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Crispy Gau Gee

  • Author: She's Almost Always Hungry
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Yield: 48 1x


These fried dumplings are a popular, Hawaii-only Chinese snack, great for potlucks or your next family gathering.



For the filling

1 pound ground pork

1/2 pound raw shrimp, peeled, deveined, and minced

1/4 cup green onion (scallions), chopped

3 tablespoons Chinese parsley (cilantro), chopped

1 8-ounce can sliced water chestnuts drained, finely chopped

4 large, dried shiitake or Chinese black mushrooms

1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons oyster sauce

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon sesame oil

48 won ton wrappers (about 1 pound)

Vegetable oil for frying

Soy sauce and Chinese hot mustard for dipping


For the filling

Soak the mushrooms in warm water until softened. Squeeze out excess water, remove tough stems, and finely chop.

In a mixing bowl, add all the filling ingredients and mix well, making sure the mixture is well blended.

For the gau gee

Place one rounded tablespoon of filling on one half of a won ton wrapper.

Using water, moisten the edges of the wrapper. Fold in half to form a rectangle. Press edges to seal. Finish all 48 wrappers.*

Heat vegetable oil to 350 degrees (you don’t want the oil too hot or the wrapper will burn before the filling is cooked through). Deep fry until won tons are golden brown (about 4-5 minutes). Drain on paper towels.

Serve warm, plain or with soy sauce-mustard sauce (mixed to taste).


*Fold won tons just before frying. Don’t let sit too long or the wrappers will absorb moisture from the filling. You may also freeze the won tons at this point by laying on a parchment-lined baking sheet in a single layer, not touching. Once frozen solid you may store in a zip top bag. Fry from frozen, don’t defrost first.

  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Dumplings
  • Cuisine: Chinese


  • Calories: 66.12
  • Sugar: 0.29 g.
  • Sodium: 137.36 mg.
  • Fat: 2.72 g.
  • Saturated Fat: 0.83 g.
  • Carbohydrates: 6.15 g.
  • Fiber: 0.36 g.
  • Protein: 4.05 g.
  • Cholesterol: 15.56 g.

Keywords: fried, pork, shrimp