Gyoza Cooking Class - online and interactive with Maction Planet

Online Gyoza Cooking Class

Maction Planet is proud to announce a new Online Interactive Gyoza Cooking Class and Talk Show on 21 March 2021 featuring Mac, Founder and Lead Guide of Maction Planet, and Nahoko from At Home with Nahoko Cooking Classes.

On 21 March 2021 (JST), Mac and Nahoko will hold a very special online Gyoza cooking class. Together, they will teach you how to make Gyoza using ingredients you can easily obtain wherever you live.

What is Gyoza?

Gyoza needs little introduction given the boom in its popularity in the west over the last decade. A thin wheat flour wrapping with a filling of meat or vegetables, gyoza dumplings can be boiled, steamed, or fried.

Their origin stems from China, where they are called jiaozi, possibly due to the dumplings’ horn shape (the Chinese word for ‘horn’ is jiao.) Gyoza is the Japanese pronunciation of jiaozi!

Japanese soldiers became familiar with jiaozi when they were stationed in China during World War II. When the soldiers returned home, they wanted jiaozi and thus the gyoza, the Japanese variant, was born.

Today, gyoza is found as an appetizer or side dish in many Japanese restaurants, especially ramen shops. We’ll be teaching you how to make yaki gyoza, the traditional Japanese gyoza, and serve it Shizuoka-style, a unique variant where bean sprouts are placed in the middle of the plate as a palate cleanser. Absolutely delicious!

Sign me up!

Two sessions will be held: 08:00 JST and at 19:00 JST to cater to your time zone.

08:00 JST:

  • New York/Toronto: 19:00 (20 March)
  • Los Angeles: 16:00 (20 March)
  • Sydney: 10:00

19:00 JST:

  • London: 10:00
  • Paris/Berlin: 11:00
  • Hong Kong/Singapore: 18:00
  • Sydney: 21:00

The class will last around 3 hours and is limited to 20 groups per session.

Readers of this blog and followers of Maction Planet social media can book direct for ¥4490 per group. Email us at to sign up. 

After booking, we’ll send you details of the ingredients and utensils you’ll need for the class.

Entertaining and Educational

Nahoko started Japanese cooking classes for foreign travellers to Tokyo three years ago, and since then has taught over 250 students from all over the world. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she has switched to hosting online classes via Zoom which have proven to be extremely popular.

Mac will talk about Japanese food culture and share many stories about life in Japan, bringing his expertise on Japanese culture, history, food and drink, baseball, sumo, music… As Nahoko says, “Even I am constantly learning from him and I am from Japan!”

This is an interactive class, different from anything on Instagram Live or YouTube. You will be able to converse with Mac and Nahoko during the class. You can ask us questions about Japan and your cooking during the class. All of the participants can show each other their Gyoza. We will all be saying ‘itadakimasu‘ and eating our bentos at the same time.

The prior classes have proven extremely popular. Here is a Tripadvisor review from Dudley in Ohio, US who has joined all our cooking classes since inception!:

Online Japanese Food Cooking Class review

Fun and delicious! You can feel like you are in Tokyo. Don’t miss it!

Email to take part in this special online Gyoza cooking class.

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