Korean Eats

Bukchon Handmade (and Fried) Dumplings

I need a break of writing so I am…writing. Anyway, this is one of the better franchises to open in Korea. I mean how many coffee shops and tteokbokki (or is it tobokki) places do we need? Bukchon Son Mandu are monsterous dumplings that are stuffed with pork, crushed tofu, and sweet potato noodles. The best part about this place is that they will deep fry them so they are crispy and fricken hot.

They are the perfect thing to fight the fridgid cold these days.

You can find them all over, but this location is right before Samziegil on Insadong Street.

Bukchon Handmade Dumplings
Bukchon Handmade (Son) Dumplings
Bukchon Fried Dumplings

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Revisited: Giant Mandu Hotpot at Sadong Myeonok

Sadong Myeonok

Good restaurants are places you want to go to again and again and introduce to your friends. Sadong Myeonok is exactly that type of restaurant. It’s famous for their giant dumplings that they make hotpots with it with beef, noodles, and veggies in a rich broth. There is also an egg yolk that they put in an onion and you mix the yolk into the broth. The dumplings are great and so is the seafood pancake. It is so crisp that it is mouthwatering. The restaurant has been around for over 25 years and the owner said that many famous politicians including Lee Myeong-bak has been there.

I can see why. The place has great food.

Here is the original post I wrote on the place with contact information and directions

Giant Dumplings
Joseph and his Hot Pot
Mandu Jeongol
Yummy Dumpling
Seafood Pancake
Me and the owner
Sadong Myeonok
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Namdaemun’s famous King Dumplings

Namdaemun’s Famous Handmade King Dumplings

If you happen to be walking around Namdaemun, you might notice that many people are carrying around steaming pink boxes. These boxes are most likely from Kamae Yeanal Son Wang Mandu (가메 엣날 손 왕 만두). The name translates as Kame Old Fashioned, Handmade,  King Dumplings. With a name so long, they better be good. The good thing is that they are. Inside the little shop, you’ll see scores of people working together to churn out these mandu like elf cobblers making shoes. Every time they bring out new trays of handmade pork and kimchi mandu, crowds pounce- often buying 20 or 30 at a time.

What makes this place so popular is the fluffiness of the dumpling wrapper and the flavorful filling- either pork or pork with kimchi. The filling is also fluffy and delicious.

They are only open from 8am to 8pm and they are best in winter.



Korean New Year Soup Class: Tteokmandu Guk Class on January 29th

In January and February, O’ngo Culinary School will be offering Saturday Cooking Classes for those hoping to learn Korean cuisine and meet other foodies. You’ll learn Korean favorites such as Daktoritang, Bibimbap, Japchae, and Sundubu throughout the 2 month course. You’ll get a deep understanding of the culture and the techniques of Korean cuisine from our award winning chefs. First, you’ll see a demonstration from the chef, then you’ll have a chance to make your own, and then you’ll get to eat what you made.

January 29th: Korean New Year’s Class: Mandu Rice Cake Soup

February 5th: OFF HOLIDAY
February 12th: Sundubu and Seafood Pancake
February 19th: Japchae and Spicy Pork

March 5th: Kimchi and Bulgogi
March 12th: Daktoritang and Vegetable Side Dishes
March 19th: Dolsot Bibimbap and Bean Sprout Soup

The classes will be offered in English at 11am and at 3pm. You can sign up for 1 or all of the classes. There are 3 classes a month  and classes cost 55,000 a person per session, but if you sign up for a month you can save 30,000 won- only 135,000 won (classes carry over if you miss a class, but let us know 24 hours in advance). The classes will restart in March. We are conveniently located in Insadong. You can find us by going out Anguk Station (Subway Line 3) Exit 4 and walk 2 blocks and make a left after Young’s Music and Pizza Haven. We are on the 3rd Floor in the building across from Crown Hotel.

You can sign-up by contacting us at [email protected]

O’ngo Food Communications
Jongno-gu, Nagwon-dong 55-1
Nagwon-dong Zip 110-709

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Video: Chef Shawn Makes Mandu

This is our old chef Shawn making mandu (dumplings) at O’ngo Culinary School and telling us about Korean girls. He’s a good guy and good chef. He cooks over at 50 in Apgujeong. www.ongofood.com

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