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Jan 11, 2014 02:39 PM

Best frozen shrimp potstickers in NoVa?

I'm having a dinner party and want to serve shrimp potstickers as the appetizer. I live in Arlington so have a Grand Mart, H Mart, and Great Wall nearby. What brand of potstickers should I be looking for. BTW, I tried the Trader Joe's frozen Thai shrimp potstickers. They were okay, but I would like to try another brand hoping for something better. Thank you.

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  1. Lotte Plaza has an amazing array of frozen dumplings.

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    1. re: Bob W

      Have you tried any of them? If so, which are the best ones?

      1. re: Mulan

        Most available brands in the big Asian markets are widely distributed, so you may get more response on the General Topics Board.

        For my part, I have tried so many different brands, I've come to the conclusion that the most important aspect of the dumpling is to to pick a bag in which the dumplings haven't clumped or stuck together. Almost any of them will be better than Trader Joe's. Look for ones that have a nice flat bottom to stick to the pan, and of course, using the correct technique of frying/steaming is essential. Practice with a couple before you ruin an entire bag to get your timing down right.

        1. re: Mulan

          Have tried many, but the brand names are mostly in asian characters!

      2. I have never tried any frozen brand worth eating. It's so easy to make them yourself, even if you use the packaged wrappers from Grand Mart ... make them ahead, don't let them dry out, and finishing them off is no harder than preparing frozen ones.

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        1. re: wayne keyser

          Right. The frozen ones are for convenience. But the hardest part of making them yourself is to prepare the meat and vegetables, which is not very difficult. As the official dumpling wrapper of my household, I can say for certain it is not a difficult task once you get the hang of it. Nothing beats home made dumplings, even the best restaurant ones. Every frozen dumpling I've tried had terrible fillings.

          1. re: dpan

            I've had a few frozen dumplings with filling that tastes OK, but the texture always seems to be mushy, not firm like sausage like the ones I like best in restaurants.

            Could be that some of the vegetables in the filling don't freeze very well and release too much moisture when cooked.