Learn how to make your own delicious Japanese gyoza from scratch! These addictive dumplings are filled with seasoned ground pork and vegetables then wrapped in a thin dough. I've got a few secret tips for frying them to crispy perfection too!
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What are gyoza?
Gyoza (餃子) are dumplings filled with pork, vegetables and seasonings, and then wrapped in a thin dough. Although they are eaten all across Japan, the dish originates from China and are originally called "Jiaozi".
In English they are usually called dumplings or pot stickers.
They can be steamed, deep fried or pan fried, they're pretty versatile. Most Japanese people fry them in a pan and then add a lid so they steam for a while. That way, they become crispy on the bottom and soft on the top, delicious!
A Brief History of Gyoza
The very first emergence of gyoza dumplings in Japan is obscure, yet one theory says that they came in around 18th century from China.
But it had never been a common dish up until after WW2 actually.
Like it had existed, but only certain amount of people (eg rich people) had access to the dish.
While steamed dumplings are a lot more popular and common in China, Japanese Gyoza is usually fried in a pan.
So this is another case that Chinese food came in to Japan then Japanese people found their own way to cook it.
Regional Variations of Gyoza
Gyoza is now a very common family dish all around Japan, and even different regions of Japan have their twists and their own versions of it. Such as:
- Enban gyoza (円盤餃子) : Fukushima Pref
- Utsunomiya gyoza (宇都宮餃子) : Tochigi Pref
- Hamamatsu gyoza (浜松餃子) : Shizuoka Pref
- Jumbo gyoza (ジャンボ餃子) : Hyogo Pref
- Yahata gyoza (八幡餃子) : Fukuoka Pref
Who's up for a gyoza tasting tour of Japan?!
As I said before, gyoza are pretty versatile and you can make them how you like! So here are some popular fillings.
Although it's uncommon for Japanese people to make gyoza wrappers from scratch at home (pre-made wrapper is more convenient and popular), you can't beat the taste and texture of your own homemade gyoza wrappers!
If you'd like to try and make your own wrapper, here's the recipe for how to make gyoza wrappers from scratch.
It's basically a dumpling filled with meat and vegetables, in Japan it's usually pan fried.
Gyoza originate from China, Japan has many foods that are Chinese with a Japanese twist. The word "gyoza" (餃子) is Japanese though.
Gyoza is usually filled with seasoned meat and/or vegetables. It's can also be filled with tofu or seafood too, gyoza are very versatile! The wrapper is simply made from flour, salt and water.
Gyoza in Japan are mostly pan-fried but there's a type of gyoza that goes in to soup called Sui-gyoza (水餃子) which means "water gyoza".
Lots of people in Japan like having a plate of gyoza with a bowl of ramen. Gyoza usually comes with a dipping sauce too, I've included my favourite dipping sauce in the recipe.
They're better hot for sure, but some people eat them cold in a bento.