How to Make Gyoza (Japanese dumplings)

How to Make Gyoza (Japanese dumplings)

How to Make Gyoza Bento&co

Gyoza (餃子) are pan-fried Japanese dumplings filled with ground pork and vegetables wrapped in a thin dough wrapper. Gyoza originated in China (adapted from 'jiaozi' dumplings), and became a ubiquitous dish in restaurants across Japan following their introduction after the second World War. 

Check out our easy recipe for making delicious gyoza at home! Gyoza are great for making together with friends and family. As the saying goes, "many hands make light work", and you can enjoy a whole mountain of dumplings together! If you're lucky enough to have leftovers the next day, gyoza are the perfect addition to bento lunches.

Ingredients:

Gyoza wrappers (around 30-40 gyoza.
To make your own you'll need:

  • 2 3/4 cup (420 g) flour
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • 3/4 (200 ml) cold water

For the gyoza filling:

  • 1/3 lb (150 g) ground pork
  • 2 green nira, (garlic chives) (0.7 oz, 20 g )
  • 5 oz cabbage (2-3 leaves)

Seasonings for the gyoza filling:

  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 knob ginger (2cm, grated)
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) cooking sake
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/8 tsp pepper

Gyoza Dipping Sauce:

  • 1 Tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • Drizzle of Ra-Yu (Japanese Chili Oil)

Directions:

1. Mix flour, salt and water in a mixing bowl and knead for 15 to 20 minutes. Then let the dough rest in the bowl for one (1) hour.

2. Make balls of dough about 1inch (2.54cm) in diameter and then use a rolling pin to flatten each ball into a circle about 4inch (10 cm) in diameter. These are your gyoza wrappers! Sprinkle some flour/cornstarch on each wrapper and stack, covering with a damp kitchen towel until ready for use.

How to Make Gyoza Bento&co

3. Finely chop the cabbage and chives and add the salt.

4. In another large bowl, combine the cabbage, chives and ground pork. Then, add all of the seasonings (see list above) and mix well. This will be your gyoza filling.

5. Using a small spoon, place the a small ball of filling onto each dough circle. 

6. Wet your fingertips in a bowl of water and moisten the edge of each circle. Fold the dough in half (like a taco) but do not completely seal it. Using your thumb and index finger, bunch up the top edge of the dough once every couple of centimeters- moving from one side to the other. As you fold each bunch, press the folded dough tightly against the back part of the wrapper using your other thumb and index finger. Your finished product should look similar to the gyoza below.

How to Make Gyoza Bento&co

Not confident in your folding technique? Use our Gyoza Tool to make the perfect gyoza every time!

7. Put oil (preferably sesame) in a frying pan and heat over medium heat. Add the gyoza (as many as can fit flat in your pan). Cook until the underside of the gyoza turn a golden brown. 

8. Then, add a tablespoon of water, cover the pan with a lid and let the gyoza steam. Cooking is complete when all the water has evaporated.

9. Remove the gyoza from the pan and enjoy with dipping sauce!

How to Make Gyoza Bento&co

And now you're ready to eat!

Itadakimasu!

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