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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

What I Crave: Pot Stickers

I've always loved Gyoza or pot stickers - especially the salty spicy sour dipping sauce. Now that I'm pregnant, this craving is on overdrive. I could eat pot stickers every day for almost every meal. However, not every pot sticker is worth eating. Here are two of my picks and one pan from around the Bay Area.

For me the ideal pot sticker has:

  • An ever so slightly crisp dough
  • Thin dough
  • Flavorful filling

When I bite into a pot sticker, I want the perfect balance of dough to filling. Pot stickers that leave me wanting, and often are left untouched past the first bite, have:

  • Soggy chewy dough
  • Thick dough
  • Bland filling
My Favorite in the City: Pot stickers from Alice's at 1599 Sanchez St in San Francisco, CA 
My Reliable Standby: Pot stickers from Red Jade at 245 Church St in San Francisco, CA 
Not Worth the Calories: Pot stickers from Sun Mei in Walnut Creek, CA 

I also like consistency. I'm not sure what's going on at Sun Mei, they used to be my go to Chinese restaurant for lunch, but the last two times their pot stickers have been less than tasty. Doughy, a little oily, and bland.

Where are your favorite spots to get Pot Stickers?

Bon Apetit!
Credits: All images taken by Eden Hensley Silverstein for Recipes for the Good Life.


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