Pot stickers, mmmm! Oh, how I have missed you! Chinese food has always been one of my favorites. It’s just one of the few things I miss by living here in Costa Rica. Yes, there are at least two Chinese restaurants in Atenas. But the name is as close to Chinese as anything about them. Even the recent opening of Chinatown in downtown San Jose leaves much to be desired. I’ve yet to hear any bragging or “musts” regarding any of the restaurants there.
If appetizers are a part of our dining out experience, I always check to see if pot stickers are on the menu. And there must be one or more dipping sauces. So today, out of desperation and a longing for those scrumptious dumplings, I undertook the challenge of making them myself. Thanks to allrecipes.com and a couple of minor substitutions, I have ended up with a keeper of a recipe. The dumplings or wonton wrappers were also homemade. In the afternoon heat, I managed to roll out and stuff sixty-six dumplings. Steve brought in a small electric fan and positioned it so I could continue working. That’s my hubby!
Our supper consisted of supermarket sushi (this batch wasn’t that great) that Steve brought back from town after running some much needed errands this morning. He sliced some avocado for a side. He gave me all the pickled ginger while he took all the wasabi. It’s our tradition. It was a lot of work. But I’d say it was worth every minute. The inclusion of the homemade pot stickers made for a fun Friday night dinner. And the homemade dipping sauce with Sriracha, wow whee!
If you can’t find it, make it. So far my motto has been more successful than not. For me, the challenge is the best part. No, wait. Saving money by making things myself is the best part.