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Dumplings vs. Wontons: What is the Difference?

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Wontons and dumplings are delectable delicacies that are famous throughout China and Asia.

The difference between a dumpling and a wonton is that a dumpling is made of dough that either contains ingredients or has a filling, but a wonton is a traditional Chinese dumpling that typically has stuffings like meat (chicken wonton) or seafood (shrimp wonton), and veggies.

The main difference between dumplings and wontons are as follows:

  • Dumpling wrappers are much thicker than Wonton wrappers.
  • In Chinese cuisine, there are many distinct varieties of dumplings, and a wonton is one of them.
  • Wontons are often filled with meats, pork, or vegetables, however, dumplings can be eaten with or without a filling across the world.
  • Dumplings are served with a dipping sauce because their filling is usually mildly seasoned, but wontons are served without one since their filling is usually fully seasoned.
  • Dumplings are typically circular, but wontons can be triangular, rectangular, or even square in form.


Dumplings become increasingly popular during the Chinese New Year.

They are an essential part of each New Year’s celebration as a sign of family happiness.

Although they are popular around the New Year, they can also be eaten as a lunch or dinner at any other time of the year.

Due to a lack of time or the intricacy needed, not everyone, particularly working adults, have time to prepare a range of dim sum.

Nonetheless, you can still enjoy this delicious meal with EB frozen dim sum series without having to worry about cooking time.

Once unpacked, EB frozen dim sum takes only a few minutes to steam or boil before they’re ready to eat!

Dumplings can be enjoyed in different ways: cooked, steamed, or fried.



1. Boiled Dumplings

Boiled dumplings are a great substitute for noodles and rice. It’s week-round comfort food.

They come out with a burst of flavours if you know how to cook them, making them delectable.

You can also purchase readymade dumplings if you don’t know how to cook them or don’t have the time.



2. Steamed Dumplings

The boiled dumplings are more difficult to cook than steamed ones.

This might be because the dough is easier to roll here. It is, in fact, a light and nutritious type of dumpling.

Many people in China eat them for breakfast, but they can be eaten at any time of day.



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3. Fried Dumplings

Fried dumplings are usually heavier than the steamed and boiled ones.

They’re also good as appetizers and comfort meals.

Although these dumplings are referred to as “fried,” they are cooked in two stages: first, they are fried in oil on one side in a very hot wok, then steamed in the same wok by adding water and covering it.

After steaming for a few minutes, the dumplings have a crispy bottom, soft top, and tender filling.




Wontons are generally deep-fried or served with soup.

They can be shaped into various forms and prepared in several ways, such as steamed, boiled, or fried.

People in Asia and other parts of the world like wontons with a variety of ingredients, such as the EB Frozen Foods shrimp wonton with mushroom seasoning and EB shrimp wonton with mala sauce.


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mala shrimp wonton

The EB Frozen Foods shrimp wonton with mushroom seasoning is made with delicious whole shrimp and wrapped in wonton dough.

It comes with a packet of specially prepared mushroom seasoning. It’s tender and juicy in the mouth.

The shrimp wonton with mala sauce, on the other hand, is also made with juicy whole shrimp and wonton dough.

You’ll be immersed in a hot and numbing feeling when you spoon over the ready-made hot Mala sauce.

Both the EB Shrimp Wontons are an excellent way to make dinner on busy weeknights.

They are incredibly convenient and very easy to prepare.

Either boil them in water or soup. For quicker preparation, you can even microwave them according to the package instructions. 

Want to try a more indulgent fried wonton instead? Give our EB Crispy Fried Chicken Wonton a whirl.

The crunchy outside layer along with the juicy filling will help elevate any noodle dish.

You can even have them as a snack!



In a Nutshell

The primary difference between dumplings and wontons is that wontons are always filled with a meat or vegetable filling, whereas dumplings can be filled or the ingredients can be mixed with the dough and formed into balls. 

For working adults and even full-time homemakers who are too busy to make dumplings or wontons on their own, they can still enjoy these yummylicious little but filling food. 

Simply opt for EB Frozen Food Dim Sum for 100% hassle-free cooking. 

For a selection of dumplings and wontons, including frozen dim sum (halal), shrimp wontons and chicken wontons, feel free to visit EB Frozen Food website. 

For more information, feel free to get in touch with us.

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