Hey guys, Yuto here (@sudachi.recipes)
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.
Now it’s 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
I love how they found their own ways to be creative with the dish!
Gyoza can be a great vegetarian dish!
Using tofu instead of mince
At first, I was very skeptical about using tofu as alternative, but it actually works and is still delicious.
If you've tried our pork gyoza recipe you'll know that the fillings consist of mainly pork and spring onions seasoned with herbs and spices. Pork has a lot of flavour, where as tofu is quite plain. We added more vegetables to this recipe for more depth of flavour.
We also have shrimp gyoza recipe if you want to try out other meat free gyoza ideas.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is veggie gyoza made of?
It really depends on the recipe, but the fillings I use are:
- Spring onion
Are vegetable gyoza suitable for vegetarians or vegans?
I can't say that all vegetable gyoza are suitable for vegetarians and vegans, but my recipe is! I don't use any animal products in this recipe.
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