Bibigo Beef Bulgogi Mandu at Costco Review
Product Name: Bibigo Beef Bulgogi Mandu
Product Description: Three pound package of frozen Korean style beef dumplings.
Offer price: 12.49
The Bibigo Beef Bulgogi Mandu at Costco is a delicious Korean style dumpling that is loaded with a filling of seasoned beef. I prefer to heat these dumplings in an air fryer and serve with a homemade dipping sauce.
The dumplings are quite large and extremely filling. These make an excellent party snack and can also be a satisfying meal on their own.
Flavorful Beef Filling
Satisfying Crunch After Air Frying
Dipping Sauce is Not Included
Costco offers Bibigo Beef Bulgogi Mandu in a three pound package and they are a Costco exclusive product.
These Korean style dumplings, also called pot stickers by some, are oversized and are great for appetizers or even a small meal.
The name of the product, “Beef Bulgogi Mandu”, roughly translates as “Grilled Beef Dumplings”. Bibigo is a brand owned by CJ Foods and sells a line of Korean style dumplings, won tons, frozen meals, pre-cooked rice and sauces.
Beef Bulgogi Mandu Nutrition and Ingredients
Let’s take a closer look at what is in these dumplings.
At Costco you get 48 ounces (3 pounds) of beef mandu and a single serving is 4 dumplings. There are roughly 10 servings per bag.
The nutrition facts for a single serving are:
- Calories: 280
- Fat: 9g (14% DV)
- Cholesterol: 35mg (12% DV)
- Sodium: 660mg (28% DV)
- Carbohydrates: 34g (11% DV)
- Protein: 15g
These nutrition facts are for the dumplings only and do not include the sodium you will get when you dunk these guys in a dipping sauce (not included).
The dumplings have the following ingredients:
- Dumpling Filling
- Bean Thread
- Soy Sauce
- Green Onion
- Fully Cooked Beef Patty with Grill Flavor
- Black Pepper
- Dumpling Wrapper
- Wheat Flour
- Tapioca Starch
- Wheat Gluten
- Soybean Oil
Preparing and Serving the Dumplings
Theses dumplings are fully cooked but are frozen rock solid. The packaging says that the preferred method of heating he dumplings is to:
- Place three tablespoons of oil in a pan and heat over Medium Heat.
- Add four dumplings to the pan.
- Turn the dumplings every two minutes.
- Pan fry for a total of eight minutes until the dumplings are heated through and the outside is toasted golden brown.
They also suggest that you can drop the frozen dumplings into a pot of soup and let them simmer for six minutes.
I haven’t had much luck pan frying the dumplings as I end up tearing up the wrapper. I suspect the problem is completely my fault and I should probably look up the proper technique on YouTube.
Air Fryer Beef Mandu Instructions
I like to cook these dumplings in my Ninja Foodi air fryer.
- Arrange the dumplings in a single layer.
- Heat the air fryer to 425F
- Cook for 10 minutes.
This is the similar to how I prepare the Bibigo Mini Wontons but I cook these at a little lower temperature and for a little longer because of their larger size.
The downside to cooking these in the air fryer is that some of the fat from the beef filling will bubble out from the corners of the dumpling and turn smoky when it drips on the hot surfaces.
How Do the Dumplings Taste?
I love how crispy air frying makes the edge of the wrapper as the crunch of a crispy dumpling is extremely satisfying! The filling itself is loaded with seasoned beef and is surprisingly filling.
These oversized dumplings have so much beef that my wife, who is not a big carnivore, greatly prefers Bibigo’s Bulgogi Chicken Mandu dumplings over these beef dumplings. I prefer these dumplings over Bibigo’s pork dumplings.
I serve these dumplings with a mix of teriyaki sauce and Siracha garlic chili sauce (4:1). The savory beef filling of the dumpling is flavorful enough to pair well with the sweet and saltiness of the teriyaki along with the heat from the Siracha.
Since these dumplings are quite large it is very easy to hold them by the crispy edge and dunk them in the sauce.
I really do not have any complaints about these beautifully executed dumplings.
The 48 ounce package of dumplings has a regular Costco price of $12.49 which works out to a cost of $0.26 per ounce.
Another way of looking at the cost is on a per dumpling basis.
There should be about 40 dumplings per bag which comes out to a cost of about $0.31 per dumpling. You could prepare six of these large dumplings, which is more food than you would get at a restaurant for an order of dumplings, and it would only cost $1.87.