Mandu-guk[2] (만두국, 饅頭-) or dumpling soup[2] is a variety of Korean soup (guk) made by boiling mandu (dumplings) in a beef broth or anchovy broth mixed with beaten egg.[3]

Alternative namesDumpling soup
Place of originKorea
Main ingredientsMandu
Food energy
(per 1 serving)
88 kcal (368 kJ)[1]
Korean name
Revised Romanizationmandu(-t)-guk


According to the 14th century records of Goryeosa (고려사), mandu had already been introduced via Central Asia during the Goryeo era. Mandu was called sanghwa (쌍화) or gyoja (교자) until the mid-Joseon Dynasty and became a local specialty of the Pyongan and Hamgyong regions, as both wheat and buckwheat — the main ingredients for flour — were mainly cultivated in the north.[4]

Mandu was made and cooked in various ways, including manduguk. In the Korean royal court, the dish was called byeongsi (병시) while in Eumsik dimibang, a Joseon Dynasty cookbook, it was called "seokryutang" (석류탕). The exact era when manduguk got its modern name is unknown.[5]

Preparation and serving

Tteok-mandu-guk (sliced rice cake and dumpling soup)

Dumplings are made by rolling out thin circles of dough, creating a half-moon shape and filling them with a mixture of minced meat, vegetables, tofu and sometimes kimchi. The dumplings are then boiled in a broth traditionally made by boiling anchovies, shiitake mushroom stems and onions.

Some variations make the broth from beef stock. The addition of tteok, a cylindrical rice cake, is common as well, changing the dish's name into tteok-mandu-guk.[2][6]

See also


  1. "mandu-guk" 만두국. Korean Food Foundation (in Korean). Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  2. (in Korean) "주요 한식명(200개) 로마자 표기 및 번역(영, 중, 일) 표준안" [Standardized Romanizations and Translations (English, Chinese, and Japanese) of (200) Major Korean Dishes] (PDF). National Institute of Korean Language. 2014-07-30. Retrieved 2017-02-16.
  3. (in Korean) Manduguk at Doosan Encyclopedia
  4. (in Korean) Mandu at Encyclopedia of Korean Culture
  5. (in Korean) Manduguk Archived 2011-06-10 at the Wayback Machine at Encyclopedia of Korean Culture
  6. (in Korean) Recipe for tteok manduguk, Naver kitchen
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