I’m going to share with you a delicious Japanese dish we have loved since moving here. Gyoza are Japanese dumplings (similar to pot stickers) that are usually fried and steamed. They can contain various meats and even cheese, garlic (as in the content is entirely garlic), mushroom, vegetable etc. Traditional Gyoza contain ground pork and green onion and are served with Soy sauce for dipping.
After my first trip to visit Josh in Japan, I came back to Portland craving Gyoza. I knew I had to try and whip some up at home! They are relatively easy to make and you should be able to find everything you need at your local grocery store. This is the recipe I used for inspiration for my first Gyoza making experience- but feel free to experiment with flavors and spices you like! I modified the original recipe to look something like this…
2 cups Cabbage
1/2 teaspoon plus 1/4 teaspoon salt
2 gloves garlic, minced and crushed into a paste
1 teaspoon grated ginger
2 tablespoons chopped Green onions
6 ounces ground pork
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 tablespoon Soy sauce
1 tablespoon sake (if you have it – white wine works too)
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 pack Gyoza wrappers (I just used round wanton wrappers)
Here is a tutorial that shows the step-by-step cooking instructions for the Gyoza.
Even our “non-adventurous” eater friends can be convinced to join us for dinner if they know there is Gyoza involved 😉
Speaking of Gyoza, you can get GIANT gyoza “Communist Gyoza” (or Gyoza Heaven), a favorite among Americans living abroad! It’s called Communist Gyoza because there are some strict rules… you have to order a drink that isn’t water and you cannot place a second order once you have already ordered. They have garlic, cheese, pork, vegetable, scallop and oyster gyoza that I can remember, and each piece is as big as your fist! Here are some pics from our visit there:
We got the Garlic, Pork, Vegetable, Oyster and Scallop gyoza (which is far too much for four people by the way) My favorite was the garlic. The inside of each garlic gyoza is stuffed with a golf ball-sized amount of sliced garlic! All the flavors contain a Pork base, so even if you get the Vegetable, it is full of pork meat and chopped veggies. The only one I didn’t try was the oyster… cuz duh! ha ha!
Then we did what any responsible double dating couples would do… we versed each other in a round of Mario Kart!
… And then went to the Flying Tiger! It’s in the basement of a Mall in Tachikawa Station (near the Starbucks there) and has AWESOME and CHEEP gifts! We found playing cards the size of a sheet of paper (check ’em out in Josh’s hand)! So fun!
So next time your in Tachikawa, head on over to Communist, hit up some Mario Kart and stop by the Flying Tiger! It makes for a great date night.