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We haven’t done a Korean food post in a while, and so we thought we’d do one on one of our favourite Korean foods: mandu. We’ve got a mandu shop right beside our new apartment, and we’ve been going to it so often that we figured that we should make a video about it…so here it is!

We might not have done justice to explaining Mandu in the video (Professor Whatsherfrigginname isn’t really a good lecturer), so we’re going to try to be as thorough in this post as possible, in hopes of convincing you to eat these delicious masterpieces of Korean food.

Korean Mandu

OMG Korean Mandu is so freaking delicious!

Mandu falls into the dumpling category, but we’re not talking about the Southern USA style of Chicken and Dumplings; this dumpling is more like the Chinese Dimsum or Japanese Gyoza. They actually reminded Simon of his Polish roots and of all the perogies he ate as a child, even though the mandu dough itself is very different from perogies.

Mandu is most commonly stuffed with minced pork and green onions in the Kogi Mandu variety, or spicy kimchi with the pork and onions for the Kimchi Mandu kind. Also, there are lots of different kinds that you can get; not all of them look like the giant bread type mandu we held in this video. The most common ones we find are as follows:

    Mul Mandu: these are boiled dumplings usually filled with pork and green onions. They’re usually quite small from our experience: a one bite experiences.
    Jjin Mandu: steamed mandu. They’re larger than the mul mandu: usually two-three bites, depending on how civil your table manners. There are specialty shops (such as Mapo Mandu) that serve more than the original Kogi and Kimchi Mandu.The shape can let you know if they’re home-made or out of a store bought bag. Round balls that pucker at the top? Hand made! Looks like a giant tortelline? Probably out of a bag. You’ll also find these in your Tteok Manduguk that you have during Lunar New Year.
    Goon Mandu: Simon’s favorite kind of mandu. They’re panfried or deep fried. They’re similar to potstickers or Japanese Gyoza, but the filling is not as dense as the later. They’re more in the traditional perogie shape, except they’re a lot longer and thinner from our experience. Yeah!
    Wong Mandu: Pronunciation is somewhere between a “wang” and “wong”, and these are the ones we showed in this video. The King Mandu. They’re most commonly found at subway stations or busy school areas. They’re huge, usually the size of your fist if not bigger. The texture is more like steamed bread and it reminds me of Chinese BBQ Pork Steamed Buns that I used to buy in Chinatown downtown Toronto. Think of them as Mandu sandwiches!

At the mandu shops like the one we were in today you can also find Jjin bbang. It’s actually bigger than a Wong Mandu, and it’s for dessert! It’s filled with a sweet red bean paste which looks suspiciously like chocolate to the untrained eye. It’s also sooooo delicious and every shop has their own taste, so if you didn’t like it the first time, don’t give up! Everything we mentioned in this post is delicious. Just…delicious.

Another thing we didn’t mention in the video: the price of these giant mandu. One of these bad boys will be the size of your fist, be completely stuffed with delicious meat and stuffing, and cost you only 1000 won. ONE THOUSAND WON THAT’S IT. Put that into your currency converter right now to see how much that costs in your country. In Canada, that’s 90 cents. No tax, no tipping as well. Seriously, this is like a meal for 90 cents. Korea, we sure do love you sometimes!

Mandu Shop

The Mandu Shop we go to

Anyhow, the location of this shop is right beside our apartment here in Bucheon, but we think that maybe it might also be a franchise. We’re not sure. The logo looks familiar, but that’s maybe just because we go there so often that it’s seared into our memories. If it’s not a franchise is should be! All we know is that we go there so often that we should start being on a first name basis with the owner. If you ever do decide to go to this place, you just might see us walking away with bags full of mandu. Ha!

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  1. Looks so delicious!! They remind me a little bit of 生煎包 (ㄕㄥㄐㄧㄢㄅㄠ, shēngjiānbāo).

  2. There’s a lady who sells these a block from my school…I love love love the kimchi mandu!

  3. a wang mandu looks like a Chinese bao zi! LOL how interesting

  4. but those aren’t mandus!
    those are chimbbangs

  5. ha~!! it seems that i’d love those mandu thingies xD cuz i adore polish pierogi xD

  6. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzG5CXE0hfo&feature=channel_video_title
    here is a website on how to make mandu’s for whenever you guys want to make any at home! ^_^

  7. I think its time to do another Korean food video please. I love em!

  8. Just wanted to say I love you guys for converting it into CAD!!! Very nice!! Go Canadians!! :)

  9. this is the worst video to watch when you haven’t eaten all day

  10. I’m getting my wisdom teeth out today and I can’t eat anything before (or after, really) the surgery. Why, oh why, did I watch the epic deliciousness of this video??

