Last week my son and I made homemade mandu for the first time. When preparing for our son’s Dol we found a brand of frozen mandu that we loved. And for four years, it’s been a staple in our house. But a couple of months ago when we went to buy another bag, the store no longer had it. Since then we’ve tried a couple of different brands but nothing is as good as our original. So I decided to make some and see how it stood up. The result: Yum! And while it takes a little time to do all of the chopping, it’s not hard at all. And our son had a great time creating very unique mandu shapes that are a .
Today, I am sharing my mandu (Korean dumplings) recipe at as part of Bee’s special series on the Lunar New Year recipes. Bee also asked me if I could share a little bit about Korean Lunar New Year traditions.
Celebrated for three days, the Lunar New Year ( Seollal) is the most significant traditional holiday in Korea. (It falls on January 23 this year.) It is a time for families to gather and pay respect to ancestors, through an ancestral rite ( charae), and enjoy traditional food and games. Young people also honor their elders, by wishing them a prosperous and healthy New Year, with a deep bow ( sebae) and receive gifts (usually money) in return.
Growing up, this was one my favorite activities of New Year’s day. We always wore a new traditional dress () and visited the elders of relatives and family friends to perform sebae. I remember I was a happy little kid with lots of money in my special little pouch made for the occasion. Food, of course, is a big part of the New Year celebration in Korea. As is the case in many cultures, it’s a tradition to gather around the table to make the dumplings in preparation of the New Year’s feast. Here, I decided to share a dumpling recipe made with kimchi.
Kimchi mandu is especially popular for making manduguk (dumpling soup) or tteok-manduguk (rice cake soup with dumplings). The robust flavor and crunchy texture of the kimchi mandu adds a nice contrast to the mildly flavored broth and soft rice cake slices. 1 cup (packed) finely chopped kimchi 6 ounces tofu 8 ounces 1/2 medium onion 3 scallions 4 ounces ground pork (and/or beef) 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 teaspoon finely grated ginger (or juiced) 2 teaspoons sesame oil 2 teaspoons soy sauce 1/2 egg (use the other half to seal the wrappers) salt to taste (about 1/4 teaspoon) pinch pepper Finely chop the kimchi and squeeze out as much liquid as possible by hand.
Squeeze out water from tofu.Using a cheesecloth will make squeezing easier. Blanch the bean sprouts in boiling water, drain, chop and squeeze out water. The squeezed ingredients should be somewhat dry and crumbly. Finely chop the onion and squeeze out water. Finely chop the scallions. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well by hand. Place one heaping teaspoonful to a tablespoon of the filling on a wrapper. Wet the edges of the wrapper with water or egg wash and seal tightly (pushing the air out with your fingers) into a half-moon shape.
(Stop here if you want a half-moon shape dumpling.) Then, bring the two ends together, apply water or egg wash to one end and press tightly to create a round shape. Repeat this process until all the filling/wrappers are used. Kimchi mandu can be steamed for about 8 minutes in a steamer (longer if frozen).
Make sure to line the steamer with a cheesecloth or paper towel to prevent mandu from sticking. Tips for freezing: I usually make mandu in large quantities and freeze them for a quick snack or meal in the future. Freeze the dumplings on a tray with no pieces touching for about an hour, and then store them in a freezer bag. Otherwise, the skins will get soggy from the moisture in the filling and stick together in the freezing process.
Dipping Sauce: 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 teaspoon vinegar 1 tablespoon water 1/2 teaspoon sugar pinch of black pepper pinch of red pepper flakes ( gochugaru) Combine all the sauce ingredients and mix well. Serve the mandu with the dipping sauce. Whoaaaaa... those look way too pretty! Almost too pretty to eat. I'd love to try these (even though I'm sure I couldn't make them this beautiful)...
any idea where I can find these wrappers? I live in France... maybe there's a place which sells them online, because I'm not sure if I've seen them before! The filling just looks delicious too - I'm sure these are fabulous! Definitely pinning these so I can try them soon! Thanks for sharing :) Hyosun, these are the most beautiful mandu I have ever seen.
I made mandu (recipe from a Korrean cookery book) several times (I have posted them a long time ago) and they were delicious, but not even half as beautiful. I rememeber it was my first discovery of tofu and meat as a dumpling filling and also remember how soft and juicy it was.
Since then I started adding tofu very often to other dumpling recipes: this way I don't need fat meat to make it juicy. The half-moon shape is so cute! I also see this is another recipe where I can use some of my kimchi :-) I have really enjoyed reading about Korean New Year's customs. Hyosun, your mandu looks beautiful. I was looking for a large size dumpling wrapper in KL but couldn't find them, so I had to make mine small this time.
