There's a little place called Manna Korean Cuisine (2101 San Gabriel Blvd., Rosemead) that my co-workers and I occasionally visit on Fridays for lunch. It's not to be confused with the all-you-can-eat meatfest, Manna Korean BBQ, that many of us know well.
Why Fridays? That's the only time this weird neon-laden place is open for lunch.
The restaurant is decently priced and conveniently located if you're in the San Gabriel Valley, although the food is nothing special. But it's Korean. And that's something. I can only do so much Chinese and Vietnamese on a near daily basis.
Manna knows its clientele. These are Korean peeps who speak fluent Mandarin.
Decent enough that I've gotten it more than once.
I like this. It won't be the best you'll ever have, but it makes for a nice midday treat.
I'm a big fan of rice cakes. It doesn't matter in what form. Like the chapchae, these aren't the greatest, but they're a fine way to get your spicy rice cake fix during a workday.
If you happen to be in the area in the middle of a Friday, Manna is an ok option, but I wouldn't recommend that you make a special trip any time soon.