Mushroom Gyoza: aka Samurai Dumplings
Author: Louise-Claire Cayzer
Ingredients
For the Gyoza
  • 2 packs gyoza wrappers
  • 5 dried shitake mushrooms.
  • 175 grams chestnut mushrooms
  • 1 large (or 2 small leeks)
  • 1 garlic clove , minced
  • 1 tsp mild chilli powder
  • 1 Tbs soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp granulated konbu (dashi) stock (or other vegetarian boullion)
  • 1 Tbs Mirin or other sweet wine (or water and a small sprinkle of sugar or honey)
  • 1 Tbs fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
For the Dipping Sauce
  • 3 Tbs Soya Sauce
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • a drop of sesame oil
Instructions
For the Filling
  1. Soak the shitake mushrooms in hot water for half an hour or so. Save the broth for miso soup!
  2. Meanwhile, very very finely chop the leek and other mushrooms very finely.
  3. Then, for the now re-hydrated shitake mushrooms, trim off the quite woody stem, then mince finely.
  4. Add the leeks, garlic, ginger and chilli to a frypan, sweat until soft.
  5. Add the mushrooms, konbu stock powder, mirin and soy sauce and sesame oil.
  6. Cook until combined and soft.
  7. Let cool.
To Stuff
  1. Set yourself up a station with the filling, gyoza wrappers, a small dish of water and a greaseproof paper lined tray to recieve the made dumplings.
  2. On each dumpling, put a scant teaspoon of filling, on one half slightly wet the edge, then fold the other edge over the filling, pleating the edge and pressing down to form the half moon shaped dumpling.
To Cook
  1. Prepare a frying pan- to which you have a lid that just fits inside it, with a bit of vegetable oil so that the pan is hot enough to gently fry.
  2. Boil the kettle.
  3. Place as many dumplings as you dare inside ( my small/standard pan lets me cook 8 at a time), flat side down.
  4. Fry the dumplings until a little golden and crispy underneath.
  5. Pour 1cm of boiling water from the kettle into the pan and clamp the lid on top.
  6. This will then steam the dumplings.
  7. Once the water evaporates.. you're ready to serve!
Recipe Notes

I buy gyoza wrappers from the Japan Centre in London. But they are really easily to find in pretty much any Chinese or Japanese (Asian) grocery store. I buy them frozen & keep them in the freezer until about an hour before I want to use them.