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Hongdae Mandu – FAPFAP!

October 25, 2012


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MMMMMmmmmmm Maannnddduuuu…

Side note: we filmed this video before we went to Mexico and California, before we got pink eye, so we’re not quite this healthy yet. If we had to film a FAPFAP today, we’d have a lot more difficulty reading the menus. Hopefully we’ll be ready to WANK and FAPFAP by next week! Woohoo!

Anyhow, we went to one of our favourite dumpling shops in Korea-not our absolute total favourite-but one of our favourites. This shop is in Hongdae and I’m not sure if it’s one of kind (heeeeeelllooooooooo…helllloooooooo) but it does make yummy homemade dumplings. One of the things I do really love about this shop is its charming squishy interior. It’s very VERY cozy and you barely have room to put your bags down, but everyone just squishes in together and shares the counter space like you’re eating with friends and family. The crowd is also very young since it’s in the university area, so you often see hungry students coming in with their backpacks noming down piles of dumplings.

We mention the different kinds of mandu (dumplings) in the video, but I want to add that the shrimp mandu is not commonly found at a mandu restaurant, nor are the large sizes of the mandu at this restaurant a common thing in Korea. Unless you’re having the big steamed doughy bread buns with red bean paste, which is not the same as the kind of mandu we’re eating today. Actually, there are so many different kinds of steamed dumplings that you can check out one of our older videos which features the doughy bread kind. Ah yes, the birth of Professor WHATTHEHEXHERFRIGGINGNAME!!!

Anyhoo, for directions to this place, you have to see this older WANK video where we walk past this mandu shop with the intent of eating there for another time, and THIS is that other time! It’s like, YOUTUBE INCEPTION!!!??? VIDEO WITHIN VIDEO!???? DDADADADADADAAA!

I think the last thing I’d want to add is why this isn’t our all time favourite place. The filling used in these mandus are delicious, but they are all kind of stuffed with the same basic filling, with the exception of the kimchi mandu having additional kimchi, and the shrimp one having a whole piece of shrimp. But even though they are packaged in different dough cases (some fried, some thicker, some thinner) the basic flavour remains the same. It’s delicious, but I’d love a little change up. Our all time favourite shop serves a special galbi mandu, which is like a marinated beef and it’s ridiculously delicious! One day we’ll have to head to that shop, because they have all different fillings but served in the same dough casing. I guess my last question is if anyone else had that dying urge to try mandu like I did when they read manga/manhwa or watched dramas and anime? Spirited Away (by Hayao Miyazaki) was one of the WORST experiences because I just wanted to eat everything in that movie..and then I’d be turned into a pig…GAHHHH!

Anyone else?

Martina the Piggy


And we have some extra scenes we thought were kind of boring so we added to the bloopers and my hair turned out terribly on camera…not that I deleted the scence because of my ugly hair *cough* I look like a skeleton!!! And or course, also some bloopers!



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Hongdae Mandu – FAPFAP!


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  1. idk why i watch F.A.P.F.A.Ps when im hungry but its such a bad idea….especially this one…i want Mandus!!!!!!!!!!! ;_;

    2 years ago
  2. You know what I’m doing right now? Planning my trip to South Korea. So far, I only have plans to eat a lot of food. (Then maybe find YG’s personal fitness trainer…. lol)

    3 years ago
  3. :O ME TOO! Er, I’m gluten intolerant, too! Lol. I’m going to start experimenting with gluten-free Korean recipes on my blog, though. I try to eat gluten and grain free as much as possible due to health issues, and it’s usually easy to substitute or modify, or try new recipes with most western foods… but it’s harder with Korean food! With things like mandu, ramen, gochujang, etc… well, except that I found out there’s wheat free gochujang! YAY! But yeah, I just keep hunting & will soon be blogging my experiments at my blog, if you’re interested. ^^ estherkimcotton.com

    4 years ago
  4. Aw, I thought this was recently filmed & assumed you were feeling better & that your eye was healed! Well, hope you guys feel better & heal up soon! :) I miss mandu~ and wheat (I’m gluten intolerant)~ well, only when it comes to certain Korean foods. Lol.

    4 years ago
  5. That’s probably one of my favourite scene’s from Spirited Away – mostly because all the food looks so so so delicious. Good job Martina!

    4 years ago
  6. Your dress is cute Martina! :D (you don’t get any praises Simon for being a buzz-kill :P )Is it possible to send mandus through mail? because I’d really like to claim mandus for a future EYK give-away X”DDD
    1:33 Why did you spoil the Magic Moment of Mandus Simon? :))
    6:02 – 6:06 helloooo :))

    Get well guise!!! > . . <))))

    4 years ago
  7. That big fried mandu looks like an empanada. All over the world cultures are stuffing half moon shaped dough with random stuff then deep frying it. We all just know.

    4 years ago
  8. SPIRITED AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!
    *cough* okay calmed myself down…
    i want mandu!!! and i think it’s actually cool that you gotta get sauce and stuff by yourself!! and in that place it’s right in front of your face…so even better!!!!
    oh and DUBU=ONEW!!!!!!

    4 years ago
  9. Whhhy oh whhhhyyyy!? Your fapfaps just made me crave mandu/ gyoza / dimsum and there is no way I can get any. I remember making them when I was at Japanese school and how delish they were. All the more reason to go somewhere where I can get Asian food on my next holiday.

    4 years ago
  10. Totally wanted to eat the dumplings in manga/manhwa Martina and the curry bread…really want to eat some curry bread. Currently collecting keys and slipping on the sandals at this moment and heading to local korean supermarket….aka in my asian mall disneyland…buhbyes.

    4 years ago
  11. Gahh that twigum mandu looks so delicious *O*

    4 years ago
  12. OK now I’m hungry… I need to find a Korean place that serves this here. I’m still on my high of Mexican food from the last time though, the best mexican place here is just on the next street but it’s always close. In fact, I think it’s definitely close (noooooooooo) but you can never tell since they always reopen a month or three after being close all the time before that, really weird place…

    4 years ago
  13. hahaha loved the people pointing at you in top left corner at 5:44 and 5:59. And also the girl waving at 6:33. Everyone wants to be an EYK star! XD

    4 years ago
  14. Ah!! That friend mandu – I think Indonesia had something similar, they called it ‘jalankote’.

    And is mandu the same as Japanese gyoza?

    Btw, I noticed all the chopsticks there were metal. I actually rarely come across metal chopsticks – the latest pair being in that package you sent me. Is that a Korean thing?

    4 years ago
    • Oh wow so they’re all flat too? o_O I was shocked enough when it was metal – so much that I couldn’t possibly imagine it being normally flat too :p
      I though maybe it was some novelty flat chopsticks that S&M had found in the 100 yen store.

      Flat metal chopsticks. Everyday. Whoa.

      4 years ago