Wantons in Chilli Oil & Vinegar (红油抄手)

Wantons in Chilli Oil & Vinegar

Wantons. Don’t you just love them? I can’t get enough of them! I love them in soups, with noodles and even on it’s own. Steamed, boiled and fried, gimme gimme! I love it when it is really stuffed to the max, and all you need is a few to fill your tummies. Recently, I went back to Food Republik with my dearest Peach Water, and decided to try their wantons in chilli oil and vinegar.

Wantons in Chilli oil and vinegar from Taiwan - Shilin Night Market

Wantons in chilli oil and vinegar in Taiwan - Shilin Night Market

(Photo from my Taiwan trip in 2009, please excuse the blurry picture of the food, I think I was too excited and hungry haha)

The first time I had these were at the Shilin Night Market in Taiwan itself. Let me tell you, it’s a small bowl of yummy-ness! Silky smooth wantons, with flavoursome stuffing, chopped lettuce and a sauce that I still can’t replicate. It had chilli oil, sesame oil, vinegar and a nutty paste (might either be sesame paste or peanut). Just so so good! And because it’s so small, I could easily slurp down 2 bowls! haha

Wantons in chilli oil & vinegar from Food Republik

These from Food Republik were quite yummy too! Although they didn’t have the same sauce, but a really good balance of chilli oil and vinegar! They also garnished with crushed peanuts and coriander. All I needed was a bowl of these wantons and the popcorn chicken. My belly was very happy! (:

Rows of handmade wantons

So a few days after having them. I was somehow craving for more. So instead of going down all the way to Boxhill, I decided to make my own version of it. I have to say, mine wasn’t anywhere close to the ones from Taiwan, but it was pretty similar to the one from Food Republik. Hooray! (:

I think the next time I will try to add a bit of sesame paste just to get the nutty flavour through the sauce. Lucky thing I made heaps of wantons, and because I only eat 4 each time (cos they are ginormous haha) so I could slowly try different versions! But if you’re a fan of the combination of spicy with a sour kick, do give these a try! I’m pretty sure you’ll be hooked! Even though the wantons take a while to make, but it’s actually a pretty fun process and you’ll realise there are many ways to fold your wantons! Mine is just one of which (:

Cross section of the wanton

Wantons in Chilli Oil & Vinegar (An Original Recipe of FoodMadeWithLove)


250g mince pork

100g fish paste

8 prawns, finely chopped

4 shitake mushrooms, soaked and diced finely

20g dried shrimp, soaked and finely chopped

3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

2 tbs fish sauce

1 tbs soy sauce

1 tbs sesame oil

1 tbs oyster sauce

1 tsp ground white pepper

1 heap tsp corn starch

1 stalk of spring onion, finely chopped

Wanton wrappers

Sauce (for 4 wantons)

1 tbs chilli oil* (I used 老干妈)

1 tbs black vinegar*

1 tsp sesame oil

1 tsp oyster sauce

toasted sesame seeds, chopped peanuts & fried shallots (for garnish)

Steps :

1) For the wantons : In a frying pan, fry the dried shrimp and garlic till fragrant. Set aside. In a large metal bowl, add all the ingredients as well as the fried dried shrimp and garlic and mix till well combined.

2) Place a portion on a wonton wrapper, wet the two sides with water and fold it into half. Press all the air out and stick the two ends together.

Steps to making wantons

3) In a pot of boiling water, drop the wantons in and cook for 8-10 minutes or until the wantons start floating at the top. Drain and set a side.

4) In a small bowl, combine the sauces together until well combined. Place the wantons on top of the sauce and garnish with toasted sesame seeds, peanuts and fried shallots.

Wantons in chilli oil & vinegar

5) Give it a good mix to make sure the wantons are coated with the sauce and soaking in all the good stuff! ENJOY!

* Note : I do love spicy food and I love my black vinegar too, so do give it a taste after mixing the sauces and adjust accordingly to what you fancy!

Remember to always cook and bake with love ! (:

32 thoughts on “Wantons in Chilli Oil & Vinegar (红油抄手)

  1. Daisy@Nevertoosweet says:

    These are one of my favourite types of wontons!!! I love love love the chilli!!! Hege my parents always eat wontons with soup but now I much prefer it was chilli yay!!! 🙂

    Can’t wait to make some and will try your way to wrapping them 😀 you get so much more filling than mine hehe!

    • liannelow says:

      haha I love fat wantons! hehe That’s why mine is so big! haha but yes! This is my fav way to having them! just the combi of spicy and sour, gives my taste buds a kick! hehe Hope you enjoy it! xx

    • liannelow says:

      haha Yes! I’m like u babe! hehe I keep apologising when I need to snap a shot! hehe Whoops! hehe and thank you! I like to stuff my wantons and make them big! hehe noms! xx

  2. The Life of Clare says:

    These look fantastic! I love making wontons but for some reason mine always fall apart. I’ll have to have another go!

    • liannelow says:

      You might need to add a bit of corn flour and mix till the mixture doesnt stick to the side of the bowls! For extreme measures give the mixture a few throws into the bowl! hehe Hope that helps! (:

  3. hte says:

    hehe now that I’ve seen how you wrap yours I know how to make large ones!
    I’ve always wrapped them daintily like my mother taught me and the skin broke if I put too much filling inside. But now I know *evil laughter*

  4. libishski says:

    I made this dish earlier this dish and although I thought it was a success, there was something missing in the sauce and I couldn’t figure out what…

    I’m going to try adding oyster sauce next time and also give your wanton recipe a go too – putting fish paste and shrimps = great idea!

    • liannelow says:

      Ahhh 🙂 yes. I put oyster sauce in mine cause I think it give a salty addition to the dish! Hehe might try adding some nutty paste soon! Hehe thank u! Let me know what u think! Hehe

  5. cltyw says:

    I used to wrapped fat wantons as well till Mummy complains…LOL
    Loved homemade wanton coz I gets to control what fillings in it.
    It’s also really good frozen for emergency.
    I had never had it with vinegar and chilli oil. It’s always traditional wanton with egg noodles.

    • liannelow says:

      yes, I make heaps and freeze them too! hehe I don’t usually have them with vinegar and chilli oil either! Totally forgot about this combi till I had it at Food Republik! haha Traditional wanton noodles are my fav too! hehe Fei Fei wanton mee! NOMS!

  6. procrastinatorcook says:

    I love wontons and all kinds of dumplings, sadly I don’t have ready wanton wrappers or good quality pork in Jordan 😦 do you have a delicious, authentic stuffing that I can use, since I don’t have pork available? and I will make my own wrappers from scratch (that’s a new challenge for me now).

    • liannelow says:

      Hi babe! (: No worries! You could easily use mince chicken too! Not necessary pork! hehe Let me know what you think!

      and wow! making wrappers from scratch! hehe Cant wait to see it! xx

  7. Valere Ng says:

    Hey! Where do you get your fish paste from? I’m in adelaide and the only fish paste I found was frozen ones from asian mart. If you make it yourself what fish do you use?

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