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Ganesh’s pork potstickers 

Get the whole family involved with this production-line team meal. Everyone can have a go at making the potstickers. And there is no right or wrong way to fold the wrappers. The main thing is to have fun!


Serves 4 

250g pork mince
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp soy sauce
3cm knob fresh ginger, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ tsp ground white pepper
2 tbsp cornflour
24 dumpling wrappers
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 spring onions, sliced


4 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp sesame oil 4 tbsp oyster sauce


  • Mix pork, sesame oil and soy sauce together. Add minced ginger, garlic and white pepper and combine thoroughly.
  • Lightly dust a clean surface with a little cornflour and lay a wrapper on top. Have ready a small bowl of water.
  • Place 1 teaspoon of pork mix in the middle of the wrapper. Wet the tip of a finger and wipe around the edge of the top semi-circle of the wrapper. Fold the wrapper over to form a semi-circle encasing the filling. Pinch and pleat the edges of the wrapper to seal.
  • Prepare the remaining dumplings the same way, placing them on a clean surface dusted with cornflour. This will keep them from sticking.
  • Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Add the potstickers with the flat side down. Cook on medium heat for 2 minutes till the bottom browns. Pour ½ to 1 cm of water into the pan, place a lid on and bring to a boil.
  • Simmer uncovered for 6 to 8 minutes or until the water has evaporated. Once the water is gone, they will go crisp on the bottom again. Remove from the heat and serve, sprinkled with some sliced spring onions.
  • While the potstickers are cooking, mix the dipping sauce.

This is an extract from Eat Well for Less New Zealand, with Michael Van de Elzen and Ganesh Raj, published by Random House NZ, RRP $35.

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