How many gyoza can you eat in 10 minutes? The small pan-fried Japanese dumplings are easy enough to pop in your mouth, three at a time. But could you stomach more than 200 dumplings in one sitting for gyoza glory?
On Aug. 16, the eighth annual Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship returns to Little Tokyo as part of the Nisei Week festival. Professional and amateur eaters from around the country will try to down as many gyoza as they can in 10 minutes.
The stars from the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest have signed up to participate, including eight-time hot dog eating champion Joey Chestnut and this year's female champion, Miki Sudo. The current world record holder and champ is Matt Stonie, who managed to eat 268 gyoza.
The winner will receive $2,000 and the title of gyoza eating champion. Cash prizes are also awarded to contestants who place second through 10th.
The gyoza throwdown will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission to the event is $5.
L.A. City Lot behind MOCA, 160 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, niseiweek.org.