Mandu (Korean Dumplings)

Seoul Travel Guides / November 02, 2016
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Mandu, or Korean Dumplings, are a popular dish in Seoul. These bite-sized morsels are both light and filling at the same time. They can be enjoyed as street fare, as appetizers in a full-fledged Korean feast, or accompanied by a warm bowl of Korean noodles.

Just like dumplings in other Asian countries, Korean dumplings come in a huge assortment of variants, from the simplest ones such as chicken and veggies to the more exotic like pheasant and kimchi.

Mandu are prepared in several ways: boiled, steamed, or fried, and are often served with a ubiquitous dipping sauce of soy, vinegar, and chili.

Here are the best places to have mandu in Seoul.

  • MAPO MANDU | Mapo-gu
    For traditional mandu that is quick and easy on the pockets
    What to order: Galbi mandu, kimchi mandu, Tteokbokki, Gimbap
    Price range: 2,500 to 6,000 won ($2.20 to $5.28)
    When: 24 hours daily
    Where: 393-1 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
  • BUKCHON SON MANDU | Jongno-gu
    For huge, handmade dumplings that are worth waiting in line for
    What to order: Fried mandu, Combination mandu, Shrimp mandu
    Price range: 3,000 to 12,000 won ($2.64 to $10.56)
    When: 11:00 – 22:30 daily
    Where: 153-1 Insa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
    For award-winning dumplings and noodles that locals love
    What to order: Kal-guksu, Mandu, Bibim-guksu
    Price range: 8,000 to 10,000 won ($7.04 to $8.80)
    When: 10:30 – 21:00 daily
    Where: 25-2 Myeongdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul
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