Across Asia, dumplings are the best starters and side dish options at most traditional restaurants from China to Thailand, and in Japanese cuisine, these dumplings are known as gyoza (餃子). Otherwise known as pot stickers, gyoza can be filled with an assortment of meats and/or vegetables, though staple ingredients like green onion, cabbage, ginger, garlic, soy sauce and sesame oil will most probably appear in all of them. As for the main ingredients, which type of gyoza you pick can tell us a lot about your personality as an individual, so today we thought we'd try and find your best traits based on your top dumpling fillings.
1. Ebi Gyoza means you're unforgettable
As "ebi" refers to a style of shrimp preparation in Japan, we can already guarantee you love seafood if this is your choice. Ebi Gyoza is a particular favourite at Japanese sushi kitchen Eatokyo where they create beautiful dishes of homemade prawn and garlic chive dumplings, steamed, grilled and served with authentic gyoza sauce. Still, there's a lot of stigm a around eating seafood, as it can often look a little unappetising to others. Fortunately, though first impressions may be difficult for you - once you get to know someone, you are truly unforgettable. You probably also really get on with cats.
2. Yasai Gyoza means you're independent and positive
In Japanese cuisine, yasai usually translates simply to "vegetables" and so Yasai Gyoza is a popular favourite amongst many vegetarians and vegans. If this is your usual choice when you visit Japanese restaurants such as Fujiyama in Dublin where every dish is hand-crafted and delicately spiced, then there's a good chance you are an independent thinker who goes above and beyond see the positive in most situations. Sure, vegetarian meals may not be for everyone, but you don't mind what anyone else thinks and you can really taste all those individually spiced vegetables and appreciate them.
3. Chicken Gyoza means you're easy going
Usually, if a Japanese restaurant offers Chicken Gyoza they tend to keep it simple. This is certainly the case at Kuraudo where the six-piece Chicken Gyoza side dish is made up of deep-fried chicken and vegetable dumplings served with homemade gyoza sauce. Like your favourite gyoza filling, you also like to keep things simple and often avoid anything too dramatic. You're easy going and would much rather enjoy the simple things in life rather than over complicate anything. After all, the easier life is, the more time you have to enjoy everything.
4. Pork Gyoza means you're brave
If pork is your usual gyoza filling go-to, then chances are you are borderline fearless. When it comes to meats like pork, sausage or bologna, not everyone knows specifically where the cuts come from but that doesn't matter to you. You order from an unusual restaurant like Banyi Noodles and Tapas, where Western and Asian cuisines combine and order the Pork Gyoza with the ponzu sauce with no hesitation, despite not knowing what ponzu sauce is. If you haven't tried it, it isn't worth ordering.
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