Vegan Gyoza

1 cup lotus root, chopped
1/4 cup green onion, chopped
4 mushrooms, chopped
1 pinch cayenne pepper, optional
2 tsp soy sauce
2 tsp mirin
1/2 tsp sesame oil
12 wonton/gyoza skins, or more/less as needed


  1. Heat a pan over medium heat and add lotus root. Cook for 2 minutes, adding a splash of water as needed to keep the lotus root from sticking to the pan. Add in the mushrooms, green onion, cayenne, soy sauce, and mirin. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the mushrooms cook down. Mix in sesame oil at the end.
  2. Lay out the skins on a clean surface and place a dollop of filling in the center, making sure there is still room to fold up the skins.
  3. Lightly dip your index finger in water and wet the edges of the gyoza skins. This will help the skin stick together when you fold them up. Fold and crimp your gyoza skins so that no filling is falling out. Repeat until you use up all the filling.
  4. Lightly oil a pan and heat it over medium heat. Add gyoza to the pan, making sure they don’t touch each other. Fry the bottom of the gyoza for 1-2 minutes until crispy, then add about 1/4 cup water to the pan and cover with a lid. Steam for 3 minutes or until most water evaporates. Uncover and let the rest of the water evaporate. Remove from pan and repeat process with remaining gyoza. Serve warm with soy sauce or ponzu and rice. 
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