King-size kimchi dumplings

Kimchi-wangmandu 김치왕만두

Today I’m going to show you a recipe I’m really proud of: king-size kimchi-filled dumplings, or kimchi-wangmandu in Korean. Mandu is the Korean word for dumplings, and recently I showed you how to make your own dumpling skins (mandu-pi in Korean). You can use them for this recipe. I showed you how to make them large, because we’re going to make king-size mandu today: big and substantial. Two or three king mandu should be enough for one meal. If you don’t make your own skins you can buy them in a Korean grocery store.

These mandu are made with fermented kimchi, so they have a serious savory kick, and I also use ground beef, ginger, garlic, and chopped onion, noodles, and tofu which make them full of flavor and juicy.


Kimchi mandu are authentically Korean and really delicious, and I worked and reworked this recipe’s ratio and technique until I was fully satisfied with the end result. I ate a lot of mandu! But it was worth it in the end, because these are so good. I’m still eating them!

What you need to do is make many of them at a time – 16 in this recipe – and freeze the leftovers for later use. Then they’re always on hand and you can have mandu any time you want. If you like this recipe, also check out my other mandu recipes: fluffy steamed pork buns (Jjinppang-mandu) and Korean dumplings (mandu), which don’t use kimchi.

I hope you make some delicious mandu for your family and friends and have a lot of fun making and eating them. I guarantee everyone will love these, so be sure to make big batches of kimchi king mandu!


Ingredients (for 16 large dumplings)

  • ½ pound beef brisket (or pork belly or pork shoulder), ground
  • 1 teaspoon worth of ginger, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 ounces dangmyeon (sweet potato starch noodles)
  • 1 cup of minced onion (½ a of large onion)
  • 1½ cups of chopped buchu, (substitute for 8 to 10 chopped green onions)
  • 1 cup of kimchi, chopped
  • ⅓ cup worth medium firm tofu (100 grams: about 4 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • vegetable oil
  • a little flour to dust your fingers


Dipping sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • ¼ cup worth of chunks of onion
  • 1 jalapeño or Korean green chili pepper, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)


  1. Take your mandu wrappers out of the freezer. They can thaw out while we prepare the fillings.dumpling wrappers
  2. Place the beef, garlic, and ginger into a bowl. Use a wooden spoon to mix with 2 teaspoons soy sauce, 1 tablespoon sugar, 2 teaspoons sesame oil, and ½ ts ground black pepper. You can use a food processor if you want to.mandu beefkimchi mandu fillingmandu filling beef
  3. Heat up a skillet over medium high heat and add 1 teaspoon vegetable oil. Stir fry the meat mixture until the meat is no longer pink.kimchi mandu beef cooked
  4. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and be sure to include the juices from the cooked meat.
  5. Bring about 7 to 8 cups of water in a pot to a boil over medium high heat. Add the dangmyeon (aka sweet potato starch noodles) to the boiling water. Cover and cook for 7 to 8 minutes.dangmyeon
  6. Take a sample of the noodles to see if they’re cooked thoroughly. They should be soft with no firm bits in them at all. Strain and rinse under running cold water. Drain. Chop into small pieces. Add to the mixing bowl.sweet potato starch noodles cookedrinse noodlesstarch noodles for filling
  7. Add the minced onion, the chives, and kimchi to the mixing bowl.chop buchumandu filling
  8. Squeeze the tofu slightly by hand to remove excess water and add it to the mixing bowl.kimchi mandu filling
  9. Add 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, ½ teaspoon ground black pepper. Mix well by hand or a wooden spoon until well mixed

mandu filling seasoningsmandu filling mixdumplings filling

Shaping mandu:

  1. Put a wrapper on your palm and add 2 or 3 spoons of filling to the center.making mandu
  2. Loosely fold it in half vertically. Pinch the bottom on the fold to seal it.
  3. Push the right side in a little bit, so the wrapper folds in on itself slightly.mandu shaping
  4. Pinch that fold to make a pleat.mandu shaping
  5. Do the same on the left side and alternate sides all the way up until the mandu is sealed.
  6. Pinch or wrap the end to seal it.mandu shapingmandu shaping
  7. Repeat until you’ve made mandu from all your fillings.

