I’m a big fan of products that can be taken out of the freezer, cooked as-is and be ready quickly. I guess it’s a side-effect of having children. As long as they’re reasonably healthy, as in not too full of salt and fat, I don’t have a problem with the occasional frozen meal, as long as it’s not the whole meal. I went to Costco today to do a little bit of ‘essentials’ shopping, and returned with these delicious Ling Ling Pork and Vegetable Potstickers, or dumplings.
To be honest, it’s a little difficult to write an enthralling food-based product review on a full stomach. I mean *full*. I just had a full lunch of dumplings, and I must say that they work. That’s the reason the bag is opened on the picture at right.
So let’s start with the basics. These Ling Ling ‘Asian Kitchen’ Pork and Vegetable Potstickers (I just call them dumplings) are available at my local Costco (item number 341132 in Canada), and the 1.91 kilogram bag costs just $11.69, non-taxable. There were a total of 61 dumplings in this particular bag, for a price per dumpling of $0.19. That’s 19 cents, people. Those dumplings are affordable. Also supplied are four (4) little pouches of special soy-based dipping sauce to be warmed up, but I didn’t bother today.
For the record, the company considers 5 dumplings to be a serving, and each serving represents a surprisingly low 280 calories. I ate 7, because I have a large appetite, with 3 small onions and a side of 1/2 cup (dry) of Kirkland Signature Basmati Rice. As a dipping sauce, I use a mixture of Bull’s Eye BBQ sauce and everyone’s favorite, Rooster sauce!
I know what you’re saying. ‘That’s way tooooo much starch!’ Don’t think I don’t know. I like starch, what can I say. This simple meal must have cost less than $2, everything included, and I’m super full.
Cooking these dumplings is very simple. I know that they can be boiled, then fried, but on the recommendation of the Costco ‘demo ladies’, I cook them covered in a pan with a little water, which I then uncover and let boil away. The dumplings get a nice golden brown afterwards. I also add the onions at the beginning of the process, with a dash of soy sauce to jazz it all up.
I read on one of my reference sites that these dumplings are also available in the Chicken and Vegetable variety, but alas, not yet in Canada. The Pork and Vegetables ones are quite delicious, affordable and easy to make, and to top it all off, they’re not terrible for your health, either.