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Juicy Cabbage Gyoza Dumplings (Lightly Seasoned)

Juicy Cabbage Gyoza Dumplings (Lightly Seasoned)

These straightforward, simple cabbage gyoza dumplings are a big hit at our house. They are lightly seasoned, so I recommend using a dipping sauce made of 8 parts vinegar, 1 part soy sauce and 1 part ra-yu (spicy chili sesame oil).

Ingredients: 125 dumplings (or 100 large size ones)

Ground pork
400 g
Cabbage (if using spring cabbage, use 1.5 times the amount)
1 1/2 heads
Chinese chives
2 bunches
Garlic cloves
1 1/2 cloves
Chicken stock granules
1 1/2 tablespoons
Soy sauce
2 1/2 tablespoons
Sesame oil
1 tablespoon
Katakuriko
2 tablespoons
Gyoza skins (if using large sized ones, 100 pieces)
125

Steps

1. Cut the cabbage into quarters, and boil until wilted.
2. As the cabbage boils, mix the soy sauce and chicken stock together and microwave for about 30 seconds. Add the warmed soy sauce mixture and sesame oil to the ground pork, and mix together well.
3. Cool down the boiled cabbage in cold water, and chop up coarsely.
4. Squeeze out the cabbage well to remove excess water. Use paper towels or a sieve.
5. Finely chop the chives. Smash the garlic with the side of a knife, then chop finely.
6. Add cabbage, chives and garlic plus 2 tablespoons of katakuriko to a bowl and mix together. Use cooking chopsticks to mix to prevent excess water from coming out of the vegetables.
7. Combine the vegetable and pork mixtures. Knead together well until it becomes sticky.
8. Wrap the filling in gyoza skins.
9. Pan fry the gyoza dumplings. You can do it the way they do it at restaurants, but in our house, we do it like shown in the photo.
10. Heat a frying pan, add vegetable oil and the dumplings, and fry over medium-high heat until browned, about 2-3 minutes. Pour in water (to about 5 mm depth) from the edges of the pan, cover with a lid and steam-fry for about 5 minutes, over low-medium heat.
11. Take the lid off, shake the pan back and forth and continue cooking until you hear crackling sounds from the pan. When there's no moisture left in the pan, drizzle about 1 tablespoon of oil in batches, and shake the pan back and forth again.
12. Done!

Story Behind this Recipe

I've seen gyoza dumpling filling recipes with miso, green onion, ginger and so on, but I was never quite happy with the change in flavor and fragrance. I wanted to make simple, pure cabbage gyoza dumplings... Chinese cabbage is sweeter, but it doesn't suit me. It took me 4 years to get to this recipe. But... I'm still not totally satisfied. I'm really into searching for the perfect gyoza filling formula. We make about 100 large gyoza dumplings at a time in our family, but the 4 of us eat them all up.