Originated in China, Gyoza (dumpling with minced meat and vegetables) has now become a popular food in Japan, loved from children to adults. Utsunomiya city in the Tochigi prefecture was always known to be the leading capital of Gyoza, but in recent years, Hamamatsu city in Shizuoka prefecture is threatening its title, as it has beaten Utusnomiya several times by ranking as the top city for Gyoza consumption. What makes gyoza in Hamamatsu so special? Let us share with you some of the best restaurants serving Hamamatsu Gyoza, in order to solve this mystery!
Features of Hamamatsu Gyoza
Before introducing the restaurants, let us first explain the features of Hamamatsu gyozas which differentiate it from gyozas in other areas.
- Style: Served in circular pan-fried style
- Topping: Common to have Brown Sprouts Topping to ease the greasiness
- Ingredients: Cabbage, onions, and Pork meat used for the main ingredients
Opened in the 1953, Ishimatsu Gyoza is said to originate the idea of the Brown sprout topping. The main branch is located approximately 15 minutes walk from Hamamatsu station, but the great part is that they also have a branch inside Hamamatsu station. Pop-by before or after taking your Shinkansen Ride, as the orthodox style will be best for your first/last plate of Hamamatsu gyoza.
Address (Main Restaurant): 252-1 Hirakuchi, Hamakita Ward, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka 434-0041
Mutsugiku surely played a big role in spreading the popularity of Hamamatsu Gyoza, proven by the long queue always made in front of the restaurant. The restaurant is easy to access, located only 3 minutes walk from Hamamatsu station. The crispy thin skin, texture of cabbages, and the juiciness of the meat will create perfect harmony inside your mouth.
Address: 356-5 Sunayamacho, Naka Ward, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka 430-0926
You will enjoy the retro atmosphere once stepping in Kibori. Unlike the common Hamamatsu gyoza, the gyoza at this restaurant is not in its circular shape, but this is no aspect to make Kibori fall behind from the others. The finely minced cabbage gives it a smooth texture, with the garlic kept at a moderate amount, the lightness of this gyoza will keep your chopsticks moving! Try also the seafood gyozas (choice from shrimp, squid and crab) to compare and pick your favorite plate.
Adderss: 563-3, Minami-ku Zoracho, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka 432-8062
If you want to try other specialties of Hamamatsu, go to Tanto, an Izakaya where they have 4 branches within Hamamatsu city, and even an overseas branch in Honolulu. Along with the Hamamatsu Gyoza, try out the Hamamatsu Horumon (broiled innards), famous Unagi (Eel) from Lake Hamana, and the fresh seafood. Refresh your day by drinking and enjoying the local specialties.
Address (Main Restaurant): 1F, 330-1, Tamahi, Naka Ward, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka 430-0944
Winning the Grand prix of Hamamatsu Gyoza Festival, Hamataro is popular by appearing on famous TV shows of Japan. The spicy “Red Gyoza” with garlic will make you hot and energetic, while the “White Gyoza”, containing collagen instead of garlic, is good for your beauty and health. If it is difficult to choose from the two, go ahead and try the Kohaku (Red and White) gyozas!
Address (Gyoza Center Branch): 981-2, Hosoecho Nakagawa, Kita-ku, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka 431-1304