Pinsec Frito- Traditional Chinese dish with a Spanish name

pinsec served Pinsec Frito  Traditional Chinese dish with a Spanish name

My 15 year-old son had an assignment. His group was to suggest a kind of food that they can serve on International Culture Day. They were appointed to research on chinese food and bring bite-size samples to school. My immediate response was dimsum– –perfect! However, if my son had his way, he wanted yang chow rice.

Of the 5 suggestions, his team chose Pinsec Frito. It doesn’t sound Chinese at all like “siomai”, or “Bam-i”, or “chop suey”. Yet, Pinsec Frito is as traditional a Chinese dish as fried noodles, sweet sour pork and steamed wontons. It is a Spanish term for fried dumplings, part of “La Comida China”. And like the pansit, pinsec frito is so much a part of the history of our foodscape.

So last Saturday, Miggy and I tested the recipe so we could be ready for the big day. He did the prep from chopping, to mixing, to wrapping. It is so simple, even a younger child can do it.


  • 1/2 kilo finely ground pork
  • 2 t finely chopped or grated ginger
  • 2 t sugar
  • 1/4 c finely chopped singkamas (jicama)
  • 1/4 c finely chopped carrots
  • 2 T finely chopped scallions
  • 1 egg
  • 3-4 T soy sauce
  • 1 T sesame oil
  • 1 T cornstarch
  • 1 pack large size wonton wrappers (molo wrappers)
  • Oil for frying

pinsec step 1 Pinsec Frito  Traditional Chinese dish with a Spanish name

Simply prep all ingredients and mix them well in a bowl. Fill the middle of the wonton wrapper with 1 t of the meat mixture and gather up the sides to wrap around the filling. Try to keep the corners upright so it will “bloom” when deep fried. The difficulty with wonton wrappers is they get easily wet or damp, and stick to the tray or plate, causing it to rip. Helpful Tip: The trick is to line the tray with a cloth or tea towel.

Heat oil through, but make sure it is not smoking or else you will end up with cooked wrappers but raw meat. Without the benefit of an oil thermometer, I got this easy to follow tip: Dip a barbecue stick in the oil, and when the bubbles run up the stick, it is ready.

Gently drop about 4-5 pieces at a time. Too many pieces will cause the temperature of the oil to drop, resulting in greasy dumplings. What you want are golden brown and crispy bites.

To remove excess oil, place newly fried wontons on kitchen paper towels.

pinsec step 2 Pinsec Frito  Traditional Chinese dish with a Spanish name

Sweet chili sauce is the perfect dip for these crunchy morsels. Just dip and pop them into your mouth. We eat it with yang chow- chinese style fried rice or as my parents would call it “morosquieta”. With a side bowl of egg-drop soup or noodle soup.

I was so proud of Miggy as he took his assignment a step further. He not only researched, but tested it himself. I must say, he was successful as we had a wonderful lunch last Saturday.

(Lifted from www.kitchenkitchiekoo.com) Do check out my blog for more recipes, places and food finds. Tickle your tastebuds!

 Pinsec Frito  Traditional Chinese dish with a Spanish name

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