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Oct 20, 2009 09:55 PM

Healthy Gyoza? Best Gyoza Ever at Haru Ulala

Just went to Haru Ulala for lunch. I don't think people know they are open for lunch. I didn't and walked in. Only 2 people there around 12:30pm. Normally I go at night for the izakaya dishes.

The best gyoza ever! They are handmade, with a thinner skin and no excess wrapping. The chef says its made with no hormones or msg and fresh kurobuta pork, cabbage, leek, and garlic.

Ordered Ginger Pork lunch specials ($8.95) and Chicken Karaage ($7.95) that came with 3 pc gyoza, rice, miso soup and salad.

Had 5 or 6 varieties. We ordered a veggie gyoza on the side. Regular was tasty could use a little more pork. The veggie was out of this world with tofu, spinach and tomato.

Several dipping sauces for gyoza. Jalapeno and spicy mayo dips were good. Preferred the traditional version and they had the chili which was great.

Would go back again. I think they want to be like Din Tai Fung or Dumpling House for gyoza. They do a poor job of marketing. Food is good not great. I would come for the gyoza alone.

Haru Ulala
368 E. 2nd St
Los Angeles CA 90012

Haru Ulala
368 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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  1. I'm partial to the gyoza at Daikokuya. Poper amount of crunchy charred bottom, and a flavorful filling that's similar to how I make them at home. Have you had had Daikokuya's, and how does Halu Urara's compare?

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    1. re: Professor Salt

      I'm partial to the ones at Tokyo Cafe around the corner on Judge John Aiso street for the same reasons you're fond of the ones at Daikokuya. In fact, I'm even more fond of them because they cost less and you get more of them. They have that same homemade, crispy soul that the ones at Daikokuya have.

      The best strategy is to put your name down for the interminable wait at Daikokuya, go around the corner and eat your gyoza appetizer at Tokyo Cafe, and return just in time to swoop up your prized booth seat at Daikokuya.

      Mr Taster

      1. re: Mr Taster

        The gyoza at Tokyo Cafe are wonderful. I've never had any gyoza I've liked more than these.

        1. re: Mr Taster

          Anything else worth mentioning at Tokyo Cafe? I literally work down the street in the Roybal Building.

            1. re: taiwanesesmalleats

              It's famous for a Japanese style cha shu , shu mai , hot mustard sauce combination plate. It's addictive to some people. They will drive 30 miles one way for lunch. Pretty much everything on the menu is real good.

              1. re: taiwanesesmalleats

                combo plate! shu mai and cha shu over rice...that is the only thing i get at tokyo cafe

            2. re: Professor Salt

              I don't remember Daikokuya's gyoza well. I normally get Kotteri style ramen with katsudon. Next time will go back to compare.

              The main difference I noticed is Haru Ulala's gyoza has less wonton skin wrapping so you can really taste the filing and the cabbage, leek, and garlic were fresh. It's crispy like Shinsengumi except bigger. The quality of the ingredients stood out.

              Next time I plan on getting the Stamina (Extra Garlic) and Ebi Shiso Gyoza. I am not vegetarian, but I liked it better than the regular gyoza.

              I'm surprised by their variety and the chef mentioned he plans on making a mochi cheese gyoza. I'll take pics next time. =)

              1. re: kiwi01

                Ebi shiso? Mochi cheese? Dayum. Need to get here and try this place.

            3. Chabuya on Sawtelle has an alarmingly good gyoza as well.