Pheasant mandu

Tuesday, August 05, 2008



I've been searching for a good plate of vegetarian mandu for a while, and haven't had much luck. (Anyone have any recommendations?) So on a recent breakfast stop in Gangwondo, I was surprised to hear that the restaurant actually served chicken mandu.

Uncle: Try the mandu guk.

Me: No, thanks. I'll eat that kalguksu over there.




Uncle: There's no pork in this mandu. It's made of chicken.

Me: Chicken? *shoots incredulous look*

Uncle: Ajumma! What's in the mandu?

Ajumma: Kweong (꿩).
Me: What's kweong?

Uncle: It's chicken.

Me: No, it's not.


After multiple (failed) attempts to convince trick me that kweong was indeed chicken, my uncle found a picture hanging on the restaurant's wall and pointed to it.

Ohhh, "kweong" = pheasant!

Googled results tell me that kweong was originally used in ddeok mandu guk but these days, wild pheasant meat is used mostly on special occasion.



Personally, I'm a fan of tofu and veggie mandu, which I like to make at home. At Trader Joe's, it's easy to find chicken gyoza, which is pretty decent, and of course, a wide variety of frozen mandu is available at any good Korean grocery store. What's your favorite mandu filling?

"Netherland Kweong Mandu"
Heongseong, Gangwondo
342 7888


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