The reason we looked forward to gyoza was because Hubby had made several trips to Japan before we moved here, and each time he brought home packages of frozen gyoza. It was simply delicious, and we knew it would be even more delicious when eaten fresh. We were right! The favorite go to place around here for gyoza is the Gyoza House (also called Mankin) in Sagamihara. There we order gyoza by the dozen and they bring it out scalding hot and mouth watering. The gyoza here is a little different here than the typical gyoza sold in other restaurants. Instead of being pinched into a crescent shape, these are folded into little bundle-like balls. They cook them in a frying pan and come to our table all stuck together and cozy like they were cooked. Usually we commence to poking holes to let out the steam so they can cool enough for us to eat. The first couple are eaten with open mouths as we are trying not to burn our tongues, it is too hard to wait!! If I could take back three food items with me to the States, it would be gyoza (from Gyoza House), curry rice, and sushi (like they make it here.)
There are several different options for dining, and three floors I believe. Downstairs they have tables and a long counter. Before heading upstairs one must remove one's shoes. Upstairs- they have the low tables where you sit on the floor. I think the kids enjoy it more. I still can't get my legs to appreciate sitting on the floor. Women don't sit cross-legged in Japan. They demurely sit on folded legs or delicately folded to the side. It hurts my American legs!!
We sat at the counter for the first time at our most recent visit. We were too hungry to wait for a table!
It's 8AM and I am already thinking of lunch!!
|we had to wait outside, it was Sunday night, a very busy night for going out to dinner!|
|someone was grumpy- he needed FOOD!|
|little balls of goodness! See the cokes? I normally don't like regular coke (I am a diet coke kind of gal)- but the cokes here are delish. I think it is because they don't use high fructose corn syrup in Japan- sugar tastes so much better!|
|I wish I could get a better picture than this. Did I mention I am hungry?|
|where the magic happens. The guy in the back in steaming the gyoza in a pan. The red and white stripped package in the forefront is how they wrap the frozen gyoza to take home. They even give you little miniature bottles of dipping sauce with it.|