About Maangchi.com

Hi! I’m Maangchi! Welcome to my website!

On April 9 2007, I posted a video of myself cooking Korean food on YouTube, just for fun. Right away, people were interested in it, so I’ve been making them ever since.

I made this website a few months later, because many of my early video viewers asked me for Korean recipe and ingredient information, which was not easy to find in English. In fact, everything on this site has been driven by my readers and viewers and their suggestions.

I’m not a professional chef and I don’t have a TV show. I like cooking, just like you. I was born and raised in Korea and have been interested in cooking and food since I was a little girl. I live in New York City now, and love to learn about food from other cultures. If you want to get in touch with me about something, you can do it here.

I’m blessed to have met so many wonderful people through YouTube and my website. Meeting with and talking to my viewers and readers is so much fun: they are all passionate cooks and have a lot of knowledge and funny stories to share. In 2011 YouTube gave me the funds to travel the world and meet and cook with them. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Many media outlets have done reports on me: CNN, The Globe and Mail, The New York Times, Saveur, The New York Daily News, Fox News, USA Today, and CTV as well as Korean media like KBS-TV, The Korea Herald, and The Hankook Ilbo, among others.

Maangchi in The New York Daily News - March17, 2011

Korea’s First Lady, Ms. Yoon-ok Kim, met me to thank me for spreading Korean food and culture worldwide, and Chris Anderson, the curator of the TED innovation talks, said my videos were part of a world-changing explosion of innovation and experimentation.

I love to make and eat delicious food, so running this website and creating videos is a dream come true for me. Every day I am grateful to be doing what I love doing: cooking, learning, and teaching.

Thanks for your interest in my recipes, and take care!