Trader Joe’s Thai Vegetable Gyoza Review

Front Packaging of Thai Vegetable Gyoza

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Introduction

While looking through Trader Joe’s frozen food aisle, you see a green package that stands out from the rest. Turns out it’s Trader Joe’s Thai Vegetable Gyoza. You’re wondering if it’s any good and whether you should buy it or not.

In this review, I’ll help you answer those questions and more so you can decide on your next trip to Trader Joe’s.

Overview: Trader Joe's Thai Vegetable Gyoza

Verdict: Trader Joe’s Thai Vegetable Gyoza is a solid dumpling. Although the filling has a mushy texture, it’s flavorful and you can taste the vegetable bits in it.

It already tastes great on its own but with their dipping sauce, it becomes a powerhouse of flavors that burst in your mouth. Do I recommend this? Yes, definitely! Although there’s no meat in it, it’s hard to tell.

My Rating
4/5

Price

At Trader Joe’s, you can find their Thai Vegetable Gyoza for $3.99 USD which isn’t bad at all. At that price, you get a good amount of dumplings that should satisfy at least one if not two people.

Heating Instruction #1 (Pan Fry)

On the package, there are three different ways to heat the gyoza. The first way is through pan-frying. 

  1. Preheat 1-2 tablespoons of oil in a skillet or sauté pan.

  2. Place frozen gyoza flat side down in pan and sauté on medium heat for 4 minutes or until skins turn lightly brown.

  3. Reduce heat to medium low.

  4. Carefully add 3-4 tablespoons of water and cover immediately.

  5. Steam gyoza until water has evaporated and gyoza begins to brown (about 5-6 minutes).

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

Be careful when handling because the oil can fly everywhere!

Heating Instruction #2 (Steaming)

The second way of heating involves steaming:

  1. Place frozen gyoza flat side down in a steamer or double boiler.

  2. Steam for 7-10 minutes or until gyoza are hot throughout.

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

Careful it’s hot!

Heating Instruction #3 (Microwave)

The last method of heating uses the microwave:

  1. Remove gyoza from bag and place on a microwaveable dish.

  2. Sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons of water on gyoza and cover with plastic wrap.

  3. Heat on medium-high powder for 2-4 minutes or until hot.

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

It will be hot so be careful!

Taste

I decided to heat a couple of dumplings using each method to see if there was any difference. I found that the pan fried variant had a small crunch on the outside. However, it felt more greasy due to the use of oil.

The steamed dumplings had a very soft exterior that was very nice to bite into. The microwaved version felt dry and rough on the outside that was not very enjoyable.

The filling had a good mix of vegetables although I’m not sure why it was so mushy. Maybe it’s the water in the veggies. Also there’s an occasional crunch from the veggies which is a nice touch. If I didn’t know this was all vegetables, I would’ve never guessed!

I prefer using the steaming method to heat these as it’s simple, easy, and tastes great! It’s still cool to have different methods of heating in order to appeal to all types of people.

Dipping Sauce

For my dipping sauce, I decided to complement Trader Joe’s gyoza with their own sauce. Created by Trader Joe’s Asian relative, Trader Ming’s Gyoza Dipping Sauce cost $2.49 USD.

As a dipping sauce, it tastes pretty good and does its job well by complementing and elevating the flavors of the gyoza.

This sauce tastes very similar to sauces at dumpling houses, which are usually combinations of soy sauce and rice vinegar. Trader Ming’s dipping sauce adds a bit of tanginess and enhances the flavors of the gyoza.

I personally couldn’t taste any of the extra ingredients like sesame oil, cilantro, and red pepper but you can see little bits floating around in the bottle.

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

Verdict & Rating

Trader Joe’s Thai Vegetable Gyoza is a solid dumpling. Although the filling has a mushy texture, it’s flavorful and you can taste the vegetable bits in it.

It already tastes great on its own but with their dipping sauce, it becomes a powerhouse of flavors that burst in your mouth. Do I recommend this? Yes, definitely! Although there’s no meat in it, it’s hard to tell.

My Rating
4/5

Nutrition Facts

A serving size (3 dumplings) consists of 160 calories per serving. For more information about nutrition facts, click the image below.

Ingredients

Filling: White Cabbage, Carrot, Chive, White Radish, Green Onion, Onion, Ginger, Garlic, Soy Sauce (Soybeans, Wheat, Salt, Alcohol, Water), Wheat Flour, Wheat Starch, Corn Flour, Soybean Oil, Sesame Oil, Sugar, Salt, Pepper, Vegetable Powder (Onion, Cabbage, Carrot, Spring Onion, Maltodextrin [corn], Salt).

Dough: Unbleached Wheat Flour, Tapioca Starch, Water, Palm Oil

Made on equipment shared with shellfish.

Facility processes fish.

Contains: Soybeans, Wheat

For more information, check the image above.

Hope you enjoyed my Trader Joe’s Thai Vegetable Gyoza review! 

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