Frozen Xiao Long Bao etc. question
- Miele Maiale
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.)
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.
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....)