Sunday, 19 October 2008


Gyoza is a popular dumpling in Japanese cuisine. Gyoza originated in China, and it's said to have been introduced to Japan in late 17th century. Gyoza is cooked in various ways: deep-fried, boiled, steamed, or pan-fried. Boiled gyoza (sui-gyoza) is very soft and can be eaten hot or cold. Steamed gyoza (mushi-gyoza) is also soft and is eaten hot. Deep-fried gyoza (age-gyoza) can be finger food, so it's suitable for a potluck dish. The most common way to cook gyoza is pan-fried. Bottoms of gyoza dumplings should be brown and crunchy. Fillings for gyoza are also various. Different kinds of vegetables and meat can be used for fillings. The most popular fillings are ground pork, cabbage, and chives. Also, using mashed shrimp makes tasty gyoza called ebi-gyoza. You can even make vegetable gyoza without meat. Have fun creating your favorite gyoza. Gyoza wrappers are slightly thicker than wonton wrappers, and they are round in contrast that wonton wrappers are square. Here is the recipes to make the skin & also the pork filling recipes. Makes about 24-26 pieces of gyoza.
For the skin:
  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 2/3 cups of boiling water
  • a pinch of salt

For the pork filling:

  • 175g of minced pork
  • 1 medium size carrot, only use half. Chopped finely
  • 3/4 cup of chopped cabbage
  • 2 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 2 tbsp of sesame oil
  • 4 tbsp of soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp cornflour


To make the skin: Sift the flour & salt in a bowl. Add in the boiling water. Use a fork to mix the mixture to look like crumbles. Then use hand & knead the dough well forn another 5 minutes. Rest the dought for 30 minutes.

Pinch the dough about the size of 50p. Flatten the dough with a rolling pin into a thin flat sheet. Use a small bowl to cut the dough into a round shape. Continue with the rest of the dough.

For the filling: Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Use a teaspoon & scoop the filling in the gyoza skin. Fold up the skin & pleat about 5 pleats along the skin as seen on the picture above. Set aside.

Heat a frying pan with 1 tbsp cooking oil. When the oil is hot, put in the ready gyoza & pan fry until the bottom is brown in a medium heat. Set aside. When all the gyoza has been fried leave all the fried gyoza in the pan & add in 3/4 cups of water. Let the gyoza simmer in the pan until the water is dry. Serve hot with dipping sauce or chilli saue.

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