Recipe: Mai Nguyen’s Spicy Pork Wontons

Edmonton dumpling specialist Mai Nguyen, who finished 4th on Masterchef Canada, enjoys working with Alberta pork because it’s versatility and ability take on many different flavours so well. Mai explains that pork is ubiquitous as a dumpling filling all over the world for this reason, it’s easily the most popular protein used in dumplings.

You can try Mai’s dumplings at Prairie Noodle Shop, and be sure to follow her instagram to stay up to date on dumpling pop-up dinners and special events. Mai shared her Spicy Pork Wonton Recipe, which will make 50-60 wontons.

What you’ll need…

2lb ground pork
3 cloves of finely minced garlic
1tbsp finely grated ginger
1 cup finely chopped green onions
1tbsp of soy sauce
1.5tsp of white pepper
1tsp of salt
1tbsp of sugar
1 package of wonton wrappers
-1/2 cup of soy sauce
-1/3 cup water
-1/4 cup white vinegar
-1tbsp Chinese black vinegar
-2tbsp sugar
-1/4 cup chilli oil (or to your personal taste)


Mix all the ingredients until they are well incorporated. It’s best to use your hands to make sure all the ingredients are mixed together.

Once the filling is mixed, it’s time to start folding. There are multiple ways to fold a wonton. One method is shown here.

Place a small amount of filling in the middle of the wonton wrapper (roughly 1.5tsp) and wet all the edges with water.


Then bring one corner of the wrapper to meet the other to form a triangle.
To complete the fold bring together the two arms of the triangle together (wet one arm first to secure the fold).
To cook wontons, add them to boiling water and cook for 4-5 minutes (longer if frozen). Put cooked wontons in a bowl, add sauce and garnish with sliced green onions and cilantro.