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Wonton

A Chinese speciality, wontons are made from dough wrappers stuffed with a filling of minced meat, vegetables or seafood. They may be boiled and served in a broth, either with or without noodles, or steamed or deep–fried and served as an appetizer with a dipping sauce. The name wonton (or huntun) means ‘swallowing clouds’. Wonton is the Cantonese name andhuntun is the Mandarin name, both of which are derived from a similar word meaning ‘chaos’. Wontons are traditionally served on the winter solstice (December 22) in northern China, the day on which winter arrives and ancestors are remembered. Originally a food for emperors, wontons are now a roadside snack to be enjoyed by everyone.