Aug 22, 2014

Frozen Friday: Tai Pei - Chicken Potstickers

Tai Pei's Chicken Potstickers feature "chicken and vegetable dumplings with dipping sauce." The vegetables are basically just cabbage and the dipping sauce is a traditional combination of mostly soy sauce with a bit of vinegar, sugar, and sesame oil.

It was $2 for a 7.9-oz box with 7 potstickers in it.

These are fully cooked but you can make them in the microwave (right in the box they come in) or the pan. I went with the pan for that crispy sear (and because I got new non-stick pans that they won't stick to).

The skin turned out pretty well. Not too greasy and very crispy. They held together very well and didn't threaten to fall apart during cooking nor eating. They were wrapped really well so that the filling didn't fall out too.

Inside, the filling is mostly finely ground chicken with a few strands of cabbage. The chicken was juicy, but the filling didn't have to much flavor to it.

They give you a lot of sauce for 7 potstickers. It's about the size of a salad dressing packet from Wendy's or about six or seven soy sauce packets' worth from a Chinese takeout joint. Fortunately, it's not too salty; I dipped my finger in for a taste, and it wasn't cringe-inducing. The flavor's pretty good with a tasty combination of sweet, salty, and tangy that absorbs readily into the potstickers. If you want it to pop a little more, just toss in some green onion, sesame seeds, or sesame oil.

Overall, Tai Pei's Chicken Potstickers were pretty good. The dumplings turn out rather nicely. They lack a little in the taste department, but the sauce makes up for it. I think for potstickers in general, I'd rather buy a big bag full though and save some money.

Nutritional Info - Tai Pei Chicken Potstickers with sauce
Serving Size - 4 pieces & sauce (122g)
Calories - 280 (from Fat - 60)
Fat - 6g (Saturated Fat - 1g)
Sodium - 1340mg (350mg w/o sauce)
Carbs - 37g (Sugar - 11g)
Protein - 8g