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!

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

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

  3. 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 ^^

  4. 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

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

  6. “LIKE A MANDU!!” 
    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!!!

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

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

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

  10. Are there any without kogi? O.o

  11. i love kogi and onions !! i wish i could have tat mandu 

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

  14. i want =(

    argh watching this video has made me so hungry

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

  16. 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.

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

  18. 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!

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

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

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

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

  23. 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. 

  24. 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. 

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

  26. 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. ;)

  27. 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 ><

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

  29. delicious lol it looks so good 

  30. delicious lol it looks so good 

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