Potstickers History and Recipe

It is fair to say that potstickers are well-loved, and no wonder, when they boast such an incredible flavor in every bite. One is never enough. If you know something about potstickers history or you just like to eat them, you might already know through history potstickers have gone by a variety of names, including guotie, Peking Ravioli, pork dumplings, and wortip. Potstickers are both pan-fried and steamed.

Once the little dumplings are filled they are pan-fried on one side and then steamed in water or broth, so they end up crisp and browned on one side but easy to remove from the pan with a spatula. Try not to overcook them though, because then they will stick!

Curious Potstickers History

These little treats have been around since the Chinese Song dynasty, which dates back to 1280AD) although the exact origins are not known. According to legend however, they were invented when a chef in China’s Imperial Court accidentally burnt some dumplings. Oops!

Since they were only burnt on one side, the chef served them burnt-side up, announcing it was deliberate and a new way to prepare dumplings. This was his only option because he didn’t have time to prepare a new batch. Luckily, they were well received, and of course their history has gone from strength to strength. Today they are enjoyed all over the globe and knowing potstickers history makes them all the more appealing.

Some of  the Best Wonton Recipes

Tips for Authentic Potstickers

Potstickers are made with a hot water dough to give it more elasticity. Actually most steamed and boiled types of dumplings are made with hot water dough. Perhaps you are craving potstickers but don’t have time to make the dough, in which case try wonton wrappers cut into circles or gyoza wrappers.

You can also find dumpling skins in Asian markets – just look in the frozen section. Serve the finished potstickers burnt side up, in the authentic fashion, along with your preferred condiments. These can include:

  • soy sauce
  • hot chili oil
  • (preferably red) rice vinegar
  • shredded ginger

In the following recipe we are including a simple sesame oil dipping sauce which you can make simply by combining these two ingredients. This is perfect if you don’t want anything too spicy. You might want to offer a spicy dip alongside it though, because perhaps some people will want that. So now you know potstickers history it’s time to make some potstickers of your own.

Potstickers History and Recipe
These little treats are amazing and one is never enough. A hot water dough is used to contain a delicious pork filling, and they are fried on one side and then steamed for a charming, perfect result.
Author:
Cuisine: Chinese
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 8
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Ingredients
  • 8 oz (230g) Napa cabbage
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1 lb (450g) lean ground pork
  • 2 finely chopped green onions
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon white wine
  • White pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) soy sauce
  • Vegetable oil, as needed
For the Dough
  • 2 cups (280g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (250 ml) boiling water
Instructions
  1. Cut the cabbage into thin strips, and toss it with 2 teaspoons of salt.
  2. Set it to one side for 5 minutes then squeeze out any excess moisture.
  3. Toss the cabbage with the pork, spring onions, cornflour, wine, white pepper, a teaspoon of sesame oil, and a teaspoon of salt.
  4. Mix the flour with the water until you have a soft dough.
  5. Knead it on a floured worktop until smooth.
  6. This will take about 5 minutes.
  7. Divide the dough in half and shape each one into a 12 inch (30 cm) long roll.
  8. Cut each roll into ½ inch (1¼) cm slices.
  9. Roll a dough slice into a 3 inch (7½ cm) circle and put a tablespoon of the pork mixture in the middle.
  10. Lift up the circle's edges and pinch 5 pleats into it, to make a pouch which encloses the mixture inside.
  11. Pinch the top together.
  12. Repeat with the rest of the dough slices and the rest of the filling.
  13. Heat a wok until it is very hot, then add a tablespoon of oil.
  14. Swirl the oil around so it coats the wok sides.
  15. If you don't have a wok you can use a nonstick frying pan but add 1½ tablespoons of oil instead.
  16. Put 12 dumplings in the wok and fry them for 2 minutes or until they are golden brown underneath.
  17. Add ½ cup (125 ml) water, then cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the water has been absorbed.
  18. Repeat with the rest of the potstickers.
  19. Mix a teaspoon of sesame oil with the soy sauce to make a great dipping sauce.
Notes
Makes About 48 Potstickers

