[Sponsored Review] Mouthfuls of Goodness from Dim Sum & Co.

Dim Sum & Co.

Some time ago, the lovely Tina from Dim Sum & Co. contacted me asking if I would like to try out their new range of easy-to-prepare, ready-made yum cha snacks. Dim Sum & Co. is a wonderful company that is proud to have created “a range of spring rolls, dumplings, buns and siu mai that is Australian owned and made, using fresh Australian ingredients” with no fillers or added MSG. Committed to delivering a “healthy, hearty and delicious alternative to Asian fast food”, Dim Sum & Co. does this by “quick freezing” all their products, which preserves nutrients and freshness, giving you the convenience of storing them in your freezer until you need them.

Dim Sum & Co.

I received three of their beautifully-packaged boxes of frozen goodies in an adorable cooler bag full of ice. These three boxes contained: (1) Pork and Asian Greens Dumplings, (2) Steamed BBQ Pork Buns, and (3) Chicken & Water Chestnut Siu Mai. Yum, yum!

Dim Sum & Co.

Now, we sampled all of these over the course of a few months (they keep in the freezer very well), and I have to say, despite being frozen meal packs, they tasted decently fresh after heating them up. I attribute this to the cooking methods that the instructions offer. You don’t just chuck these guys in a microwave (well, of course you can, but they’re not going to taste as impressive). There are several suggested ways of cooking each item, and I advise you not to take any shortcuts here. There was the exception of the siu mai, which came with a handy ‘microwave steam box’, which worked well for us, but we’ll get to that in a bit. Without further ado, here are my personal observations of the sampling:

Pork and Asian Greens Dumplings

“Tender parcels of lean pork, asian greens and delectable spices in homemade pastry.”

Pork and Asian Greens Dumplings

I’ve tried many freezer dumplings in my time. None of them tasted as healthy as these Pork and Asian Greens Dumplings. They don’t taste like they’ve been laced with a heap of preservatives, neither do they taste like they’re completely stuffed with filler ingredients or loaded with sodium. Just simple flavours in a small chewy pocket. Delicious!

Pork and Asian Greens Dumplings Pork and Asian Greens Dumplings

You can steam, boil or pan fry them. We went with steaming (healthier option). This locks in all the juiciness, making the insides soft and pillowy! They don’t take a lot of time to prepare and they do look quite adorable once cooked and all served up on a plate!

Steamed BBQ Pork Buns

“Lean pork marinated in rich sauces, wrapped in a light and soft bun.”

Steamed BBQ Pork Buns Steamed BBQ Pork Buns

These BBQ pork buns (a favourite snack of James’, by the way) come in packs of eight and allow for two easy methods of preparation: steaming or microwaving. Steaming them takes a little longer (6-7 minutes), while microwaving varies between 30 to 90 seconds depending on your portions. We’ve tested both methods and from what we’ve gathered, steaming the buns resulted in a much fluffier, softer result, with the pork filling retaining its moistness. The microwaved buns turned out dense, hard and cakey. Not the best texture in the world, but still edible. They also dried out really quick, turning into rocks once they fully cooled. If you’re going for a tastier result, there’s no alternative, you’ve got to steam them. If you don’t have a steamer or just want to save time, microwaving is still alright, just don’t expect to be blown away by the results and be sure to eat them quick, while they’re hot.

Steamed BBQ Pork Buns Steamed BBQ Pork Buns

Overall, I really loved them steamed. They tasted like true pork buns with their saucy fillings, and their fluffy white buns were just the right sweetness. They’re a good size too – little miniature fun-sized buns, good for portion control. Personally, I wouldn’t eat them microwaved. But that’s just me.

Chicken & Water Chestnut Siu Mai

“Generous parcels of tender chicken and crisp water chestnuts.”

Chicken & Water Chestnut Siu Mai

These little siu mai definitely taste fresh and healthy. You can actually taste the individual ingredients of chicken and crunchy chestnuts – it’s not just generic mush like most freezer dumplings you get. Pretty impressive for a product that we cooked in the microwave (the container it comes in provides a conducive microwave steamer – so convenient!).

Chicken & Water Chestnut Siu Mai Chicken & Water Chestnut Siu Mai

I thoroughly enjoyed them with some tamari on the side. But you could very well eat them plain, without any garnish or sauce. However, you only get six in a box! That’s not nearly enough! James and I split them between us, and we were sorely hankering for more once we were done with them!

Chicken & Water Chestnut Siu Mai

The verdict? Dim Sum & Co. brings frozen snacks to a whole new level! In this day and age, the frozen food industry is completely saturated in unhealthy selections and unappetising choices. Rest assured that this company does things right. Their products are delicious, but also good for you.

Pork and Asian Greens Dumplings

The Dim Sum & Co. Range includes:
Chicken & Water Chestnut Siu Mai
Crispy Peking Duck Spring Rolls
Homestyle Chicken Spring Rolls
Steamed BBQ Pork Buns
Pork & Asian Greens Dumplings
Farm Fresh Vegetable Spring Rolls

Official website: http://www.dimsumandco.com.au/

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