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Hana in San Jose for sui gyoza

David Sloo | Feb 22, 200607:44 PM

Boiled gyoza are, like ramen, a Japanese take on a quintessentially Chinese dish. And like ramen, they are available here in the South Bay at very high quality.

At Hana, next to the Mitsuwa market in San Jose, makes them well. You can stand at the front and watch a heap of filling and a pile of skins be turned into neat trays of filled gyoza.

You can choose among pork, pork with scallion, pork with celery, and pork with shrimp. You can also have the gyoza fried rather than steamed. Orders for sui gyoza are by 12 or 24.

The gyoza are served on a plate. Minced garlic and vinegar-and-soy are on the table. Chilli oil is served on request.

I found these boiled gyoza quite toothsome: the skin is firm but wheaty and pleasantly slippery, which I assume is the colloidal starch in a film on the surface. The filling is fresh tasting -- surprisingly redolent of each of the ingredients. They are, in my mind, much better than the shrimp gyoza that are served at Shabuway to boil for 2 minutes in your hotpot.

Hana also has a small array of noodle dishes, including noodles in soup, Sichuan-style hot and cold noodles. The noodles are hand made.

Each order comes with a bowl of thickened egg-and-tofu soup -- an edible vehicle for, it would seem, peas. Tea or water is served by default. Notably, it is black tea, and quite good. Beer, sake, soju, and a small phalanx of Japanese soft drinks are available.

English and Japanese are spoken readily. All customers were Japanese speakers when I was there, and people had ordered a variety of dishes, not just gyoza.

4320 Moorpark Ave
San Jose, CA 95129
408 255 1187

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