Recipe: Crispy Venison Wontons
Southern Fried Childhood Favorites
By Melissa Slaughter
This is one of the staples of my childhood. My father was a hunter and my mother, being Japanese American, fused his monthly hauls with Asian staples. Yes, in this day and age, hunting is viewed as a strange and barbaric hobby. But in my family, it's a long-standing generation bonding. My grandfather did it, my father does it, and the best Thanksgiving turkey I've ever had was one my brother got. We ate everything my family hunted and this is one of the recipes that stays with me.
My mom used to send my brother and I into the living room to watch TV while we rolled and folded wontons. It's something that I never really thought about until I became much older and started remember what family fusions we ate over the years. When I asked my mom for the recipe, she literally texted it to me despite the fact that she hadn't made it in years. I thought it was because she didn't have as many people to feed (I haven't been living at home in literally years.)
But when I started making this, I realized it's because this is time-consuming! All the rolling and folding is easy when two teenagers are sitting in front of the TV watching reruns on Nick at Night. My mom only had to do the frying, which is time consuming enough. Now that it's just me in my dinky New York apartment, it takes a little longer to get things done.
That being said, when I think of what it means to be Hapa, it always comes back to food. And my Southern/Japanese roots come together in recipes just like these. I plan on making these for my New Year's Day party. And you should too!
- 2 lbs Venison Sausage
- 2-3 stalkes Green Onions
- 1 package Wonton Skins
- A pinch Corn Starch
Melissa Slaughter has lived in all four time zones in the contiguous United States. A former actor in Seattle, WA, Melissa now resides in NYC as a content creator. She is the producer of the We're Not All Ninjas podcast, which she also hosts with fellow Hapa Mag writer, Alex Chester. Melissa also writes for online blogs Nerdophiles and On Stage Blog. Find her @NotAllNinjasPod.