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The Incredible Frozen Dumplings I Order on Repeat Are Going Away Forever — Here’s Where to Snag Them ASAP

updated Mar 10, 2023
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It’s really no secret that we’re big fans of online grocer and flavor purveyor Fly By Jing. Their sauces, spice mixes, and pantry staples are inspired by founder Jing Gao’s hometown Chengdu in China’s Sichuan province, and they inspire us to cook more creatively at home. The brand’s first major hit was their signature Sichuan Chili Crisp, which quickly became one of our favorite condiments. However, I’m here to tell you about the most drool-worthy pick from their selection of flavorful finds: Fly By Jing dumplings.

More about my obsession with these savory, ready-to-eat morsels below, but first, some important news: Their pork soup dumplings are being discontinued. Today, Monday, March 13 at 12 p.m. EST, Fly By Jing will release their final run of Pork XLB Soup Dumplings. They come in bags (18 dumplings per bag) and you can buy two bags for $40, four for $76, or six for $108. After that, these dumplings will never be sold again. Seriously!

Like all of the brand’s ridiculously good pantry essentials, the flavors in this delicacy are rooted in Sichuan tradition. Their Pork XLB Soup Dumplings are made in California with USDA-certified pork and umami-rich mushrooms and aromatics. Designed for eating whenever you’d like, these restaurant-quality dumplings can be quickly steamed and then eating either with dipping sauce or, if you’re really in the mood for soup, served in a hot bowl of your favorite broth. You can also grab their Starter Pack ($79.20), which includes three bags of dumplings plus one jar each of their Sichuan Chili Crisp and Zhong Sauce. Savory and succulent, the dumplings can live in your freezer for a super-easy meal or snack literally whenever the mood strikes. I won’t lie, though: The mood always strikes.

My preferred dipping sauce has got to be FBJ’s tangy black vinegar. It complements the richness of the juicy pork and can be mixed with some soy sauce to create a more complex and well-rounded flavor profile. The soup dumplings taste best steamed in a bamboo basket if you ask me, and I love tossing them them into whatever leftover broth I have from my Sunday soup or even a simple mushroom broth with fresh herbs. My dinner got an instant umami upgrade and I was actually shooketh by how many of these delicious dumplings I was able to tear through in one sitting. I used to order these on repeat to be my quick dinner solution, and I hope FBJ comes out with another dumpling variety soon.

Ready in minutes straight from the freezer, these mouth-watering dumplings bring seriously better-than-restaurant quality flavors to the comfort of your own home. We’re not sure how quickly they’ll sell out, and if you haven’t tried these before, you’ll be so glad you did.