Bukchon, the historic neighborhood between Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung palaces in the heart of Seoul, is the home of Bukchon Son Mandu 북촌손만두, which translates as Bukchon handmade dumplings. Even though this is a Seoul chain restaurant, the namesake location is here.
Bukchon Son Mandu is a very popular mandu chain with branches all around Seoul and during our #FoodInLoveKOREA trip, we visited Bukchon Son Mandu in Bukchon area. The place itself is tiny but is often packed with hungry eaters and long queue to its unbeatable taste and price.
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Bukchon Son Mandu is a very popular Mandu (dumpling) place which famous amongst locals and tourists who highly raved for their delicious dumplings. This famous restaurant in Seoul serves mandu dumplings, both steamed and fried. Besides dumpling, they also serve cold noodle, chopped noodle, and dumpling soup.
The must try here will be Steamed Dumplings Pork/Kimchi (KRW 3,500 / 3 pcs), Fried Dumplings Pork/Japchae (KRW 3,500 / 3 pcs), and Ball Dumplings (KRW 4,500 / 9 pcs). Since we want to try all of them, we ordered Combination Dumplings (KRW 8,000) that consists of 3 steamed dumplings, 3 fried dumplings. and 3 ball dumplings. There is also shrimp dumplings that we didn’t try.
However, we were surprised by the portion though as it’s quite big. It was definitely meant to be shared. Both the steamed and fried dumplings were crazily good, especially the fried one. Fried dumpling was amazing, it had more texture due to the crispy bite and we also impressed the soft skin texture of the steamed dumplings. Don’t forget to dip the mandu into the soy sauce provided because it will make it tastes even better. And the rest, ball dumplings were not memorable for us.
Overall, Bukchon Son Mandu is considered one the best places in Seoul for mandu. The dumplings were flavourful, and the filling had good proportions of meat and vegetables. So if you’re going to Seoul, be sure to try it out! They also have branches in Insadong, Sinchon, and Dongdaemun.
How to getting there: Take exit 2 of Anguk Station, go north on Bukchon-ro; you’ll pass the Constitutional Court on the left. Continue to the first major intersection and turn right. Just after you curve to the right, you’ll find the restaurant on your right.
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Bukchon Son Mandu
Bukchon-ro 4 gil, Jongno-gu
Seoul, South Korea
Opening Hour: Everyday (11 AM – 8 PM)
How to getting there:
Take exit 2 of Anguk Station, go north on Bukchon-ro; you’ll pass the Constitutional Court on the left. Continue to the first major intersection and turn right. Just after you curve to the right, you’ll find the restaurant on your right.
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