My family is from Yokohama, Japan, which means one thing that is a necessity for me to eat there or bring back to the states are Kiyoken’s Yokohama Shumai.
Kiyoken shumai is one of the soul foods of Yokohama. Shumai is considered a meibutsu (famous product associated with a certain region) since Yokohama has a very famous Chinatown. Kiyoken’s brand in particular started in Yokohama in 1859 and has since skyrocketed in popularity.
The shumai is sold in boxes wrapped in bright red paper (or sometimes the boxes are bright red themselves). They are typically found at train stations kisoks and shops where you can get ready-made Kiyoken Shumai bento to eat on the go or at department stores. Due to their popularity, they also sell vacuum sealed shumai (see above) so you can travel with them and they won’t go bad!
Compared to typical shumai, these are pretty small and chewy but totally packed with flavor. The inside is mostly good quality Japanese pork mixed with scallops so it is very meaty as opposed to having a lot of veggies (which is what makes it so dense and chewy). If you get the bento box, they are known for having these really cute ceramic soy sauce containers as well as the hot mustard to pair with the shumai. The vacuum packed version is for travel so it doesn’t have this but this does come with the hot mustard that you can mix in with your soy sauce.
If you ever are in the Yokohama area, I highly recommend either grabbing a bento box to eat or a box to take home! I just brought some boxes back last month from Japan but I’m definitely asking my mom to bring back more when she goes back this month.