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Japanese Lunch Cooking Together – Pork Gyozas; Katsu Curry;

Our Cooking Together cookery classes are as much about learning to cook as they are a sociable experience. We hope you enjoyed your class and are ready to recreate the meals at home. The recipes work really well as delicious dinners for the family to cook again.

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  1. Starter: Pork Gyoza, Miso Sweet Potato Gyozas with Spicy Ponzu Dressing
  2. Main: Katsu Curry with Tsukemono pickled cucumber
  3. Dessert: Lemon Posset/Chocolate Brownie

Pork Gyoza – Starter

Ingredients – Serves 5:

  1. – 1 lb. ground pork
  2. – 1/4 cup chicken broth
  3. – 2 spring onions, thinly sliced
  4. – 2 cloves garlic, grated 
  5. – 2 tbsp soy sauce
  6. – 2 tsp sesame oil
  7. – 2 tsp freshly grated ginger
  8. – 2 tsp fish sauce (optional)
  9. – 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  10. – Flour, for surface
  11. – 50 dumpling wrappers
  12. – Vegetable oil, for frying


  1. Make dumplings: In a large bowl, combine pork, broth, spring onions, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, fish sauce if using, and egg. Stir ingredients together, using your hands or a wooden spoon, until fully combined.
  3. Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper and dust lightly with flour.
  5. Place 4 dumpling wrappers on your work surface, and keep remaining wrappers covered with a clean kitchen towel. Place a heaping teaspoon pork filling just below centre on each wrapper. Wet the edge of wrapper with water and fold top half over bottom half and pinch border to seal. Alternatively, pleat dumplings by making small folds starting on one edge and ending on the other, pinching firmly to seal after each fold. Place on prepared baking sheet and continue stuffing and sealing dumplings until all pork mixture is used.
  7. Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add dumplings in an even layer, sealed side up. (Touching is OK!) Fry for 1 to 2 minutes, or until golden on the underside.
  9. Add 1/3 cup water to skillet, lower heat to medium-low, and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Let steam for 3 minutes, then adjust lid so it is ajar, allowing steam to escape. Cook until no water remains, about 3 minutes more.
  11. Use a spatula to transfer dumplings to serving plate, crisp side up. Repeat process until all dumplings are cooked.
  13. Serve pot stickers with dipping sauce on the side.

Sweet Potato Gyoza Recipe (Vegetarian, Dairy Free) – Starter

Ingredients: Makes 40

  • – 150g shredded cabbage (Nappa or any other softer white/green cabbage)
  • – 1/2 teaspoon salt
    250g mashed sweet potato (plain, unseasoned)
  • – 1/2 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • – 2 minced garlic cloves
  • – 1 tablespoon chopped spring onions (use only the green part)
  • – 2 teaspoons white miso paste
  • – 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • – 1/4 teaspoon caster sugar
  • – 40 gyoza wrappers* (use vegan ones for a vegan recipe)

For cooking

  • – 4 teaspoons sesame oil
  • – 120ml cold water

For the dipping sauce

  • – 6 tablespoons soy sauce
  • – 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • – A few drops of sesame or chilli oil


  1. Sprinkle the salt over the minced cabbage in a small bowl. Stir and leave it for 10 minutes. Squeeze the cabbage firmly in a sieve to drain and discard the excess water. Transfer the minced cabbage into a large deep bowl.
  3. Add the sweet potato puree, ginger, garlic, spring onion, miso paste, one teaspoon of sesame oil and the sugar. Mix everything together with a wooden spoon.
  5. Line a large tray with baking paper. Fill a small cup with cold water.
    Place a gyoza wrapper on a flat dry surface and put a heaped teaspoon of the sweet potato mixture in the centre (see picture above).
    Dip one finger in the cold water and trace a line along half the edge of the gyoza wrapper (see picture above).
    Fold the wrapper over to enclose the filling. Pinch the wrapper in the centre at the top to seal that spot.
    Holding the filled wrapper in your left hand (or right one if you are left-handed), pleat the top of the wrapper (see pictures above). Set aside on the lined tray keeping the edge up. Repeat with the rest of the gyoza dumplings.
  7. For the cooking part, use a large frying pan or skillet with a tight-fitting lid.
    Put the pan over a medium heat and add one teaspoon of sesame oil. When it is hot, place half the gyoza in the pan (or as many that will fit) with their edge up. Cook for about 3 minutes or until the bottom of the gyoza is golden.
    Add in 60ml of the cold water and cover immediately with the lid. Steam for about 2 minutes or until most of the water has evaporated.
    Uncover, let the water evaporate completely, then add one teaspoon of sesame oil. Cook until the gyoza is crispy in the bottom (when shaking the pan, the dumplings should slide; if not, set the pan aside and cover with the lid for another 2 or 3 minutes).
    The gyoza dumplings should be slightly translucent and the filling should be firm.
  9. Flip the gyoza dumplings on a large serving plate , browned surface up. Cover with aluminum foil while cooking the other batch (repeat the cooking actions) if you are making them all in one go.
    Serve with the dipping sauce (mix the ingredients in a small bowl).

