Your friends have dropped a surprise visit or it’s your turn to host a play date for a few kids and you’re in charge of providing snacks that are certain to be a hit. Enter the gyoza – these reasonably healthy snack options are fast to cook and very tasty. In the latest instalment of our Let’s Try It series, we taste test three frozen gyoza brands and pair them with a simple Thai-style noodle salad.

Gyoza is similar to Chinese-style potstickers like guo tie and jiaozi, except they tend to be smaller and more delicate. Its filling is a mixture of finely minced chicken or pork and vegetables such as Chinese cabbage and chives. Gyoza can be steamed, boiled or pan-fried which makes them really versatile and convenient as a great snack or part of a meal. Watch the video review here:

How our review works

We tested three brands of frozen gyoza and ask: What’s in their fillings? How well do they pan-fry? How do they compare in size and taste?

FairPrice Chive Dumplings, $6.55 (675g)
CP Pork And Chicken Gyoza With Chive, $6.50 (407g, or 20pcs)
Seawaves Chinese Chive Dumplings, $7.25 (675g)
*Prices are correct as of September 2020.

How does the filling of the different brands of frozen gyoza compare?

Fairprice
Filling contains soya bean curd, chives, spring onions, cabbage, radish, garlic, ginger and spices.

CP
Filling contains pork, chicken and chives, fermented rice and mallow leaves. The packet of frozen dumplings also includes one sachet of dipping sauce which contains fried garlic, red chilli, soya sauce and vinegar.

Seawaves
Filling contains soya bean curd, chives, spring onions, cabbage, radish, garlic, ginger and spices. It comes in a resealable packaging, which makes it easier to store in the freezer.

How do they compare in pan-frying methods?

Fairprice

  • Pre-heat non-stick pan
  • Fry defrosted dumplings for 3-4 minutes till the bottom is golden brown
  • Add 2 tbsp of water around the dumplings
  • Cover the pan with a lid and cook for one more minute

CP

  • Pre-heat non-stick pan
  • Add 1 tsp of vegetable before adding the dumplings
  • Cook over medium heat until the bottom is golden brown
  • Add one-third cup of water and cover to cook for 5 minutes

Seawaves

  • Pre-heat non-stick pan
  • Fry defrosted dumplings for 3-4 minutes till the bottom is golden brown
  • Add 2 tbsp of water around the dumplings
  • Cover the pan with a lid and cook for one more minute

We paired the gyozas with a Thai-style noodle salad. Get the recipe here.

How do the frozen gyozas compare in size and taste?

Fairprice

  • Tastes delicate and mild
  • Soya bean curd acts like a meat alternative, and actually tastes meaty
  • Goes well with Thai sweet chilli sauce

CP

  • Biggest in size
  • Tastiest, as this has been cooked in oil and contains additional ingredients
  • Sweeter than the others
Seawaves_Frozen-Gyoza

Seawaves

  • Very similar in taste and size to Fairprice’s frozen gyozas
  • Soya bean curd acts like a meat alternative, and tastes meaty as well
  • Goes well with Thai sweet chilli sauce

Real Life Review:

Fairprice Chive Dumplings
CP Pork and Chicken Gyoza with Chives
Seawaves Chinese Chive Dumplings

3 Must-Know Facts:

1. The versatile gyoza is a great addition to a salad, but it’s also delicious as a snack on its own. The frozen option is fast to cook and it’s fun for the kids too.

2. As it is very easy to eat a whole plate of dumplings, you want to avoid ones that have been completely deep fried if you’re trying to watch your diet. Steamed or boiled dumplings are the best option, with pan-fried dumplings being the slightly healthier alternative to deep-fried dumplings.

3. Although all three brands tested today contain vegetables, you’re probably getting more protein and carbohydrates from the dumplings. Therefore, it’s crucial to load up on the veggies. That’s why we prefer to serve a few pieces of lightly fried gyoza on a bed of noodle salad!

Overall Review:

Frozen gyoza is a convenient alternative to making it from scratch. Steaming or boiling the dumplings are the healthiest option, but you can lightly pan-fry them too if you’re trying to cut down on the fat. The Fairprice and Seawaves brand gyozas go well with the noodle salad and the sweet chilli sauce, while the CP brand is tasty enough to be eaten on its own without any dipping sauce.


Meet our reviewer: Trish Caddy is a trained restaurant chef and a food trend analyst. Raised in Singapore and England, she is proud of her Cantonese and British heritage and loves all kinds of Asian and Singapore cuisine and fusion food. You can see more of her food experiments at @dishheads on Instagram.