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Thursday, 19 October 2006

Some days you just don't want to cook...a visit to the mandu man

When we first arrived in Seoul...we didn't cook very much. We were just getting comfortable with our surroundings and then slowly we acquired the "tools" to fix meals for lunch and dinner everyday. Given that we work at night and finish at 10pm, that means we can sleep in (sometimes too much) a bit and then enjoy our morning. Both Devante and myself get cracking around 10am and decide on what we want to make for lunch--but like the title of this post says, some days you just don't want to cook!

So we decided yesterday to buy our lunch instead. We had a few errands to run near Mokdong Station before work and decided on getting some mandoo (dumplings; how about homemade mandu "chips" by ZenKimchi?) and kimbab (Korean sushi)--quick and easy. The place we went to was called MyungIn Mandoo (since 1976 I might add), near Two Two Fried Chicken (I didn't plan this, honestly!).

The price for one order of mandoo (10 dumplings; 5 regular + 5 kimchi), and two tuna kimbab rolls was 7500w (about 8US). The kimbab was jam packed full of ingredients and the mandoo was awesome as always. They steam them literally on the sidewalk. Highly recommended if you're looking for a cheap and quick snack in Mokdong, or anywhere else in Seoul for that matter.

Look for MyungIn Mandoo right by Two Two Fried Chicken:

Just place your order on the street...it doesn't get easier than this:

A closer shot of the mandu and other snacks for sale:

Now, you're in for a treat because I have a video of the mandoo man making mandoo...at lightning speed. It will be up in the morning. But in the meantime, if you're really bored, here's the Two Two Fried Chicken logo:

OK, I'm going to sleep now, this time for real...here's your promised video:

Normally, when we do have time and the groceries, we whip up a meal like the one you see below. Beef stir fry with red, yellow and orange peppers, flash fried head lettuce in garlic with oyster sauce, and creamy cheddar whipped mashed potatoes. It's a weird combination, an Asian inspired meal only to have creamy and cheesy mashed potatoes be the odd man out. It was delicious though. ;)


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