Wontons are boiled and served hot with a drizzle of savory, spicy sesame sauce. Double up on the chili oil (or chili crisp) for extra flavor.
Wontons With Sesame Sauce
There are many ways to serve wontons and this is one of my favorites. It's a popular dish and you might have seen it on the menu of Chinese restaurants and dumpling shops. Who knew it was so easy to make at home ^_^
All you need to do is boil a batch of pork wontons and drizzle sesame sauce and chili oil on top. Top with green onions and sesame seeds and you've got a super satisfying meal.
I make 10-12 wontons per person (assuming this dish is our "entree"). This sesame sauce recipe is enough for two servings. You can prepare the sesame sauce up to two days in advance. Store the sauce in a sealed container in the fridge until ready to use.
This is a two part dish: wontons and sesame sauce.
You'll need the wontons themselves:
- I recommend using our pork wonton recipe - it's simple and straightforward and you can tailor it as you please.
Eight ingredients for the sesame sauce:
- Chinese Sesame Paste - Make sure to use Chinese sesame paste (this Wangzhihe brand can be found at all Chinese markets), and not tahini. More about this in the section below
- Soy Sauce - We use Kikkoman or Aloha brand soy sauce.
- Rice Vinegar - You can find the Marukan brand at most Asian markets. Make sure to get the unseasoned rice vinegar
- Sesame Oil - Our go-to is Kadoya, it's a popular sesame oil brand.
- Chili Oil (or Chili Crisp) - If you haven't tried Lao Ga Ma yet, be sure to do so! That stuff is legendary. Chili crisp seems to be super trendy these days. Many brands and restaurants are making their own version. You may also use plain chili oil which is available at all Asian markets.
- Garlic, minced - The more garlic, the tastier!
- Green Onions, chopped
- Sesame Seeds
First you make the sesame sauce. Just mix together all the sesame sauce ingredients (sesame paste, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, half the chili oil or chili crisp, and minced garlic) in a bowl.
Then add the hot water to the sauce. Stir to mix. The hot water helps to thin and loosen the sauce a bit so that it is easy to spoon over the wontons.
Next, cook the wontons. Boil the wontons for 3 minutes (if fresh) or 5 minutes (if frozen). Then drain and slide the hot wontons onto a shallow dish.
Drizzle the sesame sauce over the wontons (this recipe makes enough sesame sauce for two servings, assuming each person eats 10-12 wontons).
Then drizzle the remaining half of the chili oil or chili crisp over the the dish. Gives it a nice pop of color! Plus chili oil and chili crisp is just really tasty. Finish with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and chopped green onions.
Eat right away, and enjoy!
This dish is intensely sesame. We use three types of sesame in the recipe:
- Chinese Sesame Paste
- Sesame Oil
- Sesame Seeds
For sesame lovers only ^_^
What Is Chinese Sesame Paste?
Chinese sesame paste made is made from roasted white sesame seeds. The main difference between tahini and Chinese sesame paste is that tahini is made from raw sesame seeds (not roasted).
That's why Chinese sesame paste is nuttier and more fragrant, rich in flavor.
You'll see several different sesame paste brands at the Chinese market, but this Wangzhihe brand seems to be most common. Make sure to stir the paste before using (because the oil will have separated). Also make sure to store the jar in the fridge once opened.
These are many uses for Chinese sesame paste, but we mainly use it for this dipping sauce and to make sesame noodles.
Questions and Tips
Make only as much as you're planning to eat, this dish does not keep well. You can prepare the sesame sauce up to two days in advance. But once the dish is assembled (aka boiling the wontons and pouring the sauce over), you want to eat it asap.
Keep the wontons frozen and the prepared sesame sauce in the fridge till you're ready to eat. If you have the wontons and sauce already ready in the freezer and fridge, it just takes five minutes to put the dish together.
You can add a little more hot water (one teaspoon at a time), until it thins out to your preferred consistency.
You want the sesame sauce consistency to be gravy-like. Not too thin, but something you can easily drizzle over the wontons using a spoon.
You can use it to drizzle over dumplings. You can also toss the sauce with with egg noodles (or even spaghetti) to make sesame noodles. Make the sesame noodles a complete meal by topping it with shredded chicken and sliced cucumbers.
Wontons With Sesame Sauce Recipe
See below and enjoy ^_^
- Prepare the sesame sauce. In a small bowl, mix together the sesame paste, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, half the chili oil or chili crisp, and garlic.
- Stir in the hot water to thin the sauce a little. You want the sauce texture to be just loose enough to drizzle over the wontons. Set aside.
- Bring a pot of water to a boil. Cook the wontons for 3 minutes (or 5 minutes if cooking frozen wontons). Drain and slide the wontons onto a plate.
- Drizzle the sesame sauce over the wontons. Drizzle the remaining half of the chili oil or chili crisp over everything. Top with the chopped green onions and sesame seeds.
- Eat and enjoy ^_^