It’s been a while since I posted a side dish so I want to share a popular green bean recipe. Side dishes (Osouzai, お惣菜) are predominately vegetables. As I had mentioned in my previous posts, typical Japanese meal consists of a bowl of rice, a bowl of miso soup, the main dish, and 1-2 side dishes. A popular way to prepare side dish is Shiraae, mixing lightly-cooked vegetables with crumbled tofu, miso, and sesame seeds. Spinach and green beans are commonly used for Shira-ae dish.
I always love to challenge myself to make better Gyoza by experimenting with different ingredients and seasonings. What’s fun about Gyoza is that you can be creative with its filling. You can wrap any ingredients you like in the Gyoza skin and create your own invention. For the Gyoza recipe today, I added napa cabbage which is not a typical Gyoza ingredient. For this particular recipe you don’t need to dip gyoza in any sauce because it has enough seasonings and taste.