My mom makes killer gyoza that everyone devours — from the Polish side of my family to friends far and wide. I've learned the best things in life from my mom's influence, and this recipe is no exception. Here's my lighter, vegan version of this bad boy.
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*Note: Do not let this filling sit for longer than 30 minutes, as the cabbage and other vegetables will begin to release their liquids, and you will have soggy gyoza!
In a large mixing bowl, combine the cabbage, shiitake mushrooms, onion, scallions, garlic, ginger, and sesame seeds. Toss well to combine. Mix the soy sauce, roasted sesame oil, and sugar together and add all at once. Stir until well combined. Fold in the panko.*
To assemble the gyoza, dust your work surface with some flour. Place a small bowl of water next to your work area. Set out 10 wrappers on the floured area and place 2 teaspoons of gyoza filling in the center of each.
Use your fingers to moisten the edges of 1 wrapper with water, and then fold the wrapper over the filling (as if you were making a turnover) and press the edges together. Use your index finger and thumb to pinch the edges so that they have a cute ruffled look (like the edge of a pie crust). Set aside and repeat with the rest of the filling and wrappers.
To cook the gyoza, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Place 10 gyoza or so in the skillet with a bit of elbow room in between. Cover with a lid. Cook until golden brown, for approximately 3-4 minutes on one side.
When the gyoza are finished, turn off the heat, pour the excess oil from the pan into a bowl, and set it aside for the next batch. Remove the lid and carefully place a large plate over the skillet (the plate should be larger than the skillet). Flip the pan over — the gyoza should effortlessly fall from the pan to the plate, revealing their gorgeous, golden brown skins. Gyoza taste best when hot, so serve immediately with the sauce as you cook up the next batch. Add more oil as needed for each batch. Wipe out the skillet between batches, if necessary.
While the gyoza cook, make the sauce. Whisk the soy sauce and rice-wine vinegar together in a small dish. Add the orange zest and sugar, if using. Serve alongside the gyoza, as a dipping sauce.