Costco Bibigo Beef Bulgogi Mandu Review

The Costco Bibigo Beef Bulgogi Mandu are extra large dumplings with a thin wrapper filled with Korean-style bulgogi beef. Are these dumplings as good as they look? How do they compare to similar options in the freezer section at Costco?

Costco Bibigo Beef Bulgogi Mandu bag on a table. Top down image.
Costco Bibigo Beef Bulgogi Mandu.

I love dumplings and enjoy them both at home and in restaurants. The Costco freezer aisle sells many yummy Asian-style foods, including some great dumplings. I wanted to try the Bibigo Beef Bulgogi Mandu because most of the dumplings I’ve tried from Costco are pork or chicken, never beef.

Other simliar products from Costco I really like are the Costco Minh Pork Egg Rolls, Costco Siwin Chicken and Vegetable Dumpling Potstickers, Costco Bibigo Japchae Crispy Potstickers, Costco Summ! Sesame Ginger Chicken Gyoza Dumplings, Costco Bibigo Steamed Dumplings and Costco Bibigo Chicken and Cilantro Mini Wontons.

Company description on the Costco Bibigo Beef Bulgogi Mandu bag.
Bibigo is the number one food company in Korea.

Location in Store

You can find the Costco Bibigo Beef Bulgogi Mandu in the freezer section at Costco, by all the other frozen appetizers. The item number is 5638856.

Costco Bibigo Beef Bulgogi Mandu product description from bag.
Mandu is a Korea Dumpling.

Taste

These are not your average-sized potstickers; they’re bigger than any other potstickers. There’s a decent amount of of Korean-style beef bulgogi in each dumpling. The beef itself tastes like ground beef, which surprised me as I thought it would be sliced beef.

Costco Bibigo Beef Bulgogi Mandu with a bite taken out of it so you can see the middle.
The inside of a Bibigo Beef Bulgogi Mandu dumpling.

The ground beef mixture is encased in a delicious, thin, flour dough wrapping that becomes chewy and crispy in the fry pan depending on how long you cook them.

Five cooked Costco Bibigo Beef Bulgogi Mandu on a white plate.
My husband made them extra crispy!

The beef bulgogi mandu is very flavorful and in my opinion, doesn’t require any additional dipping sauce. They have a smoky, grilled flavor with a hint of spice. I taste flavors like soy sauce, garlic and sesame oil in the ground beef. The veggies in the dumplings include onion, carrot and cabbage but you can’t really taste the veggies.

Five cooked Costco Bibigo Beef Bulgogi Mandu on a white plate top down image.
I feel like they don’t require any dipping sauce.

I’ll mention that although these are really flavorful they’re also super greasy. Cooking them in the frying pan creates quite a mess. I think the grease is probably most likely coming from the ground beef in the center as beef tends to be fattier.

Nine frozen Costco Bibigo Beef Bulgogi Mandu on a white plate.
Ready to cook from frozen!

Cost

The three-pound bag of Bibigo Beef Mandu costs $15.99 Canadian.

They’re not the cheapest frozen product, but I really wanted to try them out. In a restaurant, you might pay $15.99 Canadian for a plate of eight of these as an appetizer so buying them frozen at Costco is more reasonable.

Frozen Costco Bibigo Beef Bulgogi Mandu in a fry pan before cooking.
Cooking in a frying pan with a bit of oil.

Convenience

The Costco Bibigio Bulgogi Beef Mandu come frozen and require pan frying to cook them. On the surface, that seems similar to other potsticker/dumpling products I’ve purchased from Costco, but I find these less convenient than some of those other dumplings. It’s difficult to get them to even crispiness and golden brown color all over.

Costco Bibigo Beef Bulgogi Mandu cooking instructions from bag.
Cooking instructions.

Cooking these always means my kitchen is going to be a mess because grease goes everywhere but doing them in an air fryer may solve that problem. The beef mandu needs to be kept frozen and the best before date is nine months from when I purchased them.

Ideas on how to use the mandu as a topping, in soup or a stir fry from the bag.
There are a lot of ways to use the beef mandu!

These make an awesome appetizer, snack or even dinner or lunch. As I previously said, I don’t feel like these need an extra dipping sauce and they don’t come with any sauce in the bag. However, you could definitely make your own dipping sauce for them or use your favorite sauce you already have.

