Aug 27 2012

Deep Fry With a Twist

Chef Lex Wong shares his (killer) experimental wonton

Deep fry Duck Wonton in Duck Fat

  • Who: Lex Wong
  • Home is: With the people I love
  • Family origin: Hainan, China
  • I can’t live without: iPod
  • Occupation: Chef at Chica Bonita in Manly
  • Dream job: Chef…of my own gig
  • Childhood taste: Coco pops and beef & potato stew (not together)
  • I will always have in my pantry: Maldon sea salt or Murray River salt
  • The one place I must visit: Everest
  • Go to meal: Fried eggs with rice and soy sauce/white pepper/fried shallots + garlic
  • 3 Unforgettable meals: When I invented a miso chicken dish at 3am whilst really drunk (which no one else remembers because they were too drunk), cooking a 3 course candlelit for an anniversary, and the first time I went to Tetsuya’s back in the day
  • Perfect night in/out: Food, wine and friends. Either that or playing ice hockey
  • My piece of Sydney: Carrington Hotel, Surry Hills or really any pub that has really good, unpretentious food at a reasonable price and good beers on draft
  • I do my groceries at: Woolies, Coles or Harris Farm. Meats and seafood I just order wholesale from the restaurant! Perks of the job
  • Guilty pleasure: KFC. Don’t judge me until you’ve tried it in the States.
  • Who does the dishes: Usually the one guy/girl who can’t cook.

Harvesting his home grown herbs and showing off the knives collection

Deep fry Duck Wonton

Ingredients - Serves 1 - you're allowed to be greedy sometimes

  • 2 duck breasts
  • pack of wonton pastry
  • 1/4 small chinese cabbage
  • 1/2 bunch coriander
  • 1 thumb size ginger, finely grated
  • 2 handful fresh shiitake mushroom
  • salt and pepper
  • ground white pepper
  • oyster sauce
  • chinese cooking wine
  • fish sauce
  • hoisin sauce
  • kewpie japanese mayo
  • sriracha chili sauce
  • a tub of duck fat (helps elevate the intense duck flavour)
  1. Picture 1, 2, 3 – Season the duck breasts with salt and pepper and fry on hot pan with some vegetable oil – skin side down, turning it when skin turns golden brown and cook for further 5 min just to seal the flavour.
  2. Picture 4 – Meanwhile, chop the coriander, shiitake mushrooms and chinese cabbage finely.
  3. Picture 5, 6 – De-skin and chop the duck breasts into small cubes and put back into the fry pan along with the vegetables this time and the grated ginger. Add 1 tsp of ground white pepper, 1 tbs of oyster and chinese cooking wine, 1/2 tbs of hoisin and fish sauce then stir for around 5 min.
  4. Follow the next step-by-step picture on how to fold the wonton.
    You can stop at step 2 or go on to step 3.
  5. Melt the tub of duck fat in a deep sauce pan and get it ready for the deep frying action. Set on medium low heat, when little bubbles start to appear, lower your wontons in one by one. When they float to the surface and looks golden, they are ready. Get your slotted spoon and rest the wontons on sheets of paper towel to absorb excess oil.
  6. Dig in! I like to dip mine in the sriracha + kewpie mayo combo.

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