The game of guest-chef musical chairs continues. Mandu's monthly late-night guest chef series, Anju, returns tonight at 10 p.m. at the Korean restaurant's K Street NW location. This time, Vermillion chef Will Morris and Cafe Saint-Ex/Bar Pilar chef Jesse Miller will join host chefs Danny Lee and Jonah Kim to create a fusion menu with dishes like mac and kimcheese and pork belly congee with beet pickled eggs, nori, and Doritos.
Then on Saturday, all four chefs will head to the izakaya at Daikaya to collaborate on another late-night menu with chef Katsuya Fukushima, who previously participated in Anju. The party goes from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Daikaya isn't making the guest-chef nights a regular thing right now, but it plans to do more such events in the future. UPDATE: Daikaya co-owner Daisuke Utagawa says Daikaya will invite Anju's guest chefs to Daikaya on the first Saturday of every month going forward.
Check out Daikaya's late-night guest chef menu below and Anju's menu below that.
Daikaya Guest Chef Night Menu
Charred Octopus with shiso, preserved lemon curd and potato
Simmered Chicken and Miso Meatballs with cabbage.
Cup-O-Pancit: cup of noodles with palabok sauce, ground chicharon, fried salted shrimp, scallions, chopped hard-boiled egg, and calamansi
Tokwat baboy: pork belly, pig ears, tofu, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, onion, scallion and chili
Kinilaw: mackerel, vinegar, chili, garlic, ginger, shaved red onions, calamansi, and chayote
Ojinguh Gang Hwae: chilled boiled squid, scallion ribbon with a gochujang vinegar dressing
Udon Bok Ki: steamed bean sprouts, spicy dashi and fish cake
Lamb Belly and Guanciale Hayashi Stew over rice, daikon style
Mixed Mushroom Salad with chilled miso consommé and lemongrass ponzu
Mandu Fried Chicken – double fried, spicy soy glaze
Eastern Hash – egg and nori omelet, spam hash with a spicy gochujang sauce
Bungeoppang Soft Serve
Photo of Mandu's Danny Lee by Darrow Montgomery