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Mar 12, 2007 02:07 PM

best mandoo soup?

hey guys -

i am a long time lover of the staple korean dumpling soup, mandoo kook. sometimes it comes with slices of rice cake, but most often it is a pretty spare, pure affair. egg, small, thin slices of beef, inch long pieces of green onion. obviously the quality of the mandoo makes a big difference, anyone have a favorite place? i've been getting it at hodori and nakwon in koreatown, but honestly it doesn't even compare to the kind i used to eat in hawaii.

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  1. I know that Hodori (Olympic and Vermont) gets hated on, but they have a good dumpling soup.

    Edit: I just re-read that you already have had Hodori. Woops. sorry.

    1. that's alright. i also have been to ma dong gook soo, and i wasn't as in to their mandoo either. i think i like the thicker skin kind, not sure what region that's from.

      1. Hwang Hae Do specializes in mandu. Have you given them a try? Closest location to K-town is their Western Ave. restaurant.

        429 N. Western Ave.
        Los Angeles

        1. Try a smaller place that specializes in mandu and dumplings. Hodori and Nakwon pretty much thrive because they're conveniently open 24 hours. I haven't really found a place I love for mandu, though. Often the filling is stretched too much with tofu or whatever and is bland.

          These places are okay... haven't necessarily tried ttuk mandu guk (that's the rice cake-dumpling soup) at all of them. Hwang Hae Do specializes in huge "wang" (king) mandu.

          All Family Restaurant
          #B, 1032 Crenshaw Blvd., L.A.
          (323) 935-2724

          You & Me
          On Western, at Wilshire, just south of the Wiltern, on the west side of the street. I think there's another location, but I forget where.

          Come Again Dumplings (this one only has a sign in Korean, but it's on my way home from work. On 3rd St, south side, just west of New Hampshire.)

          Hwang Hae Do
          429 N. Western Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 468-3839

          Ma Dang Gook Soo
          On Western opposite the Ktown Galleria.