Mandu Doenjang Guk – Korean Fermented Soybean Paste Soup With Dumplings

Have you seen Korean dumplings that are shaped like a round hat before? It’s so so cute! I first saw it at Korean marts (frozen food section) and was really curious how they shape it that way. I found the answer few weeks back and will try making ’em in the coming future but for now I’m content in just using the pre-cooked frozen version for this recipe. πŸ˜›

Mandu λ§Œλ‘ means dumplings in Korean. Usually manduguk (dumpling soup) is made with anchovies stock. In this ‘crazy’ idea of mine, I pair mandu with deonjang (Korean fermented soybean paste) to make a beautiful soup.

Mandu Doenjang Guk
This is a simple soup, using just a handful of ingredients but the result is out of this world. Thanks to the wonderful umami flavour found in doenjang.

Let’s start rolling…

Seaweed & Garlic
Grab a small handful of Korean seaweed and soak it. Once soft, chop to about 1-1.5cm wide. Meantime finely chop 2 cloves of garlic.

Korean Mandu
This is the cute hat-shaped mandu I’m talking about – with pork fillings.

Now grab a pot or claypot, add water and garlic. Turn knob to medium heat.

Add Garlic & Doenjang
Next add doenjang (mash with a fork) and seaweed.

Once broth is boiling, add mandu. Reduce heat to small once mandu is floating. Simmer for about 2-3 minutes. Turn off heat and garnish with chopped spring onion. Serve immediately.

Mandu Doenjang Guk
All I can say is… Delicious to the max! πŸ™‚
Please try it ya.

I’ve also created a soup recipe using Chinese fermented beancurd with seaweed and oyster mushroom. Do check it out!

Mandu Doenjang Guk
Serves 2

2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
a small handful Korean seaweed, soaked and chopped 1-1.5cm wide
1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons doenjang (taste preference)
1 stalk spring onion, chopped
6 pieces mandu
600ml water

1. In medium heat, add water and garlic in a pot.

2. Next add doenjang and seaweed. Use a fork to mash the doenjang.

3. Add mandu once broth is boiling. Once mandu floats, reduce heat to small and simmer for 2-3 minutes.

4. Turn off heat and garnish with chopped spring onions. Serve hot.

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