Chinese Five Spice Pork Potstickers
This is the story of how I made pork potstickers for the first time. It’s not that interesting a story but the result was absolutely delicious. I know the picture doesn’t really do justice to the tale I’m about to spin but if you like dumplings and you like pork, then you won’t be disappointed.
It took me a long while to start getting confident about my cooking skills. Once I was sure I don’t need to follow a recipe all the time, I decided to set myself a difficult task. And like an overconfident fool, I thought making dumpling dough would be easy. It was not! Making the dough was easy, beat it up with your knuckles and it becomes elastic enough. But rolling it out was where I almost gave up. I wasn’t very careful about that the dumpling wrapper is consistently thin all over so I ended up with some ugly and torn pork potstickers.
The filling was very simple and you can always get premade dumpling wrappers. If you’re an overambitious person like me, then go ahead and try the dough recipe too. Good luck.
For the dough:
- 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
- 100 ml of water
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Mix the salt with the flour and then add water. Knead for 6-8 minutes until it is smooth.
- Shape to a round ball, cover and set aside for 15 minutes.
- Knead again for 2-3 minutes, then let it rest for another hour.
- Once the dough is rested, shape it into a long log of about 3 cm in diameter.
- Cut this long up into small pieces, each weighing 10 g. The more consistent you are with the weight, the more consistent your wrappers will look.
- Take each ball and press it into a round disc. Dust the surface before you roll the dough out.
- Hold the wrapper with one hand as you roll the pin. Keep rotating the wrapper while you move the rolling pin. It will end up with a thicker center and thinner edges.
- The dumpling wrapper should be 8cm to 10cm in diameter. You’ll end up with probably 30-35 wrappers.
- 250g pork mince
- 1 white onion
- 8 cloves of garlic
- ½ teaspoon of Chinese five spice
- 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- Mince the onion and garlic finely.
- Take all the ingredients and mix them in the bowl together.
- Take a spoonful of filling and put it in the center of the wrapper. Dip your finger in some water and put it all along the edge of the wrapper. Fold the wrapper and pinch both the edges together. If you want to make a fancier fold, then take a look at this instructional video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_z26XeDA-M
- Once all your dumplings have been folded, heat you pan with a small splash of oil. Add your pork potstickers to the pan, fold side up.
- After about 2 minutes, add a splash of water to the pan and cover it. Let it cook for 5 minutes and then they’re ready to be served.
These pork potstickers go best with a simple soy sauce. When I made them, I had no patience for sauce and gobbled them all up.
Hope you like the recipe.