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Everyone loves gyoza (dumplings), right? “Wanna going to eat some gyoza?” is a common phrase that can be heard all over Japan as families go to eat out, people go for a drink on their way home from work, and couples on dates. But did you know that the gyoza you know, and love may take on a little different form in different parts of the country? Allow this article to introduce the places which sell the local gyoza of their area!
1. Gyoza no Terui
Enban gyoza are fried in the shape of the frying pan used. Each serving comes with a generous amount of 20 - 30 gyoza. The filling is primarily made with vegetables instead of meat, meaning that 20 - 30 gyoza can be easily consumed alone. The locals commonly eat it as an accompaniment to alcohol rather than with rice.
Gyoza no Terui
*Open if it falls on a national holiday.
*Might close on event days.
Average price: 1,500 JPY
Access: Exit Iizaka Onsen Station and head towards Hotel Juraku. Turn left at Aoi-kan. Gyoza no Terui is 40m from there on your right-hand side.
Address: 1-21, Aza Nishiki-cho, Iizaka-machi, Fukushima-shi, Fukushima (Map)
2. Hakata Taki Gyoza Ikeda Shoten
It consists of gyoza filled with chicken and vegetables floating inside ramen soup. While tonkotsu (pork bone) is the most commonly eaten soup flavor in Hakata, there are apparently restaurants selling taki gyoza in chicken broth. Seasonings include yuzu kosho (citrus pepper) and miso-mustard.
Hakata Taki Gyoza Ikeda Shoten
[Monday] 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
Average price: [Dinner] 2,500 JPY
Access: Walk down Takamiya Street towards the Yakuin area. Turn right at the Hirao Kita traffic light and go straight through the Nishitetsu underpass. It is on the right-hand side.
Address: 2-1-26, Omiya, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka (Map)
Closed: Wednesday, Beginning and end of the year
Average price: [Dinner] 1,100 JPY *Course meals can be reserved, starting from 2,500 JPY / [Lunch] 800 JPY *Eat the gyoza that won the 2011 Hamamatsu Gyoza Grand Prix!
Access: 8-minute drive from the Hamamatsu-nishi Interchange
Address: 630-3, Wako-cho, Nishi-ku, Hamamatsu-shi, Shizuoka (Map)
*Open on Sunday as well.
*Closes when stocks of gyoza diminish.
*Contact the restaurant for more information about opening times and lunch service.
*Open during Obon (August 11 - 16)
Average price: 2,001 JPY - 2,500 JPY
Address: B1F, Hakata Kowa Bldg., 3-23-12, Hakata Eki-mae, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)
*Only open for lunch on weekends for pre-reserved groups of 10 people or more.
Average price: [Dinner] 2,000 JPY / [Lunch] 500 JPY
Access: 7-minute walk from Tsu-shimmachi Station. Walk along Iga Road towards the Iwata River, turning right at the third corner. Kinnabe is located approx. 130m down this road on your right-hand side.
Address: 9-43, Minami Marunouchi, Tsu-shi, Mie (Map)