Spicy Ponzu Dressing – Starter

Ingredients – Serves 4:

  • – 150ml ponzu
  • – 2tsp tabasco
  • – 1 lime, zest and juice
  • – 1tbsp grated ginger
  • – 1tbsp red onion, finely diced
  • – ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • – ½ tbsp chopped coriander


  1. Simply mix all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and let infuse for at least 10 minutes.

Homemade Gyoza Wrappers 

Ingredients – Makes 12:

  • – 100g plain flour
  • – 50ml of hot water
  • – Pinch of salt


  1. With a balloon whisk, thoroughly stir the flour in a bowl to remove any lumps.
  2. Dissolve the salt in the hot water. Then, gradually add the salt water to the flour while stirring with chopsticks.
  3. Using the hot water will help the wrappers to have a pleasant, gooey texture.
  4. Now, combine the flour with your hand. Shape the dough into a ball.
  5. Dust a pastry board with flour. Knead the dough for 5 to 6 minutes until the surface has a smooth texture.
  6. Now, it is ready. Wrap the dough with a plastic wrap and let it sit for about 30 minutes.
  7. Now, remove the plastic wrap and roll the dough into a long cylinder.
  8. Then, cut the dough in half and cover one with plastic wrap to keep it from drying out.
  9. Roll out the rest of the dough again. Cut it into 10-12 equal pieces.
  10. Quickly arrange the pieces with the cut side facing up and dust each cut with flour.
  11. Now, let’s shape the dough into wrappers. Press each dough piece with your hand.
  12. Press the dough into a thin flat circle using a rolling pin. Roll the pin toward the centre of the dough and back while slowly rotating it in a circle. A tip to making a beautiful circle is pressing the dough a little harder when going forth and releasing the pressure when going back.
  13. Repeat the process until its diameter reaches 8 to 9cm (3.1″-3.5″).

Katsu Curry – Main

Ingredients – Serves 4:

For the chicken:

  • – 12 chicken mini fillets
  • – 2tbsp of cornflour
  • – 250g breadcrumbs
  • – Rapeseed oil for frying

For the coconut curry sauce:

  • – 1tbsp of olive oil
  • – 1 onion, diced
  • – 2cloves of garlic
  • – 3cm of ginger, grated
  • – 1 carrot, peeled, grated
  • – 1tsp of mild curry powder
  • – 1tsp of turmeric
  • – 100ml of veg stock
  • – Salt and pepper
  • – 300ml of coconut milk
  • – 1tbsp of light soy sauce

For the stir-fried red rice:

  • – 300g of red or black rice, boiled
  • – 1tbsp of oil
  • – 2 spring onions, chopped
  • – 1 red onion, sliced
  • – Handful of chopped coriander
  • – Soy sauce to season (tamari)
  • – 1 lime, juice and zest


For the Sauce:

  1. Heat the oil in a small saucepan, add onion, garlic, ginger and spices, fry for a couple of minutes, add carrot, fry for additional two minutes. Pour in the veg stock and coconut, simmer for about 20 minutes to reduce the liquid, season well and blend if you prefer smooth sauce.

For the chicken:

  1. In a bowl, mix the cornflour with 4 tbsp water and some seasoning. Dip the chicken into the flour mixture. Place the breadcrumbs in another bowl and dip the chicken or tofu in it, turning until well coated.
  3. Fry in rapeseed oil until golden brown and cooked through

For the rice:

  1. Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan, add onion and fry until translucent. Add the rest of your ingredients and serve straight away.
  3. Toppings/garnishes – Serve with some toasted cashews, chopped chillies and some extra chopped coriander.

Tsukemono Pickled Cucumber – Main

Ingredients – Serves 8:

  • – 20g Fresh ginger (approx 2-inch piece)
  • – 1 Bird’s eye chilli
  • – 3 Japanese / Persian Cucumbers (or 1 English cucumber)
  • – 1 + 1 tsp Salt
  • – 2 tbsp Sugar
  • – 1 tsp Sushi Vinegar OR Rice vinegar
  • – 1 tsp Soy sauce
  • – 1 tsp Sesame oil
  • – White sesame seeds to garnish


  1. First, peel the skin off the ginger and cut into thin strips.
  3. Deseed the chili and cut into thin slices.
  5. Wash the cucumber and sprinkle a chopping board with 1 tsp of salt. Roll the cucumber in the salt.
  7. Wash off the salt and dry the cucumber. (If you’re using English cucumber, cut it in half lengthways and scoop out the seeds with a spoon.)
  9. Smash the cucumber with something sturdy like a rolling pin. Crush/break it slightly, but not too much. This helps the cucumber absorb more flavour and adds more interesting textures to your pickles.
  11. Roughly cut the cucumber into bitesize chunks.
  13. Place the cucumber in a Ziplock back with your cut ginger and chilli, then add 1 tsp salt, 2 tbsp sugar, 1 tsp rice vinegar, 1 tsp soy sauce and 1 tsp sesame oil.
  15. Massage the ingredients into the cucumber to evenly distribute them.
  17. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least one hour. (Best taste is after 1 day.)
  19. Sprinkle with sesame seeds upon serving.
  21. Enjoy!

Lemon Posset

Ingredients – Serves 3-4:

  • – 300ml of double cream
  • – 60g caster sugar
  • – 1 juicy lemon


  1. Squeeze the lemon.
  2. Bring the cream and sugar to the boil (careful it should just boil but not boil over). Once you see it boil – stay there and boil for exactly 3 minutes.
  3. Take the pan off the heat and whisk in the lemon juice.
  4. Strain this into a jug and leave to cool for 20 minutes.
  5. If you wish to put a crumbled biscuit in the bottom of the receptacle – this is the time to do it. If not gently pour the cream into the glasses.
  6. Refrigerate for 6 hours minimum.
  7. Serve with fruit and edible flowers

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