Still one of my favorite restaurants after so many years, Mankin Gyoza House remains a Sagamihara staple since the 1970’s. Way back in 1982 my good friend (Mike #1) introduced me to Mankin Gyoza House here in Sagamihara. Mankin Gyoza was, and still is a unique dining experience. https://www.mankingyoza.com
“Charlie” immigrated to Japan from China in the 1970’s with the idea of opening this one-of-a-kind gyoza restaurant. He was young, always friendly, yet very serious about his business and pleasing customers. We were “regulars;” addicted to his food. As of this day, his restaurant remains popular as ever here in Sagamihara. So what is Mankin Gyoza?
It is a dumpling; however, very different than the usual gyoza in Japan. The “wrapping” is a bit heavier and crispy, and what is inside remains a secret. My taste buds tell me it’s pork, cabbage, garlic, onion, ginger, and more. Once dipped into a mixture of soy sauce, sesame oil, vinegar, and freshly grated garlic…it is bursting with flavor!
“Charlie” has kept his shop and menu simple and cheap from the very beginning- gyoza, rice, soups, and salads; all of which never disappoint. My friend Mike “#2” returned to Japan a few years ago and Charlie surely remembered him, some 30 years later!
Because the food is so good and the restaurant so popular, customers can only order once! There is always a line at the door!
Let’s Enjoy This Sagamihara Staple Together!
If you are ever in the area of Sagamihara, particularly near Smith’s School of English, I would be very happy to introduce you to this restaurant and treat you to a great lunch or dinner! But just one bit of advice- make sure your next day is off, because you will be seriously smelling of garlic tomorrow!!
Thanks for reading! Jim, SSE, Sagamihara http://smithweb.co.jp/sagamihara/
And just because- a photo of both “Mikes!”
What a fantastic story Jim. Thank you.
Thanks Mark! Let’s go!
Natsukashi! I wish you could fed ex me some.Great article Jim. Brings me back.
Great story, great memories. I always got the salad too.
Delicious gyoza and so many great memories with friends. Great blog post Jim and thanks for the reminder.
Thanks Dionne. Come Back!
Jim Herndon says
One of the many things I miss about Japan. The gyoza, rice, kimchi, and beer. Always better when shared with friends (like Jim and Mike #2).
Jan Bjorklund says
What a fun story, Jim! The photos are great, makes me wish I was there. I love the Army Band connection too. Mike# 1 and Mike# 2 are my era! And, such an interesting immigration story. Thanks!
Steve Williuams says
Great food and nice memories – Thanks Jim!
Thanks for reading!
Scott N Weaver says
Great story, great food and wonderful memories. Keep writing, Jim.
I now understand what you’ve meant by saying it’s about THE gyoza restaurant. Amazing story Jim. I’d love to try their gyoza.