The 4th story of Daegu’s representative foods – Napjak Mandu
Set apart by its lightness, this mandu (pot sticker) is almost tasteless. The faint taste they do have comes from putting starch noodles into the pot sticker, shaping them into crescents, boiling them in water once, frying them, then sprinkling them with a soy sauce found only in Daegu for the last 40 years. The current custom is to eat these pot stickers with hot spices, or to mix them with tteokbokki (a boiled spicy dish of sliced rice cake, cabbage, hot pepper paste and eggs) or spicy vegetable salad. This is a new type of pot sticker made with ingredients that are based on a vegetable bun filling. It was first developed in Daegu to replace the greasy Chinese pot stickers then served in local restaurants. These pot stickers use scant amounts of starch noodles, Korean leek, carrot, cabbage, and green onion.
We went to Nammmon and Miseongdang restaurants, the most representative mandu places in Daegu.
Nammoon opened about 35years ago.
These boxes that are delivered to every place in every province show how famous Nammon’s mandu is.
This is how the dish looks like.
The price is 3,500won for one plate; Mandu and various vegetable topped with red pepper paste with vinegar.
What’s in the mandu?
Shredded Korean noodles and vege!
Medium-spicy mandu tastes very soft while its sliced vegetable is still crunchy, making great combination.
Our next destination – Miseongdang Mandu
It’s 20 minute’ walk from Nammoon.
The restaurant has been there for more than 40 years old.
It has only 1 flat grill on which the pot stickers constantly fried.
You can taste hearty homemade-style mandu right here.
Small plate is 2,500won.
One serving of mandu contains 332kcal with 93% carbohydrate, 6% protein, 1% fat and 517mg sodium.
It shows the whole daily intake of calories and sodium as well.
It has no dipping dish for sauce so you can just pour powdered red-pepper, vinegar and soy sauce a bit over the mandu.
I recommend that you order some Jjomyeon (spicy noodle with lot of veg) and mix with mandu~~