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The potstickers royale with crispy crepe at James Beard Award–nominated hot spot Fat Rice is a great introduction to the cuisine of Macau.

Join Chicago chefs Abraham Conlon and Adrienne Lo on a journey to discover the vibrant culinary culture of Macau. Their Chicago-based Macanese restaurant, Fat Rice, draws a crowd that craves this particular style of Portuguese-influenced Asian cuisine, and with their new cookbook, you can try it at home. Crunch into potstickers royale embedded in a crispy crepe and be ruined for all other dumplings. 

Adrienne has a strong childhood memory of hand-forming dumplings of various shapes and sizes with her family. Their potstickers contained an ingredient that isn’t often found in dumplings much outside of northern China: dill, added by Adrienne’s grandparents’ caretaker, Li Na. Despite initial skepticism, Adrienne’s grandparents came to appreciate the strange addition, and a taste for dill trickled down to the recipe we use at Fat Rice. Li Na also introduced the light, eggless crepe that adorns our potstickers, one reason people love the potstickers at Fat Rice; the extra crispy bits can be the best part.

The crepe batter is a pretty precise recipe, and therefore will yield better results if measured by weight rather than volume. And know now what many a cook at Fat Rice has learned the hard way: The crepe is super difficult to master! There is a certain relationship between you, the pan, the potstickers, the crepe batter, and the universe that has to be in line, and there’s no way to learn that other than by just giving it a go (after you’ve read the instructions, of course — always be careful when flipping a hot, heavy pan containing oil). This recipe makes a lot, so you’ve got some room for failure. And remember, you aren’t selling these in a crowded restaurant (you aren’t, right?), so even the ones that don’t pop out under a perfect crepe will still taste delicious.

Reprinted with permission from The Adventures of Fat Rice