Gyoza and Mandu
These precious little bundles of dumpling goodness originally came from China many centuries ago but have been appropriated into Japanese and Korean cuisine and called gyoza and mandu. Although the ingredients inside the dumplings can vary based on restaurant or region, the standard filling is a combination of minced pork, cabbage, chives, garlic and ginger. In fact, its Chinese original got a lot more garlic in it! The gyoza are normally dipped in a vinegar-soy sauce before being eaten, which helps offset all that garlic inside it. The Japanese version of the dumplings are also normally lightly flavoured with soy and salt, so the combination with the sauce works well together. Gyoza tend not to be eaten as a full meal in Japan. They are commonly eaten as a starter or a side dish at noodle restaurants – or as a snack to go along with some beer or sake drinking. Mandu is a Korean version of dumpling consisting of minced meat and vegetables wrapped in a thin piece of dough. Popular meat fillings include shrimp, ground beef or pork. And popular vegetables ingredients can include bean sprouts, green onions, shredded kimchi and much more. Korean mandu can be cooked in several ways where it is simmered in beef stock, steamed or fried. Just like Japanese gyozy, It is usually dipped in soy sauce mixed with vinegar and served with kimchi on the side. Mandu is usually enjoyed as an appetizer or as a snack but almost all Korean families prepares this dish on the first day of any New Year by simmering mandu's in a beef stock to make mandu in soup. NikanKitchen now offers the best Japanese and Korean gyoza and mandu for sale online here! These include kyoza and mandu from much loved brands including Ajinomoto and Bibigo. Shop our selection of the best gyoza and mandu from Korea and Japan and if we've missed anything be sure to let us know!