrapper.

wonton meat on a wrapper

Wipe egg yolk across two adjoining edges of the wrapper.  Then fold the wonton into a triangle.  If you’re feeling modern, you can stop here with the folding.

wonton folder into triangle close-up

wonton folder into triangle triangular wontons on a tray pre-cooked

If you’re in a Star Wars kind of mood, you can continue on to the Queen Amidala or the Darth Vadar folds as depicted in the images below.

wonton darth vadar wonton wrapping technique  wonton darth vadar wonton wrapping technique

wonton folded into darth vadar

wonton darth vadar wonton wrapping technique   darth vadar wontons

I am your father…

Star Wars wonton folds

There are myriad ways to cook wontons.  In the photo below, I boiled them for 3 -4 minutes.wontons boiled and plated wontons boiled and plated

For more of a potsticker result, you can also brown these guys in a bit of vegetable oil.  Once browned, add chicken stock and simmer for 1 minute.  The chicken stock softens the wontons so that they’re still slightly crunchy, and oh so yummy!

For the dipping sauce, I prefer the following: 2 Tb. rice vinegar, 2 Tb. soy sauce, and 1 tsp. garlic chili paste (Sambal Oelek brand with the rooster on the label is my preferred chili).

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  1. Marlys Folly says

    I love wontons and these looks wonderful.. Love your detailed description on how to make them. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday and remember to come back and vote on Sunday.

  2. Ericka says

    This recipe looks wonderful and so are the photos! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

  3. Joanne DiPalo says

    I’m a big fan of wontons/dumplings. Thanks so much for the photos and tutorial.
    They look delicious.

    Joanne/Winelady Cooks

    • imeeshu says

      Thanks. Please let us know how they turn out! They’re a staple here in our house!