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Frozen Xiao Long Bao etc. question

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Having just commenced the daunting task of remodeling our kitchen, I'm left with a refrigerator, rice cooker, microwave, electric kettle and toaster in my study, erm, temporary kitchen.

Yesterday, I went to Shanghai restaurant (Oakland Chinatown) and purchased frozen wontons, potstickers and xiao long bao.

Now to my question - can I pop frozen xiao long bao in boiling soup in my rice cooker a la wonton soup? Can I boil them in water in my rice cooker? Or blasphemously, can I microwave them?

My next project is a hunt for frozen tamales (that will have to be microwaved, of course). Any votes on La Boriquena (sp.)

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  1. No, no, no! It's blasphemous to do ANYTHING to xiaolong except steam them. The delicate wrappers wouldn't hold up to boiling, and you would be wasting a relatively pricey goodie.

    You can use your rice cooker as a steamer, can't you?

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    1. re: Gary Soup

      Ahh yes! Of course! This is what I get for not thinking out of the box! My brain was working along the lines of: "no place to put my bamboo steamer basket!" :-)

      1. re: Gary Soup

        Ahh yes! Of course! This is what I get for not thinking out of the box! My brain was working along the lines of: "no place to put my bamboo steamer basket!" :-)

      2. My experience of frozen XLB is that they are rarely (if ever) anything but a pale shadow of the fresh ones served in better restaurants. Having said that, there are some stores that sell handmade versions that actually do have a good portion of frozen soup in them and that do manage to produce that elusive taste that I find so desirable.

        And of course, as already pointed out and confirmed earlier, you don't EVER want to boil these things. Steam is the only way to go.

        1. La Borinqueña has gone downhill - avoid.

          1. q
            Queen of Hearts

            Try the frozen tamales from Trader Joe's. They have two kinds: green chile 'n cheese and chicken. The chicken wasn't spectacular or horrible, but I definitely recommend the chile and cheese tamales. They're only $1.99 for 2 small ones. Warm up a can of the TJ cuban black beans, open up a jar of salsa, and you'll be set for a meal. (Oh, and don't forget the Mexican rice! I don't know if you can make that in a rice cooker, though....)