Just in Time for Restaurant Week: MVT in the News featuring Mandu on NBC4 Washington!

Friday January 19, 2024

Mandu chef and owner Danny Lee sat down with NBC4 Washington’s Eun Yang earlier this month to discuss the restaurant’s unique take on the Winter Restaurant Week three-course menu. Instead of a meal delivered as an appetizer, main, and dessert, the homestyle Korean cuisine restaurant located at 453 K Street NW serves up a customary “baekban”, which literally translates to “white rice” but also refers to the traditional dining experience of eating rice, a soup, and an array of smaller side dishes or “banchans” together. According to Chef Lee, baekban is the concept of “enjoying a meal with multiple courses all at once” and to him it is the ultimate comfort food. For its Winter Restaurant Week menu, diners at Mandu can expect to enjoy dishes like house kimchi, seasoned bean sprouts, and beef & pork pan fried dumplings – or, “mandu”  as well as a traditional rice cake-based soup with house-made beef stock, seasoned ground beef, and pulled brisket called “dduk guk”, which is often enjoyed around this time during the Lunar New Year celebrations in Korea.

You can try out Mandu’s baekban for yourself during Winter Restaurant Week happening now through Sunday, January 21. Mandu is open for dine-in and takeout from 5pm-9pm daily with the bar remaining open until 11pm Thursday – Sunday. Reservations can be made online.

Related Story:
Chef Danny Lee appeared on NBC’s TODAY on Wednesday, December 20 to walk Al Roker and the gang through the steps to create two traditional Korean holiday recipes! Get the recipes for Galbi-jjim (Korean Braised Short Ribs) & Gyeran-ppang (Korean Egg Bread) and watch the full video on


Winter Restaurant Week has been extended through Sunday January 28! Enjoy special dinner, lunch, and brunch menus from MVT restaurants Alta Strada, Bar ChinoisManduNama Sushi, and Ottoman Taverna