Gyoza place near Chao Phraya River
We all love deliciously classic food with a twist, and even more so when it’s affordable. And boy, does Feng Zhu Gyoza tick all of the boxes.
Situated right next to River City shopping mall and Si Phraya pier, this gyoza spot was founded by a former office worker, Ms Jurairat Phromphayakul, or Moo.
This stall has been attracting a lot of attention thanks to their affordable gyoza selection and exciting fillings.
*Feng means good and Zhu means pig in Mandarin.
5 different fillings to choose from
Unlike your typical gyoza, Feng Zhu’s dough is exposed on the surface, revealing the fillings inside. You can also pair your gyoza with a choice of toppings here, creating even more variety in every bite.
Every flavour of dumpling shares the same price of ฿12 ( ~USD 0.39), while the toppings range from ฿3 – ฿5 ( ~USD 0.09 – 0.16). All fillings are pork-based, so pork lovers everywhere will love this.
Here are 5 fillings on the menu:
- Sam Kok (Thai celery root, garlic, and white pepper)
- 5 Mushrooms (Shiitake, white and black wood ear mushroom, oyster mushroom, and enokitake)
- Gang Hung Le (Northern Thai curry with tamarind base with a hint of ginger)
Adding more flavours and textures, you can choose 1 topping per piece from 4 choices:
- Torched cheese
- Japanese fish roe
- Salted egg yolk
- Spring onions
We’ve ordered all 5 fillings and each one came in a bite-sized piece. The original was a mouthful of juicy pork and familiar taste of cabbage and ginger wrapped in a thin layer of dough while Sam Kok offered a more intense flavour of celery and garlic with a kick of heat from white pepper.
If you like having textures in your food, 5 Mushroom is a must-try. It’s packed with ingredients like tender pork, soft oyster mushroom, and springy wood ear mushroom.
Arguably, Mala and Gung Hung Le gyoza are the ones people want to try the most. Good news for those who have sensitive palates, their mala is not as flaming hot as it’s always known for but still delicious and savoury with a hint of spice.
As for the northern Thai cuisine inspired Gang Hung Le, there’s a perfect balance of tamarind, peanuts, ginger, and chilli in each bite – creating a nice Thai and Chinese fusion.
To bring out more flavour, don’t forget to dip your dumplings in some tangy Chinese vinegar the stall has provided at each table.
Tired of 9-5 work
Ms Moo revealed that she has always wanted to have her own business, so she quit her office job and decided to open a shop.
She then brainstormed with a friend and figured out how to perfect the art of making gyoza.
And months later, Feng Zhu Gyoza was born and has made huge waves among Bangkokian foodies, which was a pleasant surprise to Ms Moo.
Despite Feng Zhu’s success, the idea of owning an ice cream shop was actually the first one to come to her mind – and Ms Moo didn’t abandon it either. In fact, she’s working on her ice cream shop too, called Cocoic, which is located right next to the gyoza stall.
Like stepping into old school Hong Kong
When we arrived, the entire place looked like it had popped out of a retro Honk Kong film set. An old-fashioned tiny tiled wall set the scene while old wooden doors leading into the cooking area added to the old school ambience.
Surprisingly, Ms Moo revealed that the design wasn’t intentional whatsoever. She wanted to limit the budget and came across local home material shops in the Chareon Krung area, where they had unsold tiles from previous decades left in their stock.
Stop by for a quick bite near Si Phraya pier
Though Feng Zhu is a humble stall, there are few sets of round tables and chairs provided outside. But if the place is too crowded, it’s better to get a takeaway.
If you find yourself taking a boat in the Chao Phraya river or near Hua Lamphong area, head to Feng Zhu Gyoza to nom on some tasty Thai-Chinese dumplings.
Feng Zhu Gyoza
Address: 2 Charoen Krung Rd Soi 30, Khwaeng Bang Rak, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
Opening Hours: 10AM – 8PM, Daily
Nearest Train Station: Hua Lamphong MRT station (Exit 1)