Last week I had the chance to teach the children how to make 'fried wontons' (with a simple pork and chicken filling) - from what ingredients to use, mixing and putting the mixture into wonton sheets and showing them the frying method. This part an adult has to do - after all I was teaching children that are 3 years of age. They enjoyed this experience and to me they have learned so much from recognizing and naming the ingredients, embracing my culture and having to taste their own food rather than picking these up from the Chinese restaurant or in frozen packets.
Now because I didn't want to overwhelm the children with too much ingredients I just used the minimal! Having the other ingredients does not really mean that the taste will be bland. It was really good!
Kid Friendly: Pork or Chicken Fried Wontons
We made about 50 on these wontons with minimal meat inside. If you make leftovers then freeze. If you want to make just chicken then omit the pork and double chicken the amount and vice versa.
What will you need:
- Approx 150 grams of minced pork
- Approx 150 grams of minced chicken
- 1/2 tbs of minced garlic
- 1/2 tbs of minced ginger
- 1 - 1.5 tbs of soy sauce
- 1 tbs of rice wine vinegar
- pepper to taste
- wonton wrappers (i used the white you can also use the yellow egg wrappers)
- bit of cornflour and water to paste around the edges of the wontons to enclose the filling.
- vegetable oil for frying
- Have all the ingredients laid out and have the ginger, garlic in whole because this way the children and identify what is what and have them to smell and ask them what does this smell like. Show them the cut up version which will be put into the mixture.
- Then divide portions up into their own mixing bowls and add all the ingredients together and have them to smell each first and get them to mix and describe how it feels and looks. The mixture should be sticky and pasty looking.
- Next have the wonton wrappers already peeled for the children (do this beforehand) and show them how.
- Lay the wonton wrappers on a flat surface and fill the middle of the sheet with a tiny filling of the mince mixture (just under half a teaspoon) and with water mixed with cornflour brush the edges of the wrapper. Enclose the filling by taking the bottom of the wrapper to the top of the wrapper and seal.
- I skipped pleating part cause it seems a bit too challenging for their little fingers. The children showed me that they could dip the finger into the bowl and brush it around the edges and fold it up to enclose the filling. You can really make any shape!
- With an adult, heat oil (about 1 inch in a wok) until hot. Fry about 8 wontons at a time until brown and turn it a few times about for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Drain on paper towel
- Serve with soy sauce and eat immediately!
I am sure you will love watching your children concentrate and focus on this easy cooking activity and that they learn that not everything comes out from frozen packets or take away from a Chinese restaurant.