Hawai’i: Wontons/Dumplings in Hot Oil

Tuesday, December 27, 2011 5comments No tags Permalink 0

Finally got around to making these hot oil dumplings. When dad visited NYC last month I took him to a bunch of Sichuan restaurants – he was obsessed with “wontons in hot oil,” a dish you can’t get in Hawai’i. We ordered these wontons (literally boiled wontons in a bowl of hot oil) anywhere we could find them. Here are photos of hot oil wontons from: Cafe China, White Bear, Grand Sichuan, Szechuan Gourmet

Of course when dad returned to Hawai’i the wontons were all he could talk about…but mom didn’t want to hear about it unless she could taste it herself!

He turned to me, “Kathy, why don’t you make it for us?” A quick search and I found two great recipes. I used both as guidelines, but made changes to suit personal taste.

First stop, Yat Tung Chow Noodle Factory for wonton skins. They were sold out of the thinnest skins, but offered the second thinnest which happened to be round skins. This is why we folded ours in the $1.50 for a 50-pack, ahh so fresh!

I didn’t measure, just started with a pound of ground pork, and tweaked till everything tasted “right.” Ingredients for filling: ground pork, ginger, garlic, green onions, nuoc nam, sesame oil, egg (to bind), salt and pepper. Ingredients for the hot oil sauce: chili oil, shoyu, sesame oil, black vinegar, fried garlic, green onion. Couldn’t find Sichuan peppercorns so these weren’t authentic ;) But they were delicious. Boil the dumplings and pour hot oil sauce over, it’s really that easy. These dumpling skins were amazing, supple and thin. A significant upgrade from the frozen ones I buy in NYC.

They were such a hit I served them again for dinner at grandma’s house the next day. This time we made more changes. For the filling we replaced green onion with chives.

A ton of chives…you could taste more chives than pork. Here’s what it looks like.

And for the sauce grandma minced fresh ginger and stirred that right in. Endless options, I don’t like cooking with recipes (baking is different!), it makes me feel like a robot. I turn to recipes for ideas and inspirations, but when it comes to the actual cooking process, sign me up for the ‘taste and tweak’ route.

Here are dumplings from the second night! We made 100 pieces the first night and 150 the second night (cousins joined for dinner)…sold out both nights, huzzah!

Yat Tung Chow Noodle Factory
150 N King Street # 102
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 531-7982

  • K and S
    December 27, 2011

    wow $1.50 for 50 skins…that is a deal! these look so good!

  • anonymous
    December 27, 2011

    Man! You could set up your own little hole in the wall in Chinatown! :)

  • David
    December 27, 2011

    Great post, my mom wants to make pot stickers for NYE but I'll tell her to make these instead, since we're chili freaks.

  • Alicia
    December 27, 2011

    Those look delicious!!!!!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    December 27, 2011

    Hi Kat! Yes!! Thinking about buying a bunch to freeze and take back to NYC…Hi Kim! Ahahaha, will keep that in mind! ;)Hi David! Thanks!! Definitely give them a try if you have a chance, would love to hear what you think!Hi Alicia! Thank you!! :)

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