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  • Writer's pictureHeather Green

Pork Fried Dumplings and Tamagoyaki for Chinese New Year!

Updated: Dec 29, 2023

I'm going to show you how to make pork fried dumplings for Chinese New Year! It's a fun recipe that can involve many people in the dumpling-making process. I'll also show you how to make a "Tamagoyaki, " a Japanese rolled omelet that can be frozen and placed in a bento box for lunch!


Pork Fried Dumplings:


  • 1 package dumpling / gyoza wrappers

  • 1 pound ground pork

  • 3 green onions chopped finely

  • 1-2 (or 2-3 if you're like me) garlic cloves chopped finely or jarred pre-minced

  • 2 tsps grated fresh ginger

  • 1 tsp soy sauce

  • 3 cups chopped napa cabbage chopped finely


1.) Mix all the ingredients except wrappers and fold as seen in the video.

How to cook:

1.) Turn heat to medium-low on your stove. Place about 1-2 Tbsp sesame oil in a pan.

2.) Wait until the oil is warm and place the gyozas flat side down. Fry it for 2 minutes.

3.) Using a pot lid as a shield, pour water into the pan and close it with the lid to steam the dumplings.

4.) Cook for 8 minutes until the skin becomes soft and a little translucent and the water is all evaporated.

5.) Remove the lid and let any remaining water evaporate.

6.) Add another 1-2 tbsp sesame oil and let the dumplings fry 2-5 minutes. It’s important not to try to move them before 2 minutes as the bottom may be stuck to the pan and the skin will tear!

7.) Once the dumplings can be removed from the pan. Let it rest for a couple of minutes. Freeze cooked and add to your bento, or microwave 1-1 1/2 minutes for a meal.

Recipe for Tamagoyaki (rolled egg omelet)


  • 1 Tsp mirin

  • 1 Tsp soy sauce

  • 2 Tsp sugar

  • 3 eggs

(fillings: in this video, I use 1 sheet of Nori/seaweed, you can also use ham, ham, and cheese, cheese, imitation crab, etc


1.) Mix everything except your fillings together and pour a 4th of it into a tamagoyaki pan. Let it solidify, add your toppings, and start to curl down the top of the roll until you are about 3/4 of the way down. Move the roll up the pan and add another 4th of the mixture. Repeat adding the filling and rolling and adding mix, until it's depleted. Once fully rolled, move to a cutting board and allow to rest for a few minutes. Cut the ends off (feel free to eat these to gauge the flavor and then cut them into six pieces. Either eat as is or freeze and add pieces, frozen to a bento.

I hope you liked this video as well as the recipes. Hopefully, this makes your lunch something to look forward to! Please let me know what you think in the comments below!

Thank you and I hope you have a wonderful day,

-Heather Autumn


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