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Sushi Sam's San Mateo - "special" gyoza

KK | Jul 19, 200502:21 PM

Rather than bore you lot with another Sushi Sam's review, I'll just highlight an interesting item I had for the first time that would be of interest to some of you. I think Sam's has this somewhat regularly and I believe this was listed only on the black board (next to the white board) behind the counter.

I heard a Japanese patron order the maguro gyoza, and asked the waiter about it. To other patrons and the waiters this is referred to as "special gyoza" and is a side dish/appetizer. I was told the kitchen staff make this from scratch (I didn't confirm about the gyoza skin, though I can't really tell anyway). I was sold instantly on them and decided to try them out.

The pan fried gyoza came out looking piping hot, served with a side of mild to medium spicy oil/soy based sauce mix dip. What is special about it is that the filling is pretty much all tuna meat and chive (instead of pork or shrimp with chive). While the tuna wasn't as rich tasting by itself as old school ground pork with chunks of fat in it, the combination of chive made it very hearty and juicy.

I believe this was around $5 for 5 pieces.

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