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Holy Shu Mai – Trader Joe’s Microwave Chicken Shu Mai by vinceklortho

 

Yesterday I had a tasty little microwave lunch.  I brought Trader Joe’s microwave chicken shu mai with me to the office.  They looked about like this once cooked:

Notice the authentic plate to make me feel like I didn’t just get my lunch out of a box.

Now these little dumplings from heaven are supposed to provide you with a few servings.  But it took the whole box to fill me up for lunch.  I’d be surprised if most men wouldn’t put away the whole box. 

Here’s the upside.  First, they take only 90 seconds to microwave.  You just rinse them in water and then cover them before placing them in the microwave.  It did look kind of odd though when I was rinsing them in the drinking fountain on my floor.  Sorry, no real kitchen at my office.  Make sure you microwave them for the full time.  Otherwise, you get a frozen center at the heart of the shu mai pop. 

Quick microwave time is imperative for me because when it comes to waiting for food, I have major ADHD.  My brain goes crazy and I just start eating anything else in sight.  I’ve been known to pilfer my fridge for olives, pickles, cheese, and anything else handy while I wait for the beep.  Sometimes I’m not even hungry once the microwave is done.  So, quick cooking time was great.

Second, they come with a good sauce.  A lot of times the sauces that come with frozen goodies are terrible.  But this sauce tastes pretty tangy.  And you don’t even have to microwave it.  See previous section about my problems with waiting for things to cook in the microwave.  The only problem with the sauce . . . if you pour it over all the shu mai, you don’t get much of the flavor because it is so thin.  Best to put it in a dish and dip your dumplings.  Oooh . . . that sounded dirty.

Third, the box says there is chicken and veggies inside.  Check me out hitting my food groups.  No bagged carrots for me when shu mai is on the menu.  And if sodium was a food group, this shu mai had it covered.  Plus, don’t forget the diet 7-Up I had . . . lemon and lime . . . servings of fruit . . . what’s up!?!

The downside . . . this stuff smells strong, and the odor stays with you.  Lunch repeated on me a couple of times, and boy did I race for the gum.  The shu mai also kind of makes your pee smell.  Although the jury is still out if I prefer the regular smell of my urine or when my urine smells like a Chinese kitchen.  The jury is also still out on whether the odor was caused by the Chinese massage parlor, instead.

I gotta’ say though that I’ll take the smell for the great taste.  I’ve already picked up another box for a quick and easy lunch next week.

Trader Joe’s Microwave Chicken Shu Mai . . . I did them . . . and you should too.

 

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