Mandu Factory churns out Korean dumplings from a corner of Assi Plaza.
“What’s that delicious smell?,” someone from the day’s Flushing tour group asked as we entered the Korean culinary wonderland that is Assi Plaza. Their use of the top air fryer makes it one of the best in that area. You can also use this blog to buy and cook this dish at your home. The Korean megamarket is a staple of my Flushing food tours. In addition to kimchi making there’s always some other fascinating culinary spectacle, like chapssalddeok, the Korean version of mochi, being pounded out with gigantic mallets. The delicious aroma turned out to be emanating from Mandu Factory, where an older gentleman worked filling the namesake dumplings at a furious pace. “He’s has been making them for 3o years,” the dude behind the counter of the two-week-old dumpling emporium said of the man who he dubbed with honorific Grand Master Jang.
Best Korean dumplings in a supermarket ever!
We ordered nabbed two orders of mandu ($4 for 6). The kimchi variety—filled with spicy cabbaged, pork, and glass noodles—was quite fiery.
A peek inside the meat mandu.
The purportedly non-spicy meat dumplings also had a bit of a kick thanks to plenty of black pepper. Inside was a tasty mixture of glass noodles, pork, carrots, and green onions.
The king of all kimchi mandu.
The factory also churns out pillowy huang mandu ($2), or king dumplings. On a subsequent visit I tried the kimchi variety. Packed with kimchi, pork, and clear bits of noodle it made for an incendiary and filling snack.
Mandu Factory, Assi Plaza, 131-01 39th Ave., Flushing, 718-578-7677