One of my favorite things about South Korea has to be how cheap food is. After a long day of exploring Chungju, I swung by Lotte Mart where I picked up a few mandu for just 3,000 won (about $2.50).
These steamed Korean dumplings are stuffed with flavor. Most seem to be stuffed with pork and a blend of spices, but I’ve had some stuffed with kimchi as well. Mandu is one of my favorite foods I’ve discovered since I’ve been here. Although these ones weren’t the best I’ve had, they were still pretty good.
The rice dough is tasty although the texture takes a little getting used to. I think the steaming makes the dough extra chewy. But once I got past the texture, I couldn’t get enough of these delicious dumplings.
The spicy pork is flavorful. There are loads of peppers and herbs mixed in with the pork. I’ve definitely started paying attention to mixing chillis for different levels of heat, spice and flavor. These ones were extremely mild with just a hint of chili.
Between the mandu and the sunset, it was a perfect ending to a fantastic day.