In 2015 the lunar new year, Chinese New Year or Tet begins on February 15 and lasts for 15 days. The holiday is celebrated with the entire family enjoying restaurant and home feasts.
Who doesn't love potstickers? These are one of the most popular appetizers in Chinatown. Now is the time to face the fear and make them at home. There are no ingredients that cannot be found in a modern day grocery store. Make it a party and get friends together to make a big batch. Freeze them and they are ready for an easy tapa or meal.
Pork and Chive DumplingsThe sauce
1/2 c. soy sauce 125 mL
1/2 c. black vinegar, also called sugarcane juice vinegar 125 mL
1 tbsp. sesame oil 15 mL
2 tsp. toasted white sesame seeds 10 mL
1 lb. ground pork
1 c. finely chopped garlic chives
2 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. grated fresh ginger
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
one package 3 1/2-inch round dumpling wrappers
vegetable oil, for frying
Make the sauce by combining all ingredients and set aside until ready to serve. Makes about one cup.
Make the pork filling by combining all ingredients except for dumpling wrappers and vegetable oil.
Working with one dumpling wrapper at a time, place a tablespoon of pork filling in the center of the wrapper, moisten the edge of the wrapper and fold in half. Pinch the dumpling at one end and pinch as you go until you have a total of 6 pleats and the dumpling is closed. Place dumpling on a parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dumpling wrappers until all filling has been used. Cover dumplings with a damp paper towel until ready to cook or at this point they can be frozen and cooked later.
In a large non-stick skillet, heat two tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat. Working in batches, arrange the dumplings in a single layer and cook, until the bottoms begin to brown, about one minute. Pour half cup water into the pan, cover with a lid and steam until the filling is almost cooked through, about 2 minutes. Uncover and cook, until the all the water has evaporated and the bottoms have become golden brown and crisp, about 2 minutes. Serve warm.