Anzukko Gyoza Bar | Kyoto

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Anzukko entrance. If I'm not mistaken it's on the 2nd floor.
Entrance to building where Anzukko is. It’s on the 2nd floor, I think. 🙂

According to the Internet, Anzukko Gyoza is well known by their iron pan gyozas. It seems they are one of the last restaurants that cook gyoza this way, instead of using a grill like other places. As a gyoza fan, I had to try it out!

The place is kinda hard to find – on the 2nd floor of a small building, if I remember it correctly – and only by paying attention to the signs hanging out of it you will be able to find the place. Use my photograph above to confirm the location when you get there. 🙂

My order

Once you get seated, you are served a small appetiser (not for free, though). Then you can proceed and place your order.

There are traditional pork and veggies gyozas cooked on an iron pan and some curious flavour we thought it’d be interesting to try. Our choices are described below:

  • Appetiser: Little portion of seasoned tofu.
  • Gyozas: Anzukko Gyoza, cooked on an iron pan, Camembert cheese gyoza, and Yuzu-citrus gyoza.
Tofu as appetizer.
Tofu as an appetiser.
Anzukko Gyoza, cooked on an iron pan.
Anzukko Gyoza, cooked on an iron pan.
Camembert cheese gyoza and Yuzu-citrus gyoza.
Camembert cheese gyoza and Yuzu-citrus gyoza.

I might say, the iron pan gyoza is AMAZING. That cooked crunchy crust is completely different from a grilled gyoza. I could eat hundreds of them, however, this place has some unusual rule where they allow you to buy more than 8 pieces of gyoza per person. As we got the 12-piece plate to share, we couldn’t get more after that. 🙁

Can you believe that? I had that delicious thing in front of me and I COULDN’T order more! Bummer!
So in case you go there with more people, I suggest each person in your group buying their own 8 pieces plate and then you guys can share the other flavours.

The other gyozas available can be ordered as much as you want, but there is no traditional flavour for these ones, though.

The verdict

The place is good, staff is friendly, iron pan gyoza AMAZING. It’s just the “8 pieces per person” rule that doesn’t make any sense in my opinion. We left the place disappointed and still hungry, having to stop somewhere else for a snack.

About the English: English menu available and staff can communicate in English.

Bill: $1520 Yen ($18.00 AUD)

Exact location: https://goo.gl/maps/sgrfmVQuxKs (2nd floor if my memory doesn’t fool me)

More information: http://www.anzukko.com

Gyoza Hohei | Kyoto

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Gyoza Hohei entrance
Gyoza Hohei entrance

You know, I’m not a fan of fish in general. I started eating fish already as an adult.
I like it, but it’s very unlikely it will ever be my first choice. 😛 Anyways, my first contact with Japanese food was through gyozas. This little and yum pack of flavours made by Japanese ninjas (no kidding, I’m sure about it :P).

Nowadays I’m more open to the Japanese cuisine and, because of my personal dietary choices, gyoza had to find its way to the dark corner of the room. However, being in Japan I thought I would be a fool if I didn’t have some.

That’s why I went to Gyoza Hohei in Kyoto. The shop is very, very, very, small. You could totally miss its entrance if you don’t pay attention. The place seems very popular as well, so I would watch the time to go there to make sure you don’t get long lines.

My order

We decided to get some appetisers and to try the two gyoza flavours available on that particular evening. Here is what we had:

  • Grilled salted salmon rice ball
  • Boiled bean sprouts with miso-flavored minced pork.
  • Potato salad.
  • Garlic & Leek Gyoza and Ginger Gyoza.

 

Grilled salted salmon rice ball
Grilled salted salmon rice ball
Boiled bean sprouts with miso-flavored minced pork.
Boiled bean sprouts with miso-flavored minced pork.
Potato salad.
Potato salad.
Garlic & Leek Gyoza and Ginger Gyoza.
Garlic & Leek Gyoza and Ginger Gyoza.

The portions are small, including the gyozas (they were very tiny). However, it’s fine taking in consideration the low prices.
My impression was that gyoza bars (like this place) are not a place to have a meal but just some appetisers and drinks.

As good Japan first-timers, we were planning to have it as a meal. What obviously didn’t happen, so we ordered around 4 portions of gyozas to fill up our bellies. 😀

The verdict

Everything was very good and tasty. I really liked the ginger gyoza, it was very different from any other gyoza flavour I’ve tried before.

I have just one little thing to add though. I believe this is a family business, so there was the a person that looked to be the mother as a waiter and a teenager helping her to serve tables (possibly her son). At some point, this boy was helping her to make more gyozas (damn it, they weren’t ninjas), and at the same time, he was also dealing with customer’s money, without wearing gloves or washing his hands.

Hubby believes this is their secret ingredient to make such delicious gyozas (he didn’t care and still alive). From my side, I had these mixed feelings: damn good gyozas vs bad hygiene. I was very disappointed as I didn’t eat a gyoza for ages and there was me, having a gyoza filled with people’s money germs. That’s why I decided to write it here, hoping someone there will read and pay more attention to this details. 🙂

Just for the record, I was fine after the meal, no stomach bugs at all. 😛

About the English: English menu available and staff can communicate in English.

Bill: $1850 Yen (A$22.50) – no drinks.

Exact location: https://goo.gl/maps/pmAsrzdHgdn