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The Mandu Eating Challenge!

May 11, 2015

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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

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  1. I am so hungry for Mandu right now but the only place I have ever had Mandu is an HMart in Chicagoland. Sigh…

    BTW Martinia I think if you would have skipped the soy sauce you could have won. The salty sauce is what made you thirsty. :)

    4 years ago
  2. What is “the MBC area of the DMC”?

    4 years ago
  3. I feel the sudden urge to eat Mandu whilst watching Emperor’s New Groove…hmmmmmm

    4 years ago
  4. damn i want some fresh mandu, where I live it’s always frozen and even the korean restaurants don’t actually bother to make their mandu fresh.. so sad…
    OMG JOSH AND OLLIE!!

    4 years ago
  5. Before I moved to China I had heard about dumplings but I had never tried or even seen any, so I only had a vague idea of what they are. When I came here, the first kind of dumplings I had were boiled ones in soup. I tried them and thought: hang on, we have the exact same thing in Germany! Ok the taste is not exactly the same but so similar! It’s a traditional dish from the southwest of Germany called “Maultaschen”. Here’s a picture http://www.buerger.de/uploads/pics/Maultaschen.jpg
    My favourite kind of dumplings are steamed ones, I love xiao long bao so much! I never feel like not eating xiao long bao. If anyone goes to Shanghai, let me know and I’ll show you a great steamed dumplings place! ;)

    4 years ago
  6. hey! i swear it’s your music at 8:12! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZmUuRG87sU

    4 years ago
    • Much of the music they use is licensed as creative commons copyright. That is what this is.

      4 years ago
  7. I KNEW I recognized that place! When I was in Seoul, I went to see an M Countdown pre-recording. When I had some free time, I wandered Digital Media City, hungry and looking for food. I wanted more breakfasty things so I didn’t go but the smell was so delicious I regret not going back. Even more so after watching you two stuff your faces.

    4 years ago
  8. you need a korean citizen as a partner. foreigners aren’t allowed to own property in their own names. not 100% sure about this but that’s the way I understood it when I was looking into moving to korea.

    4 years ago
  9. I love the blog and all the work you all do! I was wondering, what is it like to start a business in Korea? I’m not sure if you’re covered this already, but it’d be interesting to hear. Is there a strong startup culture in Seoul, or in general are established companies/ legacy companies more ideal?

    4 years ago
  10. Well done Simon. Like a man(du)!

    4 years ago
  11. I really like your mukbang episodes, please do more of them! :D

    4 years ago
  12. Awwwww Simon you are so such a sweet hubby. Happy for you both! *hurrah for getting fat together*

    4 years ago
  13. Simon! We have the same phone ring :)

    4 years ago
  14. I can’t help but feel that Martina kinda let Simon win. I think we need a rematch sometime in the future.

    4 years ago
  15. Just earlier this week I had perogy with onions, cheese and as I unfortunately didn’t have bacon I was able to substitute with some calabrese salami.

    Perogies are the best part of being half Ukranian

    4 years ago
  16. JC

    Interesting that radishes are the side for mandu. They seem to be the side for everything. In Northern China, raw while garlic cloves are the side for jiaozi. Also, we always had the leftover dumplings fried for breakfast. So many happy tummy memories!

    4 years ago
  17. I like shrimp dumplings the most. I’m willing to do a mandu eating challenge as long as I get water to drink while I eat, and a choice in dumpling flavours.

    Hey S&M, have you ever heard of a movie called Dumplings? It’s a HK horror movie, and it involves dumplings that… let’s just leave it at that. Don’t want to creep anyone reading this comment….

    4 years ago
  18. Honestly I would’ve gotten full just eating six pieces of that…on another you guise made me full just watching you eat ahahahah I feel like i wont be eating dumplings for a while.

    4 years ago
  19. That looks a whole lot like what they call GYOZA in Japan and potstickers in the US. I’m guessing its the same thing.

    4 years ago
    • And 7 minutes in I see I was correct. THAT is what I get for running my mouth (fingers) before finishing the vi-jo.

      4 years ago
  20. Mandu is one of my favorite foods! I love making a vegetarian version at home and now my mom keeps wanting me to make them for her and btw HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!!!

    4 years ago
  21. I Love Mandu! Nice seeing you guys make this challenge…BTW How’s your friend from the EYKCrew? Is she getting better after what happened? I wish her well and a speedy recovery

    4 years ago
  22. Guys that was freakn hilarious to watch, though it was nice to know some interesting facts about Mandu and now I want to try them.

    4 years ago
  23. I have asked that very last question myself…to myself…but after putting the question to the best, I realised that I forgot to keep counting……I ended up with a count of 6 and lots of huge empty plates…

    4 years ago
    • Eating mandu while watching this video. This is fate. This is destiny…… CAUSE YOU’RE MY DESTINYYYYY, OOOHHHOOOOOO HO, OOHHHHOOOO HOO…..

      4 years ago
  24. I just bought ingredients to make pork and napa cabbage dumplings yesterday. I guess I need to hurry up and make them because after watching that video I WANT TO EAT THEM SO BADLY.

    Why must you keep doing this to me?

    4 years ago
  25. I actually hand made around 115 pork gyoza/mandu over the past two weekends. I threw them in the freezer and then take a few out whenever I feel like eating them. They have pork, napa cabbage, green onion, fresh ginger, and garlic. Which by the way, I hand minced EVERYTHING!!!!!! That took forever!

    4 years ago
    • That’s pretty impressive :D Martina’s determined to learn how to make Chinese Shrimp dumplings. She’s kinda got it down now, but not quite yet. Almost!

      4 years ago
    • I was about to do that too, except probably only 50. And uh, food processor for me, I am not hand mincing. Now I feel like a total wuss. <_<

      4 years ago
  26. Have you guys seen the movie ‘The Emperor’s New Groove’? The whole bit at the beginning with the “Nuh-uh!” and “Ya-huh” was totally a scene from that movie when this brother and sister were arguing over the fact that their Dad would kiss a llama.

    4 years ago
  27. REDEMPTION! Haha. I literally pumped my fist after Martina gave up. This didn’t just redeem the Stawski name, it redeemed the entire male sex. We’re proud of you, bro-ski. Btw, you totally should’ve played “Caravan” with your chopsticks at the end to celebrate becoming the Charlie Parker of mandu eating.

    4 years ago
  28. In the Dominican Republic we have dumplings in our soup but it’s just flour dumplings. At lease down south where I live. I haven’t seen any other variation.

    4 years ago
  29. Mmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!! Mandoo! There is a Mandoo chain near where I work (in Korea) that has some super delicious mandoo. One of my favourite dishes they do is one with deep fried mandoo, fried tteok, then they put this delicious spicy sauce over it, and then serve it with fresh cabbage and cucumber (to counteract the spice a bit). It’s heaven. Of course, their other mandoo are also really delicious, but this is one of my favourite combos. Perhaps I shall go there for lunch tomorrow. After this video, I am hungry for mandoo!

    4 years ago
  30. Do this mean there is a Korean Englishman video coming up??? :D

    4 years ago
  31. Hey Simon and Martina….you guys are the best! When I started watching your youtube videos; I was crazy about the FAPFAP, WANK and WTF. But now that I’m watching the KMM; omg I keep laughing soooo much everyday. Thanks for making my mundane life a little better!

    4 years ago
  32. Oh my goodness I miss Korean Mandu. Can’t find them in Sweden.. :(

    4 years ago
  33. Mapo Mandu! I can finish their galbi mandu in seconds, it’s their best! Awww man, I seriously thought Martina was gonna win hahaha. Must have been so salty though… >.<

    4 years ago
  34. I honestly thought Martina was going to win and if you two had a water break I think she would have! Sorry Simon but Martina has got you beat in this!

    4 years ago
  35. I still believe Martina is the food champion out of you two XD And no Simon, you can’t convince me that it’s you! XD

    4 years ago
  36. So I’m curious, was Martina able to eat any more after she got some water?

    4 years ago
  37. Hi guys

    4 years ago