Recipes

Baked sweet pastry

Manju 만주

I’m happy to introduce my delicious sweet manju pastry recipe to you today.

I researched the origin of this pastry on the internet, some bloggers and Wikipedia say the idea of this pastry originated a long ways back in China, as Chinese dumplings are made with fillings and dough skin. When these dumplings were introduced to Japan, the Japanese modified the dumplings and made them into pastries by adding fillings made with sweet beans. They called this manju.

Eventually manju came to Korea, which is where I learned it. I’m not sure if the taste of my manju is different from the original Japanese manju because I’ve never tasted Japanese manju. If you know more about the history and tastes of different manju, please let us know about it in the comments.

Where did I get this recipe?
I was very excited the first time I had this homemade manju visiting my friend Jeongjin’s house in Korea. Jeongjin would make so many delicious dishes and I loved whatever she made. She was generous about sharing her recipes with me and my other friends. It was a big revelation for me to see that we could make such delicious sweet pastries at home and not have to buy them at a bakery. As soon as I tasted these, I knew I had to make them. This is Jeongjin’s recipe.

She and I lost touch years ago. I’m wondering if she still keeps cooking these days. Whenever we met each other, we talked about new delicious dishes and recipes and learned from each other.

If you feel your heart beating quickly when you see this video recipe today, you’ll know how I felt the first time I saw them being made. You and I are really in the same boat. : ) If so, “Cheers” to you!

Ingredients (for 8 manju):
1 cup lima beans, ½ cup sugar, ½ ts salt, ¾ cup flour and ½ cup extra flour, 2 eggs, ¼ cup sesame seeds, ¼ cup sweetened condensed milk, 2 ts of vanilla extract.

Directions:
Let’s make sweet filling first!

  1. Soak 1 cup of lima beans in cold water overnight (for about 10-12 hours).
  2. Pop the beans out of the skins with your fingers.
  3. Place the beans in a heavy bottomed pot with 1 ¼ cup of water and bring to a boil over medium high heat for 10 minutes.
  4. Lower the heat and  simmer for about 35-50 minutes until the beans are soft and fluffy.
  5. Mash the beans with a wooden spoon until they have the consistency and look of mashed potatoes.
    *tip: If you need to make a large quantity, using a food processor will be faster
  6. Add ½ cup sugar, ¼ ts salt, and 1 ts vanilla extract and keep stirring for about 1-2 minutes with a wooden spoon to thicken the filling. Keep stirring so the filling doesn’t burn or stick to the bottom of the pot.
  7. Turn the heat off and cool down.

Make dough:

  1. Add ¾ cup flour, 1 egg, ¼ ts salt, ¼ cup sweetened condensed milk, and 1 ts vanilla extract to a mixing bowl.
  2. Mix it well  with a wooden spoon until smooth.

Make 8 manju:

  1. Divide the dough and the filling into 8 same-sized balls on a floured cutting board.
  2. Flatten out each dough ball by pressing it down with the palm of your hand.
  3. Place a filling ball into the center of a flattened dough ball. Wrap the dough around the filling.
  4. Seal the edges of the wrapped dough and form into the shape of an egg. To make a chestnut, first make a ball and then gently pinch a point at one end. Leave the other end rounded.
  5. Dip the side of egg shaped manju into water first, and then dip into sesame seeds so the seeds stick to side. For chestnut shaped manju, dip the top into water, and then dip the top into seeds.
  6. Brush the egg yolk over the sesame seeds on egg shaped manju. For chestnut shaped manju, brush egg yolk below the part where sesame seeds are on so that the color will change into brown when it’s baked.
  7. Repeat for each pastry, and place the manju on a cookie pan lined with a baking sheet, with the sealed part of the manju on the bottom.
  8. Bake in the oven at 350°F on the middle rack for about 20 minutes.
  9. If you make chestnut shaped manju, bake them a little longer for a deep, rich color.
  10. Serve as a dessert or snack.

