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 toasted 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 kosher 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 toasted 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 kosher salt, 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil, ½ teaspoon ground black pepper. Mix well by hand or a wooden spoon until well mixed

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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.

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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.

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  1. Wallflower Philippines joined 1/22 & has 2 comments

    I followed the exact recipe and it tastes amazing. The only problem I had was the wrapper coz I bought a premade one and most didn’t stick together because the edges went too dry and brittle, and they also tear easily. So if you want to try this recipe, it’s best you make your own wrapper. I managed to make some hold their shape. Still, I really enjoyed it. Thank you for this recipe!

  2. DevorahTF Michigan, USA joined 3/20 & has 13 comments

    We are vegetarians so we decided to try using the new pea protein meat replacement (some stuff Beyond Burgers are made of). It turned out great!

    I also minced 1/4 sweet potato just to make it a little more healthy.

    For my wraps, I used 1/4 cup of the flour as whole wheat also to make it a little more healthy. The texture was unaffected. I added a tbsp of water and let the dough sit for a full half hour in the bag before kneading and rolling them out.

    I agree with Maangchi that the steamed dumplings are better than fried. I think this is because the wraps are freshly made….so the texture is just amazing. I will never bother to fry these again, steaming is easier, tastier, and healthier. So so delicious.

    Thank you Maangchi! My family was very happy with our dinner tonight!!!

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  3. Carnation California joined 3/20 & has 2 comments

    Hi Maagchi, I love to watch your cooking on are so funny and cute. I am very new to your channel. I have a question about this recipe of king size kimchi dumplings. My question is ,can I substitute tofu with something else because I can’t eat tofu anymore due to my thyroid issue. I love to make this dumpling. It look so delicious. Thank you and hope to hear from you soon.☺️

  4. Letscount23 Chicago joined 3/20 & has 2 comments

    What a project! But so delicious! Thank you for inspiring me Maangchi!

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  5. Mian Malaysia joined 7/18 & has 1 comment

    Hi Maangchi,
    Would like to check with your if the pork/beef did not pre-cooked.
    it could be keep at freezer for how long time?
    Need your advise, i have go thru alot comment but did not see anyone asking about this..
    thank you..

  6. Edward.T Bandung - Indonesia joined 11/17 & has 1 comment

    Hello maangchi
    It is a real pleasure to watch this video clips.
    There are some questions where i hope you can help. It will be appreciated.
    1. Can we prepare the skin and put on top of one another and freeze it in a fridge instead of flat tray
    2. How do we freeze the uncooked dumpling overnight for ( let say ) tomorrow family party. To be clearer on my question, do we immediately put all the uncooked dumpling into a single plastic bag or how
    3. What is the expire date for the freeze dumpling
    4. Can we immediately steam or fry the dumpling from the freezer or do they need to be taken out to get it soften before cooking.

    Hope to hear from you soon, Thanks so much

    • Ermin Fei Indonesia joined 2/15 & has 32 comments

      Hi Edward.
      1. I just made a smaller version of the Kimchi Mandu using store-bought mandu (gyoza) skin.. if you are planning to make the skin yourself, based on my experience before, you can layer the skin on top of each other, but make sure you sprinkle some flour in between the layers so that they don’t stick to each other.
      2. If you are going to use it for tomorrow party and if you are making fresh mandu, you would need to put the dumplings in a single layer , but you don’t have to freeze it. Just put it neatly on the non freezer fridge.
      3. I think Maangchi mentioned that the frozen mandu can be kept up to 3 months. But i believe you would have finished them before that hahahhaa ^^
      4. If you want to boil them, you don’t have to thaw them first. But just make sure that your water has boiled properly.
      However, if you want fried dumpling, i think it is better if you thaw them for a while, otherwise the skin would crack and the fillings will leak out.
      There is another method that i like to use. I would pan fry the mandu with little oil, then after the bottom part of mandu has browned, i would pour some water (be careful as the water may splash) and cover the pan. The mandu would be cooked by the steam from the water.

      Hope it helps, and happy cooking!

  7. redpoulaine Tucson, Arizona joined 7/17 & has 1 comment

    Hi Maangchi,

    Thanks so much for sharing your cooking techniques online. I never prepared Korean food before learning from your Youtube videos, but for several months now, I prepare many of your recipes, mostly for breakfast. My favorite has to be pajeong, but I love making mandu also and doenjang jigae…well, on and on. Just tried the wangmandu this morning and we have several chilling in the freezer to enjoy later in the week.
    Quick story: About 18 years ago my 15 year old son and I were stopped over on a plane flight in Seoul for about 8 hours. We’d never been to Korea before and it was barely dawn, so we, and two friends, walked from the budget hotel where we were staying out into a small, partly residential , partly commercial, neighborhood, looking for a place to find an early breakfast. Everything was closed up and steel shutters pulled down in front of the businesses. There was a shop that had dried fish displayed in a window and as we stood there, a friendly man came up and asked us what we wanted. When we explained, he knocked on the door and an old woman opened the shop for us and prepared the fish in some broth cooked on a gas burner, and served us that with gim and rice and kimchi. It was my first ever Korean food. We left Korea that afternoon, continuing our flight. Over the years I used to think back on that experience and realize that although I’d spent some time cooking western food professionally, and lived in cities like San Francisco and eaten in some very nice places, that breakfast in Seoul was the best breakfast I had ever eaten. Finally, a few months ago, I decided to research Korean food and found you on Youtube. Your recipes have brought a lot of pleasure to me and my family. Below is this morning’s breakfast, if I can make the image work, on a very messy cutting board. Wangmandu, soft rice, gim, pickled garlic and steamed egg.
    All the best, Red

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  8. CreepyPanda Australia joined 6/17 & has 1 comment

    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!

  9. Mi Heui Iran - Tehran joined 5/16 & has 18 comments

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

  10. ApronStrings Texas joined 10/16 & has 4 comments

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

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  11. WanTing Malaysia joined 8/16 & has 2 comments

    hello, maangchi.

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

  12. suzyb hollister, ca joined 6/16 & has 1 comment

    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.♥

  13. maiti SPb joined 11/14 & has 2 comments

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

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  14. Oxide California joined 2/15 & has 47 comments

    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!

  15. junkka South Korea joined 3/15 & has 8 comments

    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

  16. Lynnjamin New York joined 11/14 & has 31 comments

    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!

  17. sians Chicago joined 12/11 & has 1 comment


    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? :)


  18. Bingo Japan joined 10/14 & has 2 comments

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

  19. sierramb Missouri, USA joined 9/14 & has 1 comment

    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!

  20. Bloomingmom Indiana joined 9/14 & has 1 comment

    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!

  21. kdaniielle Sacramento joined 9/14 & has 1 comment

    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!

  22. emtanzer Boulder, CO joined 9/14 & has 1 comment

    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!

  23. Miss Kim78 socali joined 3/13 & has 40 comments

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

  24. charliesommers Nashville, Tn. joined 4/10 & has 12 comments

    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.

  25. salloom Los Angeles joined 2/14 & has 11 comments

    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 & has 11 comments

      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 & has 12,045 comments

      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! : )

  26. CiscoTX Houston, TX joined 7/14 & has 4 comments

    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!

  27. cdnsongbird British Columbia joined 1/14 & has 2 comments

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

  28. Feriale Lebanon joined 9/14 & has 1 comment

    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

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