While in Nagoya, Japan, a group of us were on a mission wandering off the main drag, looking down dark alleys and searching block by block for our destination. About to give up when we turned around to look at one last corner when lo and behold, out of the darkness a bright sign beckons to us. Hurray! We found our destination in search of... Gyoza!
Gyoza are pan-fried dumplings like potstickers. In my opinion, dumplings are pretty close to the perfect food. You have a delicious meat filling, with some form of wrapper and a flavorful dipping sauce. That's meat, carbs and flavor in a nice, neat little bite-sized package!
Small and addicting. Like a potato chips, you just can't have one.
Five different types were tried... I don't remember which order they were presented, but we had he basic pork filled, curry flavored, shiso, shrimp filled and cheese filled. Yes, they have cheese filled gyoza!
All were delicious. We could have eaten another round, but we were moving onto our next food quest of the evening.
Ago is in the Sakae area of Nagoya. Can be difficult to find since it's a few blocks off the main drag.
However, through the magic of Google Maps, the location is listed below.