Pot stickers as we say it simply in English or gyoja in Korean, gyoza in Japanese or Jiaozi in Chinese are all the same banana so to speak. They are little dumplings wrapped in circular flour pancakes, part steamed and part grilled or fried. The filling is usually made with minced pork and Chinese leaf (Napa cabbage).
I have added a little twist to these potstickers by making a pork filling that has peanuts and coriander. It is similar to the filling in a dim sum favourite which has a glutinous rice dough wrapper. The filling is quickly pre-cooked and cooled before wrapping.
This is a small recipe that makes 18-20 dumplings. You may multiply the recipe, dust with corn flour, then open freeze. You can transfer them to a zip lock bag or plastic box for storing in the freezer. They can be cooked from frozen, adjusting the cooking times.
2 cloves garlic, chopped
200 gms. of minced pork
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. sherry
3 tbsps. chopped roasted peanuts
1/4 c. spring onion rings
2 tbsps. coriander leaves, chopped
1/2 tsp. sesame oil
Method, Saute the garlic in 1 tbsp. of oil. Add the minced pork, soy sauce and sherry. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture dries up. Add the peanuts and spring onions and stir fry for 1 minute. Add the coriander leaves and sesame oil, stir then turn the heat off. Cool before filling the wrappers.
To wrap, moisten the floury side of the wrappers at the edges. Fill with a teaspoon of filling and fold in the middle. Make the edges meet and press at the center. Make two pleats on each side of the top half of the wrapper and stick to the bottom half.
Heat up a non-stick pan. Add 2 tbsps. of cooking oil. When hot, add the potstickers in a single layer. Fry for 2 minutes. Add 1/4 cup of water and cover the pan with a lid to create steam. Steam for 5 minutes on medium high or until the liquid dries up. Take the lid off and continue cooking to crisp up the bottoms of the potstickers. Turn over briefly to crisp the tops a little bit. The pot stickers are now done.
This recipe makes 18-20 pot stickers.
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