While elbowing my way through Namdaemun Shijang (market) this afternoon in Seoul, I saw a long line of people clutching won in their hands waiting. Since I can’t just walk by a group of people waiting for food. I joined the end of the line to get my share of the freshly steamed mandu (dumplings) they were cranking out of their cramped kitchen. Filled with pork, vegetables and other tasty things. They had two versions–regular and spicy. Of course I had to try both.
The filling was delicious, with a generous amount of white pepper. The spicy version had chile oil (you can see some of it seeping out of the mandu). It wasn’t actually THAT spicy, but had a nice kick to it.
(I was especially happy to have gotten this shot because of the look of immediacy on the woman’s face!)