Oh, my. Shu mai.

20 Apr

One of the first things I ate the first time I went to the Philippines was an order of steaming shu mai from a vendor in the Manila airport. It was about 5 a.m. The order was served on a small fluted paper tray, which made it more special, beautiful and exotic. Shu mai. It’s what’s for breakfast.

Trader Joe’s little box of shu mai takes me back to Manila.

TJ’s Chicken Shu Mai comes with a “tangy soy sauce packet,” but I like to make my own dipping sauce.

I recommend mixing some soy sauce and fresh squeezed lime juice. (Trader Joe’s sells a bag of limes at a reasonable price.) No chemicals or other ingredients that you can’t pronounce.

I hope you try the shu mai and that  it transports you to a happy memory, too. And pleases your guests at parties, if you must share.

Chicken Shu Mai

Thank you, TJ’s.

Related links:

What’s Good at Trader Joes? Shu Mai

Make your own Shu Mai from Just Bento – includes two recipes: one shrimp and one vegan

One Response to “Oh, my. Shu mai.”


  1. Celebrate Dumpling Week all year round | Things I love at Trader Joe's - September 1, 2013

    […] Chinese Gyoza Potstickers are one of our all-time faves and a grocery-list regular. Likewise, TJ’s shumai. So, we were extremely thrilled about the coverage and the week-long […]

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