Photo by Zeetz Jones, on Flickr

Some More Hot Content For You

Other Posts You Might Like
  • The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers
    The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers is incredible and attracts thousands of spectators every year as it leaves Las Palmas in Gran Canaria for Rodney Bay, Santa Lucia. Every year since 1986, this amazing transatlantic rally has set sail and crossed the 2700 nautical miles of Atlantic Ocean. The event begins in November and attracts over 200 yachts from all over the world. The ARC, as the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers has been named, is considered to be the most successful sailing event in the world and attracts amateurs as well as professionals from over 20 different countries. For many keen sailors this opportunity is a once in a lifetime dream. .....
  • Vegan Quinoa Salad with Garlic Lime DressingVegan Quinoa Salad with Garlic Lime Dressing
    Although nobody ever gets tired of pasta salad or rice salad recipes, there is something so special about a vegan quinoa salad, perhaps because of its unusual texture or because it is something different to what you usually have. This salad is especially good because the quinoa is combined with a variety of tasty veggies as well as seasonings. The following vegan quinoa salad recipe shows you how to make an easy quinoa salad using this delicious grain. Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is easy to cook and work with and combines well with various flavors. If you are new to using this grain, then you will enjoy the following recipe and once you .....
  • Shakshuka RecipeMiddle Eastern Shakshuka Recipe
    Shakshuka is a Middle Eastern tomato, bell pepper and egg dish. Sometimes it is spelt shakshouka. This Middle Eastern shakshuka recipe actually originated in Northern Africa and there are many different variations on the basic theme. The feta cheese is not a traditional ingredient, for example, but I love to add it because the creamy tang goes so well with the dish. Leave it out if you prefer though. How to Serve a Middle Eastern Shakshuka Recipe It is often served for breakfast in Israel with challah or pita on the side. The dish is also good for brunch or lunch. I like it with pita bread, homemade hummus and other Middle .....
  • Easy Vegetarian Tofu Pho BrothEasy Tofu Pho
    Pho is a delicious Vietnamese noodle soup made with rice noodles, broth, meat, seafood or a vegetarian alternative, and herbs. Beef and chicken are the most popular flavors but you can make a great vegetarian pho with tofu. This easy tofu pho is just gorgeous and you’ll love the flavors. This is a well-loved street food in Vietnam, and the Southern Vietnamese enjoy it for breakfast or lunch, while those in the north of the country have it at any time of the day or evening. History of Pho Soup This dish dates back to the early 1900s and refugees introduced it to the rest of the world after the Vietnam War. There is no proof of the .....
  • Curried Chicken Waldorf Salad RecipeCurried Chicken Waldorf Salad Recipe
    If you fancy making a waldorf salad recipe with a twist, try this delicious version with curried chicken. A traditional waldorf salad contains just red apples, mayonnaise and celery and the walnuts came later. You can use more curry paste in this curried chicken waldorf salad recipe if you want, depending how hot you like it. An Interesting Twist Puritans might argue this curried chicken waldorf salad recipe is not actually a “waldorf salad” exactly, because there are other ingredients in the mix which never appeared in the original dish. But I prefer to say this is a twist on the classic recipe, because it features everything .....
  • Basic Prawn Cocktail RecipeBasic Prawn Cocktail Recipe
    A classic starter recipe, prawn cocktail is delicious and often features as a starter on Christmas day or another special occasion. This salad uses Salad Cream (a British condiment) but you can use mayonnaise in this basic prawn cocktail recipe if you prefer. Optional Tweaks There are lots of different prawn cocktail recipes and you can add halved cherry tomatoes or thin cucumber slices if you want. As long as the prawns are well drained, this recipe keeps well in the fridge for a few hours before serving. This is a very basic pawn cocktail recipe so if you are looking for something more elaborate, you might prefer to look at our classic .....
  • Lamb Pasta Bake with FetaGreek Lamb Pasta Bake with Feta
    This Greek lamb pasta bake with feta is a delicious dish, pairing pasta with ground lamb, feta cheese and other Greek flavors. It is similar to pastitsio, Greece’s answer to lasagna, and you will find it really delicious and warming. Serve this Greek lamb pasta bake with feta with a simple salad on the side and a balsamic and extra-virgin olive oil dressing, or else just enjoy it by itself. If you’re into carbs, a slice of lightly toasted baguette bread would go well with this Greek lamb pasta bake with feta too. There are so many pasta bake recipes to choose from, and the great thing about such a dish is you can use pretty much .....
  • Octopus and Squid Stir FryOctopus and Squid Stir Fry
    Last night I decided to make seafood so I grabbed some raw squid (calamari) tubes and also 2 cooked octopus legs. I had an idea of how to cook them but wasn’t sure how to reheat the octopus without it going tough. I really wanted an octopus and squid stir fry though, so I went ahead with it. On the package it said to give it a couple of minutes in the microwave but I wasn’t keen on that idea. Instead I prepared a stir-fry type dish with the squid, then added the octopus at the end and just stirred it into the rest of the mixture until it was warmed through. It came out really well and octopus and squid stir fry is something I .....
  • Crab RangoonCrab Rangoon Wontons
    Crab rangoon wontons are always popular at buffets and dinner parties. They make a great appetizer before a meat or poultry main course. You can garnish them with fresh dill if you like. Since dill is traditionally served with fish, this will indicate to your dinner guests that the wontons contain fish or seafood. Crab rangoon wontons are known as crab puffs in Pacific northwest states. They might also be called crab meat cheese, cheese crab wontons, crab pillows or crab cheese wontons. Regardless of how you call them, these crab rangoon wontons are always amazing. History of Crab Rangoon Crab rangoon has featured on Trader Vic’s menu since .....
  • Greek Lamb CrackslawGreek Lamb Crackslaw
    Greek seasonings work their magic in this special crack slaw recipe, while the meat and veggies are sure to fill you up. This Greek lamb crackslaw makes a change from the Asian crackslaw recipes you might be more familiar with, but if you are looking for something different this recipe is ideal. Ground lamb is used instead of another kind of ground meat, and it makes a great substitute because it is naturally quite fatty which means it comes out succulent and juicy. Fantastic Flavors The Greek flavors in this Greek lamb crackslaw recipe come from the addition of tomatoes, herbs and lemon juice. You can also add some black olives if you like. .....
Search
DutchEnglishFrenchGermanItalianPortugueseSpanish

Tasty Query - recipes search engine