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Dumplings from a freezer bag are notoriously mysterious in terms of their ingredients. That’s why it’s particularly satisfying — and frankly, pretty fun — to make your own from scratch.

You will need

Serves 25

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 100 g mixed mushrooms (shiitake, brown, white, or wood ear), finely diced
  • 100 g wombok (Chinese cabbage), finely sliced
  • 100 g firm tofu, drained and finely diced
  • 1/4 cup chives, finely sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely grated
  • 20 grams fresh ginger, finely grated
  • 2 teaspoons tamari
  • 2 teaspoons sake
  • Pinch of salt & pepper, to season
  • 25 egg-free gyoza wrappers
  • Vegetable oil, to fry (or peanut oil)

Dipping sauce

  • 1/4 cup Chinese black vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 red chilli, finely diced

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35 mins to prep

25 mins to cook

  1. Step 1

    Place the oils in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and cabbage and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and combine in a bowl with all the remaining ingredients (except the wrappers and frying oil).

  2. Step 2

    Place a tablespoon of filling on a gyoza wrapper and lightly brush half the edge with water. Fold the dry half over the wet side and pinch them together, making 5 or 6 pleats to seal the pouch. Continue with the remaining filling and wrappers.

  3. Step 3

    To cook, place 2 tablespoons of oil in a frying pan over medium to high heat. Add the gyoza to the pan, and working in batches, fry on one side for 2-2.5 minutes until golden brown. Then add 3 tablespoons of water to the pan, cover with a lid and steam for 2-3 minutes, or until the water has evaporated. Continue to cook the remaining gyoza this way, adding more oil as required.

  4. Step 4

    For dipping sauce, combine all ingredients, whisk, and pour into a serving dish.

  5. Step 5

    Serve gyozas hot with dipping sauce on the side.

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