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Making Mandu (Korean Dumplings)

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How to make Korean mandu (dumplings) and mandu guk (dumpling soup).
Ingredients
For filling
  Ground pork 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Ground beef 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Chopped chives 2 Cup (32 tbs) (boo chu (Asian chives))
  Shiitake mushrooms 5 , soaked for 5 hours and chopped
  Chopped onion 1⁄2
  Garlic cloves 3 , chopped finely
  Salt To Taste
  Sugar 1 Pinch
  Sesame oil 3 Teaspoon (use as needed)
  Vegetable oil 1 Tablespoon
  Mandu skins 50
For mandu soup
  Water 8 Cup (128 tbs)
  Dried anchovies 8
  Fish sauce 1 Teaspoon
  Egg 1 , beaten
  Green onion 2 , sliced
  Ground pepper To Taste
  Soy sauce 1 Teaspoon
  Onion 1⁄4 , sliced
Directions

MAKING
For filling:
1. In a large bowl, combine together ground pork and ground beef.
2. Add in salt, sesame oil, and pepper and mix well with hand and push the mixture to one side of the bowl.
3. Wash the chives, pat dry with kitchen towel and chop them.
4. In a bowl put the chopped chives and mix in vegetable oil.
5. Put the chives next to the ground meat.

6. In a small bowl, combine together mushrooms, onion, soy sauce, pepper, sugar and 1 teaspoon of sesame oil.
7. Mix the mushrooms with hand and transfer the mixture to the big bowl with meat.
8. Drain and squeeze the tofu using paper towel and place it in a small bowl.
9. Add a pinch of salt, 1 teaspoon of sesame oil and mix it and mixture to the big bowl with meat.
10. Add garlic to the meat bowl and mix all ingredients by hand.
For Mandu:
11. Use half of the mandu skins and half of the filling for fried mandu.
12. Hold a mandu skin in left hand and put a tablespoon of filling in the centre of the skin.
13. Apply little cold water on the edges of the mandu skin with your fingertips.
14. Fold the skin in half over filling, fold and press the sides together to make ripples on the edges, place the mandu on a plastic wrapped tray.
15. Use the remaining half of mandu skins and filling to make mandu for soup
16. Place a tablespoon of filling in the center of the mandu skin, wet the edges of the skin fold and press to stick.
17. Fold again and stick the corners of the skin to give different shape.
For fried mandu:
18. In a hot pan over low heat, put vegetable oil and place mandu..
Cover the pan with lid and allow to cook for few minutes or until light brown in colour.
19. Turn over each mandu, and cook it until it is golden brown, transfer it to a plate.
For mandu soup:
20. In a pot, put together water, anchovies and onion in a wire mesh container.
21. Heat over medium heat, bring to a boil and allow to cook for 20-30 minutes. If water evaporates, you can add more water.
22. After 20 minutes remove the anchovies and onion.
23. Add in fish sauce, garlic and mandu, cover and simmer until mandu floats to the surface.
24. Add in the egg, and green onions and simmer until the egg cooks.

SERVING
26. Serve the soup hot with a bowl of kimchi and the fried mandu in dipping sauce

TIPS
To make dipping sauce mix together equal parts vinegar and soy sauce.
You can also freeze the mandu dumplings before cooking and use as needed.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Korean
Course: 
Appetizer
Taste: 
Savory
Ingredient: 
Ground Meat
Cook Time: 
75 Minutes

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