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Ed's Potsticker House

DPZ | Jan 2, 200206:45 PM

In perusing these boards, I found a mention of Ed's Potsticker House as a place for dumplings and other Chinese "small eats". A link to the original post is below.

Going in with very high hopes, I was reasonably but not completely satisfied. A friend and I tried the potstickers, the boiled (water) dumplings, the scallion pancakes, and the beef noodle soup. Especially given my expectations, and given the name of the establishment, the potstickers were the main disappointment. My view of the "authentic" potsticker experience is that the potsticker should be long, open at both ends (I know that sounds strange), and cooked so that there is a little bit of "crust" (from loose flour) that forms between the potstickers. The potstickers at Ed's were long, but too long. They were formed somewhat like a very long spring roll, rather than pleated at the top. They were cooked on both sides, which just seems strange to me. And the wrapper was not quite the right texture. I don't know if they were from some other school of potsticker making, but they really didn't seem right to me. Then again, you can't find authentic potstickers anywhere else in Chicago either.

Despite this long diatribe, I really enjoyed Ed's and the rest of the items. The boiled dumplings, which are hard to find, were clearly made on the premises and hit the spot. The scallion pancakes were also of the variety that are hard to find. They were multi-layered, so that they were crispy on the outside but soft and delicate inside, rather than a single piece of oily dough. (This is done by rolling out a large and very thin piece of dough, then rolling it up into a pancake, with the layers preserved.) I could have used more scallions and a little more salt, but that may just be personal preference. Finally, the beef noodle soup was good.

I think I was disappointed mainly because I was so sure I would find what I consider to be traditional potstickers there and did not. But the boiled dumplings, sometimes called water dumplings, and the scallion pancakes were really a treat. There were also some Chinese breakfast offerings that I didn't get a chance to try but will sometime. Also, I didn't try the xiao long bao (or soup dumplings) that prompted the initial post because the poster wasn't completely enthusiastic about the version at Ed's and I wanted to give them a chance to do what they do best.

Ed's Potsticker House
31st just south of Halsted


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