Some say Chinese cuisine is 400,000 years old going back to the Peking Man and his use of fire. Some other accounts of the history of Chinese cuisine takes the beginning to the Chinese stone age. All this about Chinese food can make one wonder what is so special about this cuisine. To put it in one word it is wholesome. It has the characteristics of being nutritious, economical, balanced and delicious. It cannot be gainsaid that Chinese food is popular the world over and it can be adapted into our modern lifestyles as the strong link between diet and health of body, mind and spirit is epitomized in Chinese cookery. We all desire harmony in our lives and this works on the ancient Taoist principle of Yin and Yang in which balance and contrast are the key. Each Chinese dish reflects a balance of taste, texture, aroma and colour. Be it sweet, sour, pungent, hot, salty or spicy – all the six basic flavours are incorporated deftly in all Chinese dishes. So here is the recipe:
- Crabs sticks, finely chopped 2
- Wonton sheets 8
- Cream cheese ½ cup
- Salt to taste
- Crushed black peppercorns to taste
- Garlic chopped 1 teaspoon
- Thyme sprigs 1-2
- Preheat oven to 180° C. Line a baking tray with silicon mat.
- Take cream cheese in a bowl and mix to get a creamy texture. Add crab sticks and mix well.
- Add salt, crushed peppercorns, garlic and torn thyme sprigs and mix well.
- Cut wontons sheets into 2½ inch squares.
- Put some crab stick mixture in the center of each wonton piece, brush some water on the edges of the piece and bring all the edges in the center and press to seal.
- Place the prepared wontons on the lined baking tray. Place the tray in the preheated oven and bake for 5-10 minutes
- Serve hot.