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Lacy Potstickers - 冰花锅贴

Create these crispy and beautiful lacy potstickers in your own kitchen today! This recipe is vegan, easy-to-make and used a homemade dumpling wrapper.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Dough Resting Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Keyword: dumplings, potstickers
Servings: 4
Author: woonheng


Dumpling Wrapper

  • 240 g unbleached all-purpose (plain) flour
  • 125 ml [½ cup] hot water
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • 397 g [14oz] firm tofu
  • 250 g cabbage chop into tiny bits
  • 1 carrot chopped
  • 2 stalks green onions chopped

Seasoning for filling

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Dipping Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons sambal oelek/sriracha
  • tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ½ tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 stalk chopped green onions
  • ½ teaspoon toasted sesame seeds

Other Ingredients

  • 1 cup [240ml] water
  • oil for cooking
  • flour for dusting and cooking
  • salt to taste


Prepare the Dough

  • Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl until well-combined.
  • Then, gradually add in the hot water while stirring using a pair of chopsticks/fork. The water temperature should be hot to touch but not boiling hot.
  • Once the dough cools down, knead the dough with hand into a unified mass.
  • Cover the dough with a lid tightly, and set aside for at least 30 minutes.

Prepare the Filling

  • To make the filling, place chopped cabbage in a bowl and massage it with 1 teaspoon of salt. Then, cover the bowl with a lid and set aside for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, place the tofu in a nutmilk bag, then squeeze out as much liquid as possible and transfer to a bowl.
  • After 30 minutes, using the same technique, squeeze out the cabbage liquid, and place them in the same bowl with tofu.
  • Top it with chopped carrots, green onions, and stir in the filling seasoning.
  • Mix until all the ingredients are well-combined. Here, you can divide the filling into 24 portions and roll into a ball so it'll be easier to fill them into the wrapper.

Dipping Sauce

  • To make the dipping sauce, place all the ingredients in a bowl, then, garnish with chopped green onions and toasted sesame seeds, set aside until ready to use.

How to Make the Dumpling Wrapper

  • Place rested dough on a cleaned surface and knead a few more times into a smooth dough.
  • Divide it into 24 equal parts and shape each into a ball.
  • Work with one dough at a time and cover the rest. Roll out dough into a circular disk, about 3"-4" diameter. I prefer to roll out all the dough before adding the filling.

Assemble the Dumpling

  • Place about 1 tablespoon of filling in the middle of the wrapper. If the wrapper appears to be dry, dab the edge with water before adding the filling.
  • Bring the sides together and pleat to seal. Continue with the rest of the ingredients until all wrappers have been used.

How to cook the dumplings - Potstickers style

  • Heat a 12" non-stick pan and add in about 2 teaspoons of oil.
  • Place 12 dumplings into the pan and arrange them slightly apart to create a space for the lace. Cook over low-medium heat until the bottom of the dumplings start to brown.
  • Then mix 1 tablespoon of flour in 1 cup of water until well combined. Gradually pour the mixture into the pan covering all the gaps.
  • Cover the pan with a lid and cook over medium heat until you start to hear a sizzling sound and see some huge bubbles popping in the pan.
  • Remove the lid and by now, the dumplings should look plump and cooked through. Most water has evaporated leaving a thin layer of slurry.
  • Continue to cook until the bottom starts to brown and when you see the crispy sides start to detach from the pan. Adjust the heat accordingly.
  • To check, move your pan a little and if the crispy layer detach from the pan, then it's ready. You'll only do this after the bottom has browned nicely.
  • Turn off the heat, place a plate into the pan, and flip the pan over (check my video). Serve warm with the premade sauce.



Please check my tips and commonly asked questions under my Cooking Tips and FAQ sections on this post. 
To use a different filling and cooking method, check out my Crispy Bottom Potstickers