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I made gyoza last night and it has been years since I made them.
I always thought it was too time consuming and would occasionally by them already prepared but my kids never cared for them, so I rarely served them.
Well I have discovered that letting my kids help me means that it takes almost no time at all and I just can't get over how different they taste!
I think I will never buy them again.....
I just made the simple typical filling of pork and Chinese cabbage and it was good but could have been so much better.
Anyone have some favorite gyoza fillings they want to share?
and by the way my kids loved them!!
Inspired by the Pizza Hut thread...
When I was working at a Japanese restaurant in the U.S., we were told to describe okonomiyaki to American customers as Japanese pizza.
What are your favorite toppings? Do you prefer Hiroshima style, with lots of cabbage between thin layers of batter? Or Osaka style, with all the ingredients mixed together and cooked like a pancake? Modan-yaki, topped with yakisoba? More unusual varieties you've seen?
Okonomi is usually a clean-out-the-fridge type dish for us. I like mine with mochi. Kimchi is good in it too.
The most unusual okonomi I ever had was at a tiny restaurant in Asakusa. Anko (sweet red bean paste) brought to the table after the meal with its own small bowl of batter, dessert okonomiyaki. I was the only one who enjoyed it I think.
I just spent waay too much time reading a couple of the knife related threads on here. A couple of knives that were mentioned there, but not really discussed - the Furi east/West model (a roughly santoku style - did I get that right?), and the Kasumi line, particularly their Chef's knives are of interest to me.
Does anyone have any experience/ opinions about these knives?
I have one potential concern about the Kasumi - from the pictures on the web, it looks like it lacks the thick spine of a heavy-duty German model. while this may make sharpening easier, will the Kasumi be able to stand up to chopping through chicken bones and the like as well as knives having a thick spine.
I've had a particularly interesting maki roll at Mizu Sushi, NYC that is called a spicy scallop roll. It contains raw scallop, tempura crumbs, spicy sauce and is rolled in a wonderful soft seaweed wrapper much lighter in color than regular nori and more pliable. It seems to almost be translucent. It definitely is trans-lucious.
Anyone know about this?
I love mochi but I am very picky about the kind of mochi I eat.
My favorite type is actually savory, not sweet... the kind that is grilled/baked, wrapped in seaweed and dipped in a soy/sugar sauce.
Any one else care to share their favorites?
In Japan I've had mochi with black sesame in it. It wasn't the filling, the whole large chunk was sesame. It dried out a quicker than the regular stuff. The texture was very different.
One thing I don't like about mochi is that it spoils, or should I specify, it MOLDS rather quickly.
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