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77 Comments:

  1. hadjer Algeria My profile page joined 10/14
    Posted October 22nd, 2014 at 11:07 am | # |

    hello , I want try it but can i use another kind of beans ( small one) in my country we haven’t this one
    thanks a lot for your explanation

  2. Nattacha Malaysia My profile page joined 10/14
    Posted October 17th, 2014 at 9:04 am | # |

    So my first batch had failed, the skin was way too hard.
    I made the second batch and it turned out great. The failing point was from the bean. The shop around my house only has small lima beans and they need more time to soak (I soaked the second batch 24 hrs) and to make sure to close lid while boiling.
    Because the filling was too dry the first time (the bean was hard I couldn’t mash after 50 mins boiling, so I use mixer to blend them) it cannot help moistening up the skin while cooking I guess.

  3. dancewakko5 Sylmar, California, USA My profile page joined 6/14
    Posted June 5th, 2014 at 6:06 pm | # |

    I made this delicious pastry today. I think I might have had some air space or too much moisture inside because many of my pastries burst. Thank you for the delicious recipe!

  4. zp00kie Sweden My profile page joined 7/12
    Posted February 21st, 2014 at 8:30 am | # |

    I tried making these today! However, I am not sure I got them right. what should the consistency of the filling be when they have finished baking? I baked them for 20 minutes, and it still looks the same as before I put it into the oven… I might have cooked the filling for too short (however, it was possible to shape it to balls)

    Are the cups in the recipe US or Metric cups?

  5. Bookcook Cork, Ireland My profile page joined 1/14
    Posted January 11th, 2014 at 4:19 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi,

    Can the bean paste you made in this recipe by used for Sangtu Gwaja? i have been wanting to make these for the last two years but I’ve been unable to find the bean paste. can you please do a video on Sangtu Gwaja? :D

  6. pirakwon Cleveland,OH My profile page joined 1/14
    Posted January 7th, 2014 at 4:24 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi! When i cooked the lima beans, i must have put in too much water! Now its all runny and doesnt thicken.. What should i do?

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted January 8th, 2014 at 10:15 am | # |

      oh, it sometimes happens to me, too. I dehydrate the paste with a microwave oven. I just put the paste in my microwave oven and cook a few minutes and take it out and stir it with a wooden spoon. If it’s still wet, repeat it again.

  7. YeongWoo Rochester, NY My profile page joined 9/13
    Posted September 12th, 2013 at 1:33 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi! I’m going to try making these tomorrow, but I was wondering if they froze well. Like if I made a lot, but wanted to freeze some to use later. Let me know, thanks!

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted September 13th, 2013 at 3:06 pm | # |

      yes, you can freeze it up to 3 months! Thaw it out at room temperature when you eat it. Good luck with making delicious manju!

  8. Miss Petite Malaysia My profile page joined 4/13
    Posted April 27th, 2013 at 11:28 pm | # |

    Hi,I’m a newbie here…
    Just found out your ‘drooling’ site recently.Since you haven’t posted much on pastries..so I have one request on this one recipe..I’ve once watched it in a Korean variety show..it is called Chap Ssal Bbang or Mochi bread. I’ve search high and low for this recipe but have only found a premixed flour version..not homemade scratch version.So I wonder you could post the tuts for this.Your kindness is greatly appreciated.

  9. kimbobble United States My profile page joined 3/13
    Posted March 16th, 2013 at 12:00 am | # |

    if you use baby lima beans, they are green and the manju looks like nokja manju~! the taste is still the same :D

  10. Fujia GERMANY My profile page joined 7/12
    Posted February 9th, 2013 at 11:48 am | # |

    I made it today Maangchi! I’m so happy. They’re so delicious, I made photo too, but I don’t know how to upload it at your site.
    Thank you for your hard work and the will to let us know the Korean cousine.

