Asian Feastival was a huge feast and a great success! Everybody seemed to be excited from beginning to end! (12pm to 5pm) I’m sure anyone who came this year will be looking forward to going next year.
I met a lot of interesting people, tasted plenty of diverse, exotic food, and learned a lot about Asian vegetables. My mission for the event was to demonstrate 2 kinds of Korean kimchi making: perilla leaf kimchi and spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi.
One of my readers came up to me: “Maangchi! I’m your reader! Do you need any help?” His name was Samson Woo and he was a Asian Feastival volunteer.
“Sure, I may need your help!”
I asked Sam: “How long have you been my reader?”
He said: “For years! Long time.”
I asked: “Have you ever left any comment on my blog?”
“No, I’m a silent reader, but I’ve made some Korean food with your recipes.”
I was lucky to meet Sam there because I really needed his help. He helped me set up the table, took some photos for me, and even cleaned some bowls and my cutting board after I finished the demo. Thank you, Sam!
Sam and Me
a blogger and my reader, Lori Lee
yummy perilla leaf kimchi with multi-grain rice
ooh hoo hoo! It’s fun to wrap rice in this spicy leaf!
yummy! Now I know what Korean kkaennip kimchi is!
oisobagi (spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi)! “What is oi?”
“oi is cucumber and also my Thai friend’s name! ” lol
yes, yes! I love kkaennip kimchi (perilla leaf kimchi), me, too~~
“Did u taste it?” “Yep! my stomach is on fire now!” : )
Before and after my cooking demo, I was at the vegetables and fruits table on the Hotel terrace with 2 other panelists: Kian Lam Kho and Cathy Erway. We explained the name of the fruits and vegetables to those who asked and if they wanted to taste some, we helped them with it. There were all kinds of fruits like Korean melon, jack fruit, durian, and dragon fruit. There were a lot of familiar items there, but some Chinese vegetables I had never tasted. Of course I asked Cathy and Kian so many questions.
“What is this?” Cathy says, “yes, it is…”
Durian: the most popular fruit that people wanted to taste
Qingdao cold noodles (my number one favorite among all the dishes!)
Korean rice cake and rice cake balls (gyeongdan)
“kyaaa! Taiwanese beer tasted good!” : )
I was happy to meet my readers there. “Maangchi, can I take a photo with you? I’m your reader!”
Yay! awesome! I was going to take a photo with Cheryl Tan who was one of the New York kimchi contest judges, but I missed her.
It was great and fun day, but I was really tired when I got home. After dinner, I fell asleep until 8:00 am today! : )
I met Akira Back executive chef at Yellowtail Restaurant & Bar at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, and he gave me his book. He’s a very down-to-earth person! Once we started talking, he said, “hangukmalo haeyo?” “Let’s talk in Korean” Cool guy! : )
Ravi Jolly, one of my long time readers. I actually met him last year at a festival in Brooklyn by chance which means I meet him often? : ) He loves healthy and delicious food. Ravi! I was delighