What To Serve With Wontons?
Wonton is a Chinese dumpling that can be served as an appetizer, side dish or main course. It’s straightforward to make, and it’s delicious!
Everybody loves this recipe because you don’t need special equipment to make them. You need some ingredients and your hands to shape the dough into balls. The best thing about these wontons is that they taste great with lemon juice, olive oil, and light soy sauce, even if you have a small appetite. They are perfect for lunch or dinner.
If you are wondering what to pair your wontons with, you can pair them with all sorts of dishes! From noodles, rice, grilled meat, vegetables, egg rolls, assortment of dishes, and even sweet mochi balls, wontons are a great match for any dumpling dish and dry dishes. This type of dumpling is undoubtedly a must-try and make at home for a light dinner treat.
Here are some suggestions:
1. Sautéed Pork
Sauteed pork is very popular in China among other pork dishes such as fermented sausage (lap cheong), barbecued pork, etc. If you want to serve something different than the usual dumpling side dishes, try sautéing pork belly instead of regular pork loin. This will give you more flavor and texture.
To make this recipe, you will need good pork meat, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, scallions, and water chestnuts. First, you need to marinate the pork meat overnight. Then, heat the wok over high heat until hot. Add the pork meat and cook until brown.
Remove from the pan and set aside. Add the rest of the ingredients in the same pan except the pork meat. Cook for another 2 minutes before adding the pork back to the pan. Continue cooking until the liquid reduces, and then remove it from the stove.
Serve with steamed rice and garnish with green onions.
2. Shrimp With Vegetables
Shrimp is one ideal side dish to have with wontons. Some wontons have shrimp and pork fillings. This is a crowd favorite, and many like how the flavors complement each other. Shrimp with vegetables is a common dish that is also a healthy side dish option.
For this recipe, you will only need fresh shrimp, spring onion, carrots, celery, cabbage, and mushrooms. Boil the shrimp first so that they become tender. Remove the shells and cut the tails off. Peel the skin off the carrot and chop them into thin slices. Slice the celery and mushroom. Chop the spring onion into pieces.
Heat up the wok over medium-high heat. When hot, add the vegetable mixture and stir fry for 5 minutes. Next, add the shrimp and continue stirring for another 3 minutes—season with salt and pepper. Garnish with cilantro leaves.
3. Vegetable Rice
Of course, no Asian dish is considered one without rice. With that, you should make this vegetable rice recipe together with your wontons. This is a no-sweat recipe, and you’ll love how the combination of veggies and rice tastes.
You will need broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, zucchini, snow peas, baby corn, and red bell peppers. Cut the vegetables into bite-size pieces. Heat the wok over low heat. Add the vegetable mixture and stir-fry for 10 minutes—season with salt. Serve with wonton soup.
5. Orange Chicken
Orange chicken is an excellent dish that goes well with wontons. For this recipe, you will use boneless chicken breast, orange juice, soy sauce, sugar, ginger, garlic, and scallion.
First, marinate the chicken with the orange juice for at least 1 hour. After that, season the chicken with soy sauce, sugar, and ginger. Mix well and let sit for 30 minutes.
Next, heat up the wontons and place them on the chicken. Sprinkle some scallions and sesame seeds on top.
6. Fresh Spring Rolls
Another classic Chinese dish: fresh spring rolls! Spring rolls are genuinely a crowd’s favorite. Whether you’re Asian or not, these are easy to make and delicious. You can also find ready-made ones in most supermarkets.
This recipe uses lettuce, cucumber, bean sprouts, shredded carrots, and ground pork. To make this recipe, you need to prepare the filling first. Combine all the ingredients and mix well. Set aside.
Cut the lettuce into strips. Slice the cucumber lengthwise. Next, slice the carrots into thin sticks. Finally, shred the pork.