To freeze for later use (up to 3 months):

  1. Set the mandu on a tray lined with plastic wrap so they aren’t touching each other.
  2. Put into the freezer for 8 hours or so, until they are all frozen.
  3. Gently put them into a plastic bag or airtight container and put them back into the freezer.

Steam mandu:

  1. Boil water in a steamer. Line the steamer rack or basket with a parchment paper.
  2. Place some mandu in the steamer basket, but be sure to make room between the mandu because they will expand slightly when cooked. Cover and steam for 15 minutes.
    steamed kimchi king mandu
  3. Remove and serve with dipping sauce.

Fry mandu:

  1. Heat up a non-stick pan over medium high heat. Add 2 tablespoons vegetable oil and swirl to spread the oil evenly.
  2. Add some mandu and cook over medium heat, rotating them so each side gets golden-brown.frying mandufried kimchi king mandu
  3. Lower the heat to low and cover. Cook for a few more minutes.
  4. Remove and serve with dipping sauce.

kimchi mandu kimchi fried mandu fried mandu

Dipping sauce:

  1. Combine 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, ¼ cup chunks of onion, 1 chopped green chili pepper (or jalapeño) in a bowl.
  2. Mix well. Optionally, if you like it sweet, add 1 teaspoon sugar.



  1. ApronStrings Texas joined 10/16
    Posted October 20th, 2016 at 9:28 am | # |

    This was an amazing dinner last week. We saved some to take for simple lunches at work.
    Thank you!

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted October 21st, 2016 at 8:09 am | # |

      Yes, it looks amazing! Huge dumplings filled with all delicious stuff means generosity! You made great wangmandu!

  2. CreepyPanda Australia joined 6/17
    Posted June 18th, 2017 at 6:51 am | # |

    I made these for dinner tonight and they turned out great! I followed your recipe for mandu-pi, but mine turned out a lot smaller than yours. It’s really difficult to roll the dough in a perfect circle, but you make it look so easy! I might buy pre-made mandu-pi next time I make these. Thanks for the great recipe!

  3. Mi Heui Iran - Tehran joined 5/16
    Posted June 3rd, 2017 at 5:11 pm | # |

    Hi my dear maangchi ^^
    I want make mandu and freeze for later use
    how to use freeze mandu?!
    Thank you my dear ^^

  4. WanTing Malaysia joined 8/16
    Posted August 21st, 2016 at 9:24 am | # |

    hello, maangchi.

    how many grams in 1 pound of ground pork? 450g or 500g?

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted August 21st, 2016 at 11:41 am | # |

      1 pound pork is 453 grams.

      • WanTing Malaysia joined 8/16
        Posted November 4th, 2016 at 11:01 pm | # |

        hello, sorry for very late reply. thanks for your reply and i had made it before. its so tasty, me and my sis in law love it so much. ^^

  5. suzyb hollister, ca joined 6/16
    Posted June 19th, 2016 at 10:55 am | # |

    I made these yesterday, wrappers too, and they are as good as they look! I did bake the first ones, turned out too dried out and hard. The steamed ones were incredible! Thank you for making it look so easy, it was easy! And such a wonderful smell in the kitchen.♥

  6. maiti SPb joined 11/14
    Posted March 25th, 2016 at 7:22 am | # |

    Thank you for excellent recipe.
    It was so nice eat dumpling for dinner

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  7. Oxide California joined 2/15
    Posted January 27th, 2016 at 1:46 pm | # |

    I made this recipe for dinner last night using pork belly instead of beef. I opted to use a food processor. The filling is worthy of a culinary award. It really is that good. The flavor, texture, aroma, appearance, all of it is 100% spot-on! You can eat this filling in gyoza, in dumplings, in tacos, in piroshky … or eat it out of a bowl with a little soy sauce sprinkled on it. I saved 1/2 of the filling to try baking inside calzone.

