When you live in Dubai, you get excited about spotting certain things in grocery stores. For me, dumpling wrappers are one of them.
Waitrose (a Western supermarket) by me in the Marina used to be a reliable source for gyoza wrappers. But in the last 6 months, I have only found one packet and I check every week. ONE PACKET!
One day a few months ago, I made a big ol’ vat of dumpling filling only to realize I had run out of gyoza wrappers. A drive to my usual haunts (including an hour-long detour to the Chinese stores in International city) did not turn up any kind of dumpling wrapper at all so I ended up making my own from scratch.
That experience of rolling out 40+ balls of dough and then flattening each and every one of them individually to the right thinness put me off making dumplings for a very long time.
And then yesterday I was at LuLu Hypermarket in Al Barsha and came across not just wonton wrappers but gyoza as well! I nearly did the happy dance in public but then I remembered it was Ramadan and didn’t want to get arrested for dancing and singing in public during daylight hours.
Ok, I wouldn’t have gotten arrested (I don’t think) but I didn’t want to seem disrespectful either. For the love of wonton or not.
These Fortune Brand wrappers are made in the USA and cost 8.25 dhs per packet.
The won ton wrappers at the very top of this post are from Thailand and cost 18.45 dhs per packet.
For a Google map of other grocery stores that sell Asian ingredients, please read my post here.
(Yes, I have been experimenting with Instagram photos again – I really love their fun filters!)