Gyoza is Japanese-style dumpling. Originated from Chinese jiaozi (dumplings), gyoza has become a mainstay of Japanese cuisine, a staple that is very popular in and outside of Japan. In the United States, you can find gyoza at Japanese restaurants and Asian-themed restaurants.
There are four ways of preparing gyoza: steamed, boiled, deep-fried, and pan-fried. I am especially partial to pan-fried gyoza, or yaki-gyoza. It’s hard not to like yaki-gyoza—tiny parcel of juicy filling encased in a dumpling wrapper, pan-fried to crispy golden brown at the bottom, and then lightly steamed to create the nice contrast in mouth feel and texture. The highlight of gyoza lies in the exceptional and flavor-enhancing ponzu dipping sauce, which compliments and completes the taste…
Gyoza is commonly made with a ground pork filling (you can also use beef, chicken, or even turkey). Other ingredients include cabbage or Napa cabbage, chives or scallion, and seasonings. I created my gyoza recipe with ground pork and cabbage, and flavored the filling with Mizkan (Bonito Flavored) Soup Base, which is soy sauce with dashi. For serving, I made a ponzu dipping sauce with Mizkan AJIPON® Ponzu. The addition of Mizkan (Bonito Flavored) Soup Base delivers magical results—the gyoza were extremely juicy with a heavenly umami note, and the ponzu dipping sauce was refreshing with a mild citrusy nuance that paired beautifully with the gyoza dumplings.
Making gyoza can be challenging to many people if you don’t know how to assemble the dumpling. For your easy reference, I have create an easy step-by-step picture guide in the gyoza recipe below. Please take note that practice makes perfect, so get yourself all the ingredients in this gyoza recipe and start making gyoza at home. I can guarantee you that you will be rewarded with a serving of delicious and juicy gyoza that you just can’t stop eating!
(Click Page 2 for the Gyoza/Japanese Pan-fried Dumplings Recipe)