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People who come from different families or cultures across the globe make their own version of dumplings and enjoy them. And today, we have brought you one of the most delicious dumpling recipes from Korea, which is known as “Mandu.”
It does not matter what filling is there in Mandu dumplings; the ingredients must go well together with taste & textures. These tiny yet tasty dumplings are stuffed with a mixture of meat or vegetables. Typically, Mandu has a filling of pork, but if you want, you can replace that with beef, or to give it a vegetarian twist, you can use mushrooms. It’s that simple!
Everyone in Korea as well as in different parts of the world, who is familiar with Mandu, just loves it! The best part of this Korean dish is that you can cook a lot of them at a time and just freeze them. After that, you can use them over time in various ways. Isn’t this amazing?
It’s a big yes from your side; we know that! But I can guarantee you that this recipe can help you to create an impression in front of your close ones. You can show your cooking skills by making this recipe and earn a lot of applause, but don’t forget to thank me later! Just kidding, so, let’s get started with the recipe!
How To Make Korean Mandu Dumplings
Korean Mandu (Dumplings) Recipe
- Large Mixing Bowl
- Medium-Sized Mixing Bowl
- A Bowl
- 1 Pound Lean Ground Pork Beef – Optional
- 1 Cup Finely Chopped Cabbage Parboiled
- 1 Medium Size Onion Finely Chopped
- ½ Cup Tofu Finely Chopped
- 4 Ounces Mung Bean Noodles Soaked In Hot Water For 10-15 Minutes
- 3 – 4 Cloves Garlic Finely Chopped
- 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
- 1 tsp Sesame Oil
- 1 tsp Black Pepper Crushed
- 1 tsp Kosher Salt
- 1 Packet Of Circular Mandu Wrappers
- Dipping Sauce For Serving
- Gather all the ingredients in one place.
- Now, take a large mixing bowl, and add the ground pork, cabbage, onion, tofu, and noodles to it.
- To prepare a seasoning mixture, take another medium size mixing bowl and add other ingredients like garlic, soy sauce, kosher salt, sesame oil, and crushed black pepper. Mix well.
- Pour the seasoning mix over the mixture of meat and vegetables. Now, mix it gently and make sure that everything is combined well.
- Open the packet of dumpling wrappers to take them out. Place about 1 tablespoon of the prepared filling in the center of the mandu wrapper.
- Keep a bowl of water in front of you and dip your finger into that to wet the sides of the wrapper.
- Next step is to fold the dumpling wrapper in half and press to seal properly. Also, crimp the edges to give it a good shape. Repeat this step until all the fillings are used.
- Now, you can steam, sauté, or fry the dumplings. It’s completely your choice how you want it to be.
- Lastly, serve these yummy dumplings with a basic dipping sauce.
- It’s not necessary to use pork; you can replace it with beef as well. Plus, you can add veggies of your choice to give it a more personalized twist.
- You can replace mung bean noodles with sweet potato noodles, if you wish.
- If you are left with extra dumpling wrappers, then you can cut them into thin slices and utilize them to make noodle soup.
- You can freeze these dumplings and use frozen dumplings straight from the freezer without even defrosting them, whether you like to steam, fry, sauté, or utilize them in a soup. It’s just that they will need to cook for a longer time.
- Also, you have to remember one thing that the cooking time can be adjusted based on your preferred method of cooking i.e., steaming, frying or sautéing. This is to ensure that the dumplings are cooked properly. And you can enjoy your delicious homemade Mandu!
Mandu dumplings are one of the authentic Korean recipes that you must try! You can enjoy them at any time of the year. It’s one of my favorite recipes to prepare for myself as well as for my family. We are all just in love with this delicacy. I am sure, once you will try this recipe, you will never be able to say no to these pretty and yummy little dumplings. It’s a quick comfort food that you will cherish all your life. And, of course, homemade dumplings are worth it! So, let’s not wait any more, go try this super recipe and share it with your close ones. Do let us know your thoughts on this Korean dish in the comment section below.
What Should I Serve With Mandu Dumplings?
You can serve a lot of things such as hot & sour soup, egg drop soup, vegetable stir fry, etc.
What Does Mandu Taste Like?
It is actually way too flavorful, and in my opinion, it’s so tasty that you can eat it without dipping it in a sauce.
What Is The Major Difference Between Mandu & Dumplings?
Mandu dumplings are folded in a different way when compared to the typical dumplings. Mandu is folded just like Chinese dumplings, but they are folded one more time which gives them a circular shape. Also, Mandu is served along with vinegar or kimchi for a dipping sauce.
Are Mandu Dumplings Healthy?
Korean Mandu is considered to be healthy because they enable you to consume enough nutrients altogether as they contain meat and fresh vegetables.