I love the way different Asian cuisines spice up their dishes. The most insipid foods are transformed into tasty morsels, with peculiar and very powerful flavors. Among my favorites are gyozas, Chinese dumplings that I could eat with two hands and every day of the week.

In some villages in northern China, gyozas, also called jiaozi, wontons, or Peking dumplings, are believed to have rejuvenating properties. They symbolize fortune and it is customary to prepare them for the New Year's Eve dinner, also known as the "Spring Festival". The Chinese eat jiaozi, standing up, while exchanging wishes for prosperity and happiness.

This version is a bit laborious because it uses homemade dough, but it is infinitely richer than the industrial dough. It is a perfect recipe to prepare during the weekend, when we have more time for the kitchen. The filling, which admits all kinds of ingredients , can be prepared in advance. Although I like vegetable gyozas, tremendously addictive.

Ingredients (for 28 units)

For the mass:

  • 200 g of wheat flour
  • 10g of salt
  • 90 ml of hot water
  • 50 g of cornstarch (to flour)

For the filling:

  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 piece of fresh ginger about 2-3 centimeters
  • 3 carrots
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 1 leek (white part only)
  • 1/4 zucchini
  • 50g bean sprouts
  • 5 large mushrooms
  • Vegetable oil
  • 30ml soy sauce
  • Salt
  • ground black pepper

For cooking the gyozas:

  • Vegetable oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Water
  • Sesame seeds
  • Fresh parsley

De Buyer Mineral B iron skillet , Caractère porcelain plate by Revol and Now mug by Revol .


How to make the Gyoza dough:

  1. Mix the flour and salt in a deep and wide bowl. Pour the hot water little by little while stirring.
  2. When there is no more water to add, we work the dough with our hands until we get a homogeneous ball that detaches from the walls of the container.
  3. Transfer the dough to the countertop and knead for another 10 minutes. Wrap in transparent film and store in the fridge for a couple of hours, during which time we can make the filling.
  4. Once the dough has rested, remove it from the fridge and work it into a cylinder shape. We cut into 28 pieces of the same size.
  5. Sprinkle each piece with a little cornstarch and press with the palm of your hand, forming discs.
  6. We take a piece and, with the help of a rolling pin, we form a thin disc. We repeat the operation until we finish with all the dough.
  7. So that the pieces do not dry out without stretching or the discs already ready, we cover both with a damp cloth.

Prepare the filling:

  1. Peel and chop the garlic cloves and ginger. We pass them through a fine grater and reserve.
  2. Peel the carrots and celery, removing the strings. Cut into pieces of about 2 centimeters.
  3. We remove the outer layer of the leek, cut it in half lengthwise, and wash it well under the tap with cold water. Cut into discs of about 2 centimeters.
  4. Wash the zucchini, remove the end and cut into thick pieces.
  5. Clean the mushrooms with a damp cloth, removing any traces of earth. We cut into quarters.
  6. Wash the bean sprouts and dry them well.
  7. We finely chop all of the above, either with a knife, with a manual mincer or with a robot.
  8. Heat a little vegetable oil in a frying pan and fry all the vegetables together over medium heat for 8 minutes. Add the soy sauce, raise the heat and let it evaporate.
  9. We check the point of flavor and season to taste. Let cool completely before filling the wafers with the vegetable mixture.

Formation of the gyozas:

  1. We prepare a small container with water. We are going to use it to moisten the edge of each wafer and to act as glue when folding the dough. This way the gyozas will not open or the filling will come out during cooking.
  2. We brush the outline of each wafer with water and place a small portion of the filling inside. We join the central ends and pinch to join well. We make folds with the front of the wafer as we join the back, from left to right, from right to left.
  3. Leftover filling can be frozen to make more gyozas another day or used in other recipes.


  1. Heat a little vegetable oil in a pan and place the gyozas on top.
  2. When the base has browned (it will take about 3-5 minutes depending on the temperature of the fire) add water until the bottom is covered.
  3. Cover the pan and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes or until the water has evaporated.
  4. Sprinkle the gyozas with sesame seeds and chopped fresh parsley and serve immediately, accompanied by cooked rice, noodles, soy sauce, broth, etc.

Mineral B De Buyer iron pan , Caractère de Revol porcelain plate and  Opinel serrated knife .

Recipe author: Carmen de Tia Alia


Rita Figueroa said:

Al fin conseguí está receta, q tanto me gusta. GRACIAS!

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