Thursday, February 15, 2018

Pan Fried Gyoza 餃子 / ぎょうざ / Chinese dumplings / Potstickers 锅贴 with Crispy Lattice Skirt Base

We love gyoza!!! Do you?

... especially when those that are cooked with crispy lattice base. YUMMY!!!

Then, the non-Japanese half-Shangdong me wonder ...

Is there any difference between the Japanese gyoza / 餃子 and Chinese potstickers 锅贴?

According to a thorough explanation at here, the answer is YES!

Or perceptually NO! LOL!

The word 餃子 is known as Jiaozi in Mandarin and Gyoza or ぎょうざ in Japanese and the cooking of Jiaozi first started in Northern China including Shangdong where wheat is their staple crop.

The Chinese version of Jiaozi are dumplings that are made with mince meat and/or vegetable filling wrapped into a thinly rolled wheat flour dough and the dumplings can be either boiled, steamed, pan-fried or even deep fried.

The pan-fried version of Jiaozi is commonly known as potstickers or Guotie in Mandarin because Guo means wok and tie means stick. Why Guotie? This is because potstickers are typically cooked by a fry-steam-fry method. To do so, the base of the dumplings are first fried with a moderate amount of oil. Then, water is added into the pan and covered to steam and cook the dumpling filling. To finish, the cover of the pan is removed so that the water are fully vaporised and the base of the dumplings are fried again until crisp.

How about Gyoza?

The Japanese learned this culinary idea from the Chinese during World War II when they were in Manchuria. After WWII, the Japanese returned home and recreated Gyoza which is Japanese pronunciation of jiaozi.

Does this means that both Japanese gyoza and Chinese potstickers are the same? Based on history, YES but technically, NO!!!

If you observe both gyoza and potstickers very closely, you will see that Japanese gyoza are typically smaller for being one or two bite-sized. And they are usually made from very thin delicate pre-fabricated wrappers with fillings that are more finely chopped and textured.

Whether gyoza or jiaozi or guotie, I must say that I have learned well enough to cook good delicious dumplings these days. Ahem... So good that I have even mastered the art of cooking either gyoza or potstickers with a perfect crispy base.

So good that even my fussy husband said "Wow! Your crispy dumplings really got standard!" and my gyoza-loving mini-food-critic son said "Mum, your crispy dumplings are the BEST!!!"

That's because they didn't know something! The trick to create this crispy base is to add some wheat flour into the water that steam the dumplings! That's all! Now that you know... so please don't tell them. Let them keep saying that I'm best! LOL!

gyoza potstickers crispy base
Gyoza 餃子 / Potstickers 锅贴 with Crispy Lattice Base

Monday, February 12, 2018

Easy Mix-and-Cook Red Velvet Waffles with Cream Cheese Drizzle

Ever since I baked my first red velvet cupcakes using the recipe from the book, The Hummingbird Cookbook by Tarek Malouf at here, my son and I started loving anything that is red velvet instantly!!! It's like there is no turning back for us after we have tasted the true essence of red velvet.

Since then, I have baked many different delicious red velvet foods such as...
Red Velvet Cake Pops at here
Red Velvet Whoopie Pies at here
Like Tim Hortons Red Velvet Cookies with Cream Cheese Filling at here
Red Velvet Crackle Cookies at here

Why red velvet? Isn't it just food with red food colouring? NO NO NO!!!

To me, a true proper red velvet food must have:

1) acidic vinegar and buttermilk to bring out the red anthocyanin in cocoa preferably non-Dutch-processed. If you are using Dutch processed cocoa powder, please add extra vinegar.
2) alkaline baking soda to react with the acidic vinegar and buttermilk in order to create a light, velvety and fluffy texture.
3) red food colouring to make the food traditionally red or red-brown or mahogany.
4) THE CREAM CHEESE frosting! YUM!!!

These days, it's really common to find bakeries and cafes selling red velvet cakes, cookies and even pancakes... but how about red velvet waffles? No worries because my homemade red velvet waffles are actually very easy to make and I will show you how...

easy red velvet waffles cream cheese
Red Velvet Waffles

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Crispy Sweet and Salty Seaweed Sesame Seeds Butter Cookies

Are a fan of sweet and salty cookies? ... like these pork floss Chinese cookies at here or salted egg yolk cookies at here. These sweet salty cookies with real big bold flavours cookies are so yummy!!!

How about sweet and salty cookies that are enhanced with Asian fusion umami flavours? ... like seaweed and roasted sesame seeds? Every bite of such cookies must be so multidimensional!!!

This is why I have pursued further my sweet and salty cookies imagination to bake these Crispy Seaweed Sesame Seeds Butter Cookies... Gosh! So you can imagine... every bite of these crispy sweet salty nutty buttery cookies is indeed very multidimensional!!!

crispy sweet salty seaweed butter cookies
Crispy Sweet and Salty Seaweed Sesame Seeds Butter Cookies

Monday, February 5, 2018

More Melt-in-your-mouth Enclosed and Open faced Pineapple Tarts 凤梨酥 recipes

After many years of testing and sharing many pineapple tarts recipes at here (2011), here (2012), here (2012), here (2013), here (2014), here (2015), here (2016), here (2017) and here (2017), I must say that I'm a pineapple tarts fanatic!!! LOL!!!

Despite that I have already found several outstandingly GOOD pineapple tarts recipes at:

1) My Best Ultimate Melt-in-your-mouth Nastar Pineapple Tarts at here

2) My Best Melt-in-your-mouth Open Faced Pineapple Tarts at here or from the book, Bake and Celebrate published by Marshall Cavendish. Bake and Celebrate

3) Ultimate Melt-in-the-mouth Malay style Enclosed and Nastar Pineapple Tart recipe at here

4) Ultimate Melt-in-the-mouth Salted Egg Yolk Enclosed Pineapple Tarts at here

... I never stop looking for more!!! Told ya. I am a pineapple tarts fanatic!!! LOL!

Here, I'm sharing another two outstandingly GOOD melt-in-the-mouth pineapple tarts recipes. One is for baking the enclosed tarts and another one is for baking the open faced tarts. Wanna know more?

melt in the mouth enclosed pineapple tarts
I have found another melt-in-my-mouth enclosed pineapple tarts recipe.