Thursday, December 1, 2011

Veggie Potstickers 蔬菜锅贴

I made these for Thanksgiving as appetizers as Jason's grandmother wanted me to bring something from Singapore. Sure, potstickers aren't really from Singapore, but it definitely is Asian enough. I can't think of anything Singaporean that are good for appetizers since we don't categorize food into appetizers or mains. Maybe dough fritters (you tiao) would fit in the 'appetizer' category, but I'm sure everyone would balk at fried dough.

Also, I've got to add that this recipe was a random choice because I basically wanted to clear out my fridge of strange vegetarian foods. Nevertheless, my kitchen improvisational skills are pro, and these were a hit. There were only two leftover. Considering that it was served to (mostly) people who generally aren't open to trying different foods, I'd say it was a success.



Ingredients
  • 1 small packet glass noodles, soaked in cold water for 10min and cut into short lengths
  • 1/2 packet firm tofu, cubed
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 2 stalks cilantro, chopped
  • 2 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • 1 packet of wonton wrappers
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1/3 cup water
Dipping Sauce
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoon black vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger root, sliced into small strips


Method
  • Mix the glass noodles, tofu cubes, shredded carrots, chopped cilantro, minced garlic, white pepper, soy sauce and oyster sauce in a large microwavable bowl. 
  • Cover the bowl and microwave for 4 minutes, until half cooked.


  • Scoop 1/2 tablespoon of mixture onto a wonton wrapper and seal the wrapper. Make 17 more potstickers.


  • In a flat frying pan, heat the cooking oil until hot. Place the potstickers in the pan and let the bottom of the potstickers brown (about 2 minutes).


  • Add 1/3 cup water to the pan, and cover for 5 minutes.
  • Make the dipping sauce by mixing all ingredients together.


  • Remove the potstickers from the pan and serve with dipping sauce.


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