If you’re a fan of Korean cuisine and you don’t have time to cook everything from scratch, then you have to try these Bibigo Steamed Dumplings from Costco.
These Bibigo dumplings are fashioned after Korean-style soup dumplings and filled with a mixture of chicken and vegetables.
Costco shoppers are raving about them on Reddit, calling them “awesome,” “very tasty,” and “very very good.”
Although these chicken and vegetable dumplings are not available on Costco.com, you can find other Bibigo products through Costco’s website, such as their Chicken & Cilantro Mini Wontons, Beef Bulgogi Mandu, and Korean-Style Crunchy Chicken. To browse the Bibigo offerings available on Costco.com, click here.
Where Bibigo Dumplings Are Made and Sold
While Bibigo is a Korea-based manufacturer, not all of the company’s products are produced in Korea. According to a 2018 article from the Seattle Times, the company that owns the Bibigo brand operates facilities in the US, Vietnam, China, and Russia to fulfill the global demand for dumplings and other Bibigo products.
In addition to being sold at Costco, Bibigo products are also available at places like Walmart, Kroger, Meijer, Wegmans, and Winn-Dixie. However, the value is often competitive at Costco as you can get a larger amount for a lower price than can be found at conventional retailers.
Each 36-count box of Bibigo Steamed Dumplings is available for just $13.89 in the Costco freezer aisle. Compare this to $17.28 when ordering the same product through Instacart.
At most other locations, Bibigo dumplings are available in smaller containers containing fewer dumplings. In this way, Costco offers a great value.
Note that the current Costco price has gone up by $0.10 since 2022 when we first reported on Costco’s dumplings.
Ingredients & Nutrition
The filling of these Bibigo Steamed Dumplings is made with a combination of chicken, cabbage, onion, green onion, tofu (made from soy), chicken broth, shiitake mushroom, water, garlic, sesame oil, sugar, yeast extract, soy sauce (contains wheat), salt, seasoning, ginger powder, gelatin, and black pepper. The dumplings are then wrapped with a dough made from enriched and non-enriched wheat flour, water, salt, and soybean oil.
These dumplings are not gluten free, as they contain multiple wheat-based ingredients. However, they are 100% vegan.
I also appreciate that they don’t contain any preservatives or colorings and that the added sugar is kept to a minimum.
Each box of Bibigo Steamed Dumplings comes with 36 dumplings as well as a dipping sauce which is packaged separately (six sauce packets per box). The above information refers only to the nutritional value of the dumplings.
As you can see, six of these dumplings contain 250 calories from 7 grams of fat, 35 mg of cholesterol, 570 mg of sodium, 34 grams of carbs, 2 grams of fiber, 2 grams of sugar, and 15 grams of protein.
These dumplings are quite high in sodium, which is important to be aware of, as consuming too much sodium can lead to certain health issues.
The photo above shows the nutrition information and ingredients for the dipping sauce. From one packet of sauce, you will be consuming 25 calories from 370 mg of sodium, 6 grams of carbs, 4 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.
The most important thing to be aware of nutrition-wise with these dumplings is their sodium content. An easy way to reduce your sodium intake when eating these dumplings is to skip the dipping sauce. However you end up eating your dumplings, just make sure that you don’t consume more than 2300 mg of sodium in a single day, as this can lead to health complications, especially if you consume high levels of sodium regularly over time.
While I wouldn’t call these dumplings unhealthy, I also wouldn’t necessarily call them healthy. They’re definitely a perfectly decent snack or meal to enjoy on occasion, but I wouldn’t recommend eating these every day. Generally speaking, avoiding packaged foods high in sodium is an important part of sticking to a healthy diet.
Preparing Your Dumplings
The most popular way to prepare these dumplings is by popping them into the microwave. You can also prepare them in a pan on the stove top or in an air fryer. You can even steam them, which is the traditional way to prepare dumplings. We’ll go over all of these prep methods below.
To prepare your Bibigo dumplings in the microwave, follow these steps…
- Remove one tray of dumplings from the box
- Cut one corner of the plastic pouch to allow steam to escape
- Place the sauce packet in a bowl of warm water to defrost
- Put the dumpling tray into the microwave and heat on high for about two minutes
- Remove the tray from the microwave and let it cool for about one minute
- Carefully remove the plastic bag from the tray
- Add dipping sauce and serve!
For a look at how to prepare frozen dumplings in the air fryer, check out these instructions from Air Fryer World. The process should only take about 15 minutes total.
If you’d rather steam or poach your dumplings, check out this post from Serious Eats where they go over the traditional method for steaming dumplings in a bamboo steaming tray.
It’s worth noting that all Bibigo dumplings come fully cooked. However, they are frozen when you purchase them, so they should be fully reheated prior to eating.
Overall, Bibigo Steamed Dumplings are some of the most popular and well-loved frozen dumplings in the world.
These Reddit users are super happy with the Bibigo Steamed Dumplings, noting their delicious flavor and how easy they are to make. One commenter also notes that they’re a great value for the price and quality…
Yet more glowing feedback for these dumplings…
That said, a few commenters did share the opinion that the Bibigo Steamed Dumplings aren’t quite as tasty as some of the other Bibigo products, such as the Beef Bulgogi Mandu…
One user even noted that these dumplings might very well be the same ones sold at Trader Joe’s, but at a much more reasonable price…
Overall, the Bibigo Steamed Dumplings available at Costco have an enthusiastic following among shoppers and are especially popular for their price point, ease of preparation, and flavor.
But Costco’s dumpling offerings don’t stop here! To read about all of the different dumpling varieties available at Costco, check out our post about it here.