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Korean Food: Homemade Dumplings

Tip from my mom: if you boil these first and then freeze, they hold together better and freeze better so you can enjoy them later! This recipe makes about 150 mandoo dumplings!!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Appetizer/Meal
Cuisine: Korean
Servings: 150
Author: Hip Foodie Mom

Ingredients

  • 2 lb. lean ground pork
  • 1 lb. uncooked shrimp; peeled and chopped
  • 6 oz. mung bean or sweet potato noodles soaked in very hot water and then chopped
  • about 8 oz. of boochu Korean chives; chopped
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic finely chopped or minced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper optional; we did not add this b/c of the kids
  • 3 packages circular mandoo wrappers or Japanese gyoza or Chinese wonton wrappers
  • water or slightly beaten eggs needed when sealing the mandoo

VARIATIONS ON THE MANDOO FILLING:

  • bean sprouts but you must use a cheese cloth and squeeze all the water out; chopped
  • firm tofu but you must use a cheese cloth and squeeze all the water out
  • kimchi; finely chopped but you must use a cheese cloth and squeeze all the liquid out

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients from the ground pork to the salt (see photos below). I highly recommend wearing disposable plastic gloves and using your hands to mix everything.
  • Get your mandoo assembly area ready with your mandoo wrappers, a bowl of water (or a slightly beaten egg or 2) and the pork/shrimp filling mixture.
  • Place about 1 tablespoon of filling in the center of the dumpling wrapper.
  • Dip your fingers in the water (or eggs) and wet the outside upper edge of the top half of the wrapper. Fold the wrapper to close and then crimp the edges. Alternatively, you can close the wrapper and then fold and bring the ends together to make a circle. Repeat until all the filling is gone.
  • Steam, boil or pan fry the dumplings and enjoy! You can also throw these into a Korean mandoo soup. You can freeze the dumplings for up to 3 months.