  11. Cute video! Thanks for this post – as a fellow mandu fan I appreciate the publicity about one of my all-time favorite snacks (and meals…) – I actually wrote a (not as fun but hopefully informative) mandu post of my own a while back, trying to decipher the different types: http://culinarylinguist.blogspot.com/2010/01/korean-food-encyclopedia-mystery-of.html

    Have you found Galbi mandu anywhere besides Mapo Mandu?

  12. OMO Simon you really spoilt me with the “LIKE A MAN(DU)”
    There is no day i’m NOT using it…
    but German people start to look like o.O at me… like i’m a freak… or… an alien XD

    Btw i had a big time with Italian & Slovenian girls at SM Town Paris… when we talked about how you said that SuJu dances teaches you somethin for life ;)
    Also you teached us to do the Bonamana dance with that… so thanks *sings: Manly Sweaping, Manly Sweaping*

    Have a nice day… hugs from Germany for both of you ^^

  13. I have to eat my mandu… like a mandu (hahaha :D)

    I’ve tried those little dumplings like gyozas. They’re good! 

    Those big ones look like our steamed meat buns here, the siopao. :D

  14. The one near us, you can get 6-10 Mandu (depending on what type you get) for 3,000W !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    You can feed a party for 9,000W !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    (I love Mandu)  ^.^

    My blog: Kim’sKorea  http://kimskorea.blogspot.com

  15. o_0 It looks so much like the siopao in the Philippines..

  16. nom nom nom ^^ looks good. and made me hungry… too bad its so late here >.<

  17. it look so good, I want to eat my laptop :D

  18. I’ve been trying to figure out for a while now, but what kinds of mandu are vegetarian? No to fish and also no to fish oil.

  19. I’ve been trying to figure out for a while now, but what kinds of mandu are vegetarian? No to fish and also no to fish oil.

  20. 저왕만두보니까, 나도열라먹고십당~~~ ã… .ã…œ 군침돈다….

  21. I love Mandu~! I agree that the fried variety is number one delicious….but all see rather delicious. Manduguk is also really good, have you guys had it? (Granted I imagine you have, being in Korea forever and all :D)

  22. After watching this I made myself a couple of Uzbek mandu. But they’re called not mandu, but very similar – manteu :)

  23. “Stop focusing on my mustache!” — Lmao, you caught me, Martina! ^^ Awesome whipping sounds as well haha!

    Yet another food to add on my list of foods to try… :( So hungry.

  24. That 왕만두 looked pretty legit… the place near me serves the “out the bag” variety (5 for 2 chun and a half) — pretty good and cheap, but definitely lacking in the quality.   Next time I’m in Bucheon, I’ll have to hunt down “All White King Dumpling & Steamed Bun” Shop…

  25. “LIKE A MANDU!!” 
    YEAH YEAH THAT’S JUST GREAT!!
    also, that looks soooooooooooooo yummy!! SO getting some next time i trip over to highway 7 in markham! ^___^

    mmmm….pierogies…..yum yum yummy!! i miss my grandma’s. :( she made the best EVER EVER EVER!!! nothing is better than pierogies from an old polish woman!!

    i love pierogies. i love gyoza. i love BBQ pork buns. so i would assume that i’d love mandu, too….which means i must go and try some very very soon!!!

  26. You have successfully made me HUNGRY!!!!!  Sad Keighlynn is sad……I wants noms!!!

  27. You have successfully made me HUNGRY!!!!!  Sad Keighlynn is sad……I wants noms!!!

  28. LIKEE A MANDUU~ >:-{D bahha love proffessor - Whatsherfrigginname- dont focus on my moustache focus on that cute picture of mandu ~ >:D

  29. oh it looks like “bánh bao” in Vietnam but this one is just…. DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Are there any without kogi? O.o

  31. Just looooove the Angry Bird reference! Those stupid piggies! hahaha
    And those mandus [what's the plural form again? hehe] sure look tasty :)

  32. For those of us craving mandu and not in Korea, I found this recipe through some light Googling: http://mykoreankitchen.com/2007/02/15/steamed-kimchi-dumplings-jjin-kimchi-mandu/ 

    I haven’t tried it yet. As for the filling you can probably make up your own if you can’t get ingredients – a mixture of veggies (cabbage, carrot, spring onions) and some kind of meat (pork or chicken) or tofu for the vegetarians would probably work. Good luck! 

  33. i love kogi and onions !! i wish i could have tat mandu 
    LIKE A MAN DO

  34. I got sacred when she mentioned dont stare on my beard. Coz Seriously i was staring hard on that beard. xP

  35. i want =(

    argh watching this video has made me so hungry

  36. we call it momo . and i just made this with beef and green onion. yum it taste good.

  37. we call it momo . and i just made this with beef and green onion. yum it taste good.

  38. The word “부천중동점” on the card shows that it is a franchise. It implies that it is one of many Mandu shops with the same name.

