Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Pot Stickers (Pan Stickers, Fried Dumplings) 鍋貼 [Gou Tie]

"Gou Tie" is a pan fried dumpling with vegetarian or minced meat filling. A variety of Jiaozi. Served with soya sauce, black or white vinegar, sesame oil and chili dipping sauce.

Origin: The pan fried dumpling was said invented in South Song dynasty(12th century). People fry the left over Jiaozi in pan to vary the taste of dumpling.

Shape: Vary of big or small sizes in ear, moon shapes or long rectangular in Tianjin.
Left over or fresh dumpling fried in flat pan.
The old version fried with oil.
The new, healthier version fried with small quantity of oil and half steamed with water.
The vegetarian filling with Chinese chives, garlic green, cabbage, mustard green, corn, coriander, mushroom etc.
The regular filling with minced pork, beef, chicken, lamb, shrimp etc. mixed with variety of vegetable.

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