Potstickers – A Kind Of Chinese Dumplings-
This simple, easy to follow, short taking time –only more or less 30 minutes- recipe of Potstickers will give you yummy Chinese dumplings. The ground meat and vegetables used for the filings are very tasty and with the potstickers sauce, it’s really the perfect combination on how to enjoy this popular Chinese dish.
Potstickers are filled with ground pork, shredded vegetables and occasionally shrimp. Potstickers are still on the same big umbrella of Chinese dumplings. The cooking technique used in making potstickers is pan-frying and steaming simultaneously, so the end result is moist and crunchy Potstickers. Before going to the main part of this recipe, let’s find out more about potstickers.
WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT POTSTICKERS?
Potsticker or Jiaozi in Chinese Language has a long history in Chinese cuisine. In China, there are many folk stories about the name of this dish. But, simply to explain is the name Potsticker is from the bottms of potsticker that stick to the pot when the potsticker is cooked.
Potsticker is very popular dish in China. People in China have Potstickers as their breakfast, lunch or dinner either as appetizer, a side dish or Main Course.
WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO TO HAVE THE BEST POTSTICKERS AT HOME?
First of all, you need to have the potstickers wrappers that you can buy at Asian stores. After that you need to make the potstickers’ filling and last but not least, you need to use a large frying pan or skillet to pan fry and steam the potstckers.
For the potstickers dipping sauce, you can either buy it at Asian Stores or make it on your own at home. It’s not that difficult to make potstickers sauce because you only need two kinds of ingredients, such as Chinese black vinegar and soy sauce.
If you want to make it hot, just use a little amount of chili oil for your Potstickers dipping sauce. And then, the potstickers dipping sauce is beautifully decorated using white sesame seeds.
HOW MANY CALORIES PER SERVING?
Potstickers has only 350 calories per serving.
WHAT MEALS TO SERVE WITH POTSTICKERS?
Potstickers are best served with the nice Potstickers dipping sauce and some other meals such as, Fried Rice, Chow Mein, Scallion Pancakes and Mongolian Beef can be served together with Potstickers for more complete weekday lunch or weeknight dinner.
COURSE : MAIN COURSE
CUISINE : ASIAN (CHINESE)
KEYWORD : POTSTICKERS
PREP TIME : 20 MINUTES
COOK TIME : 10 MINUTES
TOTAL TIME : 30 MINUTES
SERVINGS : 4 PEOPLE
CALORIES : 350 CALORIES
FOR MAKING YOUR OWN POTSTICKER WRAPPERS :
- 2 cups of all purpose flour
- ½ cup of water or if you don’t feel like making your own potsticker wrappers, just buy 1 pack of potsticker wrappers at Asian stores.
FOR THE POTSTICKERS SAUCE :
- 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons of Chinese black vinegar
- 1 teaspoon of chili oil
- ½ teaspoon of white sesame seeds
FOR THE FILLING OF POTSTICKERS :
- 12 oz of ground pork
- 1 tablespoon of chopped scallion
- 1 teaspoon of Shaoxing wine
- 1 leave or ½ cup of finely sliced Napa cabbage
- 3 dashes of ground white pepper
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- 1 inch piece of peeled and grated ginger
- 1 ½ tablespoons of vegetable oil
- ½ cup of water
- 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
- Prepare the posticker wrappers. With water, the flour is mixed and for about 20-25 minutes, it is pounded with hand or until the dough is soft. The dough is separated into two equal portions and they are rolled into about 1 inch in diameter of cylinders. With a wet towel, they are covered and put them aside.
- The dough is cut into ¼ inch length dough balls to make the wrapper. A rolling pin is used to flatten it until the dough is formed into a round wrapper about 3 inches in diameter. The same process is repeated until all of the dough balls are up.
- For the potsticker sauce, prepare a small bowl. And then, all the ingredients are put into the small bowl and they are stirred to mix properly. Put them aside.
- For the potstcker filling, prepare another small bowl. And then, the ground pork, scallions, white pepper, wine, sesame oil, Napa cabbage, salt and ginger are put into the small bowl and they are stirred to mix properly. Put them aside.
- For making the potstickers, a small spoonful of the filling is place in the middle of the wrapper. With your finger, a little amount of water is dabbed and it is circle around the edge of the skin. The potstickers are folded and pleated, about 5 pleats. The same process is repeated until all of the ingredients are up.
- For pan frying the potstickers, prepare a large, non stick frying pan and vegetable oil. The vegetable oil is heated up on medium heat in the large frying pan.
- The dumplings or potstickers are arranged nicely in the large frying pan and you start to pan fry the potstickers in the large frying pan until the bottoms of the postickers become golden brown or turn crunchy. The water is now put into the large frying pan and the large frying pan is covered with its lid as soon as possible or quickly.
- The potstickers are steamed and cooked until all of the water has evaporated. The heat and then is turned to low and for more or less a minute, the potstickers are cooked. Dish them out. Now, your Potstickers are ready. Quickly serve the Potstickers while they are still hot with the potstickers dipping sauce.