Give me Pot Stickers or give me dumplings, I am hungry dam it.
Today we spun the wheel of food and with the flair and sounds of fireworks of Chinese New Year’s, we ended up on China and I decided to do 2 Chinese dishes. First Dumplings (joaozi) or as some of us call them Pot Stickers.
The second dish is going to be my rendition of Mongolian Beef, I will break it up into 2 entries, Prepare yourselves to be wowed with the mess I am about to manufacture, for the mean married lady, that makes me do yard work and threatens me with sleeping under the stairs in our newest home. (Yes, we moved again, but that is a story for another entry).
Spoonuniverty.com says the following about the History of the Pot Sticker.
“From Mistake to Tradition. Rumor has it that a Chinese chef intended to boil jiaozi in a wok, but walked away and returned to find all of the water boiled off. ... The dumpling stuck to the pan and got crispy, which is how the dumpling got its name of pot sticker, which literally means "stuck to the wok."”
· ¾ pound ground pork or other meat
· 1 cup minced cabbage
· 2 tablespoons minced ginger
· 1 tablespoons minced garlic
· 6 scallions, the white and green parts separated, both minced
· ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons good soy sauce
· 48 dumpling wrappers
· 1 egg, lightly beaten in a bowl
· 4 tablespoons peanut oil or vegetable oil, more or less
· ¼ cup rice vinegar or white vinegar
Tale of the tape:
Was it easy to make? Nope it was fun but a pain in the butt. Next time I order out!
How did it taste? It tasted like a lot of work, splashed with tears of accomplishment and just dash of goodness.
Did I clean up the Tiananmen Square size mess I made out of the new kitchen? I started to and then took a break to watch something on TV and poof! When I went back there was a red faced woman doing the dishes and shaking her head at me, like I was the kitchen murderer. I told her I would do the clean-up, she said yeah! And Chinese New Year is coming. . . See I told you she was mean, she does not accept that I have clean-up ADD… oh look chickens….hey wanna ride bikes?!
As they say in China… “Nǐmen dōu huíláile”.
Which as we all know if we were all paying attention to our
hand books means…
“Ya’ll come back now ya’ hear”