Cooked beef mandu in a fry pan, top down image.
After cooking.

Nutrition

Calories

Six mandu contains 420 calories, 14 grams of fat, 51 grams of carbohydrates, two grams of fibre, eight grams of sugar, 23 grams of protein and 990 milligrams of sodium. I like how much protein six dumplings has, but they’re unfortunately high in calories, fat and carbohydrates. They’re extremely high in sodium as well!

Costco Bibigo Beef Bulgogi Mandu nutrition facts from bag.
Nutrition facts.

Ingredients

The Bibigo Bulgogi Beef Mandu contains wheat, soy, oat and sesame. The ingredients list is pretty typical and what I’d expect to see in a grocery store-bought dumpling. Obviously, when you make dumplings from scratch you know exactly what’s going into the dumplings and can control the number of artificial ingredients and additives.

Costco Beef Bulgogi Mandu ingredients from bag.
Ingredients.

Scoring

Taste: 8.5/10

Cost: 7.5/10

Convenience: 5/10 They make sure a mess!

Nutrition: 3/10

Overall

Give it a try!

Aside from the grease, I enjoy the flavor of the Bibigo Beef Bulgogi Mandu. I wish they were a bit easier to pan-fry and weren’t quite so messy, but it’s nice to switch it up and have a beef dumpling dish rather than pork or chicken.

What do you think of the Costco Bibigo Bulgogi Beef Mandu?


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17 thoughts on “Costco Bibigo Beef Bulgogi Mandu Review”

  1. I boiled them in hot water for 3-5 minutes. Then place in air fryer for another 3-8 minutes for it to turn golden and crispy. I found it drain lots of excess fat and no mass. We like the taste, its yummy but dislike some of ingredients. Will just be occasional item in our freezer.

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  2. I’ve taken to using the air fryer, 360 for 8-10 minutes. It’s amazing how much fat drains away!
    I’m wondering if they’ve changed their recipe at all. I got them last year and they had more flavour. This year they seem sweeter. More sugar added?

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  3. You can try cooking them as potstickers (which is a cooking technique, not another name for dumpling). It sitll involves pan and some oil, but most of the cooking is done by steaming when a bit of water is poured into the pan and a cover placed over it. The bottom is browned and the rest of the wrapper is still tender soft.

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  4. Slow frying over low heat and minimal oil. No chemical propellant oil spray should be used. Alternatively, boil and slow fry to make them soft and not chewy.

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    • Replying to myself!

      We boiled them yesterday for dinner and did not find them oily at all. They were a hit and a nice change from the standard dumpling/gyoza.

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  5. These are the best potstickers I have ever tasted. The filling is awesome. Other potstickers type items always feel like they are full of “cabbage filler”. I spray a skillet lightly with Pam, no need to add any oil to the pan. I then let them cook over a very low heat for 30 to 45 minutes while I am busy with other things. I turn them over once. They are perfect this way, and because they are large and tasty, eating a portion of 4 to 6 dumplings is filling and satisfying. No sauces needed, they are delicious on their own. If I wanted to cook them faster, I’d defrost them, and cook them post-thaw, but I’d still not use more than a medium heat. This will get them cooked and with a nice crisp.

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  6. I purchased the Mandu awhile back when they were on sale. They were on sale again and I passed. The Mandu was too sweet & salty, yet it lacked flavor. I doubt I’ll purchase these again.

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  7. I don’t fry these at all. There are alternative methods for cooking on pkg: try using them actually as potstickers. Place them in boiling beef broth and then simmer 8-10 min. depending upon how many you’ve placed in the pot. Costco’s “Better Than Broth” (beef) is an excellent shortcut for the beef broth, BTW. And, prepped this way, there’s just a little oil. Yummy! (If I had some oriental chili oil, that could make things even more tasty.)

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  8. I love those pot stickers and use a mesh screen skillet cover while frying which eliminates the splatters and pops on me and my cook top.

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  9. I agree with the greasiness problem! I followed the directions and 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil to fry them in is ridiculous. One tablespoon would be plenty. I don’t like being spat at by my frying pan. I thought they were delicious though, very tasty and satisfying. I think I’ll try them again by steaming them next time. Hopefully they taste as good, otherwise will not buy again. No food is worth getting spat at with hot oil!

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