I am a lover of Korean Food. My all time favourite Korean dish is their potato noodles .. followed by their little side dishes of potato which I know sounds ridiculous. You might say it's 'just noodles' but anyway that's my side - that slippery, chewiness and coating in a sweet sesame oil sauce..
I also am a fan of KFC (Korean Fried Chicken that is, though KFC KFC is also good) so it's always hard to deviate from them when I head to Strathfield.
The Mandoo, situated in the corner opposite Strathfield plaza unfortunately sells neither, which probably explains why it's taken me such a long time to visit but I finally had to cheat on my KFC/Potato Noodle Strathfield restaurants to try something new ! I'll have to admit, the cute exterior is what won me over initially. How can someone draw a non proper circle, add dots and make it look amazing !?!
Look how cute the dumpling cartoons are !
Can't go to a Korean restaurant that doesn't serve kimchi to start - with the spicy kick, it's got that fresh crunch to it which is a little unusual, though somewhat pleasant (according to the boy).
Mandoo, is Korean for dumplings - so naturally we had a 'first world problem' trying to decide which dumplings to order though the words BBQ Galbi Pork Bun Dumplings stood out for me. I know the Chinese version has the luscious sweet coating and pieces of pork, so I was surprised when I bit into this to find a peppery pork mince with cabbage/potato noodles stuffed inside the fluffy bun.
BBQ Galbi Pork Bun Dumplings - $10 (4)
Excuse my inner bite marks and lack there of a pretty picture.
Feeling like a chilli hit, I ordered their Spicy Beef Noodle Soup - a very large serving of their homemade noodles cooked al dente swimming under the rich opaque broth. The delicate flavours of the broth make it easy to drink, without having that "MSG I'm so thirsty feeling" afterwards. A little bit disappointed at the lack of beef though, and that it was rather stringy/chewy and lacked flavour .
Spicy Beef Noodle Soup - $12.00
The boy's Spicy Seafood Noodle Soup is the best value for money seafood soup we've ever eaten. None of this "you can 3 pipsis and a frozen prawn" because this baby was filled to the brim with mussels, prawns, fish cake, cuttlefish and even a juicy crab leg.
Spicy Seafood Noodle Soup - $15.00
That is what I call a SEAFOOD dish. The noodles were a different to mine - more like thin rice noodles with a clear but flavoursome broth and of course the large serving size.
I probably should have tried more dumplings because it is like a 'dumpling' store, but I don't think there was anything extremely WOW about here. I would come here again though, but probably try their prawn dumplings which other bloggers have raved about. For about $17pp, it's a very filling meal because I did that waddle out of the store, so overall relatively cheap for general Korean cuisine.
Last but not least - the best feeling in the world is having the menu available to you without having to get to the actual store so here is it below :)