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Hansik: Exploring Korea’s True Flavor

In Korea, there is no end to what people can see and experience, but trying Korean food is on the top of most to-do lists that visitors cannot wait to cross off! The Korea Tourism Organization has chosen the following 14 best dishes that are rated “must-eat” items by locals as well as international visitors. So let’s explore these fourteen bests that are sure to impress you with Korea’s true flavor!

Mandu: A dish dating back to the Goryeo Dynasty

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Mandu (dumpling) is made by placing a filling of ground meat and vegetables onto a round, thinly rolled wrapper and sealing the edges. They were initially prepared for ancestral rites or banquets and enjoyed as a special dish for cold winter days.
When discussing the origin of Korean dumplings, a famous folk song called “Ssanghwajeom” (dumpling shop) from the Goryeo Dynasty is frequently mentioned. The song describes how a group of Uighurs arrived and opened up dumpling shops, and also how the people of the day greatly enjoyed the dish. Some people refer to the song and joke that a Mongol who opened a dumpling shop in 1279 may have been the first foreign investor to live in Korea.
Learn more about mandu
Recommended Restaurants
Gung: +82-2-733-9240 (Korean)
Myeongdong Kyoja: +82-2-776-5348, 3424 (Korean)
Jaha Sonmandu: +82-2-379-2648 (Korean)
Courtesy of Korean Food Foundation
(www.hansik.org, Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese, French, Spanish)



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