If you’re on the search to try quintessential Asian delicacies that fit in with your plant-based diet, then you’ll want to keep reading. Just in time for the upcoming lunar new year, you can now embrace the flavors of Asia in your own kitchen!   OMNI Teriyaki Bao Buns, OMNI Potstickers, and OMNI Spring Rolls have joined our popular OMNI Luncheon nationwide at over 1600 Albertsons, Safeway, Pavilions, Vons, Acme Markets, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Jewel-Osco, Star Market, and Shaw’s! 

Steamer of OMNI plant-based teryaki bao buns

If you haven’t tried any of these before – plant-based or not – we’re here to share. While potstickers, spring rolls, and bao buns have some similarities (being all dough-wrapped dishes with various fillings), understanding what makes them unique will ensure you enjoy each and every one of them.

Understanding the Differences

Potstickers a.k.a Dumplings: A Timeless Classic

The humble dumpling, more commonly known in the USA as a “potsticker”, has its origins in Ancient China during the Eastern Han Dynasty (206 B.C. to 220 A.D.). These delightful treats are made by wrapping a wheat flour dough around a flavorful filling of meat and vegetables. Over time, dumplings have become one of the most popular Chinese dishes globally, and today it still carries an auspicious meaning during Lunar New Year celebrations: it is believed that consuming dumplings brings prosperity and wealth as their shape resembles ancient currency of gold ingots.

 

Potstickers are a specific type of dumpling that emerged from China’s Imperial Court during the Song Dynasty (960 to 1280 A.D.). According to the legend, a chef accidentally left his dumplings on the stove for too long, causing them to stick to the pot and develop a burnt crispy bottom. He ingeniously presented them as a new steam-fried dish, featuring a crispy bottom while maintaining a soft texture on top named “potstickers”.

Our OMNI plant-based potstickers are brimming with succulent OMNI Pork Ground, veggies, and Asian aromatics. You can prepare them in a variety of methods – try pan-frying these potstickers or explore other methods of cooking dumplings including boiling, steaming, deep-frying, air-frying, or adding it to a delicious soup for different textures. They’re incredibly versatile!

Spring Rolls: A Light and Crunchy Delight

Spring rolls are often mistaken for “egg rolls” in the USA. While egg rolls were invented by Asian-Americans and made with a thicker, yeast dough wrapper (traditionally containing egg), spring rolls originate in China and have a thin, crispy, and flaky wheat flour wrapper. The name “spring roll” comes from its filling consisting of seasonal spring vegetables. Like egg rolls, spring rolls are often deep-fried for a golden, crisp exterior. You’ll find our succulent plant-based OMNI Ground and aromatic vegetables in our OMNI plant-based spring rolls. If you don’t want to deep-fry, no problem! You can also air-fry or bake our spring rolls. 

Bao Buns: Soft and Fluffy Pillows

Bao buns, also known as “steamed buns” or “baozi”, are a type of filled bun with a more bread-like consistency compared to potstickers & spring rolls. While bao buns are Chinese in origin and typically filled with meat and vegetables, their fluffy texture and slightly sweet taste make them the perfect vessel for a wide range of flavors and ingredients. You’ll find this with our new bao buns inspired by flavors of East Asia: Korean-style BBQ bun features our OMNI plant-based Strips in an authentic Korean Chili Sauce, known as “Gochujang’’; the Japanese teriyaki bun is filled with our OMNI plant-based Ground in a sweet and tangy sauce.

OMNI Bao Bun cut in half

Serving Suggestions

Potstickers, spring rolls, and bao buns can all be enjoyed on their own as a snack or appetizer, or part of a larger meal – it’s really up to you! Here are some ways we recommend: 

Potstickers are usually served with a dipping sauce. If you’re into spice, check out Hot Jiang Chili Oil, a vegan-friendly chili oil crafted by Bling Empire’s Kelly Mi Li and her mom. Or if you already have some staple Asian sauces in your cabinet you can try this recipe by @madison_vegan.eats! Just with a mixture of soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sesame oil, you can create your own sauce.

Spring rolls are also typically served with a dipping sauce. We recommend pairing these with your choice of plum sauce, vegan Vietnamese nuoc cham (fish sauce), peanut sauce, or even simply with vegan hoisin sauce.

Bao Buns can be enjoyed as they are – our Korean-style BBQ & Teriyaki flavors mean that there’s plenty of sauce inside the bao buns already. If you’re looking for a more filling meal, you can serve them with a side of stir-fried vegetables or a warm bowl of miso soup.

To elevate your bao bun game, check out this golden, crispy Teriyaki Bao Bun recipe topped with Sriracha Mayo and Furikake. For more detailed instructions on how to cook your bao buns (with or without a steamer), check out our complete guide on vegan bao buns

Time to make space in your freezers and head to your closest Albertsons & companies here!

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