|Place of origin||United States|
|Main ingredients||Wonton, cream cheese, crab meat or imitation crab meat, scallions, garlic|
|Hanyu Pinyin||xiè jiǎo|
|Cantonese Yale||háaih gok|
|Literal meaning||Crab horn|
|Alternative Chinese name|
|Hanyu Pinyin||zhǎ xiè jiǎo|
|Cantonese Yale||ja háaih gok|
|Literal meaning||Fried crab horn|
|Second alternative Chinese name|
|Hanyu Pinyin||xiè yǎng guāng|
|Cantonese Yale||háaih yéuhng gwōng|
|Literal meaning||Crab Rangoon|
The filling is made with a combination of cream cheese, crab meat or imitation crab meat, scallions or onion, garlic, and other flavorings. A small amount of the filling is wrapped in each Chinese wonton wrapper. The dumpling is then shaped by folding the wrapper over into a triangle, by creating a four-pointed star, by gathering it up into flower or purse shape, or by twisting it into the traditional wonton shape.
The appetizers are cooked to crispness by deep-frying in vegetable oil or by baking. They can be served hot or cold. In North America, crab Rangoon is often served with a sauce for dipping: either soy sauce, plum sauce, duck sauce, sweet and sour sauce, or hot Chinese mustard.
Crab Rangoon was on the menu of the "Polynesian-style" restaurant Trader Vic's in San Francisco since at least 1956. Although the appetizer is allegedly derived from an authentic Burmese recipe, the dish was probably invented in the United States by Victor Bergeron, founder of Trader Vic's. A "Rangoon crab a la Jack" was mentioned as a dish at a Hawaiian-style party in 1952, but without further detail, and so may or may not be the same thing. There is additional evidence that Wayne Schmidt helped commercially develop the dish as a popular appetizer in the Mid-West in the early 1980s.
Though the history of Crab Rangoon is unclear, cream cheese—like other cheese—is mostly nonexistent in Southeast Asian and Chinese cuisine, so it is unlikely that the dish is actually of east or southeast Asian origin.
They may be referred to as crab pillows, crab cheese wontons, or cheese wontons.
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Notes: Serve with reduced-sodium soy sauce mixed with chopped scallions or prepared sweet-and-sour or duck sauce, if desired. Just make sure to account for any increase in SmartPoints values.
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