Sunday, October 12, 2008

Jiao Zi - Chinese Potsticker

My niece, Jeanne, and I made Jiao-zi today. She wants a break from studying for her exam so we decided to do something fun together. It was a lot of work, but it was well worth it in the end. These potstickers are amazing snack. These can be served immediately and drizzled with some dipping sauce.

Here is another platter ready to be eaten by us :-)


Dough :
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups hot water

Note: Whisk the flour with the salt and stir in the water until dough is shaggy. Turn onto a lightly floured board and knead briefly. Cut out circles with a 3-inch round cutter. Cover the dough with a side towel or piece of plastic wrap as you work.

1 pound of ground chicken/turkey/pork (any types of meat you like.)
1 cup of finely chopped cabbage
3 tablespoons freshly chopped scallions
3 cloves of minced garlic
2 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro leaves
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons chili paste
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder (optional)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Note: Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix until thoroughly combined.

3 Tbps of soy sauce
2 tbps of chilli paste
1 tsp of vinegar

Note: Combine all the ingredients in a bowl for dipping.

-Find a place to set the open wrappers and fill them, fold them.
-Look for a plate to set the folded potstickers.
-Put the folded potstickers into the boiling water
-Put the potstickers into the frying pan with oil
-Drain the oil and serve.

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