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Mandu


These dumplings are similar to the Japanese gyoza - you could even fry them after steaming if you wanted the extra crunch. Sesame salt is a common seasoning in Korean cooking - make extra to have on hand for seasoning other dishes too.

You'll need

200 gm finely minced pork 150 gm firm tofu, coarsely mashed with a fork 100 gm drained cabbage kimchi, finely chopped, plus extra to serve 2 tbsp finely chopped garlic chives ½ spring onion, finely chopped 1 tsp sesame oil 35 round gow gee wrappers (see note)   Sesame salt 1 tbsp sesame seeds 2 tsp fine salt   Dipping sauce 60 ml (¼ cup) soy sauce 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar

Method

  • 01
  • For sesame salt, dry-roast sesame seeds in a frying pan over medium-high heat until roasted (2-3 minutes). Cool slightly, set aside 1 tsp for dipping sauce, then pound remainder with salt in a mortar and pestle until finely ground.
  • 02
  • Combine pork, tofu, kimchi, chives, spring onion, sesame oil and a large pinch of freshly ground pepper in a bowl and season to taste with sesame salt (about 1 tsp). Set aside.
  • 03
  • Lay a few wrappers on a work surface, place a teaspoonful of pork mixture in centre of each, then brush edges with a little water. Fold in half to form a semicircle, then trim edges with a 7cm-diameter cutter. Pleat edges and set aside on a lightly floured tray. Repeat with remaining wrappers and filling. Cook mandu in batches in boiling water over medium-high heat until cooked through (2-4 minutes). Drain and keep warm.
  • 04
  • Meanwhile, for dipping sauce, combine ingredients and reserved roasted sesame seeds in a bowl. Serve with mandu, kimchi and extra sesame salt.

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