Wonton strips can add a flavorful crunch to many dishes.
If you have ever had Chinese takeout, you're probably familiar with wonton strips. These are strips of wonton wrappers which are fried or baked until crunchy. A Chinese rendition of Mexican tortilla chips, wonton strips can make a great snack on their own. However, these strips can also add a crunchy texture and subtle savoriness to many soups, salads and even desserts. Try incorporating this snack to add a bit of pizazz to a variety of Asian-inspired dishes. Does this Spark an idea?
Purchase prefried or baked wonton strips from a Chinese take out restaurant. Wonton strips are often sold as a side dish. Purchase prefried or baked wonton strips at a specialty grocery store if you can't get them at a take out restaurant. According to Melissas.com , you can make your own strips by baking wonton wrappers. To begin, cut the wrappers in 1/4-inch wide strips. Spray both sides of the strips with cooking spray. Toss with salt and pepper. You can also experiment with other herbs and spices like garlic powder or red pepper flakes. Place the strips 1 to 2 centimeters apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 475 F for six minutes or until the strips are golden brown and crispy.
Sprinkle wonton strips atop a variety of classic Chinese soups, such as egg drop soup or hot and sour soup. You can also try wonton strips with non-Chinese soups or with chili. The wonton strips will add a bit of savoriness and provide a crunchy texture. To prevent the wonton strips from getting soggy; add them to your soup from a separate bowl, as you eat.
Toss wonton strips over Chinese chicken salad. Make the salad by combining romaine lettuce, chopped tomatoes, baked or poached chicken strips, and mandarin oranges. Dress the salad with a mixture of 1 tablespoon sesame oil, 2 teaspoons soy sauce, 1 teaspoon lemon juice and fresh black pepper. Dress the salad before adding the wonton strips to keep the strips crunchy. You can also add cilantro or sprouts as a garnish.
Add wonton strips to a dessert dish for an unexpected twist. The savoriness of these strips help balance out sweet desserts like berry compote, Thai mango sticky rice, or ice cream sundaes. The crunchiness also adds a unique texture to smooth desserts. Change the flavor of wonton strips from savory to sweet. Drizzle wonton strips with maple syrup or honey, adding a sprinkling of cinnamon and powdered sugar on top to sweeten them. Or, for an Asian-inspired twist, sprinkle the strips with toasted sesame seeds. Enjoy these sweetened strips on their own or with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.