The steam-fried Chinese dumplings known as potstickers are hearty, satisfying and a lot of fun to make. In this recipe I use a mixture of both beef and pork to create a complex meaty flavor. The wrapping of each potsticker takes a little practice, but once you get the hang of it, it's a piece of cake!
In a large bowl, combine the beef, pork, tofu, chives, mushrooms, garlic, ginger, egg, soy sauce, mirin, fish sauce, sesame oil, sugar, onion powder and cornstarch. Gently fold all the ingredients together with a wooden spoon until well blended.
Place about 1 tablespoon of filling just off center on one side of a dumpling wrapper. Dab some water on the edges of the wrapper with your fingertip and fold the wrapper in half with the filling in the middle. Fold the corners up to the top of the potsticker and pinch the edges with your fingers to seal.
To cook, heat 2 tablespoons of canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Place as many potstickers into the skillet as possible without crowding it. Cook until the bottoms are golden, about 3 minutes.
Carefully pour in enough water to reach a third way up the potstickers and cook until the water is absorbed, 4 to 5 minutes. Flip the potstickers and crisp up the other side for 2 minutes.
Repeat with the remaining potstickers, adding more oil to the pan as needed. Serve with the dipping sauce of your choice and enjoy!