  39. The word “부천중동점” shows that it is a franchise. It implies that it is one of many Mandu shops with the same name. 

  40. I want mandussssssss!! They look so delicious, do they have chicken ones too? 

  41. LoooL XD jajajaja The piggiess from Angry Birds xD i’m Playing that game! the mandus looks delicious o.o

  42. oh kkkkk so funny! I like mandu too! this is so amazing food! esp water mandu is crazy taste!

  43. Simon does well with his hair~ Mandu looks dericious! I feel the movie magic on this video wasn’t too polished though. Some of the MAN DOOOs didn’t look like they were appearing on queue. They should be punished; send them over to me, and I guarantee those Mandus will be whipped into shape!

  44. mmmmmmmmmmm…what song was that playing in the backround or was that just me…..nnoooooooooooooooooooo!

  45. oooh lookin’ delicious XD
    eat mandoo like men do  kkkkkkk

  46. Simon is so punny :p I’ve never met a foreigner who didn’t love mandu. It’s seriously the best stuff EVER. 

  47. woah that’s a $1.12 in New Zealand~!! or .92 US cents~
    ahhh they look soo good!
    funnliy enough the Goon mandu is the one i’ve had the most! I always get it when I go to Korean here in NZ~ (>v<)/ ~

  48. I never had dumplings before but those mandu look very yummy nd i would love to try them!  :D
    And they sort of remind me of relleno de papa, which are stuffed potato balls that my grandmother makes which look about the same size, are fried and are usually stuffed with pork or beef and onions nd peppers mmm…now i want both >_<

  49. its mandu porn

  50.  Entertaining lecture from Professor Whatsherfriggenname. :)
    Those mandu look sooo good. I lead a sad, nearly dumpling-less existence. :’(I love the toon Spudgy cameos in your videos, BTW.

  51. Mmmmm Mandu… i’ve had the small ones that look like dumplings but I totally want a King Mandu now!

  52. Are there any vegetarian varieties? probably not, I don’t think Korea is the most vegetarian-friendly place in the world hah

    • While streetfood is more vegetarian unfriendly normal food which korean moms cook at home can be really vegetarian. I often eat vegetarian without really wanting to.  I have normally rice and side dishes(mostly vegetarian)

    • While streetfood is more vegetarian unfriendly normal food which korean moms cook at home can be really vegetarian. I often eat vegetarian without really wanting to.  I have normally rice and side dishes(mostly vegetarian)

    • I think I’ve heard of Yachae mandu (yachae meaning “vegetable”), but I haven’t either seen it or tried it.  I just heard about it in conversation…

    • I think I’ve heard of Yachae mandu (yachae meaning “vegetable”), but I haven’t either seen it or tried it.  I just heard about it in conversation…

  53. you should also explain that the uh PI (피) is different; aka the wrapping of the mandu. The larger ones like the one you ate is usually thicker pi or wrap which is close to the Japanese Nikuman (or basically same thing). The ones in the Ddeuk Gook and mool mandoo and what not have thinner pi, almost see through. :D Therefore the ones simon and martina ate are usually more filling :DD

    • Oh!  We didn’t know the name of the wrapping.  Thanks for the info :D

      • PI (피) literally means skin. mandu pi means mandu skin. Koreans use “ssam (쌈)” for loose wrappings usually done with lettuce leaves or perilla leaves. Saam may be translated as  wrapping. You have not truly experienced Korean food until you  have tasted many ssam dishes.

  54. I wasn’t even paying attention to the mustache until she mentioned them. Loved the mandu and the Dr.iname puns <3 There is no other channel that I love or follow as religiously as much as this one. ^^ It's like the day-to-day punny happenings of two awesome people. And I learn debatablely useful facts about Korea too. Horray!

  55. I think I might’ve actually tried mandu before! :O But after watching this video, I’m really craving some! :D

  56. In Chinese cuisine, there’s a thing that looks like a mandu, called siopao. Is the taste similar?

  57. Try Happy Mandu in Insadong… lots of yummy varieties and they area all… Happy!

    • OMG!!!!  Is that the one a little bit past the main Insadong street, with the Chinese lady that doesn’t speak much Korean at all?  She makes awesome seafood mandu, and it’s in a tiny shop but the place is always packed?  Holy freaking crap: those are some of the best mandu we’ve ever had baaagghghhghghahhhahghhg drool.

    • OMG!!!!  Is that the one a little bit past the main Insadong street, with the Chinese lady that doesn’t speak much Korean at all?  She makes awesome seafood mandu, and it’s in a tiny shop but the place is always packed?  Holy freaking crap: those are some of the best mandu we’ve ever had baaagghghhghghahhhahghhg drool.

