Trader Joe’s Pork Gyoza Potstickers Review

Front of Trader Joe's Pork Gyoza Potstickers Package

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Introduction

Okay maybe you’re not a fan of chicken dumplings. Do pork potstickers sound more your type? If so, you’ll be pleased to know Trader Joe’s also has Pork Gyoza Potstickers!

I bet you’re wondering “Hmm but are these good?” Don’t worry. My review will help you decide if you should (or shouldn’t) pick these up on your next Trader Joe’s trip.

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Overview: Trader Joe's Pork Gyoza Potstickers

Verdict: Trader Joe’s Pork Gyoza Potstickers are a great dumpling! The shell is soft and chewy although a bit dry up top. However, this can be completely negated with some sauce.

Inside, you find a juicy pork and vegetable filling. Its savory flavors will burst in your mouth leaving you with a desire for more. If you don’t like chicken, this is a fantastic alternative! Don’t hesitate to pick these up on your next trip to Trader Joe’s!

My Rating
4.5/5

Price

At Trader Joe’s, you can find their Pork Gyoza Potstickers for $2.99 USD like its sibling the chicken gyoza. There seems to be a good amount of pork and vegetable dumplings in the package as well!

Heating Instruction #1 (Pan Fry)

Like the Chicken Gyoza Potstickers, there are four different ways to heat these potstickers. The first way is through pan-frying. 

  1. Preheat 1-2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet.

  2. Add frozen Gyoza seam size up and sauté over medium high heat for 4 minutes or until bottoms turn lightly golden.

  3. Add 4 tablespoons of water and reduce heat.

  4. Cover and steam until water evaporates and Gyoza bottoms turn golden brown and slightly sticky (about 5 minutes longer).

  5. Serve immediately with your favorite soy or dipping sauce.

Be careful when handling because oil could fly everywhere!

Heating Instruction #2 (Steaming)

The second way of heating involves steaming:

  1. Place frozen Gyoza seam side up in a steamer basket or double boiler over boiling water.

  2. Cover and steam for 7-10 minutes.

  3. Serve immediately with your favorite soy or dipping sauce.

Be careful when handling cause it’s hot! 

Heating Instruction #3 (Microwave)

The third method of heating uses the microwave (1200 watt):

  1. Place frozen Gyoza seam side up on a microwave safe plate.

  2. Cover with a wet paper towel.

  3. Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes or until soft and heated through.

  4. Serve immediately with your favorite soy or dipping sauce.

Microwave cooking times may vary depending on oven wattage. If your microwave isn’t 1200 watts, check out this microwave calculator!

Heating Instruction #4 (Soups)

The last method is simple and straightforward using soups:

  1. Add frozen Gyoza to your favorite broth.

  2. Gently boil for 2-3 minutes or until soft and heated through.

  3. Do not over cook.

A very easy heating method that allows you to stuff dumplings in your mouth in no time!

Taste

Imagine this. A shiny dumpling skin you can almost see your reflection off of. Putting the dumpling in your mouth, it’s chewy and sticky although a bit dry. After biting into it, a wave of juicy pork flavors come pouring in your mouth offsetting the dryness you felt earlier. Looking at what’s left of the gyoza, there’s specks of green onion and cabbage poking through the pork filling. Satisfied, you continue eating the rest.

Trader Joe’s Pork Gyoza Potstickers gives you a feeling similar to that. The gyoza skin is chewy and sticky although drier than expected. Awaiting inside are a burst of flavors from the juicy pork filling and veggies. As those sensations fade away, you’re left with a hint of pepper in your mouth. 

With Trader Ming’s Gyoza Dipping Sauce, the dumpling is enhanced with tangy flavor. The dry shell is eliminated. Taking its place is a sharp flavor of rice vinegar, soy sauce, and hints of sesame oil that you won’t soon forget. Not as much impact on the filling as the juices and sauce clash but still a great sauce.

Verdict & Rating

Trader Joe’s Pork Gyoza Potstickers are a great dumpling! The shell is soft and chewy although a bit dry up top. However, this can be completely negated with some sauce.

Inside, you find a juicy pork and vegetable filling. Its savory flavors will burst in your mouth leaving you with a desire for more. If you don’t like chicken, this is a fantastic alternative! Don’t hesitate to pick these up on your next trip to Trader Joe’s!

My Rating
4.5/5

Dipping Sauce

I’ve decided to try Trader Ming’s Gyoza Dipping Sauce to see how good it is. For a price of $2.49 USD, it’s not bad but you can always use your own sauces.

This sauce tastes similar to those at Asian dumpling houses. It’s usually a mixture of soy sauce and rice vinegar. Trader Ming’s version adds extra bits like cilantro, sesame oil, ginger, etc. I can’t taste every ingredient in the sauce but it’s still very flavorful. Most people will definitely enjoy this sauce. It’s tough to get tired of something that tastes so good.

If you’re interested in the nutrition facts and ingredients, check out the attached image.

Nutrition Facts

A serving size (7 potstickers!) consists of 230 calories per serving. For more information about nutrition facts, click the image below.

Ingredients

Filling: Pork, Cabbage, Onion, Water, Green Onion, Soy Sauce (Water, Wheat, Soybean, Salt), Soybean Flour, Sugar, Garlic, Salt, Ginger, Black Pepper.

Dough: Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, Soybean Oil, Salt.

Contains: Wheat, Soy.

For an picture version, check the image above.

Hope you enjoyed my Trader Joe’s Pork Gyoza Potstickers review! 

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