Manna House

★★★★☆

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I'm not exactly sure that "Manna House" is the name of this restaurant. The outside just says "Korean Restaurant" along with some words in Korean. But Manna House is the name according to the phone directories, so I'll go with that!

I'd not had much Korean food when I first visited this place, but a co-worker raved about it, so I thought I'd give it a try. It's location isn't exactly inviting--it's in a small strip mall near the intersection of Township Line Road and Dekalb Pike/202. The other businesses in the strip are all Korean (a grocery, a video store, and a salon), so that seemed to promise an authentic experience. The dining room is rather plain, with a television playing Korean programming in the corner.

I ordered bibim bap, which I'd heard was a quintessential Korean dish. As soon as our orders were taken, the waitress brought out several small bowls filled will a variety of delights: kim chee, sauteed spinach, cold green beans, some marinated tofu, some boiled potatoes in a sweet sauce, some other pickled vegetables, and a few items with some serious heat. I've since learned that these dishes are known as banchan, and are included with most Korean meals. They were all quite tasty.

Then my meal came out! It came in a huge bowl, and the description in the menu (assorted veg & beef with spicy sauce) didn't quite do it justice. The bowl was full of cold greens, sauteed vegetables, sprouts, pickled vegetables, mushrooms, and a small amount of the most flavorful spicy sweet shredded beef. Atop it all was a perfect sunny side up egg. A small bowl of rice and a squeeze bottle of spicy sweet sauce accompanied the meal. The idea is to dump in some rice and sauce and mix it all together. It was so wonderful. A lovely combination of warm and cold, spicy and sweet, crunchy and smooth.

The price for all of this food? Less than $10!

I can't wait to go back. My husband and I are already planning to go there for dinner sometime. I'm looking forward to trying the bulgogi (sliced marinated barbecue rib eye).

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★★★★☆

I'm not exactly sure that "Manna House" is the name of this restaurant. The outside just says "Korean Restaurant" along with some words in Korean. But Manna House is the name according to the phone directories, so I'll go with that!

I'd not had much Korean food when I first visited this place, but a co-worker raved about it, so I thought I'd give it a try. It's location isn't exactly inviting--it's in a small strip mall near the intersection of Township Line Road and Dekalb Pike/202. The other businesses in the strip are all Korean (a grocery, a video store, and a salon), so that seemed to promise an authentic experience. The dining room is rather plain, with a television playing Korean programming in the corner.

I ordered bibim bap, which I'd heard was a quintessential Korean dish. As soon as our orders were taken, the waitress brought out several small bowls filled will a variety of delights: kim chee, sauteed spinach, cold green beans, some marinated tofu, some boiled potatoes in a sweet sauce, some other pickled vegetables, and a few items with some serious heat. I've since learned that these dishes are known as banchan, and are included with most Korean meals. They were all quite tasty.

Then my meal came out! It came in a huge bowl, and the description in the menu (assorted veg & beef with spicy sauce) didn't quite do it justice. The bowl was full of cold greens, sauteed vegetables, sprouts, pickled vegetables, mushrooms, and a small amount of the most flavorful spicy sweet shredded beef. Atop it all was a perfect sunny side up egg. A small bowl of rice and a squeeze bottle of spicy sweet sauce accompanied the meal. The idea is to dump in some rice and sauce and mix it all together. It was so wonderful. A lovely combination of warm and cold, spicy and sweet, crunchy and smooth.

The price for all of this food? Less than $10!

I can't wait to go back. My husband and I are already planning to go there for dinner sometime. I'm looking forward to trying the bulgogi (sliced marinated barbecue rib eye).

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