Trader Ming’s Pork Shu Mai (Pork Dumplings) Review

Trader Ming's Pork Shu Mai Box

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Introduction

Miss dim sum? Looking to try a different kind of dumpling? Don’t worry, Trader Joe’s has your back! Introducing Trader Ming’s Pork Shu Mai (aka pork dumplings). These dim sum staples are popular for a reason. Did Trader Joe’s hit the nail on the head for this one? We’ll find out in this review.

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Overview: Trader Joe's Pork Shu Mai (Pork Dumplings)

Verdict: Trader Ming’s Pork Shu Mai (Pork Dumplings) are a disater! It lacks almost everything that makes a good shu mai. The wrapper is like a piece of paper, thin and practically non-existent. 

Additionally, the pork filling is terrible! It barely has any flavor with a mushy texture. If you’ve ever had dim sum shu mai, there’s no doubt they’re vastly superior. Do I recommend this? Definitely not. If you see a box of these, run as far away as you can!

My Rating
1/5

Price

At Trader Joe’s, you can find Trader Ming’s Pork Shu Mai for $2.99 USD. In the package, there are 9 dumplings which isn’t bad at all. At a dim sum restaurant, an order of shu mai comes with 3-4 dumplings for the same price!

Heating Instruction #1 (Microwave)

There’s only two methods of heating Trader Ming’s Pork Shu Mai.

The first way is through the microwave. For best results, rinse frozen shu mai in water before microwaving.

  1. Place 9 pieces of frozen Pork Shu Mai Dumplings on a microwavable dish.

  2. Cover with plastic wrap and heat on High for 3 minutes or until hot.

Heating times may vary.

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

Heating Instruction #2 (Steaming)

The second way of heating involves steaming:

  1. Place sufficient water in steamer and bring to a boil.

  2. Add 9 frozen Pork Shu Mai Dumplings and steam for 12 minutes or until hot.

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

Use caution when handling!

Taste

Alright it doesn’t look like the most appetizing thing. It doesn’t have the color like shu mai would usually have. A soft, yellow wrapper on the outside with some orange/yellow fish eggs on top of the meat filling. That’s what I remember at least.

Trader Ming’s Pork Shu Mai is a big disappointment. Maybe because dim sum is something I grew up with. The wrapper is super thin like it’s almost non-existent. A dumpling can’t be called a dumpling without a proper wrapper! The flavor in the filling is big time lacking. I could taste a mild, sweet pork flavor but I wish there was more to it.

With Trader Ming’s Gyoza Dipping Sauce, the shu mai doesn’t experience any upgrades. In fact, I think it tastes worse with this sauce which is odd. Personally, I’d stick with regular soy sauce for this dumpling. Shu mai usually don’t need sauces for it to be good but this one needs sauce badly.

Verdict & Rating

Trader Ming’s Pork Shu Mai (Pork Dumplings) are a disater! It lacks almost everything that makes a good shu mai. The wrapper is like a piece of paper, thin and practically non-existent.

Additionally, the pork filling is terrible! It barely has any flavor with a mushy texture. If you’ve ever had dim sum shu mai, there’s no doubt they’re vastly superior. Do I recommend this? Definitely not. If you see a box of these, run as far away as you can!

My Rating
1/5

Dipping Sauce

Unfortunately, the Pork Shu Mai doesn’t come with its own dipping sauce. Due to this, I’ve brought in Trader Ming’s Gyoza Dipping Sauce. For a price of $2.49 USD, you get a good amount of sauce in the bottle.

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 (5 dumplings) consists of 290 calories per serving. For more information about nutrition facts, check out the image below.

Ingredients

Ingredients: Pork, Onion, Wheat Flour, Water, Potato Starch, Egg White, Spices, Sugar, Contains Less Than 2% Of Each Of The Following: Pork Fat, Sesame Oil, Soy Sauce (Water, Wheat, Soybean, Salt), Green Onion, Sake (Water, Rice, Koji [Aspergillus Oryzae], Salt), Oyster Flavored Sauce (Water, Sugar, Salt, Oyster Extractive [Oyster, Water, Salt], Modified Corn Starch, Caramel Color), Onion Powder, Salt, Pork Base (Roasted Pork Including Pork Juice, Salt, Potato Flour, Corn Oil, Pork Flavor [Contains Pork Fat], Flavorings), Garlic.

Contains: Wheat, Eggs, Soy, and Oysters.

For an picture version, check the image above.

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