    • OMG!!!!  Is that the one a little bit past the main Insadong street, with the Chinese lady that doesn’t speak much Korean at all?  She makes awesome seafood mandu, and it’s in a tiny shop but the place is always packed?  Holy freaking crap: those are some of the best mandu we’ve ever had baaagghghhghghahhhahghhg drool.

    • OMG!!!!  Is that the one a little bit past the main Insadong street, with the Chinese lady that doesn’t speak much Korean at all?  She makes awesome seafood mandu, and it’s in a tiny shop but the place is always packed?  Holy freaking crap: those are some of the best mandu we’ve ever had baaagghghhghghahhhahghhg drool.

    • OMG!!!!  Is that the one a little bit past the main Insadong street, with the Chinese lady that doesn’t speak much Korean at all?  She makes awesome seafood mandu, and it’s in a tiny shop but the place is always packed?  Holy freaking crap: those are some of the best mandu we’ve ever had baaagghghhghghahhhahghhg drool.

  58. Like a MAN-DUDE.
    Second, these look soooo friggin yummy!!! There are also dessert ones right? I’ve ate the redbean ones too.

  59. It looks sooo good! Seems like Kalbi mandu is the only one I could eat because I don’t eat pork. Maybe I would find other non-pork varieties, though! :D Awesome video. 

  60. It looks sooo good! Seems like Kalbi mandu is the only one I could eat because I don’t eat pork. Maybe I would find other non-pork varieties, though! :D Awesome video. 

  61. i’ve made those before-super delicious by the way :) if you want a recipe check out http://www.maangchi.com/recipe/jjinppang-mandu 
    her recipes are AWESOME and she even has a regular mandu recipe on the site as well-happy cooking :)

  62. wow! only .75 in the usa. i love mandu! <3

  63. Mauricio Ariel Andrian

    I almost puked when I saw the vegetables they contained. I hate chew vegetables.

  64. Is pork the generally used meat?  I know you mentioned galbi and kimchi, but do they ever make chicken ones?  I don’t eat pork, so I could eat the kimchi and the galbi…

  65. Watching this while eating breakfast and now I’m hungry all over again. Kimchi Mandu FTW! OMNOMNOMNOMNOM!!!!

  66. lol its basically chinese bao zi made into the korean version and called differently xD

  67. ahaha
    Gochu means pepper, but it also means penis.
    So when you said gochu mandu, it sounded like you were saying penis mandu.

  68. those look freakin delicious. why am i a vegetarian

    • There are all-veg versions of mandu available – also they’re pretty simple to make for yourself.  Of course that takes more effort.  Usually the veg ones are filled with leeks and minced carrot and those clear vermicelli rice noodles.  I usually add tofu and spinach and garlic to mine…

  69. I just had some dduk mandu gook the other day and thought about the soup vid you guys did. Now when I get some mandu, I will think about this vid. ;)

  70. I just had some dduk mandu gook the other day and thought about the soup vid you guys did. Now when I get some mandu, I will think about this vid. ;)

  71. oH My XD Martina you are so funny with that moustache XD
    Ah I love dumplings..russian dumplings so I aslo wanna try mandu. It looks so so so delicious ><

  72. “Look at our tasty tasty Mandu. Look how good it is. Mmmmm!!! Nom nom. Would you… Would you like some? Oh… Right… The internet. You guys can’t have ANY! Muahahahahahaha!”

    *cries* You guys are so meeean. We found the ingredients for those red bean paste ones in a little Chinese shop in the nearest city to our little village (about 2hrs away), but the only thing we managed to make was a huge mess in the kitchen. Dough-slime EVERYWHERE. 

    Darn it. I want Mandu now. *wail*

  73. LOL! WHY MUST YOU TORTURE ME?!! NOW I WANT SOME MANDUS!!! KDHSKJHFKD. Hmm…where can I find that in America??????

  74. LOL! WHY MUST YOU TORTURE ME?!! NOW I WANT SOME MANDUS!!! KDHSKJHFKD. Hmm…where can I find that in America??????

  75. delicious lol it looks so good 

  76. delicious lol it looks so good 

  77. Thank you so much! 
    now i am much hungrier than before i read your awesome blog  xD

    german student loves your blogs and is caught by the great Hallyu! 

  78. Thank you so much! 
    now i am much hungrier than before i read your awesome blog  xD

    german student loves your blogs and is caught by the great Hallyu! 

  79. THAT WHOLE BIT WITH THE TEASING WASN’T NIIIICE! xD! I totally want some Mandu now >.>

  80. Omg, they are so HUGE!xD
    I actually thought that they are the same size with dumplings)

  81. HAHa funny and really ackward like a mandu? first its like a man now mandu really ackward simon

  82. ♥Mandu♥ (or Korean Gyoza?! =3)

  83. oh that looks delicious…–D=
    “like a mandu~!” haha

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