The pros: Trader Joe's Thai Shrimp Gyoza has more in common with a spring roll. If you enjoy a spring roll, then you will likely enjoy this.
The cons: This was disappointing. I was anticipating some heat with this. There was no heat in the product whatsoever. Although the directions say you can microwave these, it should be avoided.
The verdict: When I go to my favorite Japanese restaurant, gyoza is always my appetizer of choice. However, like all things when going out, you are paying a premium. For $4.79 you are getting about 15 dumplings which is about three times the number of dumplings you could hope for in an appetizer. Unfortunately, this bag did not exactly make me want to replace my typical order.
Now, on the taste front, it wasn't bad. Sadly, when I think of Thai food, I think of freshness and heat. While the center of this reminded me of a spring roll with its cabbage and green onions, there was no form of heat here whatsoever. It did not remind me of pad thai or anything else Thai at all. That was my greatest disappointment here. I recently tried Trader Joe's Shrimp Spring Rolls and what made the successful was the added sauce. Without the sauce, that product was as bland as can be. Likewise, without my soy dipping sauce, these too are bland as can be. The shrimp was chopped very fine, so it didn't add much on the texture front.
Now, as a point of reference, I've tried other varieties of gyoza, please don't put these in the microwave. They will likely come out rubbery. One of the highlights of having gyoza is the texture of the crisp noodle wrapper and the texture from the filling. If you microwave it, you just won't experience that. Overall, if you put together a killer dipping sauce with this, its shortcomings can be overlooked. Otherwise, I'll pass on buying this again in favor of another variety. If you've tried other varieties of gyoza, then stick with those as there isn't much "Thai" in this other than where they were made.
The bag of Trader Joe's Thai Shrimp Gyoza:
The nutritional information:
The ingredients and how to pan fry these:
How to prepare these other than pan frying:
After being cooked you get:
Would I buy this again? No. This was very bland. When I hear Thai, I think of spice, but this was as bland as Trader Joe's Shrimp Spring Rolls without the sauce.
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