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Trader Joe's potstickers

superkatie Dec 12, 2006 10:54 PM

I went to get some today and an employee told me that the vendor discontinued them! Does anyone have a recommendation for an equally delicious, easy-to-prepare, frozen dumpling? Thanks!

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    vsoy Dec 12, 2006 10:55 PM

    Wei Chuan brand, a major brand available in most Asian grocery stores, is a good brand with lots of interesting flavors like mustard greens. To think I was getting potstickers at Costco for the longest time. *smacks head*

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      King of Northern Blvd Dec 13, 2006 12:06 AM


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        fara Dec 13, 2006 12:14 AM

        yeah, i love me some Costco, but the potstickers are sitting in my freezer while I go through about 4 bags from my asian grocery.

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          elise h Dec 13, 2006 01:13 AM

          Wei Chuan offers a large range of dumplings. What types do you find the tastiest?

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            vsoy Dec 13, 2006 04:39 PM

            All this talk about potstickers, I had me some WC pork and corn dumplings last night. The pork and mustard green ones are not bad either, you can actually get a little bitter taste going on with those. I like these that are listed as their "high end" line: http://www.weichuanusa.com/images/products/Product%20updates%203-10-06/High-End%20Dumpling%20Series.gif


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          scott123 Dec 12, 2006 11:42 PM

          No more TJ potstickers? That's a bummer. Those were a good product at a good price. Hopefully you have an Asian grocer nearby. If not... Whole Foods has frozen dumplings that are probably comparable- expect to pay big bucks for them, though.

          1. OverTheHill Dec 13, 2006 12:31 AM

            If you have a Whole Foods nearby, then you are in luck because Whole Foods potstickers taste better than Trader Joe's anyways. I buy the chicken/vegetable variety. It's a myth that everything at Whole Foods is expensive...(Whole paycheck and all that blarney)
            A Whole Foods in MA posted a duplicate shopping list, and their prices were lower than Trader's Joes. Trader Joe's has made Whole Foods more price conscious in general.

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              scott123 Dec 13, 2006 03:45 PM

              Price them out. The Whole Foods potstickers will be at least double the price- I'm sure of it.

              Whole Foods duplicate shopping 'lists' are a marketing gimmick. I use to work for them. There are certain departments where the mark-up is very small (Dairy is one) and there are some private label products (365) that are competitively priced. That's what they fill these lists with. It's not representative of the whole store- and definitively not representative of the frozen department.

              Unless you're buying milk or 365 peanut butter, it's going to be 'Whole Paycheck.'

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                MaggieMuffin Dec 13, 2006 04:36 PM

                I find the WH version to be less sturdy and fall apart too easily when bolied. Although tasty, I don't even bother buying them anymore.

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                momjamin Dec 13, 2006 01:22 AM

                Interesting. I just bought some tonight, and they were well stocked in veggie, chicken, and shrimp.

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                  random amblings Dec 13, 2006 04:06 PM

                  Spoke with the manager at TJ's in Needham and asked about the pot stickers. He said the company that formerly made them has gone out of business, however, not before conveying the recipe to a different company that makes TJ's Thai pot stickers. So there should be a continuing supply, with maybe a brief hiccup between the two companies.

                  He further said he has heard people using them for fondue, using peanut oil and defrosted pot stickers, with assorted dipping sauces. Sounds pretty different.

                  1. OverTheHill Dec 15, 2006 03:47 PM

                    The Chicken/Vegetable Potstickers at Whole Foods were $4 and the Vegetable Potstickers were $3. The Pork Potstickers at Trader Joes were $2.50.

                    However, they aren't comparable products. The chicken potstickers at W.F. were 4% fat, while the Trader Joe's were a whopping 15% fat. I'd never buy a greasy product like that.

                    I shop at both stores, but you have to carefully read the ingrediants at Traders as some products contain partially hydrogenated oils, and have a generally high fat content. Some of the oils used at Traders aren't the best quality. W.F. has better quality in general. Sometimes you get what you pay for.

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                      niki rothman Dec 15, 2006 04:20 PM

                      I live in SF and have never seen pork pot stickers at TJ's. But I am very disappointed to hear TJ's pot stickers are gone. I love the chicken ones - the veg. were bad. The pot stickers were a bargain and better than most restaurant pot stickers. What a shame.

                      1. re: OverTheHill
                        scott123 Dec 15, 2006 04:30 PM

                        "The Chicken/Vegetable Potstickers at Whole Foods were $4 and the Vegetable Potstickers were $3. The Pork Potstickers at Trader Joes were $2.50."

                        Ah, but how many to a package, huh? WF is something like 12 (at the most) and TJs is more than 18. You do the math. That comes out to be double the price. Whole paycheck.

                        "However, they aren't comparable products. The chicken potstickers at W.F. were 4% fat, while the Trader Joe's were a whopping 15% fat. I'd never buy a greasy product like that."

                        There are many of us that equate fat with flavor, that equate fat with succulence. A low fat chicken potsticker is, imo, an abomination. Fat tastes good. 'Greasy' is not a word I'd used to describe TJs potstickers. 'Moist', 'Rich' and 'flavorful' are the three words I'd use. WFs potstickers have almost no flavor whatsoever.

                        Please, don't project your fat phobia on the rest of us.

                      2. 2m8ohed Dec 15, 2006 09:16 PM

                        The Wei Chuan "high end" ones that contain pork and shrimp are really good. The beef "high end" ones are also excellent. My kids like the less expensive ones with pork or chicken and corn or chinese cabbage. The "high end" ones are more like gyoza, with thin wrappers. The less expensive ones have thicker wrappers, which are my kids' favorite part anyway. Even the most expensive Wei Chuan ones at the Chinese grocery store are cheaper than the ones from Trader Joe's.

                        1. PeterL Dec 15, 2006 10:20 PM

                          Is there a restaurant near you that makes good potstickers? If so I bet they'd sell you some.

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                            Velda Mae Feb 5, 2007 02:47 PM

                            I was in Trader Joe's in Newton today and saw vegetable gyoza and other potstickers. Has anyone tried these yet? If so, how are they? Any reviews on the chicken egg rolls and/or chicken shumai?

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                              MaggieMuffin Feb 5, 2007 02:54 PM

                              I like 'em. They are a staple in my freezer.

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