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Mandu

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for mandu, Korean dumplings.

By Lisa Featherby
Mandu
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.

Ingredients

  • 200 gm finely minced pork
  • 150 gm firm tofu, coarsely mashed with a fork
  • 100 gm drained <a href="http://www.gourmettraveller.com.au/kimchi-jjigae.htm">cabbage kimchi</a>, 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 soy sauce (¼ cup)
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar

Method

Main
  • 1
    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.
  • 2
    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.
  • 3
    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.
  • 4
    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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  • Author: Lisa Featherby