What better way to spend a cold winters night than being with friends hovering over a hot pot filled to the brim with dumplings, vegetables and noodles AND an abundance of side dishes.
A trio of us made our way to Mandoo Korean Dumpling on Bank St (a few doors down from Mamak Corner), a place that I’ve been meaning to visit for the last 2 years – and now I’ve finally made it! *crosses off ‘to eat’ list*
Hot pot: includes four types of dumplings (pork, chicken, vegetarian, kimchi), tofu, beef, mushrooms, glass noodles, udon, rice cakes, cabbages and seasonal vegetables and fish stock. Complimentary side dishes. $40.00 for 2-3 people, $48.00 for 3-4 people. Spicy hot pot available + $5.00 respectively.
As we make our way inside, we’re greeted with friendly smiles and hellos. Once seated, we perused through the menu whilst the owner/chef stands at the front counter on auto pilot mode making fresh dumplings. Although the menu may appear quite short, you’re really here for one thing – their dumplings (mandoo)! Other meals include hot pot, steamed or deep fried dumplings, soups or bibimbap (mixed rice bowl – one of my favourites!).
Dumpling chef/owner, patrons, steamed kim chi dumplings ($11.00), hot pot and side dishes
It doesn’t take long for our hot pot to arrive along with an array of side dishes and sauce to dip our dumplings into after placing our order through. Can you imagine having to wash all the dishes at this joint?! >.< The dumplings are plump and big – a lot bigger than what I’m used to so they take me a few bites to get through. I find the dumpling skin to be on the thick side but the punchy kimchi filling makes up for it. There’s some heat in the kimchi dumpling so the side dish of cold potato salad is a life saver. It’s just as good on it’s own as well.
Mandoo Korean Dumpling is a family owned business; it’s small, quaint and simple with a homey vibe. We left feeling satisfied and content with a hearty and comforting meal, just like the ones mum makes. They also do take away from my observations of many people coming in and out of the store with their take away packs (note to self). Definitely worth a visit this winter to see what the ‘buzz’ is all about.
Mandoo Korean Dumplings
Shop 3, 23 Bank Street
Adelaide SA 5000
P 08 8231 3303