Trader Joe’s Chicken Shu Mai (Chicken Dumplings) Review

Trader Joe's Chicken Shu Mai Box

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Introduction

Is Trader Joe’s Shu Mai worth another look? If you’ve tried their Trader Ming’s Pork Shu Mai, you might’ve dismissed their whole lineup afterward. However, this time I’m looking at Trader Joe’s Chicken Shu Mai.

Accompanied with it’s own soy sauce, is it any better than their pork shu mai? Should you try this? Find out in this review now!

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Overview: Trader Joe's Chicken Shu Mai (Chicken & Vegetables Dumpling)

Verdict: Trader Ming’s Chicken Shu Mai (Chicken Dumplings) are a good step up from its pork sibling! Although it still has a thin wrapper, it improves on other aspects. There’s more color to it (looks more appetizing) and the filling has way more flavor.

Using the sauce included will definitely give you a pleasurable experience. Do I recommend this? Yes, but only if you have no other options nearby. Think of this as a last resort!

My Rating
2/5

Price

At Trader Joe’s, you can find their Chicken Shu Mai for $2.99 USD. In the package, there are more dumplings than the pork but they’re also smaller. At a dim sum restaurant, an order of shu mai comes with 3-4 bigger sized dumplings for the same price! Let’s see if this is better than that.

Sauce Instructions

When you open the packaging,

  1. Remove sauce packet.

  2. Place unopened packet in warm water to thaw.

Heating Instruction #1 (Microwave)

There’s only two methods of heating this product like its pork sibling.

The first way is through the microwave (1200 watts). 

  1. Sprinkle Shu Mai with water.

  2. Place on a microwave safe dish.

  3. Cover with plastic wrap.

  4. Heat on High for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.

  5. Serve right away.

Microwave times may vary depending on oven wattage. If you don’t have a 1200 watt microwave, check out this microwave calculator!

Shu Mai will be very hot, use caution when handling!

Heating Instruction #2 (Stove Top)

The second way of heating involves stove top (steaming):

  1. Using a steamer, place Shu Mai in the basket.

  2. Heat for 6 to 7 minutes.

  3. Serve right away.

Feel free to cook as many or as little as you want.

Use caution when handling!

Taste

Right off the bat, these are significantly smaller than I expected. Smaller than actual shu mai and the pork version as well! I was wondering why these required a shorter heating time than the pork ones. They do have some color so that’s already a good sign. 

Trader Joe’s Chicken Shu Mai isn’t terrible. It’s smaller than I expected for sure. The wrapper is still thin like paper but passable. However, the filling is much more flavorful. It has some juice when you bite in it.

The little bits of vegetables provide some color. Gone is the mushy texture as it’s replaced with a spongy, more shu mai like consistency. This one gives you a feeling of eating shu mai but not a very good one.

Using the tangy soy sauce packet included, the shu mai is more flavorful. It provides a sweet and sour soy sauce flavor to the that explode on your tongue. The filling is accompanies with an enjoyable, sweet flavor. I don’t think this needs any sauce to taste good but it’s great with sauce.

Verdict & Rating

Trader Ming’s Chicken Shu Mai (Chicken Dumplings) are a good step up from its pork sibling! Although it still has a thin wrapper, it improves on other aspects. There’s more color to it (looks more appetizing) and the filling has way more flavor.

Using the sauce included will definitely give you a pleasurable experience. Do I recommend this? Yes, but only if you have no other options nearby. Think of this as a last resort!

My Rating
2/5

Dipping Sauce

Trader Joe’s Chicken Shu Mai comes with its own soy sauce so I’ll be using that. Good news is you don’t have to spend any extra money buying sauce. Let see how this sauce tastes.

This sauce has a very sharp vinegar smell while looking like soy sauce. It’s worth noting that this sauce is made with with soy sauce and rice vinegar as well.  The sugar provides sweetness throughout this sauce’s duration.

As it fades away, there’s more of a sour sensation possibly from the vinegar. It tastes pretty similar to Trader Ming’s Gyoza Dipping Sauce but without the sesame oil smell and taste. 

Nutrition Facts

A serving size (6 dumplings with 1 tablespoon of sauce) consists of 130 calories per serving. For more information about nutrition facts, check out the image below.

Ingredients

Filling: Chicken, Onions, Carrots, Green Onions, Whole Wheat Flour, Sugar, Sesame Oil, Salt, Garlic, Ginger, White Pepper.

Dough: Unbleached Enriched Flour [Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid], Water, Wheat, Gluten.

Dipping Sauce: Soy Sauce [Water, Soybeans, Salt, Sugar, Alcohol, Vinegar, Lactic Acid], Sugar, Water, Rice Vinegar, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Natural Flavor Of Capsicum.

Contains: Soy, Wheat.

For an picture version, check the image above.

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