Bánh Xếp Gyoza 329 of 365

Bánh Xếp Gyoza

These little fried dough packages aren’t even remotely Vietnamese, but I did order them by their Vietnamese name.  So does that give this meal any sort of Vietnamese meal street cred at all?  Let’s just answer that with an enthusiastic yes since I ate this one in Vietnam, and it does put us one meal closer to the finish line!

Back home gyoza, pot stickers, or bánh xếp gyoza in the local parlance are one of my favorite Asian foods.  Actually what doesn’t taste good all deep fried and crunchy on the outside?  Believe it or not, I do watch what I eat and only eat truly bad for me food in moderation.  Today just wasn’t the day to reign in the diet and common nutritional sense got the better of me.

I wound up downing one gyoza in just three greedy bites, and then scraped the filling out of the other four.  In other words, I was trying to be less “unhealthy.” I left behind the remaining greasy shells though I am sure the insides simmered in a lard bath as well.  Oh well, I tried!  The stuffing was slightly sweet, slightly salty, and definitely a minced pork mixed with scallion.

The sauce was actually quite good.  Have you ever had that pot sticker sauce?  Yeah, that’s the one so delightfully infused with the vinegary soy mixture.  Well, this being Vietnam, they had to put on their own spin on things and spice the dip up with some sort of pepper flavor.  Hey, I am not complaining.  Everything goes down just a little bit better with some heat, and I liked that little touch a lot.

OK, time for me to go repent by running a few miles for I have sinned at the altar of gut busting fried foods.   But of course a splurge like this is worth it, and I’d eat these all over again in a heartbeat.  That’s if my heart doesn’t stop beating from all the grease first!

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One Comment on “Bánh Xếp Gyoza 329 of 365”

  1. October 27, 2012 at 12:22 am #

    You can find plain old banh xep on the streets. It’s like a fried carnival snack. Gyoza has probably been eaten by less than 0.01% of the Vietnamese population.

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