Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Ginger Pork Pot Stickers

Lately we have been on the hunt for a great (local) Chinese restaurant. A few years ago we found one in San Diego (Mira Mesa to be precise) and we haven't found it's match yet. Meanwhile, I saw an episode of Guy's Big Bite on the Food Network where he made some Ginger Pork Pot Stickers and man did they look good, and not all that difficult.

When I told my husband that pot stickers were on our menu for the week, he was excited. Here's how the conversation went:

Hubby: "I love pot stickers. My mom is great at making pot stickers."
Me: "Oh fabulous. That's not the best thing you could have said. Remember the now famous quiche incident of 2000?"
Hubby: "Oh yeah. Well, I bet your pot stickers will be good too."
Me: "Thanks. Can't wait."

What's the quiche incident of 2000 you ask? Well, I had discovered that my newly acquired husband's most favorite dish was quiche. Being the thoughtful wife I am, I made him a quiche for his birthday. It turns out that it wasn't quite as good as his mom's. That's fine. So I ask her for her recipe, and try again. Still no. I research more quiche recipes. Still no. This goes on for 3 years. I don't make quiche anymore.

Anyway, back to the pot stickers. I've never attempted pot stickers before, but this recipe was easy to follow and very yummy. In fact, the whole family got involved:

My son loved grating the carrots, and was more eager to try out this new meal since he had a hand in it's creation. (The carrots are for the fried rice.) Here are the pot stickers, ready to be wrapped, boiled and fried.

We paired the pot stickers with some fried rice (I'll have to type that recipe up later). The only thing that was lacking were the chopsticks. Oh, I did mix together a few things for a dipping sauce. Sorry I don't have the exact measurements - I just kind of eyeballed it.

Link to Ginger Pork Pot Stickers here

Dipping Sauce for Pot Stickers

In a small bowl mix:
soy sauce (about 1/4 cup)
about 1/2 tsp minced ginger
1 tsp honey

In the end, I was happy with the meal, and we'll be having pot stickers again (probably soon). The only comment from Mr. Dinner's on Me was, "these are awesome!" with no reference to his mom's pot stickers. Either he has wizened up or I won this round. My guess is he's just more careful with what he says. I know I don't hold a candle to Bonnie's cooking!


LaDonna said...

I saw that pot stickers were on your menu list a few weeks ago so I thought I'd give them a try myself. We don't eat pork so I used tofu instead and they were great all except for the ginger, it was a bit strong. I'm looking forward to seeing your fried rice recipe b.c. I couldn't find an easy one to make online.

Brielle said...

Mr. Dinners on me and I must hve different moms because I honestly don't remember pot stickers at all. I remember her buying them frozen from Costco several times. I think I must have grown up in Bonnie's cooking era part 2. Those look fabulous!

Stephanie said...

We love pot stickers here, but have never actually made them. We might just be trying this one.

Andy said...

Brielle - now I know the secret....Costco! I think I might just go and get Costco's little frozen quiches and see if that's as good as "mom's". I'm on to you Bonnie. You can run, but you can't hide!

Robyn said...

Man I wished I was more daring with food! What's the harm in just giving it a try I tell myself, but then I think of the work, cost and stress so we just had meatloaf last night and it didn't look as good, plus I didn't have any helpers which is always fun to have in the kitchen.

For the Bonnie's recipes- I think it's mostly their childhood memories you're chasing not an actual recipe, so I'm glad Mr. Dinner's on Me is giving it up and is enjoying his pot stickers that are in front of him.

Jen said...

The only cooking of Bonnie's I have ever heard about are those round whole wheat sandwiches. Maybe my guy is just too smart to compare my cooking to his mom's.

Kier said...

As a brother to Mr. Dinner's On Me, I must say that I have many more memories of the sublime throw together Fried Rice, Egg Pancakes, and home made donuts than these so called 'costco' pot stickers. I must have been in the prequel to the Bonnie's cooking era part 1.

Mindy said...

Mmm... those pot stickers look awesome. I tried to make pot stickers once when I was pregnant... huge mistake! :) I think I am up for trying them again now, though.