  11. Hime_Jenn Karlsruhe, Germany My profile page joined 10/11
    Posted January 23rd, 2013 at 2:06 pm | # |

    I made according to the recipe and even doubled the recipe so that I have enough to feed my family and neighbor. They turned out great. But too bad I forgot to take a picture of it. Will do it again tomorrow and send you the picture soon ;)

  12. gumumma KS My profile page joined 6/12
    Posted June 9th, 2012 at 7:26 pm | # |

    Thank you so much for your videos! I tried to make this twice but I FAILED. So being the momma’s girl I am, I asked my mom for help. I can’t really translate this to korean. Could you possibly send me instructions in korean? Thank you!

  13. lilianarosali Holland/the Netherlands My profile page joined 2/12
    Posted February 20th, 2012 at 2:06 pm | # |

    Hi Maangch,

    Where can i buy those cups?
    Because i live in Holland and i don’t know where i can buy it T_T
    Can you help me or do you know if there is a site or something?

  14. tweewin USA My profile page joined 8/11
    Posted December 8th, 2011 at 8:58 pm | # |

    Maangchi-ssi! I just roasted my sesame seeds. Is that wrong? Should I be using non-roasted sesame seeds? =( I thought you are using roasted seeds, but in the video, it looks non-roasted. Please clarify, thank you much! :)

    Happy holidays!!!

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted December 9th, 2011 at 11:47 am | # |

      I use roasted sesame seeds. Happy cooking!

      • tweewin USA My profile page joined 8/11
        Posted December 9th, 2011 at 3:16 pm | # |

        *whew!* Thank you for that confirmation! =D I roasted them, and they have darker coloration than your roasted sesame seeds, so I didn’t know. =\ I’m kind of worried that they will be burnt if I bake them for 35-40 minutes on the pastry. Do you recommend putting the sesame seeds on, in the last 5 minutes of baking instead of at the beginning? =?

      • tweewin USA My profile page joined 8/11
        Posted December 11th, 2011 at 2:23 am | # |

        Okay, so I’ve finally finished making them just now. The cooked dough turned out the be tough (not too much, but it’s not soft like the ones I’ve had at a bakery). Is there anything I can do to fix it? I followed your directions word for word. =((

        • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
          Posted December 11th, 2011 at 4:15 am | # |

          I’m sorry to hear that your dough turned out tough. Follow the ratio of dough mix tightly in the recipe.

  15. HKCHONG WASHINGTON My profile page joined 12/11
    Posted December 5th, 2011 at 10:24 am | # |

    mAANGCHI…the bread turned out really tough! any suggestions?

    • HKCHONG WASHINGTON My profile page joined 12/11
      Posted December 5th, 2011 at 12:24 pm | # |

      Also, the glaze from the egg wash was very light….ne suggestions on that? Otherwise, thanks for your enthusiastic spirit!!!

    • tweewin USA My profile page joined 8/11
      Posted December 11th, 2011 at 2:24 am | # |

      Yeah, the dough for me was tough, also. I think it’s not supposed to be all purpose flour. =|

  16. TeaBubblex Home My profile page joined 11/11
    Posted November 24th, 2011 at 9:53 am | # |

    I Make this and It was very Sweet :D
    I will make this again ^^

  17. DominiqueEchard North Carolina My profile page joined 5/09
    Posted November 20th, 2011 at 7:25 pm | # |

    These look delicious! I think sometime soon I’ll try my hand at making a vegan version of these. I can make homemade sweetened condensed almond or soymilk, pureed silken tofu instead of egg in the dough, and maybe a little margarine instead of egg yolk for the glaze.

  18. lmcarmin France My profile page joined 10/11
    Posted October 14th, 2011 at 3:00 pm | # |

    Could I use mung beans for the filling?

  19. Simi-ka Germany My profile page joined 9/11
    Posted October 8th, 2011 at 10:20 pm | # |

    Can I use something else instead of lima beans?

