Sunday, January 29, 2006

Vegetarian Potstickers

In honor of Chinese New Year, I thought I'd make potstickers. I've had a recipe from Ming Tsai for a long time. It was a disaster! I admit though, it was entirely my fault. I accidentally picked up wonton wrappers instead of gyoza wrappers. Wonton wrappers are too thin for this recipe and don't steam very well. The potstickers tasted pretty good (especially the dipping sauce), so I bet they'd be much better if I had used the proper wrappers. Oh well.

Vegetarian PotStickers
1 red onion sliced
1 tablespoon minced ginger
1 cup sliced shiitake mushrooms
1 cup white cabbage, shredded
1 cup carrots, shredded
1 cup chopped garlic chives or chives
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 package round dumpling skins, also called gyoza (preferably twin dragon brand)

Salt to taste
Canola oil

In a wok or large saute pan, add a little oil and saute onions and ginger. Add the mushrooms and stir. Add the cabbage, carrots and chives. Season. When mixture is soft, place in colander to drain. Add the sesame oil and cilantro when mixture is cooled. Check for seasoning. Using the gyoza skins, make half moon dumplings keeping the bottom flat. In a hot non-stick pan, coat with oil and place dumplings. When bottom gets brown, add 1/4 cup of water and immediately cover. This will steam the dumplings. Carefully watch the dumplings and completely evaporate the water so that the bottom gets crispy again and sticks to the pot.

Serve with dipping sauce.

SPICY SOY DIPPING SAUCE:

1/3 cup thin soy sauce
1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
1/3 cup sliced scallions
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon sambal

Combine all.

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