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TJ Shrimp Gyoza - Am I doing something wrong

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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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  1. 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.

    1. 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. 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.

        1. 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...

          1. 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. 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.