Jeffrey Chen is a passionate craftsman. He's not much of a talker, but the few words he says hold substance. "American people have no patience." It is true -- patience is indeed a virtue, one that the Japanese have certainly mastered and is evident in Momi Gyoza Bar's signature dish: kamameshi hot pot rice. It takes 25 minutes to prepare, but its fixings -- which include pig ear, chicken heart, eel, or oxtail -- make it worth the wait.
Photos by Carla Torres Pretty little thangs.
In the meantime, chow down on one of the 12 dumpling, gyoza, and dim sum varieties that Chen kneads by hand, as he does with noodles at his neighboring ramen shop.
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