The year was 1988. The Olympics were held in Seoul, South Korea that year. And that same summer, Sarah was born in the seaside province of Jeollabuk-do, South Korea. In December of that year, Sarah traveled halfway around the world with a dozen other Korean babes to a new family & a new home. Being raised in Upstate NY meant that the population was predominately white. Starting at a young age, her parents enrolled her into two nearby Korean culture camps until she was 11 to help her learn and appreciate the country and culture she was born into. Both camps taught her the basics like Taekwondo, how to write her name in Korean, fan dancing, & of course... DUMPLINGS! Or in Korean, mandu. For a picky eater, dumps were ALWAYS a food that Sarah would happily eat in mass quantities.
Nate grew up outside of Pittsburgh in an Italian-Polish family & has fond memories of gathering at a table with his family to eat pierogies (basically, a Polish dumpling). With a finance background and passion (no joke), Nate handles much of what you don't see on Instagram - budgeting and financial forecasting. He is also the maker of each dump's filling. You know, small business owners wearing ALL of the hats (and beard nets).
By sharing mandu with the community, Sarah & Nate are giving folks a taste of Korea, in many instances, for the first time. They hope that the story rolls the beauty of adoption, cultural similarities, & deliciousness into one lil’ dump that’s cute AF.