Korean Tofu and Kimchi Mandu

These dumplings are a fun vegan twist on a Korean staple.

tofu and kimchi mandu

Kelsey Hansen

Total Time:
35 mins
24 to 28

In Korea, savory dumplings known as mandu are everyday fare. Mandu dumplings may be filled with meat, seafood, vegetables, or kimchi. In this spicy version, extra-firm tofu soaks up the tangy chile pepper flavors of kimchi. The cuisine's focus on fresh, healthy ingredients is evident in this popular tofu-filled spin on this classic Korean dish. Though mandu can be fried or steamed and served solo, they're also simmered in a broth soup called mandu-guk. This staple food is easy to prepare and most of the ingredients should already be on-hand in your kitchen. If you're feeling adventurous, you can make your own dumpling wrappers with just a few easy ingredients and make the mandu-guk to go along with them. We've compiled everything you'll need for a solid Korean meal down below.

When shaping the mandu, it's important to moisten the edges of the wrapper with water so they stick properly. This will also help ensure the dumplings hold together while cooking.


  • 1 12 oz. block extra-firm tofu, drained well

  • ¾ cup kimchi, finely chopped

  • ¼ cup thinly sliced green onions

  • ½ tsp. kosher salt

  • tsp. freshly ground white or black pepper

  • 24 to 28 dumpling wrappers rolled to medium thickness


  1. Cut the tofu into 1-inch cubes. Use paper towels or a clean kitchen towel to press tofu cubes and soak up excess liquid, drying the tofu cubes as much as you can.

  2. For the filling, in a large bowl stir together tofu, kimchi, green onions, salt, and pepper; mix well. The tofu cubes will break apart, which will make filling and shaping easier.

  3. mandu dumpling wrapped being filled

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    Cover wrappers with a slightly damp towel to keep them from drying out. Fill a small bowl with water. Place a wrapper on the work surface. Spoon one heaping teaspoon filling into the center of the wrapper.

  4. folded mandu dumpling

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    When shaping dumplings, dip your finger in water and moisten the edges all around. Fold dumpling in half and press edges together to seal.

  5. mandu dumpling folding

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    Turn the dumpling so the straight edge is toward the bottom.

  6. finished handmade mandu dumpling

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    Add a dab of water to one end, then pull the ends around to meet and overlap one end over the other. Press together to seal.

  7. Set shaped dumpling on a baking sheet and cover with a slightly damp towel. Repeat with remaining wrappers and filling.

  8. Bring a large pot of water to boiling. Add dumplings to pot and return to boiling. Boil 4 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove dumplings from water or drain in a colander.

Korean Tofu in Dumpling Soup Variation

Use half of the mandu in our Mandu-Guk Recipe to add some warmth and flavor to your meal.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

365 Calories
11g Fat
41g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 365.5
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11.3g 15%
Saturated Fat 2.9g 15%
Cholesterol 62.3mg 21%
Sodium 1169.9mg 51%
Total Carbohydrate 40.8g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2.9g 10%
Total Sugars 2.7g
Protein 24.7g
Vitamin D 0.2mcg 1%
Vitamin C 3.1mg 15%
Calcium 308.8mg 24%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 375.1mg 8%
Fatty acids, total trans 0g
Vitamin D 6.6IU
Alanine 1.2g
Arginine 1.6g
Ash 5g
Aspartic acid 2.3g
Caffeine 0mg
Carotene, alpha 0.3mcg
Choline, total 76.4mg
Copper, Cu 0.3mg
Cystine 0.3g
Energy 1531.5kJ
Fluoride, F 0.1mcg
Folate, total 88.2mcg
Glutamic acid 5.3g
Glycine 1.1g
Histidine 0.7g
Isoleucine 1.1g
Leucine 1.9g
Lysine 1.5g
Methionine 0.5g
Magnesium, Mg 61.8mg
Manganese, Mn 1mg
Niacin 5.4mg
Phosphorus, P 264.5mg
Pantothenic acid 1mg
Phenylalanine 1.1g
Phytosterols 6.1mg
Proline 1.6g
Retinol 17.8mcg
Selenium, Se 44.6mcg
Serine 1.2g
Starch 0g
Theobromine 0mg
Threonine 1g
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 0.6mg
Tryptophan 0.3g
Tyrosine 0.9g
Valine 1.2g
Vitamin A, IU 240.3IU
Vitamin A, RAE 27mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 46.8mcg
Water 160.1g
Zinc, Zn 2.5mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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