What Are Potstickers?
According to Spoon Fork Bacon, "Potstickers are a type of dumpling. Usually filled with pork and cabbage, or cabbage and vegetables like carrots for a vegetarian version. Potstickers are generally folded into a pleated crescent shape. They are pan-fried and steamed, which create a nice crispy exterior and a juicy interior."
Potstickers are associated with Asian cuisine and are served as an appetizer or snack. With the modern-day convenience offered by the frozen food aisle in your local grocery store, you don't have to visit a restaurant to enjoy them.
Good Taste but High Sodium
I thought Ling Ling potstickers tasted pretty good; however, looking at the nutritional information above, one thing jumped out. The sodium level seems through the roof!
This shouldn't be surprising. Most frozen food is full of preservatives and anything that has a nice taste will likely contain some unhealthy ingredients.
With a sodium level of 55% (with the sauce) you are going to have to keep your intake at the recommended serving level of just five potstickers.
Easy to Prepare
The directions recommend that you fry these in a small amount of oil first. This ensures that you obtain a crispy exterior.
Then you add a small amount of water to the pan and cover. The water boils and the lid helps steam the dumplings.
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You keep them over heat until all the water has evaporated. The steam cooks the interior filling, and keeping them over the heat will help crisp up the wrapper.
Dip and Enjoy
They cook up in about 10 or 15 minutes.
The sauce obviously has to be thawed, but it is a nice addition.
This snack is pretty tasty, although the chicken seems to be blended with vegetables in a thin wrap. I was a little disappointed because I expected to have more meat inside.
The meat seemed almost invisible and really wasn't distinct enough to detect. I'm not sure what other fillers they use—it is usually cabbage—but whatever it is it will likely leave your appetite unsatisfied.
The wrapper itself has a nice flavor that isn't overbearing. The sauce has a nice tangy flavor but any teriyaki (or soy) should suffice.
Overall, I would recommend these for an appetizer. With 20 in a box, this product would serve a small family, or be useful for a college student who is seeking snacks for a couple of weekends.
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