Havn't Tried Potstickers at U-Lee? Go Right Now!!!!
- ryan Apr 8, 2002 09:24 PM
As a dumpling fanatic, it is unforgivable that it took me about two months to go to U-Lee, from the day it was recommended.
If i had known what i was missing, everyone of those 60 days would have been painful.
I will never again order a hamburger, becuase at U-Lee each of the six potstickers contains one huge hamburger size lump of flavorful ground meat mixed with a heady dose of ginger and garlic. The juices of the moist meat are perfectly contained by the slightly crisp, browned dumpling skin that incases each dumpling.
Moral: Do not make the same mistake as me; run, dont walk to U-Lee at Hyde, and Jackson in Knob Hill.
Problems you will face:
1) They make you order an entree with your potstickers. (Do not make the mistake of trying to trick them at their own game by ordering a soup as your entree. The Hot&Sour soup was neither hot nor sour.)
2) You must make your own tabletop dipping sauce (Damn those soy sauce and vineger bottles!)
3) They will not steam them (even if you politely beg)
Hey, thanks for the link, Mr. Bluetooth. I'd forgotten about those guys for a while.
Potsticker styles are certainly controversial. I'd say that U-Lee captures the American dream and bigger is better ethos. On the other hand, those from the Far East would be in search of something else.
re: Melanie Wong
Oops, forgot to change my identity .
Those from the Far East would certainly consider it an anomaly. I'd venture that the amount of meat in one of these things would not invoke a general sense of pleasure, taste notwithstanding.
BTW, potstickers really aren't hard to make once you get the hang of it. And once you do, there's usually no point in specifically going out for them. Alongside a mixture of soy sauce, vinegar and sesame oil, they make a great dinner (I have been known to consume around 30 of them in one sitting).
re: Mr. Bluetooth
30?!? I wonder how many of U-Lee's you could eat. (g)
Care to share your potsticker recipe? Here's a link to mine. Northerners would wince at adding cabbage to the mix, but I think it lightens up the mixture. One could use all chopped leeks instead.
re: Melanie Wong
I must admit - it's my wife's recipe; I just wrap the fillings (g). There's no link to the recipe, and she doesn't make exact measurements (plays it by ear), but it's similar to your recipe, which is a good sign. So, I'll type one up at your request:
1 package sui gow wrappers
1-1.5 lb. lean ground pork
1 head cabbage, shredded (or leek, but it's not for everyone)
1 T sesame oil
1 tsp sugar
salt, pepper, soy sauce to taste
minced fresh ginger
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
Prepare a small bowl of water.
Use spoon to spread filling onto wrapper, then dip finger into water to moisten approximately half the circumference of wrapper and seal. The edges can be crimped if desired.
These dumplings can be pan fried as described in your recipe, or simply boiled in a large pot of water until done.
Since each dumpling contains the key elements of meat, vegetables and flour, they make great self-contained meals. Eat one at a time until you're satisfied!
re: Melanie Wong
I'm one of the non-cabbage people. I usually use about half and half of gow choy (chinese leek) and napa cabbage. I salt the shredded cabbage to draw out the moisture before adding it to the filling, or it gets too watery. Depending on my mood and what I have on hand, I might also add chopped prawns, dried shrimps or dried shitakes too. I also use pork that's not too lean, that helps to lighten the filling (I know, that doesn't sound logical, but the fat makes the filling less dry and dense).
I make my own wrappers with a simple dough of flour, water and salt. It is a fair amount of work to roll out your own wrappers, but if you have a friend or two to help you, it goes quickly, and the resulting eating pleasure is worth the effort.
I think I am among one of U-Lee's most faithful followers... I have tried chinese food all over the bay area and nothing satisfies me quite as much as U-Lee... when I was a kid I lived just down the street from u-lee and I would get it all the time... now I drive all the way to sf from my home in redwood city just for U-Lee... if you are going to go there you MUST try the BBQ pork wonton soup... IT IS THE BEST I HAVE EVER HAD... another must is the lemon beef (a dish that I have yet to see on another chinese menu)... another favorite in the BBQ pork chow fun.... U-Lee is definitely a destination for any true chowhound!