    I tried to make the skins but it did not go well for me. The first skin I rolled out was not so much round as it was shaped like Texas. By the time I got through 16 of them I pretty much had t down — the last two skins were 5-1/2 inch across and round!

  8. junkka South Korea joined 3/15
    Posted March 17th, 2015 at 2:38 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi

    I just wanted to point out that at the main, where you have popular recipe list, this is labeled as 양념통닭 instead of 김치왕만두

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted March 17th, 2015 at 7:51 am | # |

      Thank you so much for letting me know about this! I’m going to fix it now. Cheers! : )

  9. Lynnjamin New York joined 11/14
    Posted February 23rd, 2015 at 4:05 pm | # |

    I made these this weekend and I learned a lot. First, this an incredibly delicious recipe. The filling is tender and soft and the handmade wrapper is wonderful, not at all like the little meatball inside a flabby, tasteless wrapper like the frozen ones from the store. Second,I learned that I need a LOT more practice before they start looking pretty and nicely pleated. It looks so easy in the video! Third, I learned that they dry out quickly if you don’t cook them right away after forming them. I made them in the morning, covered them loosely with plastic and kept in the fridge until dinner time. Some got dried-out and were tough after cooking. Very interesting! I found out from some Korean moms cover them with a damp towel until ready to cook. I had so much fun making them, I will try it again as soon as I can. Thanks Maangchi!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted February 24th, 2015 at 4:21 pm | # |

      Thank you for sharing your story about making mandu! I can picture your making the shapes, thinking, and cooking!

  10. sians Chicago joined 12/11
    Posted December 4th, 2014 at 2:58 am | # |


    I honestly think you are absolutely adorable! :) love the recipe and i can’t wait to try it. Love the blog and there is so much korean food i would love to try to make!
    i write a foodblog too and if i credit the recipes back to you, can i repost the recipe with pictures from my attempt at the recipe? :)


  11. Bingo Japan joined 10/14
    Posted October 14th, 2014 at 10:00 am | # |

    Thank you for all kinds of recipe…. I’ll love to try all of them… : )

  12. sierramb Missouri, USA joined 9/14
    Posted September 30th, 2014 at 12:55 pm | # |

    This blog is so inspiring to me! Your recipes are always so delicious looking and every recipe I have ever made from here has turned out great! The kimchi recipe is amazing so I have great expectations for kimchi dumplings! Thank you for posting such delicious recipes!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted October 1st, 2014 at 8:42 pm | # |

      Nice meeting you through my website! Happy cooking!

  13. Bloomingmom Indiana joined 9/14
    Posted September 19th, 2014 at 10:10 pm | # |

    I have your website up on my favorites toolbar. Made the Mandu skins and dumplings tonight (with the easy kimchi recipe tucked within). Awesome! Except we’re going out to dinner tomorrow and the kids don’t want to go, since the food at home is better. Thanks so much for all your work and amazing recipes!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted September 22nd, 2014 at 11:10 am | # |

      Your children wanted to taste your mandu instead of eating out? : ) Yes, homemade food is the best!

  14. kdaniielle Sacramento joined 9/14
    Posted September 18th, 2014 at 4:56 am | # |

    I am part Korean and grew up eating Mandu & a few other Korean goodies! I have learned so many recipes from Maangchhi ! Just made this tonight and it was amazing! I am so grateful I can get so many recipes that just make me remember my childhood and now I can teach my kids to cook Korean food! :) yay!

    Maangchi is truly the best!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted September 19th, 2014 at 1:50 pm | # |

      I’m very happy to hear that you made delicious wangmandu! Yay! : )

  15. emtanzer Boulder, CO joined 9/14
    Posted September 16th, 2014 at 7:23 pm | # |

    These were the best dumplings I’ve ever had! I’m so happy with them. Thank you for this recipe! I’m vegetarian, and I replaced the beef with soy crumbles seasoned like in the beef recipe above. It worked great!

    I did have a question–I froze maybe 50 dumplings, because I bought small mandu-pi at my local Asian market. To cook them, should I thaw them first? I made ones to be steamed and once to be fried, like in your other mandu recipe. Is the method for cooking both kinds any different? Thank you!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted September 19th, 2014 at 1:51 pm | # |

      “soy crumbles seasoned like in the beef recipe above..” omg, that’s a great idea for a vegetarian version! Smart! “To cook them, should I thaw them first?” no, you don’t have to thaw them out.

  16. Miss Kim78 socali joined 3/13
    Posted September 15th, 2014 at 10:20 pm | # |

    My goodness. I am craving mandoo now! Looks so delicious. That would totally hit the spot right now.

  17. charliesommers Nashville, Tn. joined 4/10
    Posted September 12th, 2014 at 4:57 pm | # |

    Recipes like this are why I’m in love with you Maangchi. <3 I can't wait to try this and the idea it gave me to use kimchi instead of cabbage the next time I make Japanese gyoza. Another good use for kimchi which I love is to use it in place of sauerkraut on a hot dog. I haven't tried it yet but I bet a Reuben Sandwich with kimchi instead of kraut would be divine.

  18. salloom Los Angeles joined 2/14
    Posted September 11th, 2014 at 3:59 am | # |

    Can I buy the ready-to-eat Kimchi-wangmandu in Korean grocery stores? Does it come frozen or in the refrigerator section. Thank you!

    • salloom Los Angeles joined 2/14
      Posted September 15th, 2014 at 1:55 am | # |

      As much as I love these recipes posted here on this website, being single/widowed and an older person, some of these recipe require an enormous amount of my time to be in the kitchen. No doubt in my opinion, these recipes when properly executed, are very healthy and delicious.

      That said, I ventured to the Galleria Market in Korea Town here in Los Angeles. The staff directed me to their frozen section where I was able to find two kinds of the Kimchi-Wang-Mandu, one with meat and the other 100% vegetarian. I bought three 24-ounce bags of each kind. (I also bought marinade sauces)

      I tried a few of each kind and they were tasty. I liked them. I am sure Maangchi’s are far superior in taste. Thank you for posting lovely recipes that open horizon to new adventures in Korean food.

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted September 16th, 2014 at 8:25 am | # |

      I love Galleria Market in Koreatown in LA! “I tried a few of each kind and they were tasty…” haha, you are so cute and adventurous about new food! Yes, now you know what it tastes like, it’s time for you to make! yum! : )

  19. CiscoTX Houston, TX joined 7/14
    Posted September 10th, 2014 at 1:23 pm | # |

    Omg!! These are so cute.

    The fried ones kind of look like the crab claws you get at Cantonese dim sum hehe.

    Can’t wait to make these!

  20. cdnsongbird British Columbia joined 1/14
    Posted September 10th, 2014 at 10:22 am | # |

    Oh wow. My boss makes amazing mandu (and mandu guk) at work but kimchi INSIDE? Pure genius. :)

  21. Feriale Lebanon joined 9/14
    Posted September 10th, 2014 at 12:46 am | # |

    Hello Maangchi,
    Thank you for all your great recipes and the clarity of your techniques.
    Is it possible to have a vegetarian version or with fish or shrimps of the kimchi dumplings ?!
    Thank you

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted September 11th, 2014 at 4:31 pm | # |

      Hi Feriale,
      I would use dried shiitake mushrooms. Soak them and chop them up into small pieces. Then mix them with the seasoning sauce and stir-fry. Please check out my vegetarian bulgogi video.


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