Though I prefer that my family eats the dumplings I make from scratch, sometimes I don’t have time and my homemade stock in the freezer is gone so I like to have some store-bought dumplings as backup. Everytime I’m at a grocery store, I checkout their frozen dumpling selection for something to try. I wanted to share my thoughts with you on this blog. This is my personal criteria and preference for dumplings and I base all my judgement on these traits:
- Filling: great flavor, nice texture, lots of vegetables
- Skin: thin! It’s the wrapper for all the delicious goodness inside.
My first review will be on Trader Joe’s Thai Vegetable Gyoza. Gyoza is the japanese word for dumpling.
In looking at the ingredients list, I really liked there are no preservatives and artificial flavoring.
The dumplings are good size with flat bottoms and closed tight.
I pan fried the dumpling and followed the instructions to first sear the bottom and then add water to steam cook.
The bottoms seared nicely.
- strong onion and ginger taste that over-powered any vegetable taste. I personally like to taste vegetables in a vegetable dumpling.
- very mushy. I like some texture in the filling.
- thin, just the way I like it.
Summary: I really liked that there are no preservatives and artificial flavoring and the thin skin. The filling was too onion-y for me and because of this, I will not be buying these for my emergency reserves.
Mama on a mission to find the best store-bought dumpling,