Hungry to improve your Chinese vocabulary, but don’t know where to dig in? Welcome to our weekly Foodie Flashcard series. Follow along, study these morsels of knowledge, then dig in at your local restaurant to fully digest the information.
What is it:
Wontons take many forms in China, but are generally first stuffed with pork, and then other ingredients are added, such as vegetables, shrimp and other leafy greens. Pictured above are wontons served dry (no soup), but smothered in a sesame-peanut sauce, which are then drizzled with extra vinegar and chili sauce. They’re stuffed with pork and shepherds purse, a leafy green vegetable that resembles a thistle. They are often served cold or room temperature, especially in the sweltering summers in Shanghai. Yum!
Where to find wontons (pictured above) in Shanghai:
Ji’an Lu 290, near Fuxing Zhong Rd. 吉安路290号近复兴中路. Subway Line 8/10 – Laoximen. Tel: +86 021-63338938.
Where to find wontons in Beijing:
Pangmei Mianzhuang 胖妹面庄
Dongsi Bei Dajie Xiang’er Hutong #69 (east entrance of hutong and about 30m west). 东四北大街香饵胡同69号（东口入30米)Subway: Line 5- Beixinqiao (near exit D). Tel: +86 13260226706
Or, join us and sample wontons and all sorts of other dumplings on the Shanghai Hands-On Dumpling Delights tour + cooking class – from steamed, fried, boiled, you’ll get a first-hand view of the former French Concession area and all the culinary delights contained within.