These Korean dumplings made with beef chuck and napa cabbage can be fried or steamed.
napa (Chinese) cabbage
minced or ground
scallions, spring or green onions
soy sauce, tamari
toasted, slightly crushed
Sprinkle the cabbage leaves with ½ teaspoon salt and let stand about 15 minutes until they wilt. Squeeze out any moisture, then rinse and dry the leaves. Chop the cabbage.
In a bowl combine the cabbage, beef, scallions, garlic, soy sauce, sesame seeds, sesame oil, pepper and ¼ teaspoon salt and mix thoroughly.
To make each dumpling, place 1½ teaspoonful filling in the center of a wrapper using two spoons. Fold the wonton wrapper in half to form a semi-circle (if using round wrappers) or a triangle (if using square wrappers). Seal the edges by moistening them with a little water and pinching them. You may freeze the dumplings at this point on a cookie sheet or continue to use them by frying, steaming or in a soup.
To Fry: Heat oil in a wok or frying pan to 360 degrees. Fry about 10 at a time for 3 minutes or until golden.
To Steam: Arrange on lightly oiled plate, but do not let them touch each other. Pour about 2 inches of boiling water into a wok, set the plates in the steamer and set the steamer in the wok. Cover the steamer and cook over medium heat for 20 minutes.
Skillet Method: In a 12 inch skillet heat 2 tablespoons of oil until hot. Fill the skillet with mandu, making sure that they do not touch. Cook until the bottoms brown; about 1 minute. Add ⅓ cup water or beef broth to the skillet and cover and cood for about 10 minutes.
Serve Yakimandu with Dipping sauce.
First published: 1996-01-27 last updated: 2015-04-16