Frozen Xiao Long Bao etc. question
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.)
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....)
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.