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Twofer Tuesday: Mandu at Assi Plaza

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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

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Hunk of Meat Monday: Bowtie Pasta and Sausage

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There are some foods which you cannot get enough of. Pasta is a trademark Italian food that is loved by every individual all around the Globe. Everyone loves pasta. Even the best restaurants in the world have pasta related dishes in their menu. Sausage, on the other hand, is one of the most loved by all. The delicious and juicy meat is loved all over the world. And it can also be cooked using pressure cooking technique. You may prefer to use but you will need to buy one. Refer power pressure cooker reviews for more details. The mixture of sausage and pasta is one tasty dish. The Bowtie Pasta and Sausage is one of those. From little children to your grandparents, everyone will love the taste of this delicious meal. This is one of those dishes the entire family can enjoy sitting at home, relaxed for a weekend.

What are the ingredients required?

To make the Bowtie Pasta and Sausage the ingredients that are required are readily available in a market.

Those ingredients are:

• A packet of Bowtie Pasta

• Olive oil (2 tablespoons)

• 1 pound of Sausage

• Red pepper flakes

• Green onions chopped properly

• 3 garlic cloves

• 1 diced tomato

• 1/2 cup cream

• Required amount of salt

• 1 teaspoon parsley

These ingredients you can get in your house. The type of sausage you want to use is totally up to you to choose. Some people may or may not add cream. With these easily available ingredients now let’s get to the cooking part.


First, start heating the olive oil in a large pan. Then add the cut up Sausage, onions, and pepper. Cook the sausage until it has a nice brown color and the vegetables are nice and soft. Meanwhile, on a separate stove, boil water in a pot. Add chopped onions and garlic. Drain any excess fat from the pan. Now in the pot that you are boiling the water, add the pasta. Cook according to the instructions given at the back. Cook the pasta for almost ten minutes. Add tomatoes, cream and salt. Stir it until the mixture starts thickening. Add beef broth to the sausage and vegetables and increase it to a boil. Meanwhile, check on your pasta, it should be ready by now. Add the pasta with sauce and heat it a bit. Add parsley on the top. Serve hot!The Bowtie Pasta and Sausage just require 35-40 minutes to cook. And usually, one pound Sausage and one packet of pasta serve six.

This is a very popular homemade dish. Several restaurants like the Gatto’s Italian restaurant in Illinois, USA and Luigi’s restaurant in Washington, DC serve this delicious food with their own little bits of added ingredients. Many people who have made this meal at home have described it as hearty and filling. Everyone will enjoy it at lunch or dinner. Even if guests come to your house and you have nothing but sausage and pasta, then the Bowtie Pasta and Sausage is a very easy and delicious food to cook within no time. So enjoy your homemade Bowtie Pasta and Sausage with all your family and loved ones. You can also turn this into a hearty meal by combining it with a sumptuous chocolate brownie and a bottle of wine. You can add extra mozzarella on top just to make it look better.

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