  20. Abbeh Marie --- My profile page joined 10/11
    Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 9:45 pm | # |

    hey Maangchi!
    i was wandering if you could switch the recipe up! do you think i could use the sweet red bean filing insted?
    –Abby

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted October 13th, 2011 at 6:14 pm | # |

      Abby, yes, some of my readers have submitted their manju made with sweet red beans. Delicious! : )

  21. elyon Portugal My profile page joined 8/11
    Posted September 3rd, 2011 at 3:34 pm | # |

    Hello Maangchi ! First of all, congratulations for this amazing website, if it weren’t for you, I would have never had the opportunity to experiment Korean cuisine. Thank you very much!
    I tried this recipe of yours today for a family dinner. I was delightful with the result and so was my family!
    Here’s a picture of it http://i52.tinypic.com/20ffhgn.jpg
    What do you think? :D

  22. funcooking Ontario My profile page joined 8/11
    Posted August 6th, 2011 at 3:15 pm | # |

    안녕하세요!I am so happy to find this recipe as I was looking for 경주빵’s recipe. I miss it so much~!I really appreciate your style of cooking that infuses tradition and simplicity. Always a fan of you and your delicious cooking^^*

  23. PuretoricanCombo Zion, Il My profile page joined 7/11
    Posted August 1st, 2011 at 7:30 pm | # |

    I just made you Fantastic recipe! It was fun and really easy, and everyone in my family loved it. My sister said it was too sweet, but i thought it was perfect with a glass of ice cold milk! I will definitely be making it again, and will try some of your other recipes (I’m thinking hoddok next!).
    P.S. Here’s a picture of my Manju!
    [IMG]http://i937.photobucket.com/albums/ad213/whodudis/100_1129.jpg[/IMG]

  24. amikurotsuchi jakarta My profile page joined 9/10
    Posted July 20th, 2011 at 8:02 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi!!
    Here in Indonesia there is a very similar dish called “Pia” it is filled with mung bean and it’s really delicious. And since Indonesia is such a melting pot of people from different ethnics, The filling varieties are crazily yummy!! Cheese, chocolate, milk etc. Also the region that is very famous for its pia is Bali (I’m sure you’ve heard of that island). I’ll make this one for sure, but it is almost impossible to find lima beans in Jakarta. Perhaps I’ll substitute it with other bean.

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted August 1st, 2011 at 7:49 pm | # |

      yes, you can use filling made with mung beans, too. Pia, I should remember the name. Use mung beans or red beans to make manju.

  25. bombignants MN My profile page joined 7/11
    Posted July 19th, 2011 at 1:58 pm | # |

    so…I’m not sure what I did wrong, but it took over 3 hours of simmering after 10 minutes of boiling to get the beans mashable. Any idea what happened?

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted July 19th, 2011 at 2:41 pm | # |

      I think you skip the first step: “Soak 1 cup of lima beans in cold water overnight (for about 10-12 hours)”

  26. Bellaboo302 United States My profile page joined 7/11
    Posted July 15th, 2011 at 11:45 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi! Mmm this looks so delicious! I have baby lima beans, will those work the same as the large ones?

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted July 17th, 2011 at 12:29 pm | # |

      yes, you will have the same result as if you used large beans, but it will take more time to remove all the skins, right? : )

      • zipurlip2 USofA My profile page joined 7/11
        Posted July 25th, 2011 at 12:33 pm | # |

        lol … I used baby lima beans since that was all the store had at the time AND as you said, it DID take more time to peel the skins off! I was ready to say, “Never again!” before I even did 1/4 of them! However, I am very glad I did, because in the end, they were delicious! You will note that I made sure to find a bag of regular sized lima beans for the next time! Confession time: I, um, sorta hate you, Maangchi! You make wrapping the filling look so easy! I struggled with that step, rrrr … Although they ended up delish, they didn’t look as pretty as yours, hmmm. Oh, well, I “forgive you” for being so talented! As always, thank you for sharing with us your talents and recipes! Komapsumnida …

  27. seoulsister My profile page joined 4/11
    Posted July 3rd, 2011 at 7:20 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi,how about “Han Cook” as the title for your new show??

