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Stickiness is key to making good gyōza, hence why the dumplings are sometimes called potstickers. At Lucky Gyoza Center, a ramshackle gyōza joint near Kyoto’s Municipal Wholesale Market, stickiness starts at the door.

Though Lucky Gyoza has been open less than a year, a thin film of oil coats the floor so that you find yourself, not unlike the gyōza, in a bit of a sticky situation. Don’t let the floor deter you though, because Lucky Gyoza has a great range of delicious dumplings.

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