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Looking for your favorite Mandu (or Mandoo) recommendations.

I go regularly to MANDU CHON, if nothing else than for the (over-dyed) yellow daikon slices that accompany each order. Those things are quite addictive.

But was wondering if there are any other hidden gems out there.

I've been to Hwang Hae Do in the past, and was not impressed. No flavor.

Thanks in advance as always.

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  1. I haven't been here but I am planning on making a trip soon:


    Have you ever had Hwang Mandu --almost like a korean steamed bun.

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    1. re: kare_raisu

      Thanks for the rec. Do you know if they offer kimchi mandu?

      Yes, I have tried hwang mandu when I was in Korea many moons ago. Prefer the Chinese boa, however.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        Sorry, I am not sure but I'd be willing to bet they do.

    2. I like the big mandoos at YuChun - multiple locations - 6th (and Alexandria?).

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      1. re: Leon

        I agree. The YuChun mandoo is pretty good. I've only had them in the soup, but they were kimchi mandu.

      2. I personally like the mandoo at Myung Dong Kyoza (sp)? It's on 6th and Kingsley? I think... They specialize in homemade knife cut noodle soup but their mandoo is what makes me go back everytime. There's only one kind but it's reallllly good!~

        1. Both the fried and steamed mandoo at "you and me" in koreatown are very tasty. They have a home-cooked comfy taste to them, if that makes any sense :). I believe it is on the west side of Western, south of 8th.

          1. The yellow pickled daikon is called takuan.

            As for mandoo, I'm kinda partial to my mom's. ; )

            1. How about Authentic Korean Dumplings? At least, that's what I think it's called.

              They specialize in wang (king) mandu, which is basically the largest mandu you've ever seen, the size of a brawny man's palm. They advertise different sorts & have a few Chinese-Korean dishes, but clearly the reason to come to this place is for the mandu.

              The building is tiny, with covered outdoor seating that almost seems like an enclosed space. I'm sure you will feel the cold in the winter. The owner is very kind & proud of his mandu. Ask him about it & he will tell you.

              Located at the NE corner of 7th St & Irolo, one block below Wilshire...Irolo functions as Normandie for that small stretch of road south of Wilshire. Take Normandie south or north & you will find it.


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              1. re: proko

                Anyone been to Authentic Korean Dumplings lately? How are their jia-jiang mein (noodles)... and what about their stews?

                Are dumplings the only reason to go there?? THANKS!

                1. re: Liquid Sky

                  I (and others) posted on it in the last couple days. Still good. Never had the mandu/oo (so much to learn about Korean food!). Short answer - noodles are good. Dumplings are good. Do they even serve stews? I can't remember.

                  As for the seating, it is indeed an enclosed corner of a parking lot, but they have really strong patio heaters so if anything you'll be a little too warm.

              2. can't talk: OK! So it sounds like it's worth going out of my way for... cool!

                1. anyone know a good mandoo place in the Southbay? Near Torrance? Haven't had really good mandoo since living in Korea.

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                  1. re: bkdaddy

                    I don't know anything in the South Bay but Anna's Mondu (see the first post) is really excellent and not THAT far down the 405...

                    1. re: Das Ubergeek

                      There is this great place inside the food court in KtownPlaza.
                      It's called Che Young Loo and they have the best "king" (wang)mandoo in town. Check it out, wont have any regrets after