What’s Gyoza? 7 Recommended Ways to Enjoy Gyoza in Japan!

What's Gyoza? 7 Recommended Ways to Enjoy Gyoza in Japan!

In the United States, gyoza is better known as potsticker because of its thin dumpling skin, similar to wonton skin that houses a filling of meat, spices and veggies. Usually, a dip of soy sauce with lemon accompanies the gyoza. This article is written for those who want to know what a true Japanese gyoza looks and tastes like, and how to eat it.



 

What’s Gyoza? 7 Recommended Ways to Enjoy Gyoza in Japan!

 

1. Grilled Dumplings:

What’s Gyoza? 7 Recommended Ways to Enjoy Gyoza in Japan! grilled

Gyoza dumplings usually take a lot of time to prepare, with the entire family usually there to prepare them. To grill gyoza, wipe the heated teppan with oil until light brown then turn and brown the other side. Then pour water over the gyoza and cover allowing to steam for 2 minutes.

 

2. Fried Dumplings:

What's Gyoza? 7 Recommended Ways to Enjoy Gyoza in Japan! soy sauce and vinegar

With a typical filling comprising of sliced cabbage, chopped green onions and minced ginger and garlic, the gyoza is fried first on its flat side (pleats up) until nice and brown. Water is then added and then covered with a lid until the upper part is well steamed. It is best served with the brown side up.

 

3. Served with Chili Oil:

What's Gyoza? 7 Recommended Ways to Enjoy Gyoza in Japan! sauce

Typically, the filling comprises of ground pork or shrimp and even chicken. For these filling, the best gyoza sauce would have hot chili (sesame) oil combined with soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, Sriracha, sugar and fresh minced ginger. Sometimes red pepper flakes, green onion and hoisin sauce are added.

 

4. Enjoy gyoza with soy sauce and vinegar:

What's Gyoza? 7 Recommended Ways to Enjoy Gyoza in Japan! soy sauce and vinegar

The gyoza wrap is made from skin similar to wonton which comprises of flour and water, you can add sesame oil, soy sauce and rice vinegar for extra zing. But make no mistake about it, gyoza can be eaten plain, with or without soy sauce and vinegar.

 

5. Gyoza with Rice:

What's Gyoza? 7 Recommended Ways to Enjoy Gyoza in Japan! with rice

Gyoza is super delicious and even lovely to look at: the half moon or half-circle shape created by tiny crimps made by fingers make it a really tempting meal. Best served with rice, the traditional Japanese way and of course the all-important gyoza dipping sauce. The Japanese are usually not overweight except when it comes to eating gyoza.

 

6. Gyoza and Ramen:

What's Gyoza? 7 Recommended Ways to Enjoy Gyoza in Japan! with ramen

Ramen bars serve gyoza, and dumpling bars serve ramen. Why? Because gyoza and ramen complement each other. There is even inter-cultural fusion of food. Miso and ramen for instance. Thus, it is no longer surprising to see people eat the fusion of gloze and ramen and sometimes with an added barbecue to top it.This is a Perfect combination.And it is best eaten with beer.But be careful because it is high in calories.

 

7. Gyoza as a Soup Dumpling:

What's Gyoza? 7 Recommended Ways to Enjoy Gyoza in Japan! soup

A perfect combination, gyoza still hot out of the steamer added as soup dumpling. Fantastic when added to chicken, pork, fish or vegetable soup to give it fullness and warmth transforming the soup into a complete meal. Gyoza is a staple as a meal or snack.

 

Conclusion

The good thing about gyoza is that it can be cooked and enjoyed immediately or frozen for up to a month. It retains its glorious taste and health giving qualities when frozen. Gyoza is a staple as a meal or snack. So come on and try a gyoza cooked in Japan by a Japanese cook to experience true Japanese.

 

What’s Gyoza? 7 Recommended Ways to Enjoy Gyoza in Japan!

1. Grilled Dumplings:
2. Fried Dumplings:
3. Served with Chili Oil:
4. Enjoy gyoza with soy sauce and vinegar:
5. Gyoza with Rice:
6. Gyoza and Ramen:
7. Gyoza as a Soup Dumpling: