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Crispy Prawn Wontons with Sweet Chilli Sauce

An absolute classic and all-time favourite Chinese dish!
We serve hundreds of these every week at Billy Kwong. I love it when you bite into the crunchy wonton wrapper and then hit a piece of piping hot prawn!
These are great as an appetiser or for cocktail food at a party. The chilli sauce is rich, sweet and salty – perfect for deep-fried food.


  • wontons

  • 9 medium uncooked Prawns about 300g

  • 1 tablespoon finely sliced spring onion scallions

  • 1 tablespoon roughly chopped coriander leaf

  • 1.5 teaspoons finely diced Ginger

  • 1 teaspoon shao hsing wine or dry sherry

  • 1 teaspoon light soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon Oyster sauce

  • 0.25 teaspoon Sesame Oil

  • 0.25 teaspoon white sugar

  • 16 fresh wonton wrappers about 7cm square

  • 2 cups rice wine vinegar

  • 1.5 cups white sugar

  • 5 tablespoons Fish sauce

  • 2 large Red chilli's finely sliced on the diagonal

  • vegetable oil for deep frying


  • 1.

    Place vinegar and sugar in a medium-sized heavy-based saucepan and bring to the boil.

  • 2.

    Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 15 minutes or until liquid is reduced by almost half and slightly syrupy.

  • 3.

    Remove from stove, stir in fish sauce and chillies and set aside.

  • 4.

    For the wontons, peel and de-vein prawns, then dice prawn meat– you should have about 150 g (5 oz) diced prawn meat.

  • 5.

    Combine prawn meat and remaining ingredients, except wonton wrappers, in a bowl, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  • 6.

    Next fill and shape the wontons.

  • 7.

    Heat oil in a hot wok until surface seems to shimmer slightly.

  • 8.

    Add wontons in batches and deep-fry for about 2 minutes or until just cooked through and lightly browned.

  • 9.

    To test the wontons you will need to remove one using a slotted spoon and cut it through with a sharp knife to see if the prawns are just cooked through.

  • 10.

    Remove wontons with a slotted spoon and drain well on kitchen paper.

  • 11.

    Repeat process with remaining wontons.

  • 12.

    Arrange wontons on a platter and serve immediately with a bowl of sweet chilli dipping sauce.

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Posted by Report
I've always been fascinated by Chinese cooking. Plenty of healthy vegetables & quick easy. need to try & make a variety of different flavours too boot. Thank You.
Posted by Patricia116Report
I have now made this numerous times for various Asian banquets and it has been a constant hit. The wontons are magic BUT the sauce is to die for.