I made my first potstickers with the assistance of a Chinese friend, a visiting professor, who made the everyday kitchen chore look easy. First, he deftly smoothed rounds of dough with a small rolling pin. Then he filled each with a pork mixture, folded and fluted the edges, and popped them into the skillet. He called the stuffed crescents jiaozi.
We ordinarily associate potstickers with Asian cuisine. That’s no longer the case, since Crispy Edge debuted in the Tower Grove South neighborhood. Owner-entrepreneur David Dresner is pushing the
envelope dumpling, so to speak, when it comes to ingredients and audience appeal. You might say he’s gone global. These little dough bundles come out of the kitchen with Mediterranean, Spanish, and Asian fillings, paired with sauces and topped with microgreens. Cherry pie and apple pie dumplings are available for dessert.
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These dumplings are made in their large kitchen—the potsticker factory—that doubles as the outlet for making and marketing the little nuggets. In an obvious nod to healthy ingredients, microgreens grow along a 16′ wall in the dining room. What are microgreens, you may ask? Just young, tender versions of full-grown plants.
All this yumminess plays out on a dark palette, that runs from floor to ceiling in the 55-seat space. Dark it is, but not drab. The deep purple, brick wall and chic metallic/tile bar along with colorful vases of fresh flowers add the needed punch.
We have yet to see what other ingredients can be housed in these flavor-filled packets. Look for this “Global Dumpling Gang” to be rolling out even more adventuresome potstickers in the months ahead. If they need testers, I’m available.
Crispy Edge. 4168 Juniata St., Tower Grove South. Open: Fri 4p-10p; Sat 8a-2:30p and 4p-10p; Sunday Brunch: 8a-2p