Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Jiaozi/Gyoza/Dumplings/Pot Stickers

Here is my recipe for jiaozi, otherwise known as "pot stickers" to all you who shop at Costco. They're also called gyoza in Japanese restaurants, and usually dumplings in English. These are one of my favorite Chinese foods, especially when they're steamed.

adapted from here

Jiaozi (Dumplings)

1 tsp. salt
3 cups well packed Napa Cabbage (leaves only), washed and chopped

Toss cabbage and salt in a bowl and let it stand for 20 minutes until the cabbage begins to wilt. Squeeze excess moisture out of the cabbage.

1 Lb. ground Pork or ground Chicken
4 Green Onions, chopped using white and green parts
2 tsp fresh Ginger, finely chopped
1 tsp. garlic salt (or 1 clove garlic and 1/2 tsp salt)
Dash of Pepper
2 Tbsp Soy Sauce

2 packages Gyoza wrappers (about 30 pieces per package)
Canola Oil, for cooking

Combine cabbage and all other filling ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until it is ready to use (up to 24 hours). Open wrapper packages and place 1 Tbsp of meat mixture in the center of the wrapper. Fold the wrapper in half and seal the edge with water. Gently press the edges together.

Heat 1 Tbsp canola oil in a 10 – 12” nonstick frying pan over medium heat. Place pot stickers in the pan and cook until the bottoms are brown. Add ½ cup of water to the pan and put lid on tightly. Pot stickers are ready when all water is absorbed. The bottom of the pot stickers will be slightly brown. This will make them a little crispy. Repeat process with oil, water and remaining dumplings.

Dipping Sauce:
¼ cup Soy Sauce
1 tsp Sesame or Olive Oil
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 Tbsp Sugar
1 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
3 Tbsp Water

Mix all ingredients together and serve with dumplings. Makes about 8-10 servings.


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