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Restaurant-Style Vegan Crab Rangoon with Sweet and Sour Sauce

What you need: 

Sweet and Sour Sauce:
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar
1 teaspoon arrowroot
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons tomato paste Crab Rangoon:
1/4 pound vegan crab, optional
1 (8 ounce) container plain vegan cream cheese, room temperature
2 teaspoons green onion, finely minced
1 small clove garlic, grated
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce (1 teaspoon if not using crab)
20-25 wonton wrappers, thawed
peanut oil, as needed for frying

What you do: 

1. Begin with the sauce by combining pineapple juice and rice vinegar in a small saucepan. Whisk in arrowroot until dissolved. Add sugar and tomato paste, and stir until combined. Cook over high heat, stirring continuously until mixture boils.
2. Continue to cook and stir until sauce thickens slightly, approximately 30-60 seconds. Set aside and allow to cool. Heat peanut oil in a medium-sized saucepan until approximately 375 degrees F.
3. Meanwhile, begin putting together the vegan crab rangoon by combining crab (if using), cream cheese, green onion, garlic, sugar and soy sauce. Place approximately 1 tablespoon filling in the center of each wonton wrapper and moisten the edges of each wonton wrapper with water.
4. Gather all 4 corners together at the top and pinch gently to seal, ensuring that all sides are sealed. Add 1-2 rangoon at a time to the preheated oil and fry until golden brown, about 15-20 seconds. They may need to be turned over and held down so that the tops are browned as well.
5. Remove with a heat-resistant slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Repeat until all rangoon have been fried. Allow to cool before serving.
Source of recipe: I created this recipe, which reminds me of the traditional restaurant-style version I used to have back when I ate meat. I loved this stuff! Developed so that the vegan crab is optional, the following recipe is complete with a simple recipe for sweet and sour sauce.

Preparation Time: 
30 minutes, Cooking time: 15-20 minutes
Cooking Time: 
15-20 minutes
Servings: 
20-25
Recipe Category: 

SO HOW'D IT GO?

Ohh man I miss these things! Next time I get the urge to cook, I'm making them!

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Where do you find vegan crab meat?

Hello Amber, you can find vegan crab meat at online retailers such as Vegan Essentials. It's good stuff but to be honest, this recipe doesn't even need the crab meat. It tastes delicious (to me) without!

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Where do you find vegan crab meat?

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Rad!  Thanks :D

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Here is a photo of the wonton wrappers I use:
http://veganfoodaddict.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/twinmarquis-wontonwrappers.jpg

I also found that they are sold online too!

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I'm super excited to make these!  But where do you find vegan wonton wrappers?

Great! I found my wrappers at an asian grocery store. They typically have more than one kind to choose from...some have animal products and some don't. I hope you can find some! I would think you could get them online too.

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I'm super excited to make these!  But where do you find vegan wonton wrappers?

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