Friday, February 11, 2011

Dduk Mandu Guk (Korean Dumpling and Rice Cake Soup)

Hubby decided to make mandu (Korean dumplings) the other day and asked me if I wanted to be his sous chef. I love cooking with hubby and of course said yes. Hubby, the toddler, and I had a great time making mandu, and you can read a more detailed description of what we did on hubby’s blog.

However, I also have to say that I didn’t know that being a sous chef meant doing the research on the recipe, making the grocery list, chopping up the ingredients, and doing the majority of the cooking… Winking smile Sorry, hubby, but you knew that bus was coming! Smile

One of the reasons for making mandu, which we pan fried the first day, was that hubby wanted to make our version of Dduk Mandu Guk, a soup with rice cakes and dumplings, the next day. I believe, traditionally, anchovies are boiled to make the broth for this soup, but hubby doesn’t really care for anchovies, so we used a vegetable broth.

Dduk Mandu Guk

  • 4 cups of vegetable broth
  • 8 ounces Korean rice cakes (I bought the package in a Korean grocery store and the package said “rice ovaletts.”)
  • 8 mandu dumplings (you can make them yourself like we did, or you can buy them fresh or frozen in a Korean grocery market.)
  • 4 ounces soft tofu
  • 3 green onion stalks
  • Bring the vegetable broth to a boil and add the dumplings. Lower the heat to a simmer and simmer the dumplings for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the tofu to the pot and cook for another minute.
  • Then add the rice cakes and boil for 30 seconds. Don’t overcook!
  • Put the soup into bowls and serve with green onions.
Servings: 2 - 3
Prep and Cooking Time: 10 – 15 minutes

Here is a picture of the “rice ovaletts” I used.

Hubby and I ate the soup with kimchi and dried, spicy squid. Yum!

I know I threw you under the bus earlier, but thank you, hubby, for a fun afternoon and a very delicious meal! I honestly wouldn’t have made neither the mandu nor the soup without your “masterminding!” Smile

Questions: What’s your favorite soup? Have you ever made homemade dumplings? If so, how did it go? Any fun weekend plans? 

Be well,


  1. Looks delicious! Whenever, my husband cooks I always end up doing most of the work too :)

    I'm looking forward to lunch with all the girls in my family on Saturday and the hubby is running a 1/2 marathon on Sunday! I'll be cheering him on the sidelines.

    Hope you have an awesome weekend!!!

  2. wow, those dumplings look great!

  3. gosh, I would LOVE to have tried everything here!
    I have literally no experience with Korean foods, but you (and Hubby) make it all look so delicous

  4. Those dumplings look scrumptious. Wishing you and your family a prosperous and joyous Lunar New Year! ;)

  5. Korean is on the top of my favorite foods list. I prefer my rice cakes xtra spicy.

    So, does being a sous chef involve cleaning as well? I was looking to see who did the cleaning??

  6. How fun. I LOVE the picture of your husband and son making the dumplings!! OOOH...these must have been so good with kimshi!! Thanks for sharing the pics and the recipe, have a great weekend.

  7. Anonymous2/12/2011

    YUM! please send me some of the soup. this looks amazing! no i have never made dumplings before but wish someone would for me :)

  8. these look SO GOOD! they remind me of some of the dishes i had in Thailand - especially with the spicy squid. and i checked out the hubz's blog - SO cute and i loved all the step-by-step photos. when i come visit you, could i please request these? that is, if you'll have me :)

  9. Oh this looks wonderful! I've never had dumplings or made them. Yes, i'm a loser! My favorite soup is probably chicken tortilla!

  10. aw, did i ever tell you how cute your baby is? :)

    my favorite soup...probably minestrone or pumpkin, although i've never made my own before. i really gotta get on that! ;)

  11. These look great! I've never actually made dumplings, but I really should try sometime. I think my homemade gnocchi was the closest I've been to making dumplings. Of course, I HAVE made soup, because it's one of my favorite meals of all times!

    No plans for the weekend (I worked yesterday, actually) just catching up with chores and errands, and doing some relaxing. Dinner plans tomorrow though! I can't wait.

  12. Sounds just delicious, and I'd probably follow the lead of your toddler and just dig in, he certainly looks to be enjoying his soup!