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Miele Maiale Feb 19, 2003 01:12 PM

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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    Queen of Hearts Feb 20, 2003 10:49 AM

    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....)

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      vn Feb 19, 2003 11:53 PM

      La Borinqueña has gone downhill - avoid.

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        James G Feb 19, 2003 04:58 PM

        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.

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          Gary Soup Feb 19, 2003 01:44 PM

          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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            Miele Maiale Feb 19, 2003 01:48 PM

            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!" :-)

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              Miele Maiale Feb 19, 2003 01:50 PM

              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!" :-)

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