BEEF BULGOGI MANDU/KOREAN BEEF DUMPLINGS
In 2021 I want you to make 1 resolution to at least try new foods that I present. It will be the year of challenge for your taste buds and I can guarantee that you'll be glad you did.
Most of us order Chinese Take out and sometimes we end up ordering the same thing, so if you venture and order dumplings, most of the time what is offered are either pan fried or boiled dumplings with a soy dipping sauce and the meat used is usually ground pork. Some places offer ground beef.
Believe it or not the only difference with these dumplings may be thicker or light wrappers or how they are folded or is dough actually made fresh and they do it by hand. Today, with labor cost so high, most are bought frozen and on rare occasions does an establishment make them by hand.
Korea recently has entered the prepackaged food market. Costco is slowly adding alot of Korean products and one of them is Korean Beef Dumplings Mandu. They are packed frozen and the dumplings are a nice size. Add a dash of oil in a non tick pan and on low to medium heat, just turn over each side when golden brown. (No water needed or cover). They come out pan fried, and its truly ground beef, believe it or not. Of course the dipping sauce is made my adding soy sauce, sugar, white vinegar and water. Cut 1 stalk of scallion thinly and add a dash of oil or sesame oil. Mix and taste to your liking. It's delicious.
There was another brand called Ling Ling but their dumplings were chicken and vegetable and the quality has gone down dramatically.
So far, the Korean Beef Bulgogi Mandu is living up to their quality reputation. I have also purchased Korean Wonton made with chicken and cilantro. Can't wait to make them. Stay tuned.
On Chef Woo Can Scale of 1-5, these dumplings are off the chart, 10+. Try a bag, you'll be glad you did! Promise!!!
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