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Kimchi Gyoza Nabe (Hot Pot) キムチ餃子鍋

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    Kimchi Gyoza Nabe is a Japanese hot pot filled with succulent Japanese dumplings, spicy kimchi, tender vegetables, and hearty mushrooms. It’s a simmering bowl of savory deliciousness!

    A donabe hot pot containing kimchi gyoza hot pot stew.

    Kimchi Gyoza Nabe (キムチ餃子鍋) is a comfort dish filled with Japanese ingredients cooked in a Korean-inspired, spicy kimchi base. I love it since you can quickly throw in gyoza (Japanese dumplings), tofu, vegetables, and mushrooms to make this hot and sour soup.

    This hot pot is packed with flavorful ingredients and it’s a perfect dish all year round when you need that satisfying kick of spice to warm you up.

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    Kimchi Gyoza Nabe is a Japanese hot pot filled with succulent Japanese dumplings, spicy kimchi, tender vegetables, and hearty mushrooms. It’s a simmering bowl of savory deliciousness!

    What is Gyoza Nabe?

    In a nutshell, Gyoza Nabe (餃子鍋) is like a dumpling (wonton) soup, except the dumpling here is Japanese gyoza. If you search Gyoza Nabe in Japanese, there are many variations – with different types of soup broth and different hot pot ingredients. Since this dish is not considered “traditional” Japanese food, make it with your favorite Japanese ingredients!

    This Gyoza Nabe is totally my version that I came up with on a whim (but don’t worry, I have tested it a few times to make sure this recipe will absolutely hit the spot). Instead of a simple clear broth commonly used in Japanese hot pot, my recipe features a delicious spicy broth that richly infuses its flavor into the savory ingredients. You can also make this Gyoza Nabe with a kimchi soup base, or try one of these variations that might be fun for you to discover.

    A donabe hot pot containing kimchi gyoza hot pot stew.

    Variations & Ideas for Soup Base 

    Soup base:

    Additional flavors that you can mix with soup base:

    • Kimchi
    • Miso
    • Soy sauce
    • Soy milk
    • Tomato and more!

    A donabe hot pot containing kimchi gyoza hot pot stew.

    Variations & Ideas for Hot Pot Ingredients

    • Gyoza (pork, chicken, vegetables) (homemade gyoza recipe and gyoza wrapper)
    • Meat – pork belly, thinly sliced beef/pork loin, meatballs, and chicken wings
    • Tofu
    • Fish cakes – chikuwa and kamaboko
    • Napa cabbage
    • Chinese chives (garlic chives)
    • Shungiku (tong hao or garland chrysanthemum)
    • Carrot
    • Negi (long green onion) or green onions
    • Leeks
    • Bok choy
    • Bean sprouts
    • Shirataki noodles
    • Mushrooms – shiitake, enoki, and shimeji
    • Ramen noodles or steamed rice for enjoying the flavorful leftover soup!

    A donabe hot pot containing kimchi gyoza hot pot stew.

    3 Tips to Make Perfect Kimchi Gyoza Nabe

    1. Always let the miso dissolve completely in a ladle rather than in the pot.

    When you work with miso in a soup dish, make sure to completely dissolve miso in a ladle first before releasing miso into the soup. If you drop miso paste in the big pot of soup, you won’t know if the miso has been completely dissolved. You may end up adding more miso thinking that the soup doesn’t have much taste. Also, each brand of miso has a different level of saltiness, so please always taste the soup and adjust the flavor according to your liking.

    2. Cook the dense ingredients first, then leafy and soft ingredients.

    If you want to enjoy the hot pot with all the ingredients being cooked at the right texture, you have to cook in 2 separate stages. Throw in root vegetables first, and then add in leafy vegetables when dense ingredients are almost tender. This way both the leafy vegetable and root vegetables will retain their proper texture. Another tip is to cut the ingredients into similar thicknesses and sizes so they’ll take roughly the same amount of time to cook.

    3. Cook Gyoza just the right amount of time.

    Whenever I make this, it’s a “fast food” recipe that I can make very quickly to feed my family. For me, I almost always use frozen gyoza – either homemade gyoza which I keep in the freezer or pre-made frozen gyoza from the grocery stores (Trader Joe’s has frozen pork or chicken gyoza which we like).

