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#TeamLayaoEats: Gyoza

One of our favorite thing to do is obviously, eat. Chinese, Italian, Filipino, Mediterranean, and especially Japanese cuisine, makes me super happy. When I am down, all you have to do is serve me a bowl of noodles (laksa, ramen, any kind of noodles) and this, gyoza. 

Why do I love gyoza so much? I don't know. Probably because it's difference from the traditional Chinese dumpling is, it has more portion of vegetables and I am a veggie lover. When we go Japanese, a serving of gyoza is a must. And man, it sure costs a lot! A 5 pc gyoza costs Php100 and above. 

And so I decided to learn how to make and cook it. Thank you Youtube! 

Here is the recipe: 

For the filling

1lb of ground beef
1 medium cabbage, minced
2 stalk onion leeks, chopped
1 medium ginger, grated
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tbsp of sesame oil
salt and pepper 

round dumpling wrapper 
egg to seal the wrapper

For the dip: 

3 tbsps of vinegar
1.5 tbsps of soy sauce
1 tbsp of sesame oil
1 teaspoon of chili paste
1 tbsp grated ginger

Mix the ground beef, cabbage, onion leeks, grated ginger and sesame oil. Add salt and pepper too. I like it better when I knead using hands, picking up a handful and squeezing it through my fingers. Continue kneading until the mixture is sticky. Form it into a ball and cover the bowl with a cling wrap. Set aside in the fridge for about 15 minutes. 

When you are ready to wrap them, have a plate ready for your gyoza, a clean and wet towel, your dumpling wrappers and an egg to seal the edges. 

Always remember that the filling doesn't have to be a cute little ball at the middle of the wrapper, spread it a little like the half of a disc. Moisten the edge of the wrapper and wipe your fingers in the towel. Pinch the end of the wrapper and make pleats on one side. Keep crimping until you get to the other edge. 

Here are the ones I made. 

Here is a video on how to wrap a gyoza: 

Once everything is wrapped, prepare a nonstick pan with a lid, canola oil and a cup of boiling water. It would better if you have an electric kettle ready. Have your sesame oil ready too. 

Put a teaspoon of canola oil into your hot pan. Then place your gyoza in a circle allowing a little space in between them. Cooking them in a circle allows them to cook more evenly. Once the side is brown, pour boiling water until 1/3 of the gyozas are submerged. Put the lid and allow the water to evaporate. This makes the gyoza juice on the inside. Once there is little to no water at all, drizzle with a little sesame oil on the side. You can use canola oil for this last step but I prefer sesame oil for the added flavor. Once the gyoza are golden brown on one side, it is ready. 

For the dip, mix the soy sauce and vinegar and grated ginger in a bowl. Add chili paste according to how hot you want it to be. 

The recipe can make about 50-60 pieces. The husband and kids eat 'em faster than I make and cook 'em haha! 


The recipes costs less than Php300 pesos which is equivalent to just a serving or two. Better than getting them from a Japanese restaurant. So what are you waiting for, make and cook your own! :) 

However, when you do not have the time and you crave for it, dine out is the answer. 

Where to get a serving of gyoza? Here are some Japanese restaurants that has gyoza in their menu: 

Moshi Koshi Noodle Boss 
 - SM Mall of Asia
 - Php 130

 - SM Megamall
 - Hakata Style (Php 210)
 - Deep Fried (Php 220)

 -  SM Megamall
 - O-Gyoza (Php 245)

 - Trinoma Mall
 - Php 240

Ramen Nagi
 - SM Aura, SM Megamall, Greenbelt, SM North, Robinson's Magnolia
 - Php 220

Oedo Japanese Restaurant
  -  105 Sto Domingo cor Sgt Alcaraz, Banawe Quezon City
  - Php 150

Soru Izakaya
  - Maginhawa Food Strip
  - Pork Gyoza (Php 160)

Hokkaido Ramen Santuoka
  - Glorietta 4
  - Chicken Gyoza (Php 220) 

Kenji Tei Ramen House
  - Greenbelt 5
  - Yaki Gyoza (Php 205)
  -  Cheese Gyoza (Php 220) 

Wrong Ramen
  - Burgos Circle, BGC
  - Spicy Gyoza (Php 255)

Ramen Kuroda 
  - BF Homes, Paranaque
  - Php 100 

Haru Sushi Bar
  - Kapitolyo, Pasig
  - Php 168

Genki Sushi
  - BGC Stopover,  SM Aura, Ayala Malls at the 30th, UP Town Center
  - Fried Gyoza (Php 160)

Mitsuyado Sei-Men
  - Jupiter St, Bel-Air, Makati
  - Php 180 

  - Molito Commercial Complex Alabang,  Ayala Triangle Gardens, Il Terrazo QC
  - Pork Gyoza (Php 170) 

Osaka Ohsho
  - SM Megamall, SM North Edsa The Block
  - Truffle Gyoza (Php 280) 
  - Chori Gyoza (Php 260)
  - Original Gyoza (Php 220)
  - Bacon and Cheese Gyoza (Php 240)