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Box of Boudin Clam Chowder from Costco
Bowl of Boudin Clam Chowder from Costco

I received a request to review this clam chowder from Costco which worked out because I just got some the week before. By the way, if you thought it might come in a bread bowl since that's the picture on the box - it does not - the box just states that it's great with Boudin bread bowls. The clam chowder comes in two large plastic containers. I heated one of the containers of clam chowder in a pot on the stovetop per the directions on the box, however, you could also just microwave it following the directions, as well.

The consistency of the soup was fine - it wasn't too watery or goopy, and it had the typical potatoes and clams (with more potatoes than clams). The taste was OK - it had a creamy, savory clam chowder taste that was maybe slightly better than your typical clam chowder out of a can, but not by much. The main flavor of the soup was its saltiness, and it was too overwhelming for me... I couldn't taste much more than a salty cream taste. I noticed the ingredients also listed bacon, but I don't think I really tasted a bacon flavor (unless that was the saltiness I was tasting).

I've had clam chowder in San Francisco in a sourdough bread bowl, and it was much better. Even Sweet Tomatoes/Soup Plantation has clam chowder that is much better. I know there's a difference between being made fresh vs. preserved, but I still expected a better taste.

Overall, it was better than your average preserved clam chowder, but it was too salty for me. I wasn't able to eat more than one small bowl of it. Maybe it would have tasted better if I had eaten it from a bread bowl...

Overall Rating:
OK
Food: Boudin Sourdough Clam Chowder
Source: Costco, Tucson, AZ
Rating: OK

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Bag of Silk Road Foods Kimchi & Pork Dumplings from Costco
Inside of Silk Road Foods Kimchi & Pork Dumplings bag from Costco
Cooked kimchi & pork dumplings from Costco on a plate
Silk Road Kimchi & Pork Dumplings from Costco

My boyfriend and I noticed Costco started carrying these frozen kimchi & pork dumplings from Silk Road Foods. We've had other frozen Korean dumplings from Costco, so we decided to try these, too. The directions on the bag say they can be steamed, fried, or microwaved, so we prepared it the easiest way: three dumplings in the microwave for three minutes, covered with a damp paper towel. The bag also states these are "large" dumplings, but they aren't huge or anything: maybe about 2 inches x 2 inches (or maybe slightly larger).

The kimchi & pork dumplings were a little spicy, but I didn't really taste much of a kimchi flavor. It tasted more just like a spicy pork dumpling than a kimchi-pork dumpling. It sort of has a mix of savory Korean flavors, but it mostly just tasted salty to me. They were OK overall, but they weren't great and I wouldn't get these again.

Overall Rating:
OK
Food: Silk Road Foods: Kimchi & Pork Dumplings (Frozen)
Source: Costco, Tucson, AZ
Rating: OK

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Box of Bibigo Chicken & Vegetable Steamed Dumplings
Bibigo Chicken & Vegetable Steamed Dumplings, microwaved

After trying the Bibigo mini wontons from Costco, we tried some of these Bibigo steamed dumplings. According to the instructions, the only way you should cook them is using the microwave. The dumplings came in a little tray that gets microwaved for two minutes.

Like with the wontons, some spots on the dumplings were a little dry after microwaving, however, the steamed dumplings also came with a sauce. The taste of dumplings was very similar to Bibigo's wontons, just in a dumpling wrapper instead of a wonton one. It still had a Korean mandu taste with a dominant green onion flavor. Sometimes when you bite into one, water squirts out... so make sure you have a plate.. or at least a paper towel.

If you add the sauce, it adds a nice light, sweet flavor to it, which I liked. On their own, they were just OK, but the addition of the sauce definitely made these better for me.

Update (Nov. 2016): I had this rating at "good" intially, but the more I have these, the more tiring they get. I still have trays sitting in the freezer that are not seeming appealing to eat, so I'm lowering this rating to "ok".

Overall Rating:
OK
Food: Bibigo Steamed Dumplings, Chicken & Vegetable (Frozen)
Source: Costco, Tucson, AZ
Rating: OK (without added sauce)
Rating: OK~Good (with sauce)

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