To assemble the roll, spread out the lettuce onto a plate. Place the cucumber soy sauce and carrots on top. Top with the pork and sprinkle with chopped peanuts. Roll the lettuce around the filling and serve. You can also make a creamy peanut sauce as a dipping sauce recipe to this or simply make a flavorful chili garlic sauce. But most of the time, a flavorful peanut sauce is more popular.
7. Fried Green Beans With Garlic Sichuan Sauce
Sichuan originates in China and is one of the most popular spices in the world. One of the best ways to incorporate Sichuan peppers is by making them into a dipping sauce. Sichuan is mainly paired with garlic and made into a chilli paste to add spicy flavors to wontons.
This recipe calls for green beans, garlic, Sichuan peppers, and oil. First, boil the green beans until soft. Then, drain and set aside. Mix garlic, Sichuan pepper, and oil in a small bowl. Stir well and set aside.
In a large skillet, heat the oil over high heat. Once hot, add the garlic mixture and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.
Add the green beans to the pan and toss them in the garlic mixture—Cook for about two more minutes. Season with salt, and serve immediately.
8. Vegetable Stir Fry
Nothing beats eating wontons with some excellent vegetable stir fry. Not only is this dish healthy, but it’s also very flavorful. It’s perfect for when you want something light and refreshing, but be sure to use fresh veggies!
For this recipe, you will need key ingredients such as cabbage, carrot, onion, celery, mushrooms, black pepper, rice vinegar or black vinegar. Chop the vegetables into bite-sized pieces. Heat up the pan over medium heat. Add the vegetable and stir-fry until tender—season with salt and pepper.
The best thing about this recipe is you can choose the vegetables you wish to include. If you like spicy food, you may want to add chili flakes.
9. Fried Rice
Wontons are sometimes deep-fried to perfection, and the best way to eat them is with some classic fried white rice. This rice dish is similar to a vegetable stir-fry. You can customize this dish by choosing what you want to put in it. For example, you could use tofu if you don’t have any meat.
First, chop the vegetables into bite-size pieces. Heat the wok over medium heat. Once hot, pour the oil and swirl the wok to coat it evenly.
Add the onions and saute for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and continue cooking for another minute. Now, add the chicken stock and soy sauce. Mix well and let simmer for 5 minutes.
Next, add the cooked rice and veggies. Toss everything together and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
10. Hot And Sour Soup
Soups are also one way to enjoy wontons, and what better way to eat them with some steaming hot and sour soup? In China and some Asian countries, sour soup is often served as an appetizer or snack. The sweet and sour flavors make it a perfect match for wonton rolls.
To make this soup, first, bring water to a boil. You may also use vegetable broth if you have any. Next, cut the bamboo shoots into thin slices. Boil the bamboo shoot for 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
Now, heat the wok over high heat. Pour in the oil and swirl to coat the wok evenly. Add the pork and stir-fry for 4 minutes.
Now, add the scallions and garlic and stir-fry for one more minute. Finally, add the vinegar and sugar and mix well. Let simmer for 2 minutes.
Finally, add the bamboo shoot and noodles and mix well. Season with salt and serve immediately while it’s fresh and hot. You can also make some sour sauce to add more sourness.
11. Char Siu Roasted Eggplant
Char Siu is a popular Chinese food dish. It is a Chinese barbecue sauce that has a sweet and tangy flavor. This sauce goes perfectly with eggplants and is a delicious side dish.
Roasting eggplants brings out their natural sweetness, making them taste even better. To roast the eggplants, preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut the eggplants lengthwise and remove the seeds. Place the eggplants on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Roast the eggplants for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. When they’re cooled down, slice them into half-inch thick slices.
Heat the wok over low heat. Pour in the sesame oil and swirl to coat evenly. Add the shallots and garlic and cook for 2 minutes.
Now, toss in the roasted eggplants and stir-fry them for 2 minutes. Then, add the hoisin sauce and mix well—Cook for another minute.
Season with salt and serve immediately.
