Gyoza are simply little Japanese dumplings. Originating in China, most sold are not only made with meat but filled with a chemical banned in some countries, due to health concerns (MSG).Most are also deep-fried, so making your own transforms them into healthy vegan homemade treats. Many plant-based gyoza recipes use seaweed, which should be avoided for people with thyroid issues. Keep fresh dough away from pets.
Vegan Dumplings (Loving It Vegan) takes the humble dumpling East with an Asian recipe. Homemade dumpling wrappers are stuffed with tofu and mushrooms, then steamed and fried, to serve with a homemade dipping sauce.
Pot stickers are similar to dumplings, but are more crispy on the outside, with a ‘meaty’ inside filling. Vegan Jackfruit Potstickers (Full of Plants) uses an Asian fruit that tastes like meat! They are served with a spicy sesame dipping sauce.
Vegan Pan-Fried Dumplings (Love is in my Tummy) are both fried and steams, for two textures in one vegan dish. The steamy hot spicy vegetable filling is drizzled with a side of vinegar/soy/sesame or chilli oil.
Where to Buy Vegan Gyoza
Itsu Teriyaki Vegan Gyoza (UK) makes restaurant-quality dumplings that are easy to prepare for Asian dishes. Made with soy protein, teriyaki and a hint of truffle, cook from frozen in 3 minutes. This product was subject to a product recall in 2021 due to non-vegan ingredients, but appears to have been solved now. Recycle the plastic packaging with household waste or at supermarket bag recycling bins.