Recipe by Chef Tim McCoy
Makes 30 pot stickers.
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional for kneading
6 cups shredded Napa cabbage
4 ounces ground pork
1/4 cup finely minced scallions
1 Tbsp. ginger, finely minced
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 1/2 tsp. sesame oil
2 tsp. plus 4 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 tsp. rice wine
1/2 tsp. sugar
Measure 3/4 cup boiling water into a glass measuring cup and cool for 10 minutes. Place 2 cups flour in a medium bowl. Add the hot water and stir until the mixture begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl. Lightly dust your hands with flour and work the mixture for a few seconds at a time, as the mixture will be very hot, to form a dough. Turn onto a work surface that has been lightly dusted with about 1 tablespoon flour, and knead briefly for 5 minutes with lightly floured hands, adding more flour if necessary, until smooth. Cover with a slightly damp cloth and allow to rest for 1 hour.
Blanch cabbage in boiling salted water and drain well. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine the pork, scallions, minced ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, 2 tsp. vegetable oil, rice wine, and sugar. Add cabbage and set aside.
After the dough has rested, continue kneading 5 more minutes on a lightly floured surface. The dough should be elastic, smooth and not sticky. Roll the dough into a rope about 15 inches long. Cut the rope into 1/2-inch pieces to form about 30 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball. Flatten each ball with a rolling pin that has been lightly dusted with flour into 3-inch rounds, rolling from the center to the edges, making the center slightly thicker and the edges thinner. Cover all unused dough with a slightly damp cloth.
Place about 2 tsp. of pork in the center of each round of dough. Fold in half to form a half-moon, and pinch one end of the half-moon together. Using your thumb and index finger, make 4 or 5 small pleats in the front piece of dough to seal the dumpling. Dust each dumpling lightly with flour. Stand each dumpling so the rounded edge is upright.
Heat a skillet over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add 1 Tbsp. oil, and add 8 dumplings, rounded-side up, about 1/2 inch apart. Pan-fry 1 to 2 minutes, or until golden brown, gently using a metal spatula to make sure the dumplings are not sticking to the wok. Add 1/3 cup cold water, immediately cover the wok, and cook 3 minutes. Uncover the wok, and fry 2 more minutes on medium heat, or until almost all the water has evaporated. Using 1 tablespoon oil for each batch, continue frying the remaining dumplings, 8 at a time.