I've made potstickers so many times only to have the filling be hard or tough. I can't remember where I heard to add the soft tofu but it really helps to make a tender potsticker. These are wonderful served with a variety of your favorite Asian sauces. One of my favorites is a combination of soy sauce, scallions and chili oil.
Pork Potstickers 1/2 pound ground pork 1/2 cup of soft tofu 1/2 cup green onions - sliced 1 clove of garlic - minced 2 tbsp of ginger - minced 1 egg 1 tbsp oyster sauce 1 tbsp soy sauce 1/2 tbsp hoisen sauce package of round wonton skins 1 tbsp cornstarch mixed in 1 tbsp water 1 tbsp of olive oil
Gently mix the pork and tofu to incorporate. Stir in the green onions, garlic, ginger, egg, and sauces, stirring as little as possible to ensure a tender potsticker filling. Place a teaspoon of filling in each wrapper. Dip your finger in the cornstarch mixture and wet the edge of half the wonton wrappers. Fold the other half over the filling and go along the edge, pinching the two edges together to create a seal. Continue filling the wrapper until filling is gone.
Frying the wontons should be done in batches to avoid overcrowding in the skillet. In a saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the potstickers and 1 cup of water. Simmer on low until the water evaporates and the pan becomes dry about 8-10 minutes.
Food is so intriguing. I’ve always loved to cook whether it’s casual and simple or complicated and elegant. After living in the Midwestern United States all my life I find myself jumping between All-American foods and foods from other cultures. There is definitely a sense of comfort with cooking and enjoying food that I’ve grown up with.
I have a voracious curiosity to learn about all cultures, especially the Middle East/Mediterranean, Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai foods. I’ve learned that a simple curry dish or an Asian dumpling can transform your mood and be just as much of a comfort food as the foods you’ve known you’re whole life.
It is fascinating to me how each culture has such a diversity of ingredients, and when used with different combinations and cooking techniques you can easily transform the same few ingredients into a multitude of dishes. The unfamiliar, the diverse ingredients and techniques, can be intimidating to many people. I’ve created this blog to chronicle and share my explorations in the kitchen so that hopefully you will want to start experimenting in your kitchen.