Gyoza originated in China and is a popular side dish in ramen shops and tapas-style restaurants called ‘izakaya’. It is served with a dipping sauce made of equal amounts of soy sauce and rice vinegar with a few drops of sesame chilli oil. You can make these dumplings using different fillings such as minced pork, prawns or vegetables only. I usually make a large batch and freeze them as they cook well from frozen. Remember to steam cook the dumplings for longer if you’re cooking them from frozen. Makes 25–30 gyoza (dumplings)
25–30 gyoza skins
bowl of water for sealing the dumplings
80ml cold water for steaming
sesame oil to season
For the filling
200g minced prawn/ chicken or add more vegetables
100g cabbage, finely diced 1 spring onion, finely diced
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and grated
3 shiitake mushrooms, finely chopped
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon sake
1 teaspoon sesame oil salt and pepper to season
2 tablespoons potato starch
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
a few drops of la-yu (chilli-infused sesame oil) to taste
A: How to make the dumplings
– Mix all the ingredients for the gyoza filling in a bowl together and set aside.
– Place the gyoza skins, a clean water bowl, teaspoon and large serving dish on the counter top before you start making the dumplings.
– Place a gyoza skin on the palm of your hand, take a heaped teaspoon of the filling and place it in the centre of the gyoza skin.
– Moisten the edge of the upper half of the gyoza skin by dipping your finger in the bowl of water and sliding it along the edge.
– Fold the bottom half of the gyoza skin over the filling so that it meets the moistened upper half
– Start to pleat by folding the edges (make one pleat in the middle and two pleats at either side)
– Press firmly on all pleats to ensure that the ingredients are secure within the gyoza skin.
B: How to cook the dumplings
- Heat oil on a non-stick frying pan on medium to high heat.
- Place the gyoza on the pan and fry until the base of the gyoza is slightly golden.
- Pour cold water around the edges of the pan and cover with a lid. Leave cooking for 10 minutes or until almost all of the water has evaporated.
- Remove the lid and continue to fry until the water is fully absorbed.
- Finally, drizzle sesame oil over the gyoza and fry until the base of the gyoza is golden brown.
- Serve with the soy sauce and rice vinegar dipping sauce.
Sake is an integral part of Japanese cuisine in the same way as wine is to French cuisine. It’s traditionally drunk from small cups called ‘choko’ and can be served either hot or cold. It’s a popular option for cocktails and has a lower alcohol content than vodka. Asian speciality stores now stock a decent selection of sake, including sparkling sake.
Makes 2 cocktails
30ml lime juice
90ml cranberry juice
mint leaves to garnish
1 Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add all the liquid ingredients and mix well together until well chilled.
2 Serve in a cocktail/martini glass and garnish with mint leaves.
This is one of my favourite summer recipes, it’s quick and easy to make at home. You don’t need an ice-cream maker for this recipe and it takes about five minutes to make. So give it a try and I’m sure you’ll be experimenting with different flavoured ice creams once you see first-hand the rewards of making your own.
2 tablespoons ingredient matcha powder, mixed with about 4 tablespoons water
500ml double cream
300ml condensed milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 Using a fork or a small whisk, mix the matcha powder and water together until all lumps are dissolved. Set aside.
2 Whip the cream until soft peaks form.
3 Stir in the condensed milk, lemon juice and matcha mix using a large spoon. Mix well together.
4 Transfer the ice cream into an airtight container and freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight.
This is a unique opportunity to learn about Japanese home cooking and it’s wonderful health benefits. During the class I will introduce you to basic Japanese ingredients and where they can be sourced in your local supermarket, speciality store, health shop or fishmonger.
Throughout the class I will give tips and easy to follow instructions to give you the confidence to start the Japanese way of eating in your home and kitchen. I will share the knowledge I learned from my Japanese neighbours and friends while living in Japan for 3 years. I believe the Japanese diet keeps me well today and helped with my recovery from cancer in 2008.
This is a hands-on cooking class with lots of fun and interaction, including drinks on arrival and a sit down lunch at the end of the class. Some of the dishes included on the class agenda are sushi, gyoza, teriyaki, miso soup. You can also ask me to include a specific dish on the agenda!
The class is located in the stunning showrooms of Miele Gallery in Citywest Dublin (just off the N7) and takes place on Saturday May 27th from 10:30am to 1:30pm. Tickets are priced at €65. For enquiries email email@example.com or call 0860704052. For bookings go to http://fusedbyfionauyema.com/product/hands-on-cooking-class-27th-may-e65-e20-booking-deposit/
Hope to see you there! Fiona x
In the meantime you can checkout my cooking demos from the SaturdayAM and SundayAM Shows on TV3 on the link below:
I wanted to mark a little success here on my blog. This month I was so grateful to receive support from one of Dublin’s popular Japanese Noodle & Sushi bars “Eatokyo”. “Fused by Fiona Uyema” soy sauces are now available as a condiment on all the tables in Eatokyo. I think it’s so powerful when restaurants support local food start-ups and appreciate the quality and taste of the products they use in their kitchens and serve to their customers.
Eatokyo has recently received positive reviews from restaurant critics such as Lucinda O’Sullivan and Tom Doorley. I popped over to Eatokyo last week to thank them for their support and to deliver my first soy sauce order to them. Woohoo!! I met Jay the restaurant manager and enjoyed a beautiful lunch with him (everything was so fresh and delicious). You can see the photos I took of my lunch below.
To see more about Eatokyo go to www.eatokyo.ie