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TJ Shrimp Gyoza - Am I doing something wrong

jfood Aug 19, 2006 02:04 AM

I have never understood the over the top love of TJ but I think we in CT do not have the range of choices as you guys out west. But I did buy the frozen shrim gyoza and made some tonight. Fried them in some oil for a few minutes, added water and steamed for a few more.

These guys were absolutely tasteless. Have others eaten these things with different results?

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    torty Aug 20, 2006 03:11 AM

    In desperation because my menu was set, and I had no Chinese market ones in the freezer as I thought I had, I ran to TJ's and picked up the Thai shrimp ones. Large proportion of dough to filling, but in a flavorful hot & sour soup they worked. Will try the rest traditional style to see how they stand up.

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      TerriL Aug 20, 2006 01:27 AM

      I think the shrimp ones are the worst of all the types sold at TJ's. The wrapper is different from the pork gyoza, which isn't quite as tasteless and baggy as the shrimp version.

      1. mabziegurl Aug 19, 2006 05:53 PM

        i actually tried these a few days ago, they were sort of tasteless... i'm used to the authentic chinese ones, i did like the skin of them though.... i ate them all though with soy sauce, a little sesame oil, and chinese bbq sauce.... i will not repurchase... i'd much rather buy the chinese ones, cheaper, and much more flavorful...

        i'm really not fond of the frozen food @ tjs, it all seems to be tasteless...

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          nosh Aug 19, 2006 02:23 AM

          Put some finely chopped garlic and ginger in the oil, and some soy when you add the water to steam. Will add LOTS of flavor.

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            mi2ca2mi Aug 19, 2006 02:15 AM

            I can't speak for the shrimp but the chicken ones are good. I find it takes a little longer than the directions say to brown them but I follow everything else exactly.

            1. Melanie Wong Aug 19, 2006 02:06 AM

              No, the gyoza and potstickers at TJ are not good. But people who use a ton of condiments might not notice. A dumpling should taste good on its own and not need so much boosting.

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