Sichuan Wontons in Chili Sauce

Sichuan wontons in chili sauce is one of those classic Sichuan dishes that you will surely love if you’re a big fan of spicy food. The dish offers great depth of flavor – savory, spicy, and salty, all at once.

Chinese food recipe Sichuan Wontons in Chili Sauce

Wonton is a type of meat-filled dumpling served in a host of ways in different regions of China. To me, this Sichuan-style wonton dish is the most enticing version. It’s boiled and served in hot broth with chili sauce. The spicy scent is alluring, and the taste is so great. The delicate wonton wrappers and the hearty pork inside make this dish astoundingly delicious!

Chinese food recipe Sichuan Wontons in Chili Sauce

Behind-the-scenes story: the name –

Wontons are usually called “chao shou“ in Sichuan province, which translates literally as “folded arms”, for the way the dumplings are folded into triangles and the lower corners crossed over. In ancient China, Sichuan people always folded their arms across the chest to keep warm in bitterly cold winter. The gesture resembles the shape of the dumpling. That’s why wonton gets its name, chao shou.

I’ve made these wontons many times, always with favorable comments. If you’ve never had Sichuan wontons before, you should definitely put this dish on your list to try, and I’m sure you’re gonna love it!

Chinese food recipe Sichuan Wontons in Chili Sauce

Chinese food recipe Sichuan Wontons in Chili Sauce

Chinese food recipe Sichuan Wontons in Chili Sauce

Chinese food recipe Sichuan Wontons in Chili Sauce

Chinese food recipe Sichuan Wontons in Chili Sauce

Chinese food recipe Sichuan Wontons in Chili Sauce

Chinese food recipe Sichuan Wontons in Chili Sauce

Sichuan Wontons in Chili Sauce

  • Prep time: 25 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 mins
  • Total Time: about 30 mins
  • Serving Size: 2


  • 15-20 wonton wrappers
  • 1 cup water, to seal the wontons
  • 5 oz ground pork (or beef)
  • 1 piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • some fresh cilantro, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 3 cups water, to boil the wontons
  • 1 cup homemade bone broth, for the soup
  • 1/4 cup chili oil

Step by step

  1. To make the wonton filling, combine ground pork, cornstarch, egg white, water, sesame oil, salt and chopped scallions, ginger, cilantro in a bowl. Stir with a pair of chopsticks until the mixture becomes slightly creamy and sticky. Then set aside.
  2. To wrap the wontons, add a teaspoon of filling in the center of the wonton wrapper. Dab finger into a cup of water, and moisten the outer edges of the wrapper. Fold the wrapper over to form a triangle (one side of the wrapper overlaps the other). Be sure not to over-moisten the edges or squeeze out the filling as you seal the edges. Then pull the two corners on the hypotenuse of the triangle to meet, moistening one with a little water, crossing them and pinching to seal. Finish all the wontons.
  3. To prepare the soup, heat the broth in a saucepan. Then pour the hot broth into a serving bowl. Add salt to taste.
  4. Pour hot water into another saucepan and bring to a boil. Gently drop the wontons into the water and stir carefully to make sure they do not stick. When they float to the top (about 2 minutes), take these cooked wontons out. Drain wontons and transfer directly into the serving bowl. Spoon hot chili oil on top. Sprinkle with chopped scallions and cilantro for garnish. Serve immediately.

Enjoy! 🙂

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  1. October 28, 2015 / 1:23 am

    I love Sichuan wanton (Hong You Chao Shou)!

  2. October 28, 2015 / 3:18 am

    You did this all by yourself?! Amazing! 太牛了!

    • October 28, 2015 / 8:32 am

      哈哈谢谢你! It is much easier than you think 😛 Your blog is lovely, I love the name and idea!

  3. October 28, 2015 / 4:39 am

    They do look nice.

    Older teenage girls often fold their arms in the British winter. I will never look at them the same way.

    • October 28, 2015 / 8:40 am

      Haha thank you! It was interesting that Sichuan Chinese would give wontons such a pictorial name.

