Finding the Best Gyoza in Utsunomiya

Gyoza, or Chinese dumplings, are popular amongst both Japanese and Tourists here in Tokyo. If you decide to visit Japan, there’s a high chance you’ll run into a few gyoza shops yourself and end up eating a few.

I went to Utsunomiya, the capital city of the Tochigi Prefecture known for its gyoza, to find the best dumplings in town.

One of the staff at the tourist center recommended a restaurant called MinMin. Not knowing where else to go, I decided to take her advice and headed to the restaurant.

In order to get there, I used my ili translator to help me ask the locals for directions. The great thing about using ili is that it’s super simple and requires no Wifi. Even though it’s one-way, the locals responded using gestures and pointing were enough to help me locate the exits and areas I wanted to go to.

After a bit of navigating, I made it to MinMin. I was really impressed with the deep-fried gyoza, they were crispy and flavorful. However, the boiled dumplings, they were a bit bland and personally, I didn’t find them to be anything special.

My advice, stick with the deep-fried.

Gyoza (Photo courtesy of Just One Cookbook)

If you want to order gyoza using ili, you can translate the following sentences to make things easier:

  • Which flavor do you recommend?
  • Do you have boiled gyoza?
  • What is the name of this dish?