February 8th is Chinese New Year and the beginning of the Year of the Monkey. People who are born under the Year of the Monkey are said to be fun loving, clever, curious, and energetic. To celebrate Chinese New Year I decided to try making vegetarian wontons. I used to love wonton soup, but ever since becoming a vegetarian 14 years ago I haven’t been able to have any. It seems that most of the restaurants in my area are pretty committed to the classic pork filled wontons. I’d been wanting to try making my own for a few years now but was always a little bit intimidated by the process. However, once you get the folding technique figured out they aren’t too difficult to make.
I chose a recipe with simple but flavourful ingredients. Once assembled the wontons can be served steamed, in soup, or fried. I modified the recipe slightly by using half as much spinach and adding shiitake mushrooms. I also accidentally used shallots instead of scallions because I thought they were the same thing. Turns out they are not. This recipe makes about 60 wontons. The excess ones can be frozen on a baking sheet and then kept in a freezer bag until you’re ready to use them. Click here for full recipe.