I have to admit I’m a foodie at heart and having following numerous food blogs and on Instagram I have been inspired to write a “what I been eating” sort of series, not sure how long I’ll be doing this but over the last couple of months I feel like I have been inspired to do something. Anyway I thought it’ll be merely interesting and of course something different from my usual posts. I wanted to pick one dish that was the highlight of my week and I always try to document food pictures as it reminds me how good/bad it was and/or how to improve on it next time….I hope this inspires some of you terms of cooking, it’s actually a lot of fun (if you into it) and myself personally I really like cooking and experimenting. I admit it can get pretty tough when we’re both working but it adds some flavour into your everyday life and actually something to look forward to in the evening or on your days off…
Pan Fried Pork Gyozas- I have made this once previously but wasn’t a very successful as I wasn’t 100% sure of how to cook them and pretty traumatised how messy the kitchen was during the process…this time I decided to pan fry them and I think they taste better too. These I was super proud of making and I made enough to freeze and enjoy next time. They are time consuming but enjoyable and this time I made it with my fiancée and he enjoyed making them too. I will list the ingredients and some easy methods, these are widely available from Asian supermarkets and I would say it is the best recipe I’ve made up to date.Ingredients-
- 1 Pack of Pork Mince (I picked mine up from the supermarket but you can grab it from your local butchers)
- A handful of spinach finely chopped up
- A handful of Chinese Mushroom chopped up (I used fresh ones but you can get canned ones from supermarkets)
- x2 Cloves of Garlic Peeled and finely chopped
- A medium piece of ginger finely chopped
- Gyoza Skin (Again, I picked mine up from Asian supermarket)
- 2 Tablespoon of Soy Sauce
- 2 Tablespoon of Oyster Sauce
- 1 Cup of Water
- In a large bowl mix the mince pork chopped ginger, chopped garlic and mix until it forms a sticky texture. Add chopped spinach and a dash of water and keep mixing until consistency sticks together and finally add the soy sauce + Oyster sauce with another dash of water and mix. (If you got a mixer then you can go ahead and do that too but this way works a few arm muscles…
- After it’s all mixed in grab the gyoza skins and place a small blob (around a Lindt chocolate size) into the middle of the skin and start folding in half making pleats around and dab some water around the edges before completely folding. Place Flat on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and a sprinkle of flour to stop sticking.
- Your first couple won’t really look great if I’m honest but the more you do the quicker and better they look and I keep making these gyoza until the mince runs empty.
- Leave to set in fridge around 1/2 hours and decide how many you want for dinner and go ahead to freeze the rest. To save room in the freezer I use ziplock bags and gently place the remaining in the bag. By this time they should of hardened and it makes it easier to ziplock the remaining.
- Heat a medium frying pan with some olive oil and place the gyoza’s in the pan browning them on one side. Once it’s browned off add a cup of water in and put a lid on it until water has evaporated. (This is to ensure that it is cooked through, weird but it works). Serve up with some soy sauce and noodles. I cooked some soup noodles with spinach that evening and it’s the perfect compliment as it’s light.
I do like gyoza’s and having made them myself I definitely appreciate it more in terms of how long it takes and also you can change the ingredients as of when you want. Last time I used spring onions instead of spinach but it’s all about being experimental and of course it’s what you like to eat. I might try making just vegetables ones next time but a good tip I would give is make sure both sides are crispy and it tastes so much better!
I hope you guys enjoyed reading this little foodie series, let me know in the comments if you would want me to continue to upload weekly giving you guys some inspiration.