Delicious Northern Chinese snack and hacker's staple
Hackers on both coasts and most places in between love potstickers (though
if you're from the Right Coast, you probably know them as Peking Ravioli,
or just ravs.
This recipe is based on one found in Chef Chu's Distinctive Cuisine of
Total preparation time is about 45 minutes.
They don't come out as good as the ones from Cho's in Mountain View, but
if you don't happen to be within 45 minutes of Mountain View, they'll do
very nicely, thank you.
Ingredients(Makes about 2 dozen)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 lb ground pork
- 1/2 small Chinese (Napa) cabbage,
cored and chopped
- 1 green onion,
- 2 thumb-sized slices fresh ginger,
- 2 water chestnuts,
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- pinch white pepper
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 5 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 cup water
- hot chili oil
- red rice vinegar
- soy sauce
In a bowl, combine flour and water, mixing to form a ball.
Remove to a floured board and knead with your palm for about 3 minutes.
Shape into a ball, cover with a damp towel, and let stand for about 10
Make the filling by combining the Filling ingredients above.
Refrigerate until ready to use.
To shape and assemble, knead dough for about 3 minutes.
Roll into a cylinder that is about
Cut off the ends, then cut into about 24 pieces, each about
With the cut side up, press the dough down with your palm to flatten.
Use a rolling pin to make pancakes about
2 1/2-3 inches
(They get quite thin; that's what you want.)
of filling into the center of each pancake.
Fold the dough over to make a half circle and pleat the edges firmly
To pan-fry, heat cast-iron or other heavy-bottom skillet over moderate
oil, swirling to coat bottom.
(Watch out, it sizzles quite a bit. Don't get burned!)
When oil is hot, place potstickers, seam side up, in skillet and
agitate (shake) for 30 seconds.
Pour in water, cover, and gently boil over moderate heat for 7
to 8 minutes.
When oil and water start to sizzle, add remaining
oil. Tip skillet to distribute oil evenly; watch carefully
(uncovered) to prevent sticking.
When bottoms are brown (usually several minutes later), remove from
heat and carefully lift out potstickers with spatula.
To serve, turn potstickers over (dark side up) and arrange on serving
Combine chili oil, vinegar, and soy sauce in proportions to
suit your taste and offer sauce for dipping.
Alternatively, cut up a hot chili pepper into red rice vinegar.
You can freeze uncooked potstickers for later use, if you
squeeze out the water from the cabbage during preparation (in a colander or
Freeze potstickers separately on cookie sheets until
firm, then put them in plastic bags.
When rolling out the pancakes, leave the centers slightly thicker
than the edges. A thicker center will hold up better during the browning.
If you prefer, steam potstickers for about 12 minutes over boiling
water instead of pan-frying.
(No self-respecting hacker would be caught eating steamed potstickers,
These are really not hard to make, and come out quite nicely! Following
the dough recipe above leads to a fairly dry and floury dough; this
makes it hard to roll out and pleat. Feel free to add a little more
water. There are also now commercially available potsticker presses that
take care of folding and pleating; they're cheap and plastic and work
The perfect potsticker is uniformly brown with a thick brown area on
the bottom (where it sticks to the pot); it seems that achieving this only
comes with practice.
I tend to fry both sides a bit before adding the water;
this helps. Beware of too much heat; the bottom will bubble and crack.
This doesn't taste any different, but doesn't look as nice.
If you don't cook the whole batch at once, store the potstickers
so that they don't touch; the dough tends to stick to itself, so the
potstickers may tear as you remove them.
Many restaurants serve Hoy Sin sauce instead of hot sauce.
measure the ingredients.
DEC Western Research Lab, Palo Alto, California
Recipe last modified: 22 May 86
From: kent@decwrl.DEC.COM (Christopher A. Kent)
Subject: RECIPE: potstickers
Date: 29 Aug 86 05:31:59 GMT
Organization: DEC Western Research, Palo Alto CA
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