Dumpling Soup Recipe (만두국)

Dumpling Soup Recipe – One of the first things everyone should buy when they first get to Korea is a bag of frozen mandu (dumplings).  You can get them in several different varieties and you cook them a hundred different ways.  You can fry them, steam them, boil them, or put them in soup.

My personal favorite is the soup.

You can make the dumplings yourself very easily, but I’ll have to show you that at another time.  For now, let’s just do the soup.

Preptime: 5 minutes
Cook time:  10 minutes
Yield:  1 person

What you’ll need (필요한 것):

  • A medium-sized pot
  • a small bowl
  • a whisk

Ingredients (재료):

  • 10 dumplings (만두)
  • 1/2 potato cut into 1.5 cm pieces (감자)
  • 1 egg (계란)
  • 1/2 Korean white squash, diced (애호박)
  • 8 g beef dashida (소고기다시다)
  • salt and pepper

Process (만든 방법):

  • bring 6 cups of water to a boil.
  • Once boiling add the dashida and the potatoes. Boil for two minutes. see also : Soo Jae Bi Recipe (수제비)
  • Add the squash and any other vegetables you might be using.
  • After adding the squash beat the egg in a small bowl.
  • Stir the soup and while stirring use your free hand to pour the eggs into the bowl in a slow steady stream.
  • Boil for about 7 minutes, stirring occasionally so the mandu doesn’t stick.
  • After 7 minutes, if you can’t easily stick a chopstick through the potatoes let boil another 2 or 3 minutes until ready, then serve.
  • Season with salt and pepper.   If you’re like me and like it spicy add a thinly sliced chili-pepper (고추) and some spicy pepper sauce (양염장).


  • Just like most Korean soups you can add whatever vegetables you want.  Many recipes call for green onions (파) while others also use carrots (단근).  I live in Gangwon-do (강원도) so it’s very difficult to find a Mandu-gook recipe that doesn’t have either potatoes (감자) or Ddeok (떡, rice cakes) in it.
  • You can add see food if you wish as well.  Also if you buy mandu-gook from an older woman in the downtown area she’ll probably put a bit of seaweed (김) and some sesame seeds (참깨) on the top!
  • Serve with a side of kimchi (김치) if you dare! Dipping the kimchi in the soup will add a nice flavor to the soup while making the kimchi less pungent.

Words to know:

만두:  “Mandu”  Mandu is the Korean word for dumpling.  The most popular mandu are kimchi and gogi (meat) mandu.  You can buy them frozen at the grocery store, or freshly made by an ah-juma (아줌마) down town.  No mater how you buy them or eat them, mandu is a staple food of Korea. see also : Pisto Manchego recipe (토마토야채볶음)

멸치 다시다소고기 다시다:  So-Go-Gi Dasida” is beef stock.  “Dashida” (다시다) comes in several varieties, and the idea is similar to stock cubes, except dashida doesn’t have to be added before hand.

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