When I saw a show about Gyoza (Japanese pot stickers) on NHK channel, I knew that’s what I needed to make the next day.
I went grocery shopping to get all the ingredients, including wrappers, but at the last minute I decided to make wrappers myself.
It’s extra work and messy, but homemade wrappers make a big difference!
When I use store-bought wrappers, I can easily make over 50, but when I make my own wrappers, 20 is all I have energy (and time) for.
Still so worth though!
I also learned that pot stickers taste the best freshly cooked.
I used to make a lot of them and freeze some, but I no longer do that because they just don’t taste the same.
So I only make what we can eat in one meal.
So 20 is fine.
This time I cooked my pot stickers a bit differently, and they turned out perfect (probably the best ever)!
Do you see the “wings,” that’s what we call in Japan, the crispy thin fried edges?
Any good pot stickers are supposed to have them.
This side is most and chewy.
And this side is crispy.
You can enjoy two different textures in one piece.
I keep the filling simple.
Garlic, ginger, onion (microwaved for 1 min), cabbage (salted and then excess water removed), vermicelli, (corn starch, soy sauce, sesame oil).
I’ve tried other things, like tofu and mushrooms, but I decided that this is what I like.
The idea of adding vermicelli noodles came from a restaurant in Japan.
The particular ramen restaurant served vegan pot stickers which contained vermicelli and we absolutely loved them.
Another creation by hubby with his 3D printer.
Pretty cool, isn’t it?
This is a cookie cutter I designed for my friend, who has a handsome dog.
It took me multiple trials to draw his face right.
But it was a fun project.
My hubby did a good job with putting bars, instead of covering the whole bottom, which makes cookie-cutting easier.
Isn’t he handsome?
He always wears this cool scarf around his neck.
Yep, I still need to work on my icing skills.