Slow-cooked beef dumpling broth with dadegi (Korean chilli sauce)

Mandu-guk is a comforting Korean dumpling soup ('mandu' is the Korean word for dumpling). This recipe from Joo Won offers a twist on the classic dish, creating an intensely beefy broth using oxtail and short rib. The meat is then used as a stuffing for the dumplings. He adds a spoonful of dadegi on top, which is a spicy Korean chilli paste, to add an extra kick to the broth, which also contains pearl barley and mushrooms.

First published in 2021




Beef broth


Dadegi (Korean chilli paste)

To garnish



Place the oxtail and short rib into a large pan and top up with water. Slowly bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes to bring out any impurities. Strain the meat and place it back into the pan, cover with fresh cold water and add the salt and peppercorns. Bring back to the boil then turn down and gently simmer for 1 hour


After this time, skim any fat that has risen to the top and add a little more water if it has reduced below the surface of the meat. Add the rest of the ingredients for the broth whole and leave to simmer for a further 2 hours, or until the meat is easily falling away from the bones


Strain the broth through a fine sieve into a clean pan (reserving the solids) and continue to simmer and reduce until you have a deeply beefy broth. Ensure you don’t reduce the liquid down too much as you will need enough to fill 4 serving bowls


While the broth reduces, pick the meat from the bones and reserve some larger chunks for garnish. Chop down the rest of the meat a little bit so it’s not too big to fit inside the dumplings. Discard the peppercorns and cut up and reserve some wedges of mooli for garnish. Finely dice the remaining mooli along with the rest of the vegetables


Place the chopped vegetables and beef into a bowl and season with the soy sauce and doenjang – always be careful with how much doenjang you add as it can be very salty, so taste as you go


To assemble the dumplings, lay out the wrappers and add a heaped teaspoon (around 15-20g) of the filling into the centre of each one. Paint a little water around the edges using your finger, then fold the wrapper over and crimp the top to create a concertina effect. You should be able to make 16 dumplings in total. Set aside


The dadegi is a Korean chilli paste mix used to enrich and add spice to soups. Simply mix the ingredients together and set aside


When ready to serve, add the reserved mooli wedges, reserved beef, cooked pearl barley and sliced mushrooms to the broth and bring to a gentle simmer. Add the dumplings and simmer for around 1.5 minutes, then divide equally between four bowls


Garnish each bowl with a spoonful of the dadegi, a drizzle of sesame oil, a sprinkle of spring onions and some gamtae (if using)

First published in 2021

Combining the flavours of his native Korea with the European dishes and techniques he's prepared professionally for years, Joo Won's cooking style is offering a new twist on a much-loved cuisine.

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