Cheap Eats in Seoul: Family Mandu (패밀리 만두)

On my way to the immigration office near the Omokgyo Station (오목교역), I came across this very unassuming chain called 패미리 만두 (Family Mandu) that sold dumplings, dumpling style buns, and of course ramen. The store was very tiny, but what attracted me was the large amounts of steam coming from the pressure steamers. The store was very clean and had a homemade style atmosphere. There was a big bucket of filling and you could see the cook making the dumplings from time to time. You’ll come across the restaurant on the way to the immigration office in Omokgyo.

Family Mandu Map Omokgyo
Just walk straight out of exit 7 and you will find it!

family mandu side shop

Front view of Family Mandu
You can see how small the eating space is. Mostly everything is takeout. The spectacle of large amounts of steam will definitely catch your eyes!

Mandu is the Korea word for dumplings. It’s pretty much exactly the same as your Chinese potsickers or Japanese gyoza. These particular dumplings were pressure steamed and I just had to try them.

This place is not terribly foreigner friendly as I don’t think I saw a single word of English. I helped romanize the words on the menu, so at least you can order it. The great part is, nothing is more than 3500 won and the quantity is reasonably decent. I ordered the gogitong Mandu (고기통만두) which is meat and veggie dumplings for 3000 won.

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You get 8 mandu for if you order either the gogitongmandu or the kimchi mandu. The chef just puts it in the steam cooker and cooks it almost instantly. It’s quite awesome! Steamed dumplings typically have a slight dehydrated, borderline gummy texture on their wraps. These dumplings had a slight hint of that stickiness, without being too overdone. The filling was very tasty and they provide vinegar, soy sauce, and pepper powder to change the flavor.

Family Mandu Sauces
Can grab these sauces out of the wall if you want to add a little more flavor.
Family Mandu display
8 of these for 3000 won!

The next time in the area, I will have to try the yetnal mandu (옛날 만두) which is more like a bun with filling inside! Yum! As mentioned, this place doesn’t have much English, so it might be best to bring a Korean friend(or me) along! Happy eating!

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Author: Ryan Mar

Just a guy simply making the most with life abroad. Love travel, photography, food, and just enjoying life. Currently blogging about beautiful places in Seoul, Korea, along with food, culture, and observations at findingtheseoul.com.

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