Bukchon Son Mandu (북촌손만두)

Saturday, 20 February 2016

If you're a big fan of dumplings or mandu (만두), Bukchon Son Mandu (북촌손만두) will be an absolute gem for you. My sister and I LOVE mandu so we've been wanting to go to this place for years since Simon and Martina made a video about back in 2012. The first branch we went to was the one in Insadong (인사동), which is located right next to Ssamziegil 쌈지길). It's very easy to find—in fact, just look for that beautiful plume of steam.

I think our meal was more of a guilty pleasure because we had it as a snack after lunch. We ordered a plate of Combination Dumplings (모듬만두), which consisted of: 3 steamed dumplings (찐만두), 3 fried dumplings (튀김만두) and 3 ball dumplings (굴림만두). I usually avoid eating fried foods, but OMG the fried dumpling was amazing—I've never had something so crispy before! It was definitely my most favourite one because I wasn't particularly impressed with the skin of the steamed dumplings.

The second Bukchon Son Mandu we went to was in Dongdaemun (동대문), which was much bigger than the Insadong store and had more comfortable seating arrangements. The address is: 249-10, Jangchungdan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울 중구 장충단로 249-10).

We ordered the King Combination Dumplings plate (특모듬만두), which is the same as the Combination Dumplings, but with added prawn dumplings (새우만두); and a bowl of Bukchon bloody cold noodles (북촌피냉면). We actually wanted normal cold noodles (naengmyeon 냉면), but they didn't have it so the "bloody cold noodles" was the next best thing. Surprisingly, the soup or broth wasn't spicy at all, but the noodles itself was a bit of a let down because it was more like spaghetti noodles.

Overall, the food wasn't perfect but we had a good meal at both locations nonetheless. The dumplings were flavourful, and the filling had good proportions of meat, vegetables and clear noodles. (Don't forgot to dip the dumplings in a sauce made of equal parts of vinegar and soy sauce because it'll make them taste even better!) I highly recommend this place for a snack or a cheat meal.

Bukchon Son Mandu (북촌손만두)
42-5 Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울 종로구 인사동길 42-5

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