Shanghai Featured Product: Pierogi Ladies

Shanghai Featured Product: Pierogi Ladies

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If you’re not from Poland or married to a Pole, if you’ve never been to Poland or if you never lived in a Polish community outside of Poland you have no idea that you are missing out on something delicious!I’m from Toledo, Ohio, which you also might not know has a long history with their Polish community. So, I’ve encountered and devoured my fair share of pierogi. But for those of you who have not had the pleasure of tasting one, let me take a second and familiarise you with them. 

Pierogi (that’s the plural) are the Polish equivalent to Chinese Dumplings. They have a flour based dough that is stuffed with some sort of filling. The dough is sealed and cooked in a pot of boiling water for a few minutes. Then depending on your filling you can top them with bacon, olives or sour cream. 
While Shanghai has a flourishing dining scene there are several ethnic cusinies missing here, including Polish restaurants. 

Hold on! Dry your eyes! There might not be a restaurant (yet!), but there is a delicious alternative…

Thanks to Shanghai’s very own Pierogi Ladies, that doesn’t mean you can’t get your hands on a pierogi or two (dozen!!). Two fantastic Polish expats, Gosia and Joanna, are introducing these cute little Polish dumplings to our city. Using Gosia’s grandmothers pierogi dough recipe, they are filling hundreds of pierogi every week to satisfy the city’s demand.

These bite-sized snacks are bursting with different flavors. Traditionally they’re stuffed with sauerkraut and mushroom for Christmas or chicken meat when served at weddings, but those flavors are reserved for fancy occasions. For other non-celebratory days, pierogi are usually stuffed with a mixture of potatoes, onion and cottage cheese. Sautéed with a bit of butter and some chopped onions (and bacon if you like), Pierogi Ladies Classic Pierogi are highly addictive!

This brings me to a little secret from Gosia and Joanna, after boiling the dumplings, lightly sauté them in butter to give the dough a slight crunch. You don’t have to do this, but I really loved them sautéed. 

Pierogi l Pierogi Ladies l Recipe Nomad


Pierogi Ladies also offer a second filling choice, Spinach-Feta Cheese which is quite popular among the expat population. They taste best sautéed with a bit of butter and a smashed glove of garlic. Extra garnishes of tomatoes and olives really brighten up the dish as well. 

Spinach and Feta Pierogi l Pierogi Ladies

And in case you were wondering, pierogi can be a dessert as well! These two geniuses also stuff the pierogi with strawberries and include a side of sweetened sour cream to satisfy your sweet tooth. After boiling these, I sautéed them with a bit of coconut oil, but you could also use butter.

Strawberry Pierogi l Pierogi Ladies l Recipe Nomad

 

Gosia and Joanna claim on their website that these culinary pieces of art will blow your mind.  So did they live up to expectations…

They are absolutely delicious! My friends and family all loved them. The are filled just right so they don’t look like a soggy doughy mess in a plate. But they’re light enough that you can eat 8 in a row! 
Pierogi are the perfect after school/work snack or you can add a colorful salad and bowl of soup to make a full meal. Pierogi Ladies sell them in packs of 8 and are frozen for easy storage. When you’re ready to make them, like the day they’re delivered, you just boil them in salt water until the pierogi float to the top. Then drain and sauté in butter.  Boom! 

So how can you get your hands on this Polish staple? 

There are lots of ways…

  • Check out their website to see what flavors of pierogi you want
  • Order via WeChat:  They can deliver to you (for a small fee based on your location) 

    Joanna – Mobile: 18521522747/  WeChat: joasiaboczek

    Gosia – Mobile: 13818782405/  WeChat: GosiaM

  • Pick them up at Craft in (7 Donghu Road, Near Middle Huai Hai Road)

*They come frozen with instructions on how to prepare them at home. It’s super easy!**

  • Enjoy them fresh at Craft every Tuesday night from 8:00pm-10:30pm (ps they’re currently playing GoT!!)
  • Or visit them at pop up markets around Shanghai, like Jiashan market and Brunch & Bazaar where you can eat them straight off the frying pan or take them home with you. 
  • They are also available for brunch at The Rooster (455 North Shaanxi road)
  • Look for them in June at Kate and Kimi online! 

I’ve just given you plenty of ways to get yourself pierogi but how about I tell you a secret… Mention Recipe Nomad and they’ll give you 10% off your order!

 

**I was given free pierogi in return for my post. However all thoughts and opinions are my own.**

If you have a product that you would like featured, please email me at RecipeNomad@gmail.com

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12 Comments on Shanghai Featured Product: Pierogi Ladies

Recipe Nomad said : administrator Report May 27, 2016 at 10:05 AM

Well this might be a good reason to come to Shanghai!

Recipe Nomad said : administrator Report May 27, 2016 at 10:05 AM

Go grab some frozen pierogi and prepare them as I instructed. You'll love them!

Recipe Nomad said : administrator Report May 27, 2016 at 10:05 AM

I never thought I would get Pierogi here but alas! It's true... China has everything...

Recipe Nomad said : administrator Report May 27, 2016 at 10:04 AM

You're welcome!

Recipe Nomad said : administrator Report May 27, 2016 at 10:04 AM

Oh how lucky are you? I love when families pass on recipes. There is such a strong bond between heritage and food. It's beautiful!

Recipe Nomad said : administrator Report May 27, 2016 at 10:03 AM

Agreed... definitely not Chinese dumplings, but I live in China so I was trying to give my readers (who are unfamiliar with Polish food) an example. Pierogis ;) are so yummy!

Ilona @ Ilona's Passion said : Guest Report May 26, 2016 at 12:14 AM

I am 100% Polish and I love polish food. Thanks for pointing out that Pierogi is already plural. I've noticed that many people don't realize that. They are stuffed with many ingredients like meat, potatoes, fruits, sauerkraut and more. However, I wouldn't compare them as equivalent to Chinese dumplings. I love pierogis:) Lovely post!

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Meeta said : Guest Report May 25, 2016 at 7:03 PM

I love dumplings regardless where they come from. But living in Germany Pierogi is often a favorite here. I learnt how to make them from my husbands grand-mother who was displaced from Poland during the second world war. So there are often many stories when we make pierogi together!

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Amanda said : Guest Report May 25, 2016 at 2:18 PM

WOW! I never thought about making my own pierogi's!! I'm excited to try these! They look SO appetizing!! Thanks for sharing all this fabulous information!

valentina said : Guest Report May 25, 2016 at 2:14 PM

So delicious! I love Pierogi. We have a Polish restaurant in town that serves them and they're my favorite menu item!

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Elizabeth @ SugarHero.com said : Guest Report May 25, 2016 at 11:17 AM

I've never actually had pierogi, although I sometimes see them for sale in the freezer section. This post made me want to try some immediately!

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Sara | Belly Rumbles said : Guest Report May 25, 2016 at 11:04 AM

They look lovely, sadly not in Shanghai to take advantage of these plump morsels of deliciousness.

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