Appetizer & First Course
Coconut Shrimp Wontons
with Fresh Ginger & Lemongrass
½ lb shrimp or prawns
1 Tbsp garlic, minced
1 Tbsp finely chopped ginger
1 tsp finely chopped lemongrass
½ cup rice wine vinegar
2 Tbsp soy sauce
¼ cup unsweetened coconut
¼ cup sweetened coconut
24 small wonton skins
vegetable oil for frying
Combine the first 6 ingredients and marinate for 30 minutes.
Heat sauté pan over med-high heat; cook shrimp with marinade until liquid has evaporated and shrimp are pink and firm. Allow to cool then finely chop shrimp. Add coconut to mixture and combine thoroughly.
Place 1 tablespoon of mixture in the center of a wonton skin. Wet the edges with water, and then fold one corner toward its opposite corner to form a triangle. Make sure edges are sealed well. Repeat with remaining filling.
Heat about ½ inch of oil in a pan over medium low heat. Fry wontons until golden brown, about 30 seconds on each side. NOTE: if your oil is too hot, the wontons will burn before cooking all the way.
These can also be cooked in a 400°F oven for 10 minutes if you do not wish to fry them, although the texture will be different.
Uncooked wontons can be frozen for up to a week in advance, then fried or baked.