I love gyoza! We call them dumplings or pot stickers in America. Sometimes at our house, we cook somewhere between 150 to 200 gyoza at one time, and eat just a lot of gyoza for dinner. We always have leftovers, so we eat them for breakfast the next day. The main ingredient in gyoza is hakusai, or Chinese cabbage. Chinese cabbage is a winter vegetable, so we often have to wait until winter to make gyoza so we can get a lot for a low price.
Last winter, we used our hotplate at a neighbor’s house to eat yakiniku. The next time we wanted to use our hotplate, we couldnt find our power chord! That means we can’t use our hotplate to make gyoza any more! Oh no! We looked all over the house many times, and talked to our neighbors to see if they knew where the power chord was. It was nowhere to be found. Sad story. We didn’t use our hotplate all the way through the next year, but now winter is here again and we really wanted to eat gyoza. We ordered a new power chord so we could make gyoza again. It was finally time to eat gyoza again after a year of waiting. When I opened up the box to the hotplate….there it was. The missing power chord. We looked everywhere except inside the box! You see, we always hang the power chord on a nail on the wall, not in the box! I felt pretty dumb for not looking inside the box. Unbelievable.
We made delicious gyoza and now we have two power chords.