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Your wontons are beckoning to you but something is missing...the wonton dipping sauce. Quick! whip one up! Don't let the wontons wait too long!

I don't know about you but I like to dip my boiled wontons into a fragrant spicy dipping sauce before eating them. Fried wontons do well with a creamy dip or a tangy salsa too.

There are many variations. Creamy, tangy, spicy and/or sweet. Some can be bought from the shelves, some are created by mixing several ingredients and condiments to make a special sauce. Adding fresh aromatic herbs like coriander leaves or spring onions adds freshness to the dip. 

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Here are a couple of dipping recipes to get you started.

1. Szechwan Wonton Dipping Sauce

Spicy and Numbing Wontons: 麻辣抄手

Szechwan cuisine is famous for spiciness. Their dips or sauces are no different. Call this sauce a dip is a misnomer as they are served in the spicy sauce. 

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp chilli oil
  • 1 tsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp soup stock
  • 1 tsp fine sugar
  • 1.5 tsp rice vinegar
  • Pinch of szechwan peppercorn powder
  • 1 tbsp chopped spring onion

Directions

  1. Add the chilli oil, oyster sauce, soy sauce, soup stock, fine sugar and rice vinegar in a serving bowl. Stir vigorously to combine well
  2. Place cooked wontons in the bowl
  3. Sprinkle the szechuan peppercorn powder and chopped spring onion on top of the wontons before serving

2. Szechwan Dipping Sauce With Chilli Powder

Another version of the spicy sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp chilli oil
  • Dash of sesame seed oil
  • Dash of chilli powder
  • 1 tsp finely chopped spring onion
  • 1 tsp finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp coriander

Directions

  1. Add the soy sauce, chilli oil, sesame seed oil & chilli powder together in a serving bowl. Stir vigorously to combine well
  2. Place cooked wontons into the bowl
  3. Garnish with spring onions, garlic and coriander on top before serving

3. Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp ketchup or tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar or white rice vinegar
  • 2.5 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch solution
  • 1 tsp sesame seed oil

Directions

  1. Mix the ketchup or tomato sauce, vinegar and sugar in a small sauce pan
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil
  3. Reduce the heat when the mixture starts to boil
  4. Add the cornstarch solution to the mixture slowly to thicken the mixture. If you want, add one teaspoon at a time. Check the consistency. Stop adding when the consistency you want is achieved (the art of Chinese cooking)
  5. Pour the sweet and sour mixture in a small dipping bowl
  6. Add a little sesame seed oil before serving

4. Chinese Wonton Dipping Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped spring onion
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch solution
  • 1 tsp sesame seed oil

Directions

  1. Mix the soy sauce, minced garlic and sugar and chopped spring onion in a little saucepan
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil
  3. Reduce the heat when the mixture starts to boil
  4. Add the cornstarch solution to the mixture slowly to thicken the mixture. If you want, add one teaspoon at a time. Check the consistency. Stop adding when the consistency you want is achieved
  5. Pour the mixture in a small dipping bowl
  6. Add a little sesame seed oil before serving

If none of the above suits you, make your own. And there are also pre-mixed bottled sauces like sweet chilli sauce, mayonnaise or Dijon mustard. Be adventurous! 

Happy Souping, Phoebe