Gyoza Bento 餃子弁当

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Gyoza Bento Recipe |

Thank you so much for your positive feedback on Tonkatsu Bento, which was my very first bento on Bento Series.  Today I’m back with my next bento, Gyoza Bento.

I often hear from readers that children love all kinds of dumplings and that is also true for my children.  If I pack all kinds of nutritious ingredients inside of Gyoza hidden inside the wrap, they finish everything without hesitation – even ones that they resist to eat when they see the actual ingredient, such as green onion and other vegetables.  Homemade gyoza looks difficult to make, but the truth is once you know how to wrap it’s really easy to make.  Make the filling, wrap with gyoza wrappers, and pan fry them!

But I know, it’s a little tedious until you get used to it.  But don’t be intimidated – you can buy this helpful Gyoza Maker Mold online.  Place a gyoza wrapper on this tool, put the filling, and press, then it’s nicely sealed!

If you still don’t want to go through “homemade” hussle, then buy frozen pre-made gyoza, like ones from Trader Joe’s.  Whether gyoza is homemade or not, your Gyoza Bento have lots of LOVE from you!  Now let’s get started!

Previous Dinner was:

Gyoza |

Lunch Next Day:

  • Gyoza Bento
  • A small size box of fruits: strawberries and blueberries.
  • Water bottle

Gyoza Bento |

Here’s the recipe for Chikuwa Cucumber.

Chikuwa Cucumber |

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Gyoza Bento
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Serves: 1 Bento
  1. Fill up half of bento box with Japanese rice. Let it cool so that hot/warm rice will not warm up other cool food.
  2. Pan fry leftover gyoza or bake in a toaster oven until it's warm.
  3. Pack soy sauce in a sauce container (I bought in local Daiso. Check Amazon).
  4. Wash tomatoes and lettuce, and pat dry. Place nicely in the bento box along with broccoli.
  5. Pack cooled gyoza, Tamagoyaki and Chikuwa Cucumber.
  6. Sprinkle Furikake on top of slightly cooled rice.
  7. Cool down completely before closing the bento box.
[Please read FOOD SAFETY TIPS .]

If you are using a thermal bento box like Thermos, you do not need to cool down before closing lunch box.

This lunch is for my 6-year-old son.

* Cook broccoli florets in microwave: Put 1-2 broccoli florets in a small microwave-safe bowl/container. Fill with water and cover with plastic wrap. Microwave for a minute or so until it's a little bit soft (or you can blanch it as well). Drain well and let it cool.

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  1. I’ve recently started following your gorgeous blog. I love all the Japanese recipes as I am half Japanese and love home-cooked japanese food. My mother was japanese but unfortunately she passed when I was a teenager and she was such an amazing cook. Looking at your recipes reminds me of the food that she used to cook, very happy memories! Please check out my blog sometime! x

  2. Orchidea

    I love this bento… it looks so delicious I would like to bring it with me to work for lunch! And I like a lot the little soya container, so sweet.
    About the spforknigh you saw in my blog… I bought them last week for our mini holiday hiking on the mountains, they were perfect for eating our packet lunch in the woods. Here is the brand I bought “Light My Fire”:


  3. I’ve made your Gyoza some months back not realising that I have bought and used the wrong wrapper!! Got to make this again! Oh, I saw something new to me here…..Chikuwa Cucumber. The Chikuwa sold here in the supermarket is small and short.

  4. Bentos are edible works of art! Gyoza is similar to Brazilian Pastel, and I have recently made “pastel” myself and used one of these gadgets that worked really well!
    Your photos are always a feast for the eyes! Wonderful post!

  5. Eri

    Oh Nami I;m crazy about your bento posts my friend, this is just amazing, fantastic! Thank you so much my friend, sincerely, you are an inspiration for me.
    Have a great weekend!

  6. Looks wonderful Nami! How cute is that fish container too!? Adorable! I’ve never thought to put safety guidelines on my lunch posts, but that’s a great idea! I might have to add some so people know how to prepare and store the lunches. Thanks! Have a great weekend.


  7. I really salute moms who put in so much effort to make these bentos for their children! :) gyozas are great and definitely kid friendly, maybe one day i wil try to make it, after i have managed to find the gyoza mould !

  8. I love this bento box series Nami!! Those little bottles with soy sauce… so cute!! I don’t know any kid or adult who would not love to open this up at lunch time. I would want to eat at 10am if I knew this was waiting for me. :) Gorgeously done! Have a great weekend. ~ Ramona

  9. Oh Nami I would love to have one of those bentos for today’s lunch! You are right about Gyoza, Jon and Trinity would eat them up no matter what’s in the stuffing!

    I have never seen Chikuwa with cucumber stuffed in the center before, what a great idea! Gotta do that as a side dish real soon! I still can’t believe you make extra food to pack bento, that little tomato with the heart says a lot!

    What are y’all doing this weekend? It’s free museum day tomorrow at Houston, so I am hoping to see a few art museums. The science museum was a nut house the last time we went on free day, fine art was nice and quiet, so was the Menile Collection (The one where some prankster de-faced a Picasso recently). Hope you have a good one!

  10. I’m so jealous of your sons’ amazing lunches. I love gyoza and I have your recipe saved so I can try them soon. I bet it makes him so happy to open that at lunch time and know you cared so much to make it for him. Have a great weekend.

  11. I love your ‘step by step’ process for your recipes and posts. So helpful. Even if I don’t have kids at home anymore, I still pack a lunchbox now and then for myself or my husband. And if not, I’ll still make this recipe because we just love Gyoza anytime. Thanks for the inspiration, Nami!

  12. The entire lunch looks so tasty though the gyoza certainly has pride of place. I have a hand pie/empanada/gyoza maker device though the latter purpose would not occured to me until I saw the link you posted. I guess I have no excuse NOT to make them. One day. :)

  13. Dear Nami,

    Great recipe on hjow to make this delicious dumpling! I love gyoza especially when dipped into light red vinegar with a few fine slivers of fresh ginger. I think your kids’ lunchboxes will be the envy of all their school friiends!

  14. I dont mind have your Bento Box for my lunch, everything looks very tasty and pretty-)) A little container with soy sauce, how cute is that-)) Thank you Nami!!!

  15. Kimmi

    That fish-shaped container for the soy sauce is too cute! I’m always at a loss for how to store small seasonings and condiments without making a mess in my boxed lunch. I’m going to have to shop around for those…

    Thanks for posting the recipes for the side dishes too! I’ve never had chikuwa cucumber, but it looks like something fun to try. Your family is so lucky to have you prepare such nutritious lunches full of yummy eats and lots of love! =)

  16. Eha

    Well, being pretty taken in by gyoza since ‘it’ and I made acquaintance, this is more than a delightful bento box: could I be a genie, blink an eye, and have you make another one for my worktable each day also? [Oh? :(! OK!] Absolutely beautiful, Nami!!

  17. Nami, I actually made Gyozo once, I loved them so much but it was a lot of work (even if it was totally worth it) just because I am nowhere as efficient at the “folding” as I am, practice, practice, practice, you say, and I know and you are right…you make it look like fun and I will try again, maybe I will become more efficient this time around! Having said that, your bento looks so utterly amazing, I am a little speechless at all the effort you put into preparing your son`s lunch! Fantastic!

    Have a nice weekend!

  18. Nami your kids are so lucky! I always dreamed of getting a bento box as kids. u have to imagine that was impossible at that time in europe. lol So I had to just watch the anime characters wih their bentos. I had no idea what it tastes like, but it just looked amazing! ^.^

    You know whats the coolest item in the picture? the little soya fishi. hehe… XD

  19. Your bento posts will be my joyful accents of every week! Bentos, and especially yours, look so joyful and mood-improving! I love gyoza and I wonder why I have never thought of taking them into my lunch box… I know: I always prepare the whole package and we both love them so much… we rarely have leftovers for the following day 😉 I will make a double portion next time! Of course my gyoza, even when made with the dumpling tool, don’t look half as good as yours. I’m heading off to see the chikuwa cucumber recipe. It looks so mysterious and so typically Japanese!

  20. I want you to prepare my lunch!!! I would have loved to make bento lunches for my kids when they were younger…what a treat! Hope you have a lovely weekend, Nami~

  21. I love the trader joes pre-made ones, but home made is best. My husband first introduced these to me as ‘Mandu’, the Korean name. His parents had a good friend from Korea when he was growing up and she would make them for him all the time. Your kids are lucky :) Have a wonderful weekend.

  22. Wow! I’m so excited you’re doing a bento series! I love bentos! I’ve never done them myself but I also squeal over them when I see them on a blog. I totally squealed for yours :)

  23. Another beautiful bento box! I buy a huge bag of Gyoza from Costo on a regular basis. For lunch I’ll cook up a few and serve them with marinated cucumbers. Great little lunch. I’ve never seen the Chikuwa Cucumber. At first I thought it was a cucumber roll. I was surprised that it was cucumber inside a fish stick! Sounds so good! Something else to look for at the Asian market.

  24. Gyoza or dumplings in Chinese has always been one of my favorite. Like you I don’t mind making the dumplings from scratch at home because it is something that i can never get tired of. Thanks for sharing this lovely bento box recipe!

  25. Ah Nami! That’s such a cute box. Would love to have something like that for lunch right about now. The gyozas look perfect with that nice brown crust on them. Delish!

  26. It’s not just kids that like dumplings – most adults I know like them too! Some of us too much. 😉 Great looking bento. I’ve made gyoza, but it’s been years – I need to do it again. That top photo is so pretty. Good post – thank you.

  27. donna mikasa

    All I can say is your son is one lucky boy at lunchtime! I’ll bet everyone is jealous of his bentos! The chikuwa cucumber is a great addition, too. Love this bento series!

  28. Dear girl, I can see why so many people love your blog. The way you put together your food and your posts is simply inspiring. This bento box looks gorgeous. Part of eating is visual and this box hits the nail on the head. Thank you for sharing!

  29. I’ll be going back to Singapore soon and one stop I’ll have to make will be to go to Daiso to get myself some bento boxes and the awesome Gyoza maker! I’m jealous of your presentation skills as the bento looks so lovely and appetising!

  30. Your little guy has the coolest lunches ever! I wish I could be so creative and thoughtful. And where did you find that soy sauce dispenser? That is absolutely fantastic!!!! Your bento boxes are just too cool. :)

  31. This is an AMAZING bento box! I’d love it if anyone would make me a bento box! You’re children are so lucky Nami :) And i agreeit’s very important to ensure all food is cool and that it is reheated because it can be quite dangerous and not good if kiddies have food poisoning :(