Yep, that’s right, shrimp. Yes, of course, crab is the thing that one usually Rangoons, but the imitation crab usually found in Crab Rangoon is just not that exciting to us, and fresh crab is hard to find round these parts. Not so with good ole shrimp, which are plentiful here so near the Gulf. So we came up with this little variation on the classic Chinese/American dish that is sure to please.
Rangoon, usually in its crab form, started showing up in Chinese American restaurants as well as Polynesian places like Trader Vic’s in the 1950s. Its origins are uncertain, but it is most likely has its origins in Chinese American restaurants, just like Chopped Suey and many other dishes that are alien to authentic Asian cuisine. But who cares, right? This dish is quite tasty, so do give it a go.
1 Tablespoons Fresh Cilantro, Chopped
1 Tablespoons Scallions, Chopped
1 Teaspoons Fresh Ginger, Chopped
1/2 Teaspoon Sugar
1/2 Package Cream Cheese, Softened
1 Teaspoon Fresh Lime Juice
Salt to Taste
1/2 Pound Cooked Fresh Shrimp, Peeled and Deveined
15 Wonton Wrappers
Heat peanut oil in a deep saucepan or wok to 375F.
Pulse Cilantro, Scallions, Ginger and Sugar in a food processor until minced.
Add cream cheese, lime juice and salt and pulse until combined. Add shrimp.
You can dice it before hand or just add it whole and let the food processor do all the work. Pulse until the shrimp is chopped and well combined.
Arrange a wonton wrapper on a work surface and spread a spoonful of the shrimp/cream cheese mixture in the middle.
Next, dampen a finger with a bit of tap water (I usually keep a small bowl of water nearby for this procedure) and run your finger around the edges of the wonton wrapper. Fold in half and press down firmly to seal. If you have one of these handy-dandy wonton presses, you can use it.
It will seal the wonton wrapper thoroughly
and put a nice decorative edge on it.
Repeat the procedure until you’ve got all your wonton wrappers filled.
Fry the rangoons, a few at a time, in the peanut oil.
They will fry quickly, so keep an eye on them. I usually fry them for about 60-80 seconds and then flip them and repeat. Remove from oil and drain on a paper towel.
Fry ‘em all up and serve ‘em immediately, perhaps with some Sweet Hot and Sour Sauce.
Until Next Time,