If you’ve been with me for a while you’ll know that I really love dumplings. From my first dinner at bowl bowl dumplings to 8D house, and so on. Therefore, when Mr Chen’s gluten free prawn hargows appeared on shelves I bought them immediately. Sadly it took me a few weeks before we actually got to try them. Currently, I have only found them at Woolworths in the freezer aisle with the Mr Chen’s products. The pack of eight, with sauce, will cost you $7.50, which is the same price as the gluten counterparts. While there is no difference in price between the gluten free and gluten options, a pretty big step in the right direction for us. The gluten free pack does contain four less pieces.
As Mr Chen’s do a normal prawn hargow as well, it is important to pay attention to the packaging. The gluten free pack is most recognizable by the orange gluten free label in the top right-hand corner. It also has gluten free written above the Prawn Hargow in the black description. Since they are all grouped together I have seen quite a few people pick up the wrong packets.
While typically I like to pan fry and steam my dumplings, I always follow the instructions on new products. The pack explains that you only need to steam from frozen for 8 minutes over boiling water. Clear and simple instructions are always the best. Using my rice cooker, I had to cook them for longer than the 8 minutes as the water was not boiling right away, they probably took closer to 15 to 20. Another influence to time would be the fact that I turned mine about half way through so that they didn’t stick. In addition to turning them, I used greased baking paper in my steamer top. I think it depends on your equipment but just greasing my steamer doesn’t work and the sticky dumpling casings stick and tear when I try to remove them.
As mentioned above the pack does include a gluten free soy sauce. This has been Brody’s favourite soy sauce so far and he doesn’t like soy sauce as a general rule. I added in a gluten free sriracha. Someone pointed out that they think all Sriracha is gluten free, but I don’t like to make assumptions just in case there is an exception out there. The casings weren’t chewing or too sticky once cooked. The filling was really generous and packed with delicious flavour. If you like a bit of heat I’d highly recommend dipping your dumpling in both soy and sriracha as it is amazing. I got the prawn taste more towards the end of the bite but when it did hit, it was beautiful.
Brody pointed out that these would be really great as a little starter for four people. Personally, four filled me up quite nicely so I could image two and a stir-fry or rice dish would go down well. At $7.50 a box, it is less than a dollar a dumpling which is pretty good pricing. We are definitely considering buying these more often so that I don’t have to make my own. For those of you who do make your own dumplings, you’d know it is time-consuming.
That’s it for this week’s mini review. It’d be great if Mr Chen’s could bring out some different gluten free products. I know a few people who can’t have crustacean so a non-seafood option would be great. I hope it was helpful in deciding whether or not you should try these. If you haven’t been able to find them, Mr Chen’s website has this list of Woolworths stores stocking the product.
Later this week I’ll be discussing my visit to The Cornish Arms and whether or not they can safely cater for us.
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Until Next Time;
Ashlee; The Aussie Coeliac.