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The Japanese Capital of Gyoza

January 19, 2017 10:49 pm | Jellyfish Education Consultancy

The Japanese Capital of Gyoza

When a dumpling has its own festival that’s probably one way to tell it is definitely
something worth eating.

The Gyoza dumpling is a half-moon shaped dumpling made out from flavoursome pork and vegetables served as a side-dish or appetizer.  Gyoza dumpling is one of the things Japanese will think about when you mention Utsunomiya which is hailed the Japanese capital of Gyoza.

It may be similar to a lot of food that’s made out of wrap dough, pork and vegetables but one thing that stands out of this half-moon shaped dumpling is its popularity that paved way to the Gyoza culture. Although it originated from Jiao-zi which is a boiled dumpling in China, the Gyoza dumpling in particular is a redefinition of the boiled dumpling under the influence of Japanese food culture.  It is not difficult to find a restaurant that serves Gyoza in Japan, in Utsunomiya alone, the consumption of this dish on weekends reaches up to 12,000. There are three types of Gyoza, the Yaki Gyoza (pan fried), Sui Gyoza (boiled) and the Age Gyoza (deep fried).  It’s thin texture and delicious taste have made noises across the globe as other countries are getting caught by the Gyoza dumpling’s popularity that they now have their own Gyoza bars.

Utsunomiya isn’t stopping from producing creative versions of this dumpling that there’s always something new to this dish to look forward to.  The Gyoza dumpling isn’t just famous for its taste but also from the fact that it embodies two cultures and merged into something great.  The time you visit Japan make sure you try out Gyoza dumpling and have a taste of something more than just great food.


Written by: Bea Isobel Quiachon