Mamahuhu – the fast-casual Chinese-American restaurant in San Francisco from co-founders Anmao Sun, Ben Moore and Brandon Jew (the James Beard Award–winning chef-owner of Michelin-starred Mister Jiu’s and Moongate Lounge) – launches a line of frozen potstickers. Made with a gluten-free rice and oat flour wrapper, the potstickers debut with two filling combinations – Pork & Purple Cabbage and Tofu & Mushroom – that celebrate what it means to be Chinese-American today, a unique cultural identity and innovative spirit within American food history. As with all of Mamahuhu’s dishes and pantry items, the chef-driven flavors are rooted in China but born in America, and made with high-quality, sustainably sourced ingredients.
In Mandarin, “Mamahuhu” means “so-so.” The playfully self-deprecating restaurant name intentionally challenges the criticism Chinese-American food often receives for not being “authentic” enough, when compared to traditional Chinese cuisines. Mamahuhu seeks to pay homage to Chinese-American food as its own cuisine – from the new cuisine designed decades ago by Chinese immigrants to entice American palates, to the mainstay dishes, like potstickers, that have creatively evolved with the generations over time.
Created in Mamahuhu’s kitchen, the potstickers are ready in minutes straight from the freezer, and best served pan-fried. Made with heritage pork sourced from Klingeman Family Farms and organic tofu from Hodo, the potstickers are gluten-free due to a proprietary, uniquely crispy and bouncy wrapper made from rice and oat flour.
The versatility of potstickers allow them to be enjoyed as a main meal, side dish or even as an afternoon snack. The Mamahuhu team serves them with sauteed Chinese vegetables, such as organic gailan with a dash of soy sauce, black vinegar and ginger. The potstickers are developed to be packed full of flavor and enjoyed hot off the pan. For those who want to enjoy them with a sauce, Mamahuhu recommends combining two parts rice vinegar, one part light soy sauce, and a sprinkle of white pepper. For an extra kick, add chili oil to taste.
Mamahuhu potstickers are $11.99 per 8 oz pouch. Available in California, the potstickers can be purchased online, and via Doordash in the San Francisco Bay Area. In January 2024, the potstickers will launch nationwide.