Product Review: Chicken & Cilantro Wontons

[ 0 ] October 5, 2011 |

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As I learn more and more about food, frozen foods often scare me.  They are like the prepackaged enemy when you learn what goes into most of the food production, but as with most things in life, there are always the exceptions.  When I received the opportunity to try one of CJ Foods new Korean Pantry products, I was curious to see if this would surely change my mind.  I received the mini Chicken & Cilantro wontons which raised my curiosity to a new level where I am a food snob when it comes to these mini delicacies.

Taking on the task of cooking them two ways proved two things:  (1) all frozen foods are not created equally and (2) these are my new winter buddies!  Being the queen of soup du jour, I began visualizing the endless possibilities of the soups that would be concocted with these mini wontons beginning with chicken broth to simple ginger root soups.  Pan fried was the simplest and most appealing way to prepare the wontons where they did not take on the typical tough and rubbery texture that can result from fried frozen wontons.  The pan fried technique sparked my interest in whipping up some chili and soy based sauces for a quick appetizer to serve to friends.

The thing about product reviews are you can end up with something totally boring and useless or you can end up having a new go-to product.  CJ’s Chicken & Cilantro wontons are my new go-to product.  My food life has drastically changed in the past couple of years where two years ago I could whip up a homemade banana pudding in the middle of the week and now I barely have time to warm up a Hot Pocket in my house.  My schedule has taken over and despite the fact that I absolutely love it, I still yearn for quality and flavor from my kitchen (*but quick…) when I do have the down time.  With these wontons on hand, I can toss the Hot Pockets and get ready for some quick, homemade wonton soup this winter.

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Category: appetizers, chicken, finger-foods, Product Review, Various Cooking Styles

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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