First Bites

Momi Gyoza Bar: Dim Sum and Hot Pot Rice Galore (Photos)

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.

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.

See also: Ramen Mania Sweeps Miami Restaurants

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Carla Torres found her inner gourmand voice while writing for Miami New Times in 2012. She has also worked with Travel & Leisure and Ocean Drive and today is involved with a tech startup. She balances passions for wine, sweets, yoga, and kayaking.