  28. Xylena Billings, Montana My profile page joined 6/11
    Posted June 28th, 2011 at 11:55 pm | # |

    Maangchi, I found your website a few months ago and have been watching all your videos when I have time. I really want to try every recipe here! This is the first recipe I am going to try, since its one of the recipes I have all the ingredients for(It’s hard to find asian markets here!) I hope it goes well. Love your videos!!!!

  29. Anayokari norway My profile page joined 6/11
    Posted June 28th, 2011 at 6:22 pm | # |

    Hi!
    I made these today, but while they were baking the filling exploded out of the cakes! It looks like lava bursting from rocks! :O
    They are all ruined in looks, but they still taste good though. :)
    Do you know why this might have happened?
    thank you!

    • Lythial Canada My profile page joined 6/11
      Posted June 29th, 2011 at 1:45 am | # |

      I had the same problem! They looked ok at 20 minutes but since I made the chestnut shape, I wanted to bake them longer for the colour, but 2 minutes later, they had all exploded!

      I hope Maangchi has some idea – they were very tasty, but not presentable as gifts xD

      • StageDreamer2590 My profile page joined 3/11
        Posted October 12th, 2011 at 11:27 pm | # |

        I’ve never tried making manju, but I know these are common mistakes in making mooncakes.

        Make sure you wrap them tight. If there’s air between the layers then it will expand during cooking.

        Also make sure you cook out enough water in you bean filling. If you don’t the water in the filling will expand during baking and could cause you dough to crack.

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted June 29th, 2011 at 6:09 am | # |

      Yes, it sometimes happens. I suggest lowering your oven temperature and bake them longer. Maybe 325ºF ?

  30. Ikkin-bot edmonton My profile page joined 9/10
    Posted June 26th, 2011 at 8:00 pm | # |

    Made this for a bbq and it was a huge huge hit! Great recipe and super easy!

    http://ikkin-bot.blogspot.com/2011/06/cooking-korean-manju-sweet-white-bean.html

  31. Reinier Rotterdam, The Netherlands My profile page I'm a fan! joined 2/09
    Posted June 24th, 2011 at 5:32 pm | # |

    Looking good! These beans are also known as butter beans. I use them for a greek recipe for ‘gigantes’ (meaning huge beans) with tomato sauce and spices, i never knew you could make these buns with them.

  32. Cheeryvisage New York City My profile page joined 1/11
    Posted June 24th, 2011 at 12:43 pm | # |

    Wow, this looks great, Maangchi! I ran out to buy lima beans and condensed milk last night. Will be making this recipe this weekend. I also plan to make this with red bean fillings as well. The lima beans and the red beans are now soaking in water.

    I have a question about storage if you don’t finish all of the manjus at once. What is the best way to store these? Do you leave them at room temperature? Or put them in the fridge (or even freezer)? What sort of container would you use? How long would the leftover manjus last?

    Thanks!

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted June 26th, 2011 at 11:54 pm | # |

      I hope your manju turned out delicious! If you have any leftover, put them in a plastic bag or plastic container and keep them in the fridge or freezer. If you keep them in the fridge, you will have to eat them in a few days because they will dry out.

  33. Soju123 New York, NY My profile page I'm a fan! joined 3/11
    Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 5:34 pm | # |

    This looks so good!!! (And I think that’s the first time I’ve said that about anything with lima beans in it…) :)

  34. Toto Bonn, Germany My profile page joined 6/10
    Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 8:16 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi!
    Just as iichan mentiones, I also know Manju as steamed ones with azuki bean filling, but this variety looks great and delicious as well.
    If you want to have the Japanese recipe, I would like to show you a site (unfortunately in German) that contains many Japanese recipes, like Manju, or Patbingsu (of course in its Japanese variety).
    Well here’s the link for the Manju recipe http://nekobento.com/?page=manju
    thank you very much :)

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted June 24th, 2011 at 8:28 am | # |

      It looks like jjinppang (steamed bun with sweet red bean filling).
      Have you checked out my jjinppang mandu (steamed pork buns) recipe? http://www.maangchi.com/recipe/jjinppang-mandu
      Jjinppang is made with sweet red bean filling instead of mixture of meat and vegetables.

