Gyoza (japanese dumplings)

Gyoza is one of those foods that connect people and holds people together.

I have so many memories related to gyoza. And the best one is definitely my grandma teaching me how to fold them. We spent whole afternoons making gyoza together.

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Although now I make them alone, folding gyoza is one of my favorite activities. I think it is therapeutic.

Of course, I never eat them alone. My whole family loves gyoza!

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Gyoza are typically white, but this time I used some natural fuchsia hibiscus powder to get this pretty color.

You can fill them with wathever you like; I like to make a tofu and veggies filling.

photo @foodie.yuki

I prefer to make my own homemade wrappers but, of course, you can use store bought wrappers.

Gyoza (Japanese dumplings)

vegan, sugar-free
Prep Time50 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Resting time1 hr
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: dumplings
Servings: 30 gyoza
Author: Yukiko Tanzi @foodie.yuki

Ingredients

For the wrappers

  • 200 grams all purpose flour
  • 100 ml boiling hot water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp sesame seed oil
  • fuchsia Hibiscus powder (optional, for the color)

For the filling

  • 250 grams firm tofu
  • 250 grams napa cabbage
  • 50 grams cremini mushrooms
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 3 Tbsp chopped spring opnions
  • 2 Tbsp sesame seed oil
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • some white pepper

Instructions

Make the wrappers

  • Place the flour in a large mixing bowl. If you’re using coloring powder add it to the flour and whisk well to combine.
  • Boil water and combine with salt. Add boiling hot water to the flour and combine with a pair of chopsticks or a wooden spoon. 
  • Add sesame seed oil and continue to mix. When it becomes crumbled, use your hands to make a ball. Knead the dough in the bowl, until you pick up all of the dough on the side of the bowl.
  • Wrap with a cling wrap and rest for about 30 minutes.
  • Remove cling wrap and knead for a few minutes on a lightly floured bench top. When the dough surface becomes smooth, cover with cling wrap again and rest for further 30 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into two. Roll out flat on a lightly floured surface to about 1-2 mm with a rolling pin.
  • Cut out the dough into a round shape using a 11cm large cookie cutter.

Make the filling

  • Finely chop the cabbage, place it in a  bowl and add 1 tsp salt to draw out the water. Set aside for 20 minutes.
  • Wrap the tofu with paper towels and place it on a plate. Weight it down with a heavy object for 15-30 minutes to drain the water.
  • After 20 minutes, squeeze the cabbage with a cloth or by hand.
  • Finely grind the tofu and the mushrooms and place them in a bowl.
  • Add soy sauce, sesame oil, salt and pepper, chopped spring onions and grated ginger.
  • Combine all the ingredients for the filling and fill the dumplings.
  • Place a heaping teaspoon of filling in the middle of each dumpling and fold in desired shape. 
  • To cook the gyoza, pour just enough oil to cover a large skillet (about 1 tsp). Heat the oil over medium heat, add the gyoza.
  • When the bottoms get golden brown, add 1/4 cup of water, then immediately cover. Cooke for a couple of minutes o until all the water is evaporated.
  • You can freeze the uncooked gyoza. Place them on a baking sheet leaving some space between to keep them from sticking, and put in the freezer. Transfer frozen gyoza into a freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to a month. When you use frozen gyoza, do not defrost. Cook while frozen and steam for extra 1-2 minutes.

Notes

For folding techniques, check my Instagram highlights @foodie.yuki


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