20 (Sat) February 2016
with the boyz
The Prodigal Son Returns for Mommy Dearest, Day 1.
In Seoul. Flew in this morning. For the sole purpose of buying dinner for my mother on her birthday (well, seeing the kids are a bonus — bigger than the main thing — and the wife too maybe). Because I’m that kind of son. Flying back to Manila on Monday.
Whereas hand-made Korean dumplings are traditionally bigger, each containing about a heaping tablespoon of filling (see for example 7.013 Mandu), northern-style more than double (see for example 7.018 Mul Naeng Myeon), the packaged mul mandu products sold nowadays tend to be smaller, closer to Chinese wontons.
The standard — the only — dipping sauce for mul mandu consists of soy sauce + sesame oil + minced garlic + sliced scallion + chili powder + sesame seeds + sugar.