If you live in New York, you may have been lucky enough to swing by Feel Good Foods’ launch party today. If you’re like the rest of us living beyond the city limits, then get thee to a computer. And bring your credit card with you.
Feel Good Foods is brand new, but there’s already been buzz about its line of frozen Gluten-Free Handmade Asian-Style Dumplings. Much of that may have to do with the brains behind Feel Good Foods: Vanessa Phillips and Tryg Siverson, the husband and wife duo from Friedman’s Lunch in New York City. (You also may have read their Gluten-Free Thanksgiving tips on CNN.) Diners flock to Friedman’s for its gluten-free options, and now they can savor the flavor at home.
The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness got our hands on a few packages of the new Gluten-Free Asian-Style Dumplings, and we merrily toted some home to test them out. Kristin sampled the Vegetable Dumplings, while I tried the Shrimp Dumplings. Here are the verdicts:
Kristin: When the package from Feel Good Foods arrived last week, I reacted like a 5-year-old on Christmas morning. What can I say? I was excited to try out the new line of gluten-free dumplings, complete with their own packet of gluten-free soy sauce.
I had only dined on dumplings while eating out, so I was curious to see how easy the cooking process would be. The instructions called for 10-12 minutes of steaming and then offered the option to stir-fry until golden brown. My typical weeknight routine involves hitting the gym after work so I prefer quick and simple dinners. This seemed like something I could manage!
The vegetable dumplings were fantastic! Some dumplings tend to be gummy, but not these. They were easy to break apart with just a fork and the vegetables remained completely intact! I stir-fried them as instructed until golden brown and even added in some chopped up kale, garlic and red chili pepper flakes. Served over wild rice and topped off with Feel Good Foods’ own gluten-free soy sauce, I was left full but not stuffed. You can be sure that these vegetable dumplings will become a staple for my weeknight dinners!
Cheryl: I was just as excited as Kristin to break open the box. The first thing to note: Frozen dinner does not equal microwaveable dinner. While that meant I would have to wait until I got home to try the dumplings instead of heating them up at the office, I was more than willing to invest about 10 minutes of stovetop steaming for a delicious meal.
As the instructions warn, the dough does tend to stick while cooking, so a certain level of attention is required. But with the quick addition of some frozen vegetables, I was steaming my way to satisfying a Chinese food fix.
When I cut into the dumplings, I was surprised to find they each contained a whole piece of shrimp, not the mashed up shrimp bits I’ve encountered in traditional take-out. The dumplings were doughy, but not too much so, and a dab of the dipping sauce was all I needed to add the right amount of salt.
While I’m still hoping for some microwave instructions so I can enjoy these away from my kitchen, I’m giving the dumplings a whole-hearted, full-bellied thumbs up.
So why the need for a computer? Feel Good Foods Gluten-Free Dumplings can now be ordered from glutenfreemall.com. They’ll be making their way into Whole Foods Markets in the coming months, according to tweets, but we have a feeling you’ll want to try these ASAP.