Do you know gyoza? These dumplings are like German „Maultaschen“ and others and can be filled with endless variety. They are easier prepared than you'd think and with some exercise in folding these wrappers, you'll become a gyoza pro in no time. As often, we just want to make clear, that this is no „original“ recipe, but simply the way we like gyozas the most.
The main attraction of this dish seems unimposing, but is essential: the gyoza wrappers. You'll get them in every Asian supermarkt where they are find in the frozen food selection. We can only recommend to buy a few packages, because once you have them at home, you can easily prep some leftover food into a filling and eat it as dumplings! What's your favorite dumpling filling? Let us know in the comments below!
For edamame stuffing:
- 250 g (8 oz) edamame (peeled)
- 100 g (3.5 oz) fresh spinach
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 shallot
- 1 piece of ginger (approx. thick as a thumb)
- oil for frying
For spicy stuffing:
- 200 g (7 oz) tofu
- 50 g (2 oz) dried Shiitake mushrooms
- 1 tsp chinese five spice powder
- 1 tsp sriracha
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- oil for frying
- 2 packages gyoza paper (approx. 40 pieces)
- sesame oil for frying
- for dipping sriracha, soy sauce, teriyaki sauce or sweet-sour sauce
For edamame filling: Start by steaming edamame. You can do this in a saucepan or in a bamboo steamer. If you're not into peeling out beans today, you can also buy pre-peeled edamame beans at Asian supermarkets. Win! Peel and finely dice garlic, onion and ginger. Heat oil in a frying pan and sear those three sweethearts for approx. 3 - 4 minutes until fragrant. Reduce heat, then add spinach and fry until it wilts. Remove from heat and let cool down slightly. Transfer to a bowl and press out remaining water from spinach to get a dry as possible filling. Add steamed edamame and smash with a hand blender or potato masher until combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
For spicy filling: Add shiitake mushrooms to a bowl and pour over warm water. Let soak for approx 20 minutes, then drain and press out remaining water. Finely chop soft shiitake mushrooms and crumble tofu with your hands. Heat oil in a frying pan and fry mushrooms and tofu for approx. 5 minutes. Season with salt, sriracha, soy sauce and chinese five spices powder.
Once the stuffings are prepared, it's time for some dumpling magic. Add approx. 1 tsp of filling on the middle of a gyoza paper. It works best if you damp your hands with water to keep gyoza paper moist. This way, the paper will also stick together. Fold wrapper in half over the filling and create pleats to seal.
Yes, this seems like A LOT of work, but if you didn't turn crazy after folding all these dumplings, you can now heat up some sesame oil in a frying pan and fry gyozas a few seconds from each side. They can burn quickly, so keep an eye on them. Serve with a dip of your choice!