Korean Dumplings and Fresh Salad with Spicy, Tangy and Sweet Dressing (Bibim Mandu)

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Korean Dumplings and Fresh Salad with Spicy, Tangy and Sweet Dressing

Today, I opened my lunchbox too early – at around 10:45am, when most people have their morning tea. Since I became a stay home mum looking after my baby, it kind of became my unfortunate habit. I have my lunch between 10am to 11am then I usually have to have another filler snack at around 1pm.

I suppose I could eat some snacks around 10am to 11am instead and have my lunch at 1pm. But when you are pre-occupied with  a demanding baby, it’s very difficult to plan or organise anything on short notice. So when I feel hunger, I just grab whatever is convenient – which is my lunchbox made with leftover dinner and I just eat it up while my baby is having a “power nap”.

After I ate my lunch in the morning, I got hungry at around 1pm again. I thought of having some Korean instant dumplings as all I have to do is just pan fry it in a pan. But it sounded a bit boring. I wanted to spice it up. The weather was hot (It’s summer here.) and I remembered that I had some fresh vegetables already washed in the fridge. ‘Brilliant!’ ‘Let’s make some Bibim Mandu (비빔만두)!’

The direct translation of Bibim Mandu is “mixed dumplings“, but a more descriptive translation would be  “Korean Dumplings and Fresh Salad mixed with Spicy, Tangy and Sweet Dressing”.

Korean Dumplings and Fresh Salad with Spicy, Tangy and Sweet Dressing

Thankfully my baby was asleep. Even though I didn’t intend it to be a new blog post, I decided to take a picture and record the ingredients and measure it as I was cooking it, just in case it turned out well. And I’m so glad that I did! ;) It turned out way beyond my expectation. It really boosted my energy and restored my tired soul and it really made my day! I think the spicy, tangy and sweet dressing was especially good. Actually for this dressing, I revised my Bibim Guksu dressing recipe from here. I only changed one little thing. Anyway, it is a perfect snack when you’re looking for an easy but special food. I also think it will be well received as a potluck party food. The only problem there would be, you wouldn’t want to share the food with others. :) Yes, it’s that delicious! I really hope you get to try this one day. It will brighten up your day.

Korean Dumplings and Fresh Salad mixed with Spicy, Tangy and Sweet Dressing

Ingredients (serves one or up to four, depending on your willingness to share)

(Prep time: 5 mins, Cooking time: 10 mins)

Main

  • 14 pieces (180g ) of Korean instant dumplings (Mandu, 만두)
  • 4 Lettuce leaves (40g)  – thinly sliced
  • 1/2 leaves (35g) of small cabbage – thinly sliced
  • 1/2 (65g) large cucumber – peeled, seed removed, julienned
  • 1/2 (25g) small carrot – peeled, julienned
  • Some cooking oil

Spicy, Tangy and Sweet Dressing

  • 1 tbsp gochujang
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp raw sugar
  • 1 tbsp Korean sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp roasted sesame seeds

Steps

1. Clean/wash all the vegetables and prepare them as directed in the above ingredients section. Then set aside.

Step 1. Preparing vegetables

2. Prepare the dressing by mixing the listed ingredients in a bowl.

Step 2. Mixing the dressing

3. Heat the pan, add some oil and spread it around the pan. Place the dumplings on the pan and cook them until well done, about 5 mins. Set aside.

Step 3. Cook dumplings

4. Mix the vegetables, dumplings and the dressing in a large mixing bowl then serve.  (Mixing should be done just before you are ready to eat. Otherwise, your vegetables and dumplings won’t be as crunchy.)

Step 4. Mix vegetables, dumplings and dressing

Korean Dumplings and Fresh Salad with Spicy, Tangy and Sweet Dressing

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Korean Dumplings and Fresh Salad with Spicy, Tangy and Sweet Dressing (Bibim Mandu)
 
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Recipe type: Appetiser/Snacks
Cuisine: Korean
Serves: 1 (as a meal) or 3 to 4 (as an appetiser)
Ingredients
Main
  • 14 pieces (180g ) of Korean instant dumplings (Mandu, 만두)
  • 4 Lettuce leaves (40g) – thinly sliced
  • ½ leaves (35g) of small cabbage – thinly sliced
  • ½ (65g) large cucumber – peeled, seed removed, julienned
  • ½ (25g) small carrot – peeled, julienned
  • Some cooking oil
Spicy, Tangy and Sweet Dressing
  • 1 tbsp gochujang
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp raw sugar
  • 1 tbsp Korean sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp roasted sesame seeds
Instructions
  1. Clean/wash all the vegetables and prepare them as directed in the above ingredients section. Then set aside.
  2. Prepare the dressing by mixing the listed ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Heat the pan, add some oil and spread it around the pan. Place the dumplings on the pan and cook them until well done, about 5 mins. Set aside.
  4. Mix the vegetables, dumplings and the dressing in a large mixing bowl then serve. (Mixing should be done just before you are ready to eat. Otherwise, your vegetables and dumplings won’t be as crunchy.)

 

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Hi, I'm Sue and I am the author/cook/photographer behind My Korean Kitchen. Thank you for joining me in this delicious culinary journey!

Comments

  1. Love the flavors in this dish! I love mandu and tangy Korean salads. What a great combination. I’m so craving this right now! BTW, your site looks great. Hope you and your family are having a wonderful new year!

  2. Oh man these look DELISH! Great idea serving up dumplings with a spicy salad, it turns them into a complete meal that way.

  3. I love, love mandu, and your salad looks as it sounds “DELICIOUS” !!!! Spicy, tangy and sweet dressing …mmmm so want this tomorrow for my lunch!
    Since I haven’t officially said it on your site, let me say it now “I wish you and your family wonderful New Year, Sue!” xo

  4. What is the first ingredient in the dressing and where would I buy it?

  5. This dumpling salad (so original by the way!) looks so delicious! I don’t speak Korean, but when I read “bibim” I thought about “bibimbap” and looked up to see it means “mixed rice”. Thanks to you I progress slowly in the Korean food vocabulary :-) (It will be handy when I finally go to Korea!). Anyway, going back to this delicious salad, I would love it even without dumplings, but with them it must be a wonderful, healthy rich meal. Now that I think, I once made mandu…. but it was such a long time ago. I must start making them once more!

    • Hehehe Sissi, you’re funny. :) I think you’ll be fine ordering some Korean food in Korean when you visit Korea next time. I made mandu from scratch so long ago myself too! Thankfully there’s always packaged version to save some time. ;)

  6. I like this Korean style dumplings! I basically love meat based dumplings in any incarnation but the tangy spicy sauce really caught my attention.

  7. Looks super delicious! Will have to make this real soon. . . for our family

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