Making Gyoza and Wontons
The following post is sponsored by Milk & Eggs
My daughter loves gyoza and it’s variations (dumplings, wontons, etc.) so much. We have been to restaurants where she will eat adult sized servings all by herself.
I like the ease of buying gyoza, like the ones from Northern Cafe, available through Milk & Eggs. We have actually tried all their flavors, but the pork and cabbage is our favorite.
So when I decided I wanted to learn how to make gyoza and wontons, I asked help from my friend and expert gyoza maker, Aya Quan (@twolittlenomnoms). She is modest so she will say she isn’t the expert but rather her aunt is – who can roll two gyoza perfectly and quickly at once – but I think she’s pretty darn good herself.
Nothing is really measured, but I did obtain a few of the items (such as the pork, cabbage, green onion, ginger, and wonton wrappers) from Milk & Eggs.
Here are the ingredients we used:
- 1.5 pounds ground pork
- 1/2 head of green cabbage
- at least 5 green onions
- a big head of ginger
- a lot of garlic (at least 10 cloves if you love garlic too)
- small amount of very thin rice noodles (saimein)
- sesame oil
- soy sauce
- miso paste
- soybean paste
- round gyoza wrappers
- wonton wrappers (if you are making wontons)
Aya is very quick with the knife and chopped the cabbage into tiny pieces.
She did the same with the green onion and combined it with the cabbage. Green onion is essential in gyoza flavor, so be sure to use a lot of it!
In another bowl, we combined grated ginger with minced garlic, chopped rice noodles, sesame oil, and soy sauce. Once again, the amount is eyeballed, but this picture might give you an idea of the color we achieved:
Then, we combined the items from both bowls with the pork, a dollop of miso paste, and a dollop of soybean paste:
Then got in there and mixed it up really well with our hands:
After everything is incorporated, fry up a tablespoon or so to taste test it. Then adjust seasonings to your liking if necessary.
Next is the fun part. Wrapping!
She wraps them so beautifully! After several tries, I got a few of mine to look halfway decent. Aya reassured me that after they are cooked, they all essentially look the same. 🙂
I still had wonton wrappers, so I decided to be creative in my wrapping…aka “do whatever I can to close them”
Essential after wrapping is freezing one layer at a time on a wax paper or parchment paper lined cookie sheet in the freezer for a few hours. Afterwards, you can throw them in plastic bags and they won’t stick to one another.
We enjoyed wonton soup and pan fried and steamed gyoza a few days later.
Thank you, Aya!
And thank you, Milk & Eggs for your sponsorship of this post!
Pork: Premier Meats Company
Heritage bred ground Pork is versatile and delicious!
Premier is one of highest quality meat growers / processor in LA, supplying their meats to 5 star restaurants and hotels. What we’ve coined at 5 star restaurant meats that is not available anywhere else. Featured restaurants are Gordon Ramsay, Boa Steakhouse, Nobu, Bazaar, Osteria Mozza, Bestia, Wynn Hotel, and more.
They guarantee quality you can taste, with integrity at every level. All meats are all natural, anti-biotics free, hormone free, sustainability raised, and GMO free.
Cabbage: Organic Better Life Farms
Better Life Organics is a distributor of fine organic produce and food products, located in Los Angeles, CA. Better Life Organics is proud to say their business and all of their growers are Certified Organic under the National Organic Program (est. 2002).
Wonton Skins: Peking Noodle Company
Peking Noodle, founded in 1924, offers a variety of noodle products, won-tons, pot stickers and egg roll skins. Located in Los Angeles, the company’s facility utilizes automated equipment for production processes.
Ginger: Golden World Food
Gold World Food Co is located in Los Angeles (Baldwin Park) and have been in business for 23 years. They manufacture and distribute a number of delicious items, many of them Asian.
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