Mandu to celebrate Executive Chef Yesoon Lee’s birthday with special collaboration dinner Sunday June 9th

453 K Street, NW

From a press release:

This June, Mandu will celebrate Executive Chef Yesoon Lee’s birthday with a special collaboration dinner featuring Executive Chefs Scott Drewno of The Source, Haidar Karoum of Proof/Estadio/Doi Moi, Jonah Kim and Yoji Harada of Pabu, and Will Morris of Vermilion.

Priced at $50 per person, including house wine but not including tax and gratuity, the six-course dinner, served family style, will be held on Sunday, June 9th at 7:00 PM in the first floor dining room of Mandu’s K St. location. The dinner will begin with an assortment of canapés made by all the participating chefs and guests will sip Makkoli, a fermented chilled Korean rice wine with their courses. 50% of the proceeds from the dinner will be donated to the DC Youth Orchestra.

“The local food community here really feels like an extended family, and what better way to celebrate a birthday than with your friends and family,” says Danny Lee, co-owner of Mandu and Chef Lee’s son. “Scott, Haidar, Jonah, Yoji and Will are such accomplished chefs of Asian food and this dinner is a fun way for us to learn from each other.”

Guests at the dinner will be treated to a wide range of Asian flavors including Korean, Japanese, Thai and Chinese. For one-night only, the dining room will be split into long communal tables to encourage friends and strangers to share a meal with each other. For dinner reservations, please email [email protected]

Full menu after the jump.

Chef Lee’s Birthday Dinner


First Course

Chefs Jonah Kim and Yoji Harada, Pabu

Second Course

Octopus Salad with Hearts of Palm
Chef Will Morris, Vermilion

Third Course

Thai Chicken Biryani with Mint and Coriander Sauce
Chef Haidar Karoum, Proof

Fourth Course

Twice-Cooked Pork Belly with Red Hot Curry
Chef Scott Drewno, The Source

Fifth Course

Budae Jjigae – Korean Stew with Kimchi Broth, Andouille, Rice Cakes, Spam and Housemade Noodles
Danny Lee, Mandu


Mujigae Dduk – Traditional Korean Rainbow Rice Cake