  4. October 28, 2015 / 9:21 am

    These look AMAZING!! Can’t wait to try making these!:)

    • October 28, 2015 / 9:34 am

      Thank you! So happy you want to give it a try. I hope you will love it 😀

  5. October 28, 2015 / 12:15 pm

    I always have a hard time making soup pics looks good but your bowl of wontons is stunning.

  6. October 28, 2015 / 1:10 pm

    These look and sound really nice and not crazy spicy. In fact, they look a lot like tortellini. On my to cook list!

  7. October 28, 2015 / 1:29 pm

    Looks delicious!!! Love that they’re a bit spicy. Great photos too. Yum! 🙂

  8. October 29, 2015 / 2:36 am

    Hello, Charlotte! I am happy you stopped by my blog, because then I discovered your blog filled with pretty photos of delicious authentic Chinese food! 🙂 My family and I are big fans of authentic Chinese food, and once in a while we go to such a restaurant. But now, if I see your photos and your recipe instructions, it might enable me to try making some authentic Chinese dishes, like your Spicy Sichuan Wontons in Chili Sauce. 🙂 Thank you!

    • October 29, 2015 / 11:23 am

      Aw thank you so much for the kind words. I’m so happy you enjoyed reading and would give it a try. 🙂 You could plan a trip to China, China is a very interesting and thrilling place to visit, and most importantly, there’re tons of delicious authentic Chinese food! 😛

      • November 1, 2015 / 3:12 am

        Yes, I think it would be exciting to visit China, and I hope some day to be able to go there. And yes, there would be ever so much delicious authentic Chinese food to eat! 🙂

  9. October 29, 2015 / 9:25 am

    This looks so luscious! Your blog really inspires me to try my hand at Chinese cuisine a bit more often 😀

    • October 29, 2015 / 11:48 am

      Thank you lovely 🙂 and I guess you would love Chinese food a little bit more. 😀

  10. November 1, 2015 / 12:58 am

    This is one of my favorite Sichuan food! Delicate wonton melts in your mouth with hot chili sauce…Heaven 😉 Thanks for sharing!

    • November 1, 2015 / 10:39 am

      Thanks for your lovely comments Jin. I love wontons too! They taste so delicious~ 😛

  11. November 12, 2015 / 6:59 pm

    This looks great, the colours and the dish are so beautiful!

  12. November 12, 2015 / 9:30 pm

    Yummy!! I feel like dumplings now!! I might have to make these son! Do you know how to make the dough from scratch?

    • November 12, 2015 / 9:56 pm

      With water and flour you can make the dough by yourself, which is similar to the way of making glutinous rice ball I described in my latest post. But if you can buy the wonton wrappers, it would be way more easier!! 😛

      • November 12, 2015 / 10:01 pm

        Yeah, it would be easier.. But if I managed to make Har Gow once, then I’m sure I can make wonton wrappers.

  13. November 20, 2015 / 6:11 pm

    Love this blog. You are awesome.

    • ruijunzhou
      November 21, 2015 / 12:41 am

      Thank you so much!! I just migrated from to All my “likes” are gone… This is the first comment I received after the migration. So it really means a lot to me!!!

      • November 22, 2015 / 2:52 pm

        That’s so sad! 😉 Happy to be your first!

        • November 22, 2015 / 3:02 pm

          yes, so sad! Thank you for your support!

  14. November 23, 2015 / 12:42 am

    These look amazing. Looking forward to trying this.

    • November 24, 2015 / 3:16 am

      Thank you! Let me know how it turns out!! 😀

    • November 24, 2015 / 3:17 am

      Thank you! I’m really into photography. XX

    • November 24, 2015 / 5:50 pm

      Thank you! To me, food is art! 😛

    • November 24, 2015 / 5:48 pm

      Aww thank you so much! They taste delicious too. 😀

  15. December 5, 2015 / 4:46 pm

    Everything on your site looks delicious! Beautiful setup.

    • December 5, 2015 / 4:47 pm

      Thank for your lovely comment! They taste delicious too! 🙂

    • December 18, 2015 / 8:34 pm

      Thank you Alexandra! I’m very happy you enjoyed reading my blog! 😀

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