Pan fried Korean dumplings (Gun Mandu) with Danmuji (yellow radish) with some beetroot, salad and green tea

Pan fried Korean dumplingsThere are three different types of dumplings in Korea. We call them all “Mandu”. So steamed Manddu is called “Jin Mandu”. Pan fried Mandu is called “Gun Mandu”. There is also a special Mandu that is added to soup called “Mul Mandu”.

Mandu came to Korea from China around 1000 years ago. In olden times we Koreans had to be friendly to the neighbouring Chinese empire and its people. Therefore Mandu was introduced to please our Chinese visitors and for a long time Mandu was served to the Royal family in Korea.

For this reason these traditional recipes were retained in Korean cuisine and from those times have moved from being a Royal dish to being on normal people’s dinner tables and nowadays it has become mainly a street snack.

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