12. Egg Drop Soup
Drop your regular Asian chicken noodle soup and make something easier to go with this recipe! Corn egg drop soup is a top-rated soup recipe, and it’s straightforward to make among other Asian soups! It also makes a great partner for some freshly steamed wontons. The first crack opens your eggs and separates the yolks from the whites to make this soup.
Put the yolks in a bowl and beat them until they become foamy. Set aside.
In a large pot, combine the broth, water, cornstarch, salt, and white pepper. Bring to a boil.
Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium and slowly add the beaten egg yolk mixture. Stir constantly so that you don’t have lumps. Continue stirring until the soup starts to thicken.
Once the soup is thickened, please turn off the heat and pour it into a serving bowl. Garnish with chopped green onion and serve immediately.
13. Potsticker Rice Noodle Bowl
Try this twisted version if you think plain rice will not suffice your wontons. These pork potstickers are made using wonton wrappers instead of regular flour tortillas. They’re crispy on the outside and soft inside.
First, prepare the filling by combining all the ingredients except the wonton wrappers. Mix everything thoroughly.
Next, take a piece of wonton wrapper and place about three tablespoons of the filling onto it. Roll the wrapper tightly around the filling and seal the edges with a little bit of water. Repeat this process until you’ve used all the wonton wrappers and filling.
Heat the wok over medium heat. Once heated, pour the oil and swirl it to coat the wok. Add the savory potstickers and fry them for 5 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve the fried potstickers with a dipping sauce of your choice.
14. Chinese Broccoli
Chinese cuisines use a lot of green vegetables in their dishes. One such vegetable is broccoli, often cooked with soy sauce and spices. Here, we’ll show you how to cook broccoli with wonton wrappers.
To start cooking, cut the broccoli florets into bite-size pieces. Wash the broccoli and drain it.
Add the broccoli to a pan filled with water and boil. Boil the broccoli for 4 minutes. Drain the water and set the broccoli aside.
Add the chicken stock to the same pan and bring it to a boil again. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat the wok over high heat. Pour in the oil and swirl to coat the wok evenly. Add the ginger and garlic and stir-fry for 1 minute.
Then, add the broccoli and continue to stir-fry for another minute. Next, add the oyster sauce and sesame oil and stir-fry the broccoli for another minute.
Finally, add the chicken stock and stir-fry until the liquid has evaporated. Season with salt and serve immediately with some extra chili flakes.
Enough with the savoury stuff. Let’s head on and pair our wontons with something sweet for a more balanced meal! Mochi is a popular Asian dessert that originated in both China and Japan, and it makes a great pairing with wontons.
Mochi is sticky rice dough that can be shaped into different shapes like balls, sticks, etc. You can make mochi at home by following these simple steps:
1) Combine the glutinous rice flour, tapioca starch, sugar, salt, and baking powder in a mixing bowl.
2) Gradually add the warm water while kneading the mixture until a smooth dough forms. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and allow it to rest for 30 minutes.
3) After resting, roll out the dough into a thin sheet. Cut the dough into desired shapes.
4) Heat a nonstick frying pan over medium heat. Place the mochi shapes in the hot pan and cook each side for 2 minutes. Remove from the pan and cool completely before serving.
Kimchi is a popular Korean simple side dish made of fermented cabbage. It’s usually served as an appetizer, but if you want to try making kimchi at home, here are the basic steps:
First, wash the cabbages well and remove any damaged leaves. Then, chop the cabbage into small cubes.
Mix the chopped cabbage with the other ingredients (salt, red pepper powder, garlic, ginger, onion, scallions, and radish).
Next, place the cabbage mix in a large jar and cover it with a lid. Let it sit for about three days.
After this period, open the jar and check whether the fermentation process is complete. If not, close the pot and leave it for another day.
Once the fermentation process is done, transfer the contents of the jar to a clean container. You can store your kimchi in your fridge and enjoy it with your meals, especially with wontons!
Ube is a root crop native to Asia and Southeast Asia. It’s also known as purple yam or Japanese mountain yam. The color comes from anthocyanins which give ube its characteristic purple hue.
