Welcome one and all to another edition of Anime Recipes! If you are new, Anime Recipes is a series where we break down delicious dish after dish that anime shows us with for your enjoyment! The best part, too, is that none of this is terribly too complicated meaning that if you put a little effort into it, you eat just like your favorite anime characters do! Each season of broadcasting, that’s spring, summer, fall, and winter, usually has 60+ shows airing at once, so it is very easy to find food anywhere you look! Today, we explore another country’s food made in Japan.
Gyouza from iDOLM@STER SideM
Gyouza uses the same kanji in for the Chinese word it comes from, which is why sometimes you will see the name for Gyouza written in katakana frequently because it is a loanword and not native to Japanese. Anyway, after WWII, Japanese soldiers returned home from Manchuria and brought with them this dish. What happened next was a gyouza boom that still exists to this day. In fact, it consistently is one of the most popular foods among Japanese people to this day. There are whole restaurants where it is nothing but gyouza on the menu. A major standout characteristic of Japanese gyouza, as opposed to Jiaozi, is that the Japanese variant uses large amounts of garlic. There are so many variants but today we will explore one of the most common variants: pan-fried gyouza.
What You Will Need:
Ground chicken or pork. It is entirely up to you. Cheese is also a fun variant.
How to Cook It:
1Cut the following ingredients, put them in a bowl, and mix: Bok Choy, Mushrooms, Onion, Chinese scallions.
2Into the bowl, add in the meat and mix well.
3Now, add in all of the other ingredients and, you guessed it, mix well.
4Next, place a gyouza wrapper on a flat surface and spoon the bowl mixture into it.
5Wet a finger and run it across one half of the gyouza.
6Fold it in half and press down on the edge.
7Heat up a frying pan and pour some oil into it.
8Line the frying pan with the gyouza and cook them until the underside is golden brown.
9Now, flood the frying pan with a little bit of water and cover with a lid.
10Once the oil and water have evaporated, they are done!
11Eat until you cannot move.
(Note: This is raw meat. While the wrappers are fine, the meat is raw and can make you ill. If you follow this recipe to the T, then there will be no issues with the undercooked meat. You still do want to be very careful about everything and wash everything with soap and water. )