I used to watch this anime series, Virtua Fighter, whose main character, Akira Yuki, can finish more than 20 plates of gyoza a day. I will never forget the first episode when Akira was saving Pai Chan from her abductors, and he lost his balance and accidentally kissed her. Pai got mad and she shouted, “gyo…gyo…gyozaa?!!” Apparently, she doesn’t like the garlic smell of gyoza, and worse, she got a stolen kiss from a man who eats gyoza like it’s the only staple food in the world.
Back then, it made me wonder how Japanese gyoza really tastes like and how different it is from the dumpling I’m used to.
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I’m also a big fan of the Japanese TV series, SPEC, whose main protagonist was played by one of my fave actresses, Toda Erika san. In the series, Toda san’s character, Toma, is a detective who loves to eat gyoza. Believe me, I also bought myself a lot of gyoza during those times I was watching the series.
Since then, my gyoza craving has become more than just occasional, and there are times when I go to Japanese restaurants just for, well, my gyoza craving. 😀
Now, I’m in the search for the best gyoza I could find in Cebu with my twin sister, B1. Our little not-so-secret mission is to visit Japanese restaurants in Cebu for their gyoza and more.
Cebu is home to many Japanese restaurants, some of which are offering authentic Japanese cuisine experience. I have always wanted to write about all those B1 and I have visited so far, and I thought maybe I could start with the restaurants I or we both frequently go to.
1. Kuhkai Japanese Seafood Restaurant
When I say authentic Japanese cuisine, this is the place to be. It’s a walking distance from our workplace in Punta Engano Mactan, and aside from their gyoza, try their bestseller Okonomiyaki when you dine here.
Location: 168 Punta Engaño, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, Philippines
Contact No: (032) 495 2888
2. Ramen Yushoken
If you’re looking for authentic ramen and gyoza to satisfy your craving, this is the best place to visit. The place was packed the last time I visited and no wonder why.
3. Sachi Authentic Japanese Ramen And Okonomiyaki
Affordable yet oishi! Its gyoza is definitely good and I love the Tantanmen and the bestseller Okonimiyaki here, as well. I frequently go to the Sachi place in Cabancalan, and it’s the first to open if I’m not mistaken before they opened a branch in Ayala Center Cebu, as well.
Location: M. L. Quezon Ave, Mandaue City, Cebu
Contact No: (032) 505 8165
My gyozadventure also brought me to Shikisai, Ikousha Ramen, Barikata Ramen, Ramen Dojo, and Yokohama Tepanyaki.
In my search for the best gyoza, I realized two things so far – first, despite its garlic smell, I can now distinguish different tastes of gyoza (haha), and second, a culinary experience is indeed one way to understand a culture.
I wanted to understand the Japanese culture more through its rich variety of cuisine, and I’m glad that my gyoza diaries are also filled with more than just gyoza stories, and so much more insights about Japan in general.