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Chicken Pelmeni European Dumplings at Costco: Product Review

Yesterday was a bumper crop for new Costco items; I’ll be the first to admit that as much as I like trying new things, the essence of Costco savings is replenishing your stock of existing products while making sure you get the best possible price. That being said, yesterday we bought a bunch of new things, including what turned out to be absolutely delicious uncooked Chicken Pelmeni European Dumplings. Just to give you an idea, I had absolutely no idea what ‘pelmeni’ meant until I came back home and Googled it. Turns out they’re peroguies, with a fancy name.

Chicken Pelmeni European Dumplings

Chicken Pelmeni European Dumplings

This 1.4 kilogram bag of dumplings costs $9.99 at my local Costco, and contains approximately 125 dumplings. Each dumpling thus costs about 8 cents each, and each portion of 9 dumplings costs less than 75 cents ($0.75). This is a great price for something that is so incredibly delicious.

Speaking of new things, I made video review of this product, my first ever! Check it out below, and make sure to subscribe to my Youtube channel to be notified of new reviews!

I really had no idea what to expect when I bought those, and even less when I cooked them, but I needn’t have worried. The meat is extremely tasty, meaty and filling, and the dough, soft and silky yet pleasingly chewy, a little like Asian dumplings. I made the choice of cutting each dumpling before eating it, just to check out the consistency of the filling, but they can and probably should be eaten in a single bite, as the chicken filling has a tendency to pop out when cut. It’s not a real problem.

Now it turns out that these were our main mid-day meal, rather than the appetizers they are almost certainly meant as. My wife had some soup, while I polished off some leftover pasta to go with the dumplings. I used both Oyster Sauce and Hoisin Sauce as dipping sauces. I found that while delicious, their taste were a little overwhelming for the delicate taste of the chicken, so next time I’m thinking a simple soy dipping sauce will work great, maybe with some green onions and whatnot.

One of the things I really appreciate from these little perogies is that the ingredients are really wholesome. No conservation agents, nothing unpronounceable. See for yourself:

Filling Ingredients:

  • Chicken
  • Onions
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper

Dough Ingredients:

  • Wheat flour
  • Water
  • Canola Oil
  • Salt

End of list. Incredible, isn’t it?

I go through the nutritional information in the video (see above), but in a nutshell, each serving is 220 calories, and overall, these are not really bad for you, eaten in moderation. There are few vitamins but some iron, they’re not too salty or greasy, et cetera. You could do a lot worse with something that comes out a bag in the freezer.

The cooking process, as recommended by the packaging, involves boiling the pelmeni and drizzling them with oil once drained, in order prevent them sticking to each other. It’s really fast and simple. The longest part really is waiting for the water to boil.

I will be buying these Chicken Pelmeni European Dumplings again; they are really good and will be great for stocking up our freezer. I hope they go on sale so I can stock up. These dumplings are also made in Canada, so you know you are supporting a local company and local jobs. Are they available at your Costco? If so, in what flavors? Let me know in the comments below!

Ling Ling Pork and Vegetables Potstickers Product Review

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.

Ling Ling Potsticker Dumplings

Ling Ling Potsticker Pork and Vegetable Dumplings (item 341132 at Costco Canada)

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.