Asian Crispy Wonton Lasagna
- Peanut oil, for frying
- 12 wonton wrappers
- Vegetable Layer:
- 4 teaspoons vegetable or peanut oil
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons minced ginger
- 2 teaspoons minced green onions
- 1/2 cup shredded carrots
- 1/4 cup diced red bell peppers
- 2 cups thinly sliced Napa cabbage
- 1/3 cup water
- 2 teaspoons hoisin sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
- 1 tablespoon diced green onion
- 1 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro leaves
- Meat Layer:
- 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon minced ginger
- 1 teaspoon minced green onion
- 1/2 cup ground pork
- 1/2 pound 1/2-inch diced shrimp
- 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
- 1 tablespoon plus 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch, dissolved in 2 teaspoons water
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro leaves
- 1/4 cup mirin
- 2 large shrimp, split in 1/2 lengthwise
- Whole cilantro leaves, for garnish
In a large 1-gallon pot, heat 2 inches of peanut oil to 350 degrees F. Fry the wontons in batches until golden and crispy, about 90 seconds. Remove from the oil and drain on a paper-lined plate. Season with salt and reserve until ready to assemble the lasagnas.
Place a 12-inch saute pan over medium-high heat and add the oils. Once the oils are hot, add the garlic, ginger, and green onions, and stir with a rubber spatula for 30 seconds, to keep from burning. Add the carrots and peppers to the pan and saute, while stirring for 2 minutes. Add the cabbage to the pan and continue to cook for 3 minutes. Pour the water into the pan and continue to cook until all of the water is dissolved, about 3 minutes longer. Season the cabbage with the hoisin, salt, and pepper. Garnish with the green onions and cilantro and toss to blend.
Place 1 wonton skin on the base of 4 separate plates. Divide the vegetables among the 4 plates, and top each with another wonton skin. Continue by adding the meat mixture onto the second wonton.
Place a 10-inch saute pan over a medium-high heat and add the oils. When the oil is hot, add the garlic, ginger, and green onions to the pan. Saute for 30 seconds, and add the pork. Cook the pork, stirring occasionally, until most of the fat has rendered out and there is very little pink to be seen, about 3 minutes. Add the diced shrimp to the pan and continue to cook, stirring, for another 2 minutes. Add the hoisin, soy sauce, and 1 tablespoon sugar to the pan, and cook, stirring, until the liquid is reduced slightly, about 1 minute. Add the cornstarch slurry to the pan and cook, stirring for 1 minute longer. Sprinkle the fresh cilantro over the pan and toss to blend.
Layer the second wonton skin with the meat mixture and top with the third and final wonton skin. In the same pan that you cooked the pork and shrimp in, add the remainder of the soy sauce (1/4 cup), remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar, the mirin, and the shrimp halves. Place this over a high heat, and cook, until the shrimp are cooked and the liquid has reduced to a glaze, about 3 minutes.
Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, 2004