Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Gyoza: Easy to Eat, Hard to Pronounce

With their green wrappers, puffy centers and half-moon shape, Taki's vegetarian gyoza dumplings resemble giant snow peas. The resemblance ends there, however. The gyoza wrapper is made of dough, not plant fiber, and instead of peas, a tasty mix of vegetables and tofu is tucked inside. Taki's serves the dumplings with rice (although yakisoba noodles can be substituted), vegetables, diced tofu, pickled ginger and a spicy soy-sauce for dipping.

I'm told that "gyoza" is pronounced "gyoh-zah;" however, it's been my experience that you can successfully order the dumplings even if you bungle the pronunciation.

341 E. Colfax (corner of Colfax and Logan)
Denver, CO 80203



Kitt said...

Does Taki's make theirs from scratch? You can buy good frozen ones at Asian groceries for a fraction of the cost. You can also make and freeze your own. They're labor-intensive, but worth it if there are certain fillings you prefer. (You can make your own wrappers, too, but I usually buy them premade.)

In Chinese they're called jiaozi and usually served boiled first, then fried the next day if there are leftovers.

I haven't ordered from Taki's for a long time. Thanks for the reminder!

Beatrice said...

I'm told that they get their dumplings from an Asian grocery store at the corner of Yale and Parker. I might buy some there, but on days that I don't want to cook, I'll probably wind up back at Taki's.

Kitt said...

Ah, that would be H-Mart. The stores over on Federal and Alameda have them, too. I think you can even get them at Costco.

But yes, nothing beats the convenience of someone else doing the cooking!