From the same supplier that helped Trader Joe’s develop Steamed Chicken Soup Dumplings the retailer has introduced Trader Joe’s Steamed Pork & Ginger Soup Dumplings. Inspired by the same original soup dumplings, xiao long bao, which originated in the Jiangsu province of China, this type of dumpling is traditionally prepared in a xiaolong, the small bamboo steaming basket from which it gets its name. In English-speaking countries they’re most often called Soup Dumplings because they are filled with hot soup (and therefore must be eaten carefully!) Xiao long bao are traditionally filled with pork, so this second entry in our freezers adheres closer to culinary tradition.
Where TJ’s has veered from the traditional preparation is with the inclusion of ginger as a major flavor player. The recipe includes just a bit more than five percent ginger, giving these dim sum darlings a sizeable kick of pungent, spicy heat. If you have a xiaolong lying around, feel free to use it to prepare these bites. Otherwise, you can prep them the easy way, using the microwavable tray in which they’re packaged. Two minutes or less in your microwave oven yields soft, hot, incredibly flavorful results. TJ’s is selling Steamed Pork & Ginger Soup Dumplings in a six-ounce package of six dumplings. You’ll find them in our freezers.