Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Poached Chicken Gyoza

Jason was craving for my gyoza...so, I made poached gyoza the other night.

With the microwavable donabe steam-roaster TOCHINSAI, prepping ingredients is much easier and faster. Instead of blanching the napa cabbage, I simply set the leaves in TOCHINSAI and microwaved (with the lid on) for 2 minutes. Once the leaves were cooled down, I squeezed out the excess moisture out of them.

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Ground chicken, minced napa cabbage, onion, grated ginger, garlic, etc. were mixed together. Then, the filling was wrapped in each skin.

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Some drizzle of olive oil was added to the boiling water, then gyoza was poached for a few minutes until they floated to the surface. Simple poached gyoza was ready. They were served with my special dipping sauce. My homemade "fermented black bean la-yu (hot oil)" + vinegar + soy sauce + sesame oil. Super good.

Here's my simple poached chicken gyoza recipe:

Poached Chicken Gyoza


11-12 oz ground chicken
1 clove garlic, grated
1 small knob ginger, grated
4 leaves medium-size napa cabbage, steamed and excess moisture drained, then minced
1/4 medium-size sweet onion, minced
1 tablespoon katakuriko (potato starch)
1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine (or sake)
salt and ground Szechuan pepper to taste

25-30 gyoza wrappers

some sliced scallion

soy sauce
fermented black bean la-yu (or regular la-yu)
sesame oil

1. Mix together the ingredients for the filling in a bowl until smooth by hand. Tightly cover with a piece of plastic and let it rest in the refrigerator for 30 mintues.
2. Take the filling out of the refrigerator and wrap in gyoza wrappers.
3. Boil water in a large pot. Drizzle some olive oil. Poach the gyoza for about 3 minutes or until the filling is cooked through. (They starts to float once gyoza are cooked.)
4. Drain and transfer into a plate. Garnish with sliced scallion.
5. Serve with the dipping sauce (approximate ratio...1.5 soy sauce, 1 vinegar, 1 fermented black bean la-yu, or 1/4 regular la-yu, 1/4 to 1/2 sesame oil)