Taking a tip from the LA Times and Linda Burum who does such a great job ferreting out little gems in the Mexican and Korean restaurant genre I stopped in at the Western Ave. location of Hwang Hae Do to pick up some of their frozen mandu to take home yesterday.
Hwang Hae Do specializes in mandu, the Korean dumplings that are akin to pot stickers you find in dim sum restaurants. This particular restaurant features the North Korean style mandu called "Wang mandu" which translates as "king dumpling" in English.
I got two very large bags of dumplings from the freezer that sits in a little niche to the left of the door as you enter the restaurant. I got one bag of the beef and zucchini and one bag of the kimchi, beef and crumbled tofu.
My wife pan fried the beef and zucchini ones for the three of us and made some Japanese style sticky rice and a small side salad for each of us. I made up little bowls of marinade with some shoyu, chili oil and Japanese rice wine vinegar to dip the mandu in.
These are really outstanding mandu. We have tried the frozen ones from various Korean markets in K-Town and none come within a parsec of these. They are nearly as good as the one my wife makes, and so much easier to buy and cook without all the prep that goes in to home made.
Tonight we are going to do a soup and use the kimchi mandu ones in that.
Each bag was $12. I will be going back for several more bags of each type next week to stock up my freezer. Thanks, Linda Burum and the LA Times.
Location of the Western store is 429 N. Western (just north of Beverly Blvd.) and the other locations are:
11748 E. Artesia Blvd., Artesia
1100 San Pedro St., Los Angeles
9448 Garden Grove Blvd., Garden Grove