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Potstickers by A and M Specialty Asian Foods at Fort Collins Farmers Market

Melanie Wong | Jul 30, 201106:17 PM    

Two weekends ago I arrived at the Sunday Fort Collins farmers market in time for lunch. A sweltering day with temps over 95 degrees before noon, I certainly felt for this lady slaving over the hot stove frying potstickers. At the same time, I admired her commitment to quality and making things fresh. She didn’t sacrifice her standards in the heat.
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Here’s the potsticker menu offered by A & M Specialty Asian Foods. I ordered the combo, $5, that includes three pork and three veggie dumplings.
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A husband and wife team runs this operation. I found out that he's from Alamo, CA (in the San Francisco Bay Area) and she's from China. She confided that she prefers her dumplings just steamed and not fried. I concurred and I told her even so, when I make potstickers, I crisp them on both sides, figuring if you’re going to go crispy, why not go all the way. Then she proudly pointed out that her dumplings are freshly steamed, then fried to golden brown crispness on THREE sides, not just one. A woman after my own heart.
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Here’s my Combo order: the veggie ones are larger, pork-filled ones, smaller. The veggie potstickers were nicely seasoned and quite tasty, filled with savory shreds of carrot, cabbage, onion, and glass noodles. The pork ones had chopped pork and cabbage with a hint of ginger. The thin machine-made wrapper skins browned up nicely to a crunchy tee. Good job here with the condiments too: garlicky soy-based sauce, a nose-tingling very hot and sweet mustard, and a red chili sauce that I didn't try.
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This was the first chopstick-able food I’d had in five days of traveling and it was more than satisfactory. Definitely worth trying when you’re in the Fort Collins area.

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A & M Specialty Asian Foods
245 Sherman St, Longmont, CO 80501

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