I’ve always had a thing for Japanese food, the unique ingredients used and cooking methods have been developing throughout centuries.
The Japanese cuisine normally combines rice with one or more side dishes (also called Okazu) which contains fish, meat, tofu or vegetables.
Gyoza, also known as pot stickers, are deep fried, boiled or steamed dumplings with different fillings such as ground pork, meat, vegetables, chicken or tofu.
They originated in China, and known there as “Jiaozi”. They have become an extremely popular dish not only in Japan but worldwide.
The typical gyoza is filled with ground pork, green onion, cabbage, ginger and garlic, but there are many different kinds of gyoza that can be tried and you get creative by trying whichever ingredient you like for your own.
My favourite part of making these gyoza was the folding, you can try whichever technique you like but I found one that works best for me, check out my youtube video and try it yourself.
For this recipe, you will need a bamboo steamer for the best results, they can be found at your local Chinese or Japanese store or online and normally shouldn’t cost more than $10.
As for the gyoza wrappers, they are normally sold frozen and come in a large pack of about 50 wrappers. Do not put them back in the freezer and if you only use half the pack, you can place them in the refrigerator but make sure you use them within the next 24 hours.
The typical gyoza wrapper is made from flour and it is about the size of the palm of our hand, so don’t get mixed up with the rice wrappers used for spring rolls.
Steamed Vegetarian Gyoza
- 1 Pack of Gyoza wrappers
- 2 Cabbage leaves (chopped into small pieces)
- 1 Garlic Clove (minced)
- 1 Tsp Grated Ginger
- 2 Medium sized carrots (grated)
- 2 Green Onion Branches (chopped)
- 2 Shiitake Mushrooms (soaked in water for about 5 minutes and chopped)
- 1 tsp Sesame Oil
- 1 tsp Cooking Sake
- 1 tsp Soy Sauce
- Step 1 Place the chopped cabbage in a small bowl and heat in microwave for about 1 minute to soften the leaves.
- Step 2 Pour the cabbage into a medium bowl, add the carrots, green onion, ginger, garlic, shiitake and mix together.
- Step 3 Add the sesame oil, sake and soy sauce and continue mixing.
- Step 4 Take a hand blender and blend the vegetable mixture together until you reach a smooth texture.
- Step 5 Place a gyoza wrapper on the palm of your hand, take 1 teaspoon of the vegetable filling, place on the middle of the wrapper and close (as shown on my video above).
- Step 6 Place on a piece of parchment paper and continue filling the rest of the gyoza wrappers.
- Step 7 Once done, heat up a wide pan (a wok is a great option) with water till about 3 cm high.
- Step 8 Place a round piece of parchment paper inside the bamboo steamer, this will avoid your gyoza from sticking to the bamboo.
- Step 9 Keep the water on a medium heat and place the bamboo steamer on top of the water.
- Step 10 Place your gyoza dumplings in the bamboo steamer, be careful not to place any of them too close or on top of each other as they might stick.
- Step 11 Steam the gyoza dumplings for about 10 minutes. Once they are soft and see through they are ready!
- Step 12 Dip your gyoza dumplings into the delicious sauce and enjoy!
For a delicious peanut dipping sauce, mix together the following ingredients:
1 tbsp Peanut Butter
1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
1.5 tbsp Honey
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp Sesame Oil