      • Toto Bonn, Germany My profile page joined 6/10
        Posted June 25th, 2011 at 3:03 pm | # |

        I see :). So the Japanese Manju is very different from the Korean Manju :)
        Well, just at this moment, I remember a Japanese recipe, that is very equal to the Korean Manju (in its creation and ingredients). It’s called “Anpan”. The creation is very simmilar, but Anpan is filled with sweet red bean paste, instead of white beans.
        But I think I like the Korean ones more :)

  35. annabanana Vancouver, Canada My profile page joined 2/09
    Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 12:39 am | # |

    My mom makes something very similar and she calls it “bam gwaja” or chestnut cookie. Although there are no chestnuts in it – just that lima bean paste -, it looks like one (kind of) once she brushes the top with egg yolk/alcohol mix. Never heard of “manju.” Love it!

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted June 24th, 2011 at 8:30 am | # |

      Your mom must be a good cook. Not many people make their own bamgwaja at home. yum!

      • annabanana Vancouver, Canada My profile page joined 2/09
        Posted June 24th, 2011 at 2:21 pm | # |

        Turns out she knew the other name for bamgwaja was manju – she never tells me these things=P Yes, she’s a good cook/baker, but she hasn’t been able to teach me any recipes (difficulty understanding her way of measuring) and that is where you come in! Thanks again for your recipes and videos, Maangchi!

  36. des Philippines My profile page joined 6/11
    Posted June 22nd, 2011 at 11:21 pm | # |

    Looks real yummy. May I know if I may fry them, too?

  37. anytoh singapore My profile page joined 3/11
    Posted June 22nd, 2011 at 10:48 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi….

    So far this year I have prepared Kimchi every other month from Feb…
    gonna made again in late June. Each batch yields 10- 12jam jars!

    My colleagues at school & Church friends love them…& offered me more glass bottles to fill up with Kimchi!

    You r inspiring….U made me to be successful in Korean cuisine!

    & u make me wanna try out this pastry..
    The Chinese have lots of sweet pastry too.
    Just that to make them flaky— we usually have oil & water pastry..

    Wow..Discussing with you about recipes & food is really fun in itself…
    It sets my heart pumnping…
    I have recipes that i would love to share with u but more of cakes…
    lvoe,

    Annie toh from Singapore

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 9:35 am | # |

      ” ..offered me more glass bottles to fill up with Kimchi!” funny! I hope you get some compensation!
      You must be passionate about cooking and sharing!

  38. iichan Indianapolis, Indiana My profile page joined 2/11
    Posted June 22nd, 2011 at 5:25 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi! I am Japanese and I love Korean food! I love your recipes and have made many dishes thanks to you!! I didn’t know Korea had Manju as well! In Japan we have many different varieties of manju but I think most popular will always be the original steamed manju. We also use different filling as well but again I think the most popular would be red azuki bean paste.

  39. jaylivg Houston My profile page I'm a fan! joined 7/10
    Posted June 22nd, 2011 at 2:51 pm | # |

    look so yummy maangchi , def. going to try this in the weekend !!!

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 9:32 am | # |

      I know you would be interested in this recipe! I hope Nic loves it, too.

      • jaylivg Houston My profile page I'm a fan! joined 7/10
        Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 11:22 am | # |

        thanks emily !! i soaked the beans overnight already , couldn’t wait til weekend , i am making it today LOL , wish me luck !! :D i think he’ll enjoy it :D


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