You can find fresh ube in most supermarkets during the summer months. However, frozen ube is widely available year-round.
To prepare ube for use, peel off the skin and slice the flesh into long strips. Boil the ube slices in salted water for 5 to 10 minutes. Drain them thoroughly and set them aside.
18. Fried Sesame Balls
Fried sesame balls are little balls of fried sesame seeds. This is one of the best Asian cuisine desserts you can make. They’re often eaten as snacks but can also be used as toppings for noodles or salads. It can also be filled with red or black beans paste.
Here are the basic steps to make fried sesame balls:
1) Mix the sesame seeds, cornstarch, salt, and sugar.
2) Add the egg white and whisk vigorously until the batter becomes thick and lumpy.
3) Pour the batter into a shallow plate and refrigerate it for 1 hour.
4) When ready to fry, pour oil into a deep skillet to reach a depth of about 4 inches. Heat the oil over high heat until it reaches 350 degrees F.
5) Using a tablespoon measure, scoop out the chilled batter and drop it into the hot oil. Fry the balls for about 2 minutes on each side.
6) Transfer the cooked balls to paper towels to absorb excess oil. Serve immediately.
19. Chili Garlic Tofu Scramble
Tofu is a healthier option to take instead of eggs when cooking breakfast. This scramble recipe uses tofu that has been marinated in chili garlic sauce. To make this recipe, you will need tofu and cut them into cubes, bite-sized pieces. Next, add soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, and brown sugar to the tofu cubes. Stir everything together and let it sit for 15 minutes.
This is one of the best Asian side dishes to make. Not only is this a simple dish, but this is an excellent dish for dumplings. Since it’s also a vegetable dish, pork dumplings for dinner are healthier for you.
20. Pork Spring Rolls
Pork spring rolls are deep-fried rice wraps filled with pork meat and vegetables. Here’s how to make them:
1) First, soak rice sticks in cold water for 30 minutes. After soaking, drain the rice sticks and pat dry with a paper towel.
2) Cut the pork into thin strips.
3) Slice the green onions and cucumber thinly.
4) Combine all the ingredients except rice sticks in a bowl.
5) Place one piece of rice stick at the bottom of a small dish. Spread half of the mixture evenly across the rice stick.
6) Roll up the rice wrap tightly. Repeat these steps until all the ingredients have been used.
7) In a wok or pan, heat vegetable oil until it reaches 375 degrees F. Deep-fry the rolls for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the rolls from the oil using a slotted spoon and place them on a paper towel to absorb any excess oil.
8) Serve warm.
21. Tofu Sesame Toasts
Another tofu recipe to try is this toasted sesame tofu toast. You’ll need firm tofu, sesame oil, soy sauce, and breadcrumbs.
First, press the tofu in a colander lined with cheesecloth. Let the tofu stand for 20 minutes. Then remove the cheesecloth and gently squeeze out the excess liquid.
Next, combine the pressed tofu with the other ingredients and mix well.
Heat a nonstick frying pan over medium heat. Once heated, spread the tofu mixture onto the pan’s surface—Cook the tofu for 6 to 8 minutes per side.
22. Steamed Broccoli Or Mixed Vegetables
Vegetables make everything healthier, and with the right recipe, you can make them delicious! Try steaming broccoli or mixed vegetables as your healthy breakfast with egg rolls.
To steam the vegetables, first, wash them thoroughly. Then, please put them in a pot with enough water to cover the vegetables. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot and let the vegetables simmer for 10 to 12 minutes. Drain the vegetables and serve.
21. Sautéed Button Mushrooms
Mushrooms can be a great alternative to meat and a perfect side dish to wontons and dumpling side dishes. They’re also very nutritious. If you want to sauté mushrooms, here’s what you do:
1) Wash the mushrooms and slice them into halves or quarters.
2) Heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a skillet over high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook for 4 to 5 minutes.
3) Reduce the heat to medium and stir occasionally. Continue cooking for another 7 to 9 minutes.
4) Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste.