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Recipe: Walnut, vanilla bean & cream cheese wontons with oranges


MasterChef Australia’s Season 4 contestant Amina El Shafei shares her unique take on the Chinese wonton



  • 16 egg wonton pastry wrappers
  • 130g Philadelphia Cream Cheese block
  • 1 vanilla bean, insides scraped & reserve pod
  • 2 tablespoons finely-chopped walnuts
  • Vegetable oil for deep frying
  • Fresh baby basil or dill fronds for garnishing
  • 2 oranges, segmented

Orange syrup

  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice, strained
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar
  • Reserved vanilla pod


  • Segment oranges and put cut pieces aside. Using the unused oranges, squeeze half a cup of juice and strain. Use the juice for the syrup.
  • Combine the orange juice and sugar in a saucepan on high heat. Bring to the boil and reduce heat to a gentle simmer for 10 minutes until well combined and slightly thickened. Remove vanilla pod and leave aside to cool.
  • In a bowl combine cream cheese, walnuts and vanilla. Mix together well. Take a wonton wrapper, and lightly dampen the edges with water.
  • Place a small ball of the cream cheese filling in the centre and fold the edges into whatever shape you prefer. Repeat the process until all 16 wontons are made.
  • Heat vegetable oil to 180 degrees Celsius. Carefully drop wontons in the hot oil, a few at a time, and cook until golden. Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels.
  • Assemble warm.

MasterChef Australia Season 5 airs on Lifetime, StarHub TV Ch 514, on weekdays at 7pm and 11pm.