Japanese dumplings, also known as gyoza, are one of my favorite foods to eat. They are as fun to make as they are fun to eat, and they are relatively easy to cook. Most of the ingredients you need are found at home, but if you don’t have them, I recommend going to a local Asian supermarket. They are great for parties and side dishes.
Half pound of minced pork
A tablespoon of oyster sauce
Half-inch of ginger
Tablespoon of sake
Tablespoon of Mirin
Tablespoon of soy sauce
Tablespoon of sesame oil
Tablespoon of rice vinegar
One bunch of chives
One bunch of green scallions
Several leaves of cabbage
Step 1: Making the mixture
Cut chives, scallions, and shiitake mushrooms
Microwave cabbage for 2-3 minutes or until soft
Cut the cabbage into small pieces
Squeeze water out of the cabbage using a paper towel and let it cool
Add the cabbage into a bowl along with minced pork, grated ginger, garlic, sake, mirin, soy sauce, oyster sauce, potato starch, sesame oil, and chopped chives and scallions
Mix until well incorporated
Step 2: Forming the Dumplings
Get a dumpling wrapper and place a teaspoon of the mixture into the center
Water the edges of the dumpling
Close the wrapper over the mixture and make grooves like the ones shown below
Repeat for all the dumpling wrappers
Step 3: Cooking
Place the dumplings on a non-stick pan. Do not preheat
Once the dumplings are on, turn on the heat. Cook until the dumplings start to brown (1-2 minutes)
When the dumplings are brown, add in a quarter cup of water and cover the pan with a lid (preferably with a small hole in it).
Steam the dumplings until the water has evaporated. Once the water is gone, take off the lid and cook the dumplings a little longer to create crispy edges.
Put a plate on top of the pan and flip it over
Step 4: Sauce
At this point, you may choose to eat the dumplings right away. However, this sauce is worth the extra wait (or you can just make it beforehand).
Mix, soy sauce, rice vinegar, pepper flakes, sugar, and sesame oil. Since this sauce is really up to your taste, put as much of each ingredient you want. I usually add a tablespoon of soy sauce and rice vinegar along with a teaspoon of sesame oil, sugar, and pepper flakes.
Step 5: Garnish
You can enjoy the dumplings as is, or you can garnish it with chili paste and green onions.