Just about every culture on earth has an indigenous dumpling of some sort, and in Korea, those are called mandu, or mandoo. These dumplings are round, medium-sized, thin-skinned, and typically filled with ground beef, pork, and occasionally kimchi, along with garlic, green onion, sesame oil, salt, and pepper. They’re usually dipped in a soy sauce-vinegar mixture, and are a popular dish for families to make together on holidays like New Years’ Day. But there are plenty of restaurants across the country where mandoo are available; just about every Korean restaurant serves them. Here are three restaurants selling great mandoo.
Mandoo Bar, New York City
Visitors to this Koreatown restaurant can watch mandoo being handmade in the front window throughout the day and night.
Myung In Dumplings, Los Angeles
The best mandoo in Los Angeles can be found at this unassuming spot. Offerings include large and small dumplings filled with pork and vegetables, pork and kimchi, or pork and shrimp; spicy dumplings; fried dumplings; dumpling soup; vegetable dumplings; and sweet red bean dumplings.
Woo Nam Jeong Stone Bowl, Atlanta
Atlanta’s Buford Highway is a big melting pot of amazing ethic cuisines, and at Woo Nam Jeong Stone Bowl you’ll find some amazing mandoo. Spring for the goon mandu, hich are pan-fried, juicy, and just about perfect.