    You don’t need to defrost, just add the frozen gyoza in the hot soup. Remember to add gyoza when all the ingredients are almost cooked through. Don’t cook the gyoza too long as the gyoza skin gets soggy when it’s soaked in the soup for too long. The overcooked gyoza skin could break easily and its filling may slip out.

    A black ceramic bowl containing kimchi gyoza hot pot.

    End Your Kimchi Gyoza Nabe with Rice or Noodles!

    We enjoy the hot pot placed on the portable gas stove set at the dining table. It’s fun to eat and cook at the table as you can have a conversation with your family or friends while enjoying delicious food. For this recipe, there will be plenty of soup available for you to make it into a noodle soup by adding ramen noodles to the broth. You can also add steamed rice to go with the spicy soup.

    If you don’t have a donabe, Japanese earthenware pot, you can make this dish in a regular pot. So what are you waiting for? Simply chop the veggies and throw in gyoza and you’ll have a mouth-watering meal ready in 30-40 min from start to finish. You’ll be surprised by how easy it is to put together this scrumptious meal. Enjoy!

    A donabe hot pot containing kimchi gyoza hot pot stew.

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    4.68 from 25 votes
    Kimchi Gyoza Nabe served in donabe (Japanese earthenware pot).
    Kimchi Gyoza Nabe
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    30 mins
    Total Time
    40 mins
    Kimchi Gyoza Nabe is a Japanese hot pot filled with succulent Japanese dumplings, spicy kimchi, tender vegetables, and hearty mushrooms.  It's a simmering bowl of savory deliciousness!
    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: Japanese, Korean
    Keyword: gyoza, hotpot
    Servings: 2
    Calories: 201 kcal
    Author: Namiko Chen
    For Hot Pot Soup
    1. Gather all the ingredients.
      Kimchi Gyoza Nabe Ingredients
    2. Cut ¼ onion into wedges and then cut them half.
      Kimchi Gyoza Nabe 1
    3. Cut the white part of negi (leek/green onion) diagonally.

      Kimchi Gyoza Nabe 2
    4. Cut the napa cabbage into small pieces.
      Kimchi Gyoza Nabe 3
    5. Cut the daikon into quarters lengthwise then thinly slice them.
      Kimchi Gyoza Nabe 4
    6. Cut the carrot into thin slabs and cut them in half.
      Kimchi Gyoza Nabe 5
    7. Cut the garlic chives into 2 inch (5 cm) pieces.

      Kimchi Gyoza Nabe 6
    8. Discard the bottom of the shimeji mushrooms and shiitake mushrooms. You can make a decorative shiitake mushroom following this method.

      Kimchi Gyoza Nabe 7
    9. Cut the tofu into roughly 1.5 inch (4 cm) cubes (it’s harder to fish out from the hot pot if you cut too small).

      Kimchi Gyoza Nabe 8
    10. Heat the sesame oil in a hot pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until it’s coated with the oil.

      Kimchi Gyoza Nabe 9
    11. Add the kimchi and stir fry with the onion and Tokyo negi.

      Kimchi Gyoza Nabe 10
    12. Add sake and gochujang.
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    13. Add gochugaru and granulated sugar. Mix all together well.

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    14. Add 4 cups chicken stock, and cover the lid to bring to simmer.
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    15. Once simmering, lower the heat to medium-low heat. Add soy sauce and miso. It’s best to put miso and small amount of soup in a ladle and let it dissolved first instead of dropping miso in a pot and not sure if it has been dissolved completely. Taste the soup and adjust the taste by adding salt (I added ¼ to ½ tsp), if necessary.

      Kimchi Gyoza Nabe 14
    16. Add the hard vegetables to the soup first, such daikon, carrot, tough part of napa cabbages, etc. Cook covered for 10 minutes on low heat.

      Kimchi Gyoza Nabe 15
    17. Skim off the foam and fat. Add the soft ingredients such as leafy part of napa cabbages, mushrooms, and tofu.

      Kimchi Gyoza Nabe 16
    18. Add the gyoza (if frozen, no need to defrost) and garlic chives on top.

      Kimchi Gyoza Nabe 17
    19. Cook covered over medium low heat for 5 minutes. Serve the extra ingredients on a plate and add them once you finish the ingredients in the pot.

      Kimchi Gyoza Nabe 18

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