Originally posted on April 16, 2013. Updated with new photos.
Gyoza or Japanese potsticker is a crowd pleaser. These pan-fried dumplings are very versatile as you can use different ingredients as the filling. The filling ranges from ground pork, chicken, beef, shrimp, fish, seafood, or a combination of the different proteins. Vegetable such as shredded napa cabbage or regular cabbage is often added to enhance the flavor.
Even though gyoza originated from China, and is basically the Japanese version of Chinese jiaozi, I noticed that there are some minor variations. For example: the seasonings used. Sake and mirin are often added to the filling. From my personal observation, I also noticed that Japanese gyoza are slightly longer in shape and not so much crescent-shaped or Chinese gold ingot look. Another thing, they tend to be crispier, or at least the versions I have tried were crispier.
Anyway, anyone can enjoy gyoza. If you can’t eat pork, feel free to make it with ground chicken, or ground beef. Sake and mirin consist of alcohol, so you can opt out if you can’t consume alcohol. I personally love spicy food so I added some chili oil to the dipping sauce to give these pork and shiitake gyoza some kick. I just love all sorts of dumplings, they are so easy to make and such a treat.
Don’t be intimidated by the folding part. As long as you seal the gyoza tight, you should be able to replicate this pork and shiitake gyoza recipe successfully. If you are a newbie and just can’t make the pleats/folds on the gyoza, don’t fret because you don’t have to do it. Ultimately, regardless of the plain shape, the taste of these dumplings will trump. Have fun with this recipe and enjoy these dainty treats!
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