Hello lovely readers. How are you all? Is it just me or are you also surprised that it’s May already? I know I am.
As everyone seems to be getting busier this time of year, a quick meal is music to my ears. Sometimes we just need something fast but doesn’t compromise on flavour.
Chicken and Vegetable Gyozas
My husband and I have been buying these gyozas for a while now. A Japanese dumpling that is traditionally crispy on the bottom and then steamed. We buy a large bag of chicken and vegetable gyozas from Costco made by a brand called Ajinomoto. They are such good value for money and they are so delicious. I’m pretty sure they do other flavours too but I can’t quite remember.
The best thing is that all the hard work is done for us. I simply pop them in a frying pan with a spot of oil and fry for 2-3 minutes until the base is crispy, then add a splash of water and cover with a lid to steam for a few more minutes.
Within 5-6 minutes I have some beautiful gyozas to eat for lunch or alongside a main meal. I’ve also tried cooking them directly in the air fryer and they work perfectly. They come out nice and crispy as if deep fried.
But this post is not just about the dumplings. I have to tell you about this crispy chilli oil that my husband discovered recently. It’s a game changer!
What is Crispy Chilli Oil?
I’m sure many people know about it, but this crispy chilli oil is the most delicious condiment I’ve ever come across. You can find it in most Asian supermarkets or online. It’s so flavourful, mildly hot but won’t blow your head off and also has a great texture to it.
It’s made of crispy bits of chilli, onion, black beans and Sichaun peppercorns. We bought this small jar and I can tell you it didn’t last long. We sprinkled it over our eggs, vegetables, stir fries and now these dumplings. Heaven!
So when I make these gyozas, I simply drizzle over this crispy chilli oil and garnished it with sesame seeds and spring onions. Dipped in a little soy sauce, this little combination will make you feel like you are in a Japanese restaurant for a fraction of the cost.
Let me know if you discover any of these products and give them a try. I’m sure you won’t regret it. Have a great weekend everyone!
My name is Bhavisha Surti and I am a food photographer and stylist based in Milton Keynes. Please subscribe to my blog below and check out my website to see more of my work at www.jbimagery.co.uk. Thank you!