Easy Japanese Recipes

Gyoza Bento 餃子弁当

Gyoza Bento Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com 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 | JustOneCookbook.com

Lunch Next Day:

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

Gyoza Bento | JustOneCookbook.com

I’ll be adding all the side dishes that we can put in bento box on a new page called Bento Food.  You can find Chikuwa Cucumber recipe in there.

Chikuwa Cucumber | JustOneCookbook.com

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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.

Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe in your own words and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.


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  • Julia September 14, 2012, 12:57 am

    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

  • Orchidea September 14, 2012, 1:01 am

    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”:


  • Mel September 14, 2012, 2:07 am

    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.

  • Belinda @zomppa September 14, 2012, 3:24 am

    I don’t know why anyone WOULDN’T like dumplings!

  • chinmayie @ love food eat September 14, 2012, 3:26 am

    That’s one pretty lunch box! I really like gyoza but I don’t make it often enough at home. May be I should :)

  • Renata September 14, 2012, 3:36 am

    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!

  • Choc Chip Uru September 14, 2012, 3:44 am

    You have revolutionised lunch boxes my friend :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking September 14, 2012, 4:27 am

    Now I want to be your kid, hahaha…Enzo is really one lucky child! Love this Bento too…

  • Hotly Spiced September 14, 2012, 4:52 am

    Hi Namie, Your Gyozas look amazing. I love how you plated them. I wish I could reach through the screen and grab a few. So fabulous. What a great snack xx

  • Jen @ Savory Simple September 14, 2012, 5:08 am

    Another beautiful bento! I wish my lunches had been this exciting when I was growing up (or even when I had a 9-5 and packed my own).

  • Eri September 14, 2012, 5:30 am

    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!

  • Kate from Scratch September 14, 2012, 6:06 am

    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.


  • Ann@Anncoo Journal September 14, 2012, 6:28 am

    I love Gyoza and homemade is the best :)

  • Esther September 14, 2012, 6:43 am

    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 !

  • Ramona September 14, 2012, 6:52 am

    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

  • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals September 14, 2012, 6:55 am

    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!

  • Rosa September 14, 2012, 7:21 am

    Mouthwatering and beautiful!



  • Stephanie September 14, 2012, 7:34 am

    Another great bento!

    So that’s how chikuwa cucumber is made. I always wondered..

  • Gina September 14, 2012, 8:35 am

    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.

  • Elizabeth @Mango_Queen September 14, 2012, 9:30 am

    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!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) September 14, 2012, 9:34 am

    I love gyoza – I’d love this for lunch!

  • Cassie September 14, 2012, 11:04 am

    I love gyoza, this is a great bento box! I need to try Trader Joe’s version too!

  • dassana September 14, 2012, 11:19 am

    i am just loving your bento series. i wish my mom would put so many nice goodies in my tiffin box when i was a kid :-(

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious September 14, 2012, 11:25 am

    You inspire me to make Asian food! And gyoza has been on my bucket list for so long! I think I’ll finally have to tackle this ASAP!

  • A_Boleyn September 14, 2012, 11:51 am

    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. :)

  • ChopinandMysaucepan September 14, 2012, 2:28 pm

    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!

  • Yelena September 14, 2012, 2:51 pm

    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!!!

  • Giulietta | Alterkitchen September 14, 2012, 3:56 pm

    Ohhhh, I love gyoza!! Why can’t I have a bento like this?!

  • Candice September 14, 2012, 4:43 pm

    Looks delicious! Your son is so lucky, Nami. =)

  • Sandra September 14, 2012, 5:43 pm

    Looks like my first comment disappeared. This lunch looks like it took hours to put together and it’s so creative. Your son must be thrilled!

  • Jenn and Seth September 14, 2012, 5:50 pm

    i just love the bento series! this is a wonderful lunch!

  • Kimmi September 14, 2012, 6:13 pm

    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! =)

  • Jeannie September 14, 2012, 7:41 pm

    Not only children will enjoy this bento, I would love to bring it along with me to work as well:D Looks really inviting and yummy!

  • yummychunklet September 14, 2012, 7:44 pm

    Everything looks so delicious in that bento!

  • Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover September 14, 2012, 8:00 pm

    I am so happy you set up a new page for only Bento, yahoo! i can go there to get bento ideas! Never had chikuwa cucumber, will hop over to find out the recipe. Happy Weekend Nami.

  • Eha September 14, 2012, 8:25 pm

    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!!

  • Andrea September 14, 2012, 11:03 pm

    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!

  • Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb September 15, 2012, 4:13 am

    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

  • Sissi September 15, 2012, 4:25 am

    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!

  • Tiffany September 15, 2012, 5:08 am

    Another awesome Bento Nami! Beautiful… and that gyoza! YUM!!!! Have a great weekend! HUGS!

  • Asmita September 15, 2012, 5:50 am

    Looks wonderful!

  • Liz September 15, 2012, 8:18 am

    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~

  • Muna Kenny September 15, 2012, 9:24 am

    It’s fun to be your kid! I want that Bento box :)

  • Rhonda September 15, 2012, 9:26 am

    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.

  • Valerie Brunmeier September 15, 2012, 1:41 pm

    These bentos are so cute! My boys have always loved dumplings and so do I. I’m afraid I’ve only purchased the ready made variety but I bet they are so delicious made from scratch.

  • Parsley Sage September 15, 2012, 4:27 pm

    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 :)

  • foodwanderings September 15, 2012, 5:57 pm

    What a fun fun series. Healthy and delicious too. I have been craving dumplings recently and decided I could live on them for the rest of my life. Your bento boxes are absolutely adorable!

  • Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious September 15, 2012, 6:28 pm

    I would love this for lunch! :) Beautifully done, Nami, as always :)

  • Lynna September 15, 2012, 6:39 pm

    Your children are so lucky. This bento is terribly cute and I`m terrible jealous! LOL. Too cute! Plus, Gyoza is only of my favorite foods!

  • Adrian (What the Heck is Filipino Food) September 15, 2012, 7:37 pm

    You are seriously, the queen of Bento boxes. The QUEEN!!!!

    I’ve learnt so much about Japanese food from your blog. OMG!!

  • chewoutloud September 15, 2012, 7:49 pm

    ooh, everything that is delicious all in one bento :) love, love it. thanks for sharing all your asian inspired goodies, nami!

  • mjskit September 15, 2012, 7:54 pm

    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.

  • Fern @ To Food with Love September 16, 2012, 3:25 am

    You make bento-making sound so easy Nami! And so pretty and appetizing too. Love the idea of the chikuwa cucumber!

  • Blackswan September 16, 2012, 3:50 am

    U make even the simplest food seems so delicious! My Japanese would order gyoza whenever we’re out & never get sick of it. Lol! Happy bento making!

  • Yi @ Yi Resevation September 16, 2012, 6:20 am

    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!

  • The Café Sucré Farine September 16, 2012, 6:48 am

    Nami, I wish I was your neighbor and could sit at your feet and learn all these wonderful recipes you post. I’d be a happy taste-tester for anything you’d make!

  • Hyosun Ro September 16, 2012, 8:02 am

    Omg I’d love this for my lunch every day! I’m sorry I haven’t been leaving comments lately. I’ve been so busy. Hope you’re doing well, Nami.

  • Divya September 16, 2012, 8:55 am

    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!

  • Mi Vida en un Dulce September 16, 2012, 9:13 am

    Nami, you are making a great job with the Bento series. Your kids are so lucky…!!!

  • kitchenriffs September 16, 2012, 10:48 am

    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.

  • Shirley September 16, 2012, 11:08 am

    Nami, can you be my mom? :) I would love to have this for lunch! Won tons and potstickers are so popular in our house, we usually don’t have leftovers.

  • Kate@Diethood September 16, 2012, 11:23 am

    Nami, that looks so good!! I want that lunch box…your food included. :)

  • donna mikasa September 16, 2012, 1:47 pm

    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!

  • Martyna @ Wholesome Cook September 16, 2012, 6:31 pm

    I am so going to make your Gyoza recipe Nami. I think after Takoyaki, it’s my favourite Japanese appetiser probably because I grew up eating Polish dumplings, and dumplings are really, the best thing in the world!

  • Monet September 16, 2012, 8:59 pm

    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!

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef September 16, 2012, 9:40 pm

    Your son’s friends must love to watch him open his lunchbox. I know I would! What a lovely lunch for anyone!

  • Jen Laceda | Tartine and Apron Strings September 16, 2012, 9:46 pm

    I am really enjoying this series! Keep up the good work, Nami! I find myself excited to see what you have in store for your son’s lunch, hehe. I’m sure your son is also excited to see inside his bento box! I wouldn’t blame him. You make the most delicious bento boxes!

  • Baker Street September 16, 2012, 10:14 pm

    I love this bento, Nami! I only wish you’d pack me one too!

  • vianney September 16, 2012, 11:29 pm

    We love benots and are always trying to find new additions to our bento boxes! thanks~~ My daughter loves to make gyoza, alot of work, but so well worth it~

  • Raymund September 17, 2012, 12:38 am

    Wow I want to have that for lunch, definitely kids would love that.

  • Reem | Simply Reem September 17, 2012, 6:59 am

    I love Bento…
    Have to try this one, quick question Nami where can we buy these cute bento sauce containers?

  • bakerbynature September 17, 2012, 10:29 am

    I’ll say it again: Your son is a lucky little boy! If you ever need an extra kid to feed, I’m moving in!

  • Sylvia@Peaches and Donuts September 17, 2012, 1:20 pm

    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!

  • The Squishy Monster September 17, 2012, 1:56 pm

    This looks nothing short of amazing! I haven’t had a bento box–with or without gyoza in FOREVER!

  • Kristy September 17, 2012, 7:04 pm

    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. :)

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts September 18, 2012, 6:11 pm

    I am going to have to start cooking through your recipes to get us used to some Japanese food before our trip! I would eat this lunch in a second, looks great!

  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet September 19, 2012, 7:10 pm

    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 :(

  • Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) September 20, 2012, 7:26 am

    What a great series for your site. I know you prepared this for your 6-year old but I’d really enjoy it, too. I’ve never tried to make my own gyoza but you make it sound easy. Love the little soy sauce container. :)

  • Nic@diningwithastud September 20, 2012, 8:02 pm

    You’re so great Nami :) my all time favourite are gyoza and a must order – especially if they’re pan fried. Im off to buy a gyoza maker ;)

  • Delishhh September 21, 2012, 8:32 pm

    I love Gyoza and this Bento box is for me :)

  • Food Jaunts September 22, 2012, 8:58 am

    Aw so fun. That looks like an excellent lunch bento, your son is so lucky!

  • Debra September 29, 2012, 11:06 pm

    That looks so nice. Who wouldn’t enjoy opening that for lunch? :)