FOOD GUIDE: Gyoza (餃子)

Gyoza (餃子) a popular dish in Japan nowadays which originated in China as “Jiaozi”. Today it’s loved all over Asia and has many variants available. It’s a dumpling stuffed with ground meat and vegetables which is usually crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside.

The flavorsome filling almost melts in your mouth and leaves you craving for more. Although the scrumptious filling is mostly based on pork, but any type of meat and vegetables can also be used to replace it. If you are lucky enough, you might just find some Chicken Gyoza around. Or sometimes you might even find Shiitake or gyoza stuffed with cheese. Commonly, it serves as a side dish to many ramen noodle dishes.

Still, the method of cooking it is not limited to one. Sui Gyoza is a boiled form which can be relished with a flavored soup. It’s called Yaki Gyoza when fried in a pan to keep the exterior crunchy and the insides moist. The dumpling can also be deep fried (Age Gyoza) and dipped in a sauce to enhance the flavor.