Continuing our support of the international dining scene in Wichita, I wanted to stop by the longest running Korean restaurant in Wichita, Manna Wok. For over 25 years, the small gem near the corner of Harry and Oliver has been introducing numerous diners to Korean food that is simply delicious.
4865 E Harry St, Wichita, Kansas 67218
Monday – Saturday: 11am – 8:30pm
Closed on Sunday
During the height of COVID, Manna Wok was serving carryout out of a window from their front entrance. Since then, they reopened their dining room, one that’s full of history and pictures of the thousands of diners who have stepped foot in their doors.
To start my lunch, I went with their green shell mussels soup. It’s a very simple soup that doesn’t have a huge blast of flavor, but it’s warm and a good palate cleanser. It’s filled with cabbage, carrots, tofu and a few mussels.
I didn’t feel like making a decision on my main entree so I asked for one suggestion and was told to get the K6 which was their Bi Bim Rice a.k.a. a hot stone bowl. For my side, it was a no-brainer…. kimchi.
Let’s face it, their kimchi is some of the best in town. It’s like a variety platter of different types. I just can’t get over how delicious it is; so much love for the sour, tangy, acidic combination of flavors in each bite. It’s intense and wonderful all at once.
Their hot stone bowl came out sizzling hot. The crackling noise from the pot was music to my belly. It was stuffed with pickled vegetables, kimchi, rice, beef, an egg all sitting on a bed of rice. Once mixed, it was a true delight. It was a bit savory, a bit sour, and 100% tasty. For those who have never had Korean food before, this is a great starter dish that doesn’t get too wild for the uninitiated.
And who here doesn’t love the Chon family who have owned and ran the restaurant for years? One day, Wichita should get a Restaurant Hall of Fame and the Chons deserve to be honored.
Here’s their menu:
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