My mother used to tell me that if you shape your mandu beautifully, you will have a beautiful daughter. I bet your daughter is goergeous by looking at your dumpling. :) Wow, these are beautiful dumplings! I'm no pro, but I make pot stickers and steamed dumplings all the time. It is a great thing to do as a family. My most creative was with Thanksgiving leftovers. Turkey w/apple Vidalia chutney, sweet potato w/maple syrup cream sauce, and oyster dressing w/Asian dipping sauce.
I read the explanation of how to form these but it seemed like it was explaining how you make the little hats (as I call them) I'm missing something. --can you explain more on how to form? Hyosun-선생님, I just want to thank you so much for your blog and especially this recipe. I just started learning how to cook three months ago and out of the three blogs that are my go-to for recipes yours is the one I use the most. I've learned so many techniques and how to cook so many different things from your blog that I really wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Also I am now addicted to mandu ^<__<^;; Today is the second time I make them and I think I finally got the hang of folding them like you do about halfway through the batch ^^;; So again thank you so much for this blog, I have really learned a lot from you. About 50 years ago a lady from Korea gave my mom a modified recipe of Mandu. It included ground pork, onion cabbage.
spices. I know it used 1 ib. of ground pork, but I can’t remember how much cabbage or onion, or how much or what spices. Could you help me with some measurements please.
I would love to make some for Christmas..
best dating korean mandu brands - 10 Best Korean Beauty Brands
With Korean’s growing influence in the fashion world, you may be wondering how you can try out the newest trends yourself. But you don’t need to break the bank to dress yourself from head to toe in Korean fashion. Here are the best affordable Korean fashion brands.
From teens to professional women, there is a Korean fashion brand for everyone. Not only are Korean brands wearable and high quality, but a lot of them are also affordable.
From clothes, bags and shoes to accessories, these brands have it all. On top of that, they ship internationally, which we cannot ignore.
Even if you’re not looking for a specific item, you’ll find yourself coming back to these beautifully curated sites for Korean fashion inspiration. RELATED: Here are our current favorites: While this brand originally started out with clothes, it has grown incredibly fast to launch its own makeup line Vely Vely, and recently, household items.
You can easily find casual and suitable-for-work clothes under $50. The main model Im Ji-hyun is also the brand’s managing director, and you’ll definitely want to take note of her adorable bob and red lipstick combination.
Unfortunately, there’s no English version of the site available, but luckily, that’s what Google Translate is for. Sonyunara is a long-time favorite brand among teens in Korea.
You can find tennis skirts, cardigans, sweatshirts, denim and more for well under $20, and you can seriously make yourself look like you popped out of a K-drama in no time. They also sell super cute white sneakers and walkers for under $25, which explains Sonyunara’s popularity among girls and young women in Korea. Similar to Sonyunara, this is the site to check out if your fashion keywords are lovely, casual, or comfy. But don’t assume everything is for someone in her early-twenties and younger because you can find super chic bags and flat shoes for an amazing price.
If your dream is to always look like you’re a cool girl straight from the streets of Seoul, this is the site to check out.
Plus, their items frequently go on sale. If you’re seeking the sophisticated yet affordable look, find precious gems at Miamasvin. You can snag versatile items great for a polished office look or a night out look, and you can find everything from minimal and flirty to quirky. Go from comfy to chic with items from Naning9.
Despite its offbeat name (a throwback word for “tank tops” in Korean), you can find maxi floral dresses, easy-to-wear basics, and minimalist jewelry for under $30. If you’re into Korean fashion, you’re most likely familiar with Stylenanda. This brand is the perfect fusion of Korean and LA cool. They offer a unique combination of retro and sporty, and they also have their own makeup line, 3CE, which you must check out if you love lipsticks and glitter.
One note: Many online Korean brands (if they haven’t yet expanded internationally) have limited sizing options. Often, you’ll find items indicated as ‘FREE’ size, which often translates to XXS-M in US sizing. So finding your size and figuring out shipping with Google Translate might be tricky. But if you’re a Korean fashion lover on a budget, these sites will definitely help you incorporate more Korean fashion into your wardrobe.
And trust me, once you see these sites, you’ll want everything. + What are your favorite affordable Korean fashion brands?
Let us know in the comments below!
3CE (3 Concept Eyes) is produced by popular Korean fashion brand “STYLENANDA”. Their cosmetics are popular for their cute package. Many people review that all the products have a vibrant color which color does not fade easily. In addition to this functionality, the cute insta-worthy packaging is winning many young people’s hearts. They have a collection of highly safe skin lotion and skin-whitening products.
Specifically, “White Milquidro Cream” (it is also called “Uyu Cream”. Uyu means “cow milk” in Korean) has a high demand. It is a skin-whitening cream which contains protein from cow milk. It is highly moisturizing, and it is said that it function as a skincare while it whitens your skin. ETUDE HOUSE is popular among teenage girls and women in their twenties. The concept is “princess” and the package is pink, girly and cute looking.
There are many shops in all over Japan. They have various kinds of cosmetics, such as base make-up, foundation, lip stick and lip gloss. Their long-lasting lip tint, “Dear Darling Water Gel Tint (Ice Tint)” and BB cream which doesn’t look cakey in spite of its great coverage.
THE FACE SHOP offers a wide range of products, including inexpensive cosmetics, products in collaboration with animated characters, and plant-based natural cosmetics. Even though their products are fairly inexpensive, they try hard not to put chemicals into any products and use mostly natural ingredients.
This makes products gentle for your skin. All the products are made to rejuvenate the original beauty of your skin. A BB cream has 5 functions: Primer, moisturizing cream, foundation, sunscreen, concealer. Their BB cream is very popular in Japan too. skin-whitening/moisturizing cream in “The therapy series” which is produced in Italian traditional method and works for anti-aging is popular.
Innisfree is a natural skincare brand from Jeju island. This brand makes their product by using many kinds of plant-based ingredients. Their skincare products are not only good for your skin, but it is really functional as well. Many people with different ages are using this product for its benefits.
The Green Tea Serum in the green tea series using green tea seeds is especially popular. Applying a skin lotion after the serum makes the lotion sink in better to your skin and makes your skin feeling soft and smooth. The concept of this organic cosmetic brand is “ You are what you eat.
Healthy skin starts with food.” SKINFOOD uses fruits and vegetables which are said to be good for your body such as honey, berries, grapes, tomatoes for their products. Making the best use of their skin-care studies, which has been conducted for over 50 years, their products are gentle for your skin and have a skin-brightening effect.
It is great for sensitive skin as well. Popular products are Rice Masks, Face Masks containing Black Sugar Scrubs and black pomegranate skin lotion.
Currently, there are over 20 stores across Japan. The world’s very first cushion foundation (cushion type of make-up sponge absorbing foundation) was made by this brand, IOPE. Producing cosmetic products in the idea of combining medical science and cosmetic called “Cosmedical”. Their cushion foundation called “Air Cushion” can be applied evenly to your skin. It gives your skin a natural glow despite of its high coverage. Although there are no official stores in Japan, the products of IOPE can be found at most of @cosme official stores in Japan!
This cosmetic brand produces mainly base make-up like base cream, BB and CC Cream, Liquid Foundation.
Their high-quality products are composed by green tea and herbs, which cover your pores and wrinkles, making your skin soft and moisturized. Applying “banila.co Prime Primer Finish Powder” to the parts of your face where it gets oily throughout the day, after applying your foundation, the oil absorbent powder absorbs the produced oil.
This makes your skin oil-free and keeps your make up away from melting. “It’S SKIN” is one of the “doctor’s cosmetic brand” and dermatologists have participated in the process of development.
This brand uses natural ingredients. They have unique and wide range of skin care products. Especially, the series “d’escargot” using snail component is the most popular.
They have a huge range of different products such as skin lotion, face mask, primer and BB cream. COPYRIGHT ⓒ 2018 韓国旅行情報「コネスト」 All rights reserved. From left to right: Prestige Foam D’escargot 210g : JPY1,167(Tax included) Prestige Circular Lift D’escargot Finale 100ml : JPY2,040(Tax included) Prestige Lotion Cold D’escargot (Body Lotion)200ml : JPY1,596(Tax included) Prestige Lotion Cold D’escargot (Body Lotion) 200ml : JPY1,890(Tax included) Official Website: 10. Sulwhasoo This is the most luxury cosmetic brand by the biggest Korean cosmetic manufacturer, “AMORE PACIFIC”.
They put their effort into producing anti-aging makeup. Many women in their 40s and 50s who want their skin to be hydrated and glowing are saying great things about them. it is a topic of Japanese people’s conversation because of a Japanese models’ recommendation.
The serum before using skin lotion, “First Care Activating Serum EX”, “balancing water” with the best skin absorbance, “radiance energy mask” with detox and skin-lightening effect are the popular products by them. Did you enjoy the list ? As you can see from some BB creams by Korean beauty brands that we mentioned, the popularity of Korean cosmetic brands was triggered by the introduction of BB cream. The attractiveness of BB cream is that it is very functional.
You don’t need anything to prime or sunscreen your face with when you use BB cream. It completes all the base makeup with only one product.
BB cream stands for “Blemish Balm”, which means it makes your skin unirritated. It also eases your skin trouble and you don’t feel much burdening even when wearing make-up for a long period of time as well as making your skin smooth and ready for the make-up.
Using the cream can be beneficial with people with sensitive skin. Other than sensitive skin, it is effective for damaged skin, redness of your skin and irritated skin by acne. Korean beauty brands are producing so many kinds of their original BB cream. All of them have a difference in ingredients, so this could be the best chance to try out new Korean makeup!
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