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Easy Korean dumplings that will disappear in a flash. This is the basic recipe. If you are a more experienced chef, you can experiment with other spices or meats, use scallions in the place of onion, etc. You can freeze these or cook them right away by frying, steaming, or adding to simmering soup. Serve with soy sauce for dipping.

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1 hr
25 mins
1 hr 25 mins
15 servings


Original recipe yields 15 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain and discard grease. Add onion, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Add cabbage and carrots. Cover and steam, stirring occasionally, until cabbage and carrots are limp, about 20 minutes. Remove filling from heat.

  • Place 1 teaspoon of filling in the center of a wrapper using 2 spoons. Fold wonton wrapper in half to form a triangle. Seal edges by moistening with a little water and pressing edges flat. Bring 2 opposite corners together and moisten to seal one over the other.

  • Mandu can be steamed, boiled, pan-fried, or deep-fried just like any other dumpling.

Cook's Note:

For assembling, use a large, flat space. Do not open wonton wrappers all at once, but as you need them; similar to phyllo dough, they are very thin and dry quickly. The freshest wrappers at the store will appear moist and may have slight condensation inside the packaging. Mondu can be transferred from your workspace to wax paper. After 30 minutes, they will be dry enough to store in containers to freeze, with wax paper separating the layers. If steaming, the wrappers will become slightly translucent when ready to serve. Estimate 3 to 4 dumplings per person for appetizers or 10 per person for a meal. Children as young as 8 can help with the assembly.

Nutrition Facts

339 calories; protein 15.8g; carbohydrates 54.9g; fat 5.6g; cholesterol 28.9mg; sodium 551.9mg. Full Nutrition