Have you ever thought about making your own homemade Japanese Gyoza wrappers? It only requires 3 ingredients and it is easier than you think. So let’s make Gyoza wrappers at home with my easy to follow step by step photo instructions!
What are Gyoza Wrappers?
Gyoza is delicious Japanese dumplings or potstickers. And Gyoza wrappers are a white pastry that wraps around the filling. They are made out of wheat flour, salt and oil. The Japanese gyoza wrapper is quite thin compared to the Chinese one and so finding Japanese gyoza wrappers from your local supermarkets can be difficult. Let’s make it at home!
What Ingredients are Required?
Basically, only 3 ingredients are required- flour, salt, and oil as well as water. You do not have to get special oriental ingredients which you can not buy from your local supermarket. I used Japanese brand flour just because I am more familiar with it but it’s not necessary.
Which flour to Use?
There are basically three types of flour that are generally used and readily available in Japan: Hakurikiko, Churikiko and Kyorikiko. All three words end in ‘riki (strength)’ and ‘-ko (flour)’. The difference is how much gluten it contains. Haku(thin)rikiko contains 7-9% gluten. Chu(middle)rikiko contains 10-12% gluten. Kyo(strong)rikiko contains 13-15% gluten.
Churikiko is equivalent to All purpose flour which is great for gyoza wrappers and udon noodles
So I mixed cake flour and bakers flour to make all-purpose flour. If you have all-purpose flour, just use it.
Size of Gyoza Wrappers
How big and thin are gyoza wrappers? Japanese Gyoza wrappers are typically about 4 inches (10cm) across and 0.04 inch(1mm) thick.
2 Methods to Make Perfect & Unified Size Gyoza Wrappers.
There are a couple ways to make the round shaped wrappers:
1 . Divide the dough into two, roll out one dough at a time to about 1-2mm (0.07inch) thickness. Cut out with an 11cm (4.3inch) round cookie cutter.
2. Divide dough into two. Roll to a cylinder shape (looking like a sausage) and cut about 2cm(0.78inch) each from the end. Roll the cuts into a small ball. Using a small rolling pin, roll out each ball to 1-2 mm thin round wrappers.
I personally prefer method 1. It is easier to make unified sized wrappers than with method 2. I think the second method requires more skill.
What Dishes do you Use it for?
Q1 : Can you buy Gyoza Wrappers?
A: Yes. You can buy Gyoza Wrappers from supermarkets. I found the ready-made Gyoza Wrappers are not like what I used to buy in Japan. They are quite thick. If you want a Japanese one, you can get them from Japanese grocery stores. You will find it in their freezer section.
Q2 : How to store Gyoza Wrappers?
A : They will keep for 3-4 days in the fridge. If you have leftover and not going to use it in 3-4 days, you can place parchment sheet in between the wrappers and then wrap them with cling wrap. Then place it in a ziplock bag and freeze. It will last about a month. Defrost naturally in the fridge to re-use.
Q3 : How to thaw Gyoza Wrappers
A : Defrost naturally in the fridge to thaw. Take them out of freezer and leave it in fridge before hand.
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- 100 g Plain flour *1 1 cup
- 100 g Bread flour 1 cup
- 100 ml boiling hot water 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp + 1 tsp
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp Sesame seed oil *2
- Place plain flour and bread flour in a large mixing bowl and stir.
- Add boiling hot water and combine them all together with a pair of chopsticks to make like crumble.
- Add sesame seed oil and continue to mix them all together.
- When it becomes crumbled, use your hands to squash them together to make a ball.
- Wrap with cling wrap and rest for about 30 minutes.
- Remove the cling wrap and knead the dough for a few minutes on a lightly floured bench top. When the dough surface becomes smooth, cover with cling wrap again and rest it for further 30 minutes.
- Divide the dough into two equal amounts. Roll out flat on a lightly floured surface to about 0.04 inch thick(1mm) with a rolling pin.
- Cut out the dough into a round shape using a 4 inch (11cm) diameter large cooking cutter.
- Continue to cut with the cutter until all dough is cut out. It will make about 30 wrappers.
- Remove excess flour before using it to wrap the filling.