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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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wonton (or won ton) the Anglicized form of two Chinese words meaning a small ‘dumpling’ or roll consisting of a wonton wrapper (made from the same dough as egg noodle) with a savoury filling, especially of minced pork with seasonings. Sweet wontons, e.g. with a date and walnut filling, also exist.

Wontons may be steamed or pan fried or deep-fried; and are often served in soups, or as items in dim sum. One variation is to have open-faced steamed wontons, shaped to have a flat bottom so that they will stand upright; these are shao mai.