May 11, 2015
There comes a point in your life when you start asking difficult questions: What am I going to do with my life? What is the meaning of happiness? Where are we going as a species? And how many Mandu can I eat in one sitting?
Here at Eatyourkimchi, we like to tackle important issues such as these, so we’re going to answer the last one today. Though the answer doesn’t come easily or directly. Both Martina and I shared the same answer when asked how many mandu could we eat in one sitting: “more than you!” But only one of us were right. Who did you think was going to win? We asked you on our app (for Android and iOS), but the numbers weren’t overwhelmingly in favour of one over another. So we did this video to determine a clear, true, and honest winner. I hope you liked it :D
Otherwise, we just used this as an excuse to eat lots of mandu. And, goddammit computer, no, I don’t mean “mind” when I type in “mandu.” Stop correcting me! Mandu is a word! A great word! One of my favourite Korean words! Stop ruining it for me! Ahem. After we had our purely civil discussion as to who could eat the most mandu, we said, “hey, this would be a fun video,” so we filmed it the next day. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how the creative process writes itself.
The mandu that we ate today were Galbi Mandu, from our favorite mandu place called Mapo Mandu. It’s a chain that’s available in many places. The two we know of are beside Hapjeong Station, which is where we first discovered them, and then in the MBC area of the DMC. It’s very close to where we filmed our Avengers Age of Ultron Cake video. They sell other stuff at Mapo Mandu, like regular pork dumplings, and basic Korean fast food options you’d find at a Kim Bap Chonguk, but really the Galbi Mandu is where it’s at. For those of you that don’t know, Galbi means “ribs,” and you usually find Galbi in Galbi-Jjim. I think it’s supposed to be beef, but technically it can be pork as well, no? Either way, it’s the best stuffing for dumplings IMO. Though I love Korean mandu, no matter how crappy they are. I’ve had mandu stuffed with nothing apart from hopes and it was still great. Seriously: it was an empty mandu and I still gobbled it up. It doesn’t matter what you put inside. As soon as you close up a mandu skin your job is done. Any kind of stuffing is just bonus.
We’ve got some extra scenes from this week’s video as well. Check em out here. We’ll give you some secrets on a happy marriage:
Otherwise, we’re off to Jeju tomorrow! Prepare for lots of videos from outside of Seoul! Also, ahem, did you get tickets for our Meet Your Kimchi tour yet? You should. It’s gonna be fun :D