This week I’m going to take a little break from desserts and start publishing savoury food places that I have had in draft form for a while. Mandoo Korean Dumplings is a gorgeous place where the dumplings are made right in front of you. You can see how much care the chef takes in making these dumplings, they all look the same and are so plump and perfectly shaped. Truly exceptional customer service skills, they were all so polite and welcoming.
I got the Goon Mandoo which were lightly fried dumplings filled with minced pork, potato noodles and veggies. It came with some pickled cucumbers, salad and mashed potatoes Growing up on Chinese dumplings, Korean dumplings are definitely a new experience for me because the flavours and textures are so different. When people say they are similar to Japanese gyoza or Chinese jiaozi, I strongly disagree as the taste is very distinct and unique. I had to eat Korean dumplings a couple of times to get used to such a big change before I could truly appreciate it. The dumplings here were very tasty and so authentically Korean, I really enjoyed my experience and plus I didn’t have the danger of being scorched by hot dumpling juices (as many would know with Chinese dumplings).
Goon Mandoo - Fried Pork Dumplings
C had gotten the Mandoo Guk, and being Korean he has grown up with this kind of food his whole life. It’s interesting going to Korean restaurants with him because he always compares it to his mum’s food (which by the way tastes amazing and is restaurant quality itself). When he utters the words ‘it tastes like mum’s food’ you know that the restaurant is truly good Korean food. However, even though he did say these words the only dumplings in his heart are Chinese dumplings, and I think so in my case too.
Mandoo Guk – Dumpling Soup