Mandu: Filled Dumplings

Dumplings are known as mandu in Korean cuisine
Dumplings are known as mandu in Korean cuisine

Mandu is a delicious type of dumpling often filled with various meats, tofu, ginger, or vegetables and is usually served with dipping sauces and soy sauce. Mandu is similar to other types of dumplings such as gyoza in Japan, pierogi in Eastern Europe, pelmeni in Siberia, manti in Turkey, and buuz in Mongolia.

It is believed that this food was brought to Korea in the 14th century from Mongolia. Others believe it arrived much earlier from the Middle East by way of the Silk Road.

Stuffing often includes meat, onions, garlic, ginger, and tofu. They are usually served with kimchi and dipped into soy sauce when being eaten.

Variations include grilled, fried, steamed, and boiled.

Surprisingly, you can find this dish on the streets of Seoul, in subway stations and near busy schools, as a quick snack to go. The cost is usually around 1,000 won which makes it a great value for the price.

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