K-Pop UTS Mandu

Mandu are a traditional Korean style of dumpling; that can be filled with a mixture of meat, vegetables, tofu and herbs. They are either deep-fried, boiled, pan-fried or baked in the oven. They can also be prepared in large quantities in advance and stored in the freezer for future use. There are thousands of Mandu variations and these are mostly prepared by families as part of Korean Lunar New Year festivities and is considered a symbol of good luck for the coming year.

In our recipe below we have opted for a pork-filled, pan fried small version of the dumpling - but feel free to opt for whatever cooking method or filling of dumpling you prefer! If you are vegetarian you can adjust this recipe to a tofu/mushroom filling to suit your needs.

What you will need:

  • 20pc Dumpling wrappers

For the filling

  • 150g minced pork
  • 40g chives
  • 50g glass noodles
  • 30g green onions
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1Tbsp cooking wine
  • 1.5Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1Tsp sesame oil

For the dipping soy sauce

  • 1Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2/3Tbsp vinegar
  • 1/2Tbsp water
  • 1/2Tbsp red pepper flakes


  1. If you are making small dumplings you can go ahead and put all the raw filling ingredients into a bowl and mix.
    • If you are opting for the larger dumplings, you will want to cook your filling first to ensure it is cooked through. So first put sesame oil in a pan and saute your minced pork, cooking wine, salt, and pepper. Then add your soaked glass noodle, scallions, chives and soy sauce until cooked through.
  2. Put about 1 Tbsp of dumpling stuffing on the wrapper and fold it in half. There are a few ways to fold a mandu - you can crimp the top as we have done below or you can just press it until it’s flattened.
  3. Put oil in the pan and cook the dumplings with a lid until crispy.

K-POP UTS is a community in which students sharing our common interests in Korean pop culture and Korean culture such as cuisine, fashion, dramas and television programs. Our society encourages individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds to meet and bond over their mutual interest in contemporary Korean pop culture.

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