One of my favorite cooking shows is on YouTube — Cooking With Dog. It's hosted by a Japanese woman whose gray poodle sits on the counter and barks appreciatively while she cooks. Each episode provides a how-to demonstration, with recipes, for a singular basic Japanese dish. Best of all, they all have English subtitles, which is a necessity since I do not speak Japanese, and I am deaf.
I find Cooking with Dog to be a really helpful guide in learning how to cook Japanese. She keeps things simple and clearly demonstrates her techniques at each step. When I saw her episode on making pork gyozas, I knew I was going to try it. Gyozas are the Japanese version of pot stickers, and super tasty. Who doesn't love a little fried pastry filled with meat?
Hard as I tried, I couldn't get the crimping down right. I watched her technique over and over, but kept messing it up. This might just be me, though — I've never been good at crimping, even with pies. So I gave up and just formed them into half-moon shapes and sealed the ends together. They still tasted great!
• Watch the video and get the recipe here! - At YouTube (full recipe text is in the video description)
The recipe calls for nira, which I have blogged about before.
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(Images: Kathryn Hill)