Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Those Yummy Dumplings at Insadong's Koong Mandu

I always rave about things I enjoy....eating! Ha-ha-ha! (Obvious, ba?)

And if I like a restaurant, I make sure other people would be able to enjoy their goodies, too. I don't exactly expect anything in return from helping them market their shops, except maybe for a two-week gym membership to lose those excess kilos from eating! Ha-ha-ha! Why two weeks? I found a way to lose 2 kilos in a week. A two-week membership would ensure I lose more. Ha-ha-ha!
              (Customers waiting for Koong restaurant to open)

And when I discovered this mandu (dumpling) restaurant in Insa-dong with the help of friends, I thought I have tasted one of the best mandus in all my years in Korea! 
                                (Happy customers!)

I always knew that the best recipes are always the ones handed down from one generation to the next. These recipes wouldn't last, unless they have been tested and tasted over the years (and even survived a war!).

And this Koong Restaurant, somewhere in Insa-dong's labyrinth of alleys, serves mandu from the recipe of the family's grandma!
The grandma, whose portrait hangs in the restaurant, with her white-grey hair and sitting in front of her creations which everyone within her maternal gaze enjoys, must have perfected the recipe of the flavor, the veggies, the meat and everything else in each mandu.
                             (Grandma's portrait)
Each piece of the dumpling is heavy and filling, but I think I had about four at  one time!  I just couldn't get enough of the flavor, the aroma and of course, the history of each piece!

And I'm sure, if you're able to find the place, you would be able to experience the same! Here's their website, where you can find the map and directions. 
Now, I think I need to schedule another trip to Insa-dong soon. Burp!


  1. Hi,

    I came across your blog by accident. I used to stay in Gangnam and opted to stay in Insadong neighborhood on my just recent returned to Seoul.

    Except for the historical sites here and the souvenir shopping in Insadong, I didn't know about this Mandu restaurant nearby. Now, I'm very grateful for your info.

    //Daghang salamat

    If you happen to plan a trip back here, meal is on me! =)

    1. You're welcome! I hope you're able to find the place. I would definitely want to go back there...Their mandu is really something!

  2. Found it but no luck. They were about to close. Went for bulgogi and grilled fish nearby instead...not bad. The Koreans really know how to grill them fish anywhere here in Seoul perfectly.

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