Korean Mandu Recipe
Our Korean themed cooking day was coming up, and I was armed with a list of Korean words that could either turn out tasty or go horribly, horribly wrong. I don’t know. I know next to nothing about Korean food because our go-to Asian cuisine for cooking at home is usually Thai.
So I started googling my list of words to find out what tasty thing I could make and Mandu came up. Sweet. This would be easy. I’d made gyoza before, and wonton wrappers are ALWAYS in stock (actually, I later found out they are only always in stock when you don’t want to make something with them, seriously, it’s like the rule of grocery stores or something).
After looking at the first recipe I was a little skeptical though.
Ground pork, sure.
Ground beef? Eh… I don’t know about all that, one type of ground meat seems like it should do.
Tofu?! Oh hell no! I am not really a fan of tofu, and I have a child who is fussy about the textures of food so tofu is usually a no-go in our house.
So I took it upon myself to sort of.. rearrange the recipe. That’s what an inventive cook does, right? I got rid of a couple ingredients, added in a couple more and a little heat for good measure.
Then I crossed my fingers and hoped it would actually taste good.
Long story short, even my picky eater liked them, and that’s saying something since I’ve made cookies that have made him cry.
We served it up with some of my homemade ponzu sauce (I know, I know, now we’re getting into Japanese cuisine, but I would probably eat ponzu on EVERYTHING given the chance), and enjoyed ourselves some not so mandu.
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