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Shrimp Wonton

from Executive Chef James McDonald
of I'o and Pacific'O on Maui, Hawaii
(Serves 6)

Ingredients:
24 wonton wrappers   6 oz. Hoisin Sauce, in a squirt bottle
24 fresh Sweet Basil leaves   24 large Shrimp, peeled
Oil for deep frying    
Marinade Ingredients:    
1 cup soy sauce, low salt   1 cup sesame oil
1 cup fresh cilantro, loosely packed   2 stalks lemon grass, chopped
2 bulbs ginger root   1 egg
Method:    
  • Place all ingredients in a blender and process. Pour over peeled shrimp and let stand 15 minutes.
Sweet & Sour Sauce Ingredients:    
1 cup sugar   1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar   1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 Tbsp. soy sauce, low salt   1 tsp. red chili flakes
1 tsp. ground cinnamon    
Method:    
  • Place all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer for 20 minutes. Reserve warm.
Hawaiian Salsa Ingredients:    
2 large ripe mangos   1 medium onion, peeled and diced
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, loosely packed, roughly chopped
Method:    
  • Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix gently. Chill.
ASSEMBLY:    
  • Lay wonton wrappers on a table, place one leaf of basil on each wrapper.
  • Place one shrimp on each piece of basil, and roll wonton closed around shrimp.
  • Deep fry to 350 until wonton becomes crisp and shrimp is lightly cooked (1-1/2 to 2 minutes).
  • Arrange shrimp on plate, ladle some sweet and sour sauce over wonton, and place a spoonful of Hawaiian salsa on shrimp.
  • Finish by squirting some Hoisin sauce over shrimp and plate.

 

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