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Making Gyōza (Dumplings)

26 Jan


I had read a little about making dumplings or gyoza on Lunch in a Box to use for leftovers.  I love, love dumplings, so the next time I was in H-mart, I looked for the wrappers and bought 3 or 4 different brands of frozen wrappers.

I decided to make some for a small party using the recipe on the back of one of the packages, but of course, I didn’t have all the ingredients.  So, I just used as many ingredients as I had and filled in the gaps with what I did have.  They were super easy to make and such a big hit, I decided to write down my faked out recipe.


  • 12oz Can  Cooked Chicken Breast
  • 1 Cup Bagged Cole Slaw (no dressing)
  • 3 Chopped Green Onions
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp White Wine
  • Dash of Ginger
  • 1 tsp Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Assembly Instructions

  • Mix all ingredients well.
  • Place 2 tsp of mixture into center of wrapper.
  • Moisten finger in water run your finger one half of the outer edge of the wrapper, be careful as too much water will prevent a good seal.
  • Fold wrapper in half to form a semi-circle.
  • At this point, you can simply crimp the edge with your fingers at this point or pleat to make the traditional dumpling shape… doesn’t matter.
  • (To see the steps for pleating see the fabulous pictures at Lunch in a Box)

Cooking Instructions

  • Place dumplings in a hot, well-oiled nonstick deep skillet
  • Fry until bottoms are just shy of golden brown
  • Pour in about a 1/2 cup of water, cover immediately and allow dumplings to steam 5 minutes and water is evaporated or until soft, adding water as needed
  • Allow the bottoms to reach golden brown and remove from pan

Dipping Sauce

  • 1/2 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbps Honey
  • 1/2 tsp Oil
  • Mix well


Making a Furoshiki Purse

19 Jan

Furoshiki Purse

My first REAL bento box came with a matching colored napkin that I just tossed in a drawer until I discovered it was a Furoshiki!  A furoshiki is a traditional wrapping cloth and was meant to be folded and tied into a little carrier for the bento that would late become a table cloth or napkin!

A little research online and poof, I can make a cute little “purse” for O to carry her bento.

You, too can learn to wrap all kinds of things at…

Fabulous Furikake

12 Jan

Adult vs Anime Furikake

The last time I went to H-Mart, I picked up a couple of packages of furikake after reading about it on another blog.  It has been in my bin of dry filler ingredients since then partially because I couldn’t read anything on the packaging. I have no idea what in the world I bought.  One is the “only in Japan” crazy-colorful anime packaging obviously intended for kids (I think) and the other is in much more conservative packaging.

The anime furikake comes in small, single-serving envelopes, so this is the one I decided to open and pack into my lunch.  OMG!  (I hate that phrase, but it actually applies this time… apologies.)  It may even be bad furikake, I don’t know, but I love it.  I already love sushi rice and eat more than I should, but this stuff makes it even better!

The single serving envelopes make it super easy to pack in the lunch, but actually sprinkling the furikake on top would certainly add some decoration to plain rice.  The next trip to H-Mart will definitely bring more fabulous furikake into my life!