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!


  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. Came to Seoul for the first time since arriving here to teach, and these mandus rocked my world! Hot damn, they were amazing! Going back tomorrow before I board the KTX back to Cheonan!

  3. me wants crunchy mandu =O! speaking of dimsum. you guys should travel to Hong Kong when you have time for delicious dimsum yumyum numnum.

  4. More FAPFAP please Simon and Martina!

  5. Simon and Martina, I will be going to Seoul for a vacation soon, but can only make it to Hongdae on a Sunday and would really like to try the dumplings there. Is it closed on Sundays? Thanks!

  6. i think i would go to korea just for the food…. yum….
    ANYho… awesome video as always guise, always makes my day :)

  7. MMmmMm…..fried mandus~ I need to check out the mandu place! My fav. mandu is the big wang gogi mandus~! I did this little facebook tab that matched me up with a mandu if I were to be reborn again as a Korean food (http://apps.facebook.com/korea_food) :-) Anyways~ I really enjoy your videos and posts~! Keep up the good work! :-D

  8. Although I’m somewhat vegetarian (I don’t eat pork and shrimp and ect.) I was extremely jealous of all the food because it looked so good D:

  9. yaaargh you made me crave for mandu! Sad to say thanks to hurricane sandy I can’t travel to Toronto to get some….I hope you feature more eating spots in Hongdae, Im planning my trip next year and might stay around that area..

  10. Have you tried ‘찐빵(steamed bread)’ which is sold in convenient stores like family mart or seven eleven? I think you are gonna love it when you have it on a really cold day:)

  11. 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)

  12. 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.

  13. stahp making me hungryyyyyy – I can’t eat it either way though….. ahhhh the life of a gluten-intolerant. <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

  14. Just tried mandu for the first time today at a little hole in the wall place near my university! Sooooo delicious…seriously, I ate an entire serving in less that 5 minutes. Thanks for cluing me in to this tasty, near Zen experience!

  15. 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!

  16. Hello~ Oh, it’s very delicious!! I will return to Korea at Nov. 23th. so I really really want to eat Korean mandu!! T.T and I think that you also eat “Napjak mandu” (Thin mandu? – 납작만두), it is Taegu’s mandu :)

  17. Hello~ Oh, it’s very delicious!! I will return to Korea at Nov. 23th. so I really really want to eat Korean mandu!! T.T and I think that you also eat “Napjak mandu” (Thin mandu? – 납작만두), it is Taegu’s mandu :)

  18. Haha I recognize this place. This place is a franchise? kind of. There’s one in Apgujeong, right across the Galleria. My friends and I eat here between meals because it’s relatively cheap compared to the neighborhood prices, and it’s really good. The miniscule interior seems to be the same in Hongdae too.

  19. 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!!! > . . <))))

  20. Hello to the excited pupil at 6:02

  21. yummm!!! am drooooling!!!!!
    mandu reminds me of the steamy mandu they eat in anime too ;_;
    please make a fapfap about halal/kosher korean restaurants ( if they exist that is) t.t

  22. can you please do on one on jajangmyun

  23. they reason why i must move to korea is endless, so are my reason not to go T.T

  24. Your videos made me so hungry, I got out frozen mandus and made some mandu soups. :) I hope you guys cover more places around Seoul and even Busan Haeundae. Can you guys film inside korean department stores? Busan has the world’s biggest indoor department store and it was soooo big last time I was there.

  25. When I was in Hongdae, Korea, I think I passed that mandu shop and not remember you guys mentioned it before since it was short. :( Oops. Next time, I will go there!

  26. oh god, this fapfap made me crave dumplings like crazy.

  27. Actually I grew up with mandus… uhm I mean I knew them since I was a little child ^^ But yeah Martina I agree with you sooo much. Everytime I see mandus (or other yummy food) I’m like drooling and MUUUUUM I’M SO HUNGRY CAN WE HAVE MANDUS FOR DINNER?????

    Oh and just wanted to let you guuise know… you made me so hungry right now with this video hahaha

  28. I am so glad that tomorrow I am leaving for NYC and our first stop is Koreatown and DINNER! After watching this (and laughing my butt off, I love you guys) I am jonesing for mandu…my fav’s are the Kings, steamed yumminess!

  29. the fried mandu~~ now i’m gonna have some because that looked so good. droolingggg.

  30. I guess every Asian cuisines are kind of similar in one way or another.

  31. You should try adding vinegar in the dipping sauce. Most Koreans think mandu tastes better with vinegar.

  32. It looks so delicious *0* damn i really want some right now >< especially the fried ones

  33. So… hungry… If only I had someone to accompany me to my local Korean restaurants. I’m surrounded by picky eaters. Some of them are perfectly fine with sushi but then when I say that I want to eat Korean food they go, “What? Korean food? So weird, you must be going through a phase.” Um, no. Last I checked, wanting to eat delicious food was never a phase for me.

  34. Any chance you guys can start putting MAPMAPS on your FAPFAPS? You go to all these bomb restaurants and I want to try them but I don’t know where they are!!

  35. Martina!!
    If you miss dim sum, you should check out the Din Tai Fung over in Myongdong, or Mong Seung Won in the Ferrum Tower in Jongro (since you guys are in Seoul!)
    Dim sum is definitely more pricey in Korea than in North America but it’s pretty legit cos you can watch the expert chefs making the dim sum through glass windows all classy-like.
    I would advise getting a few dim sum just for the dim sum nomminess but filling up on noodles or something else that’s actually worth the wons. =D


  37. and now I’m drooling and have no desire to eat the healthy salad I was going to eat…OFF TO EAT ALL THE LESS HEALTHY FOODS!!!!! …because I can’t have mandu…

  38. waving girl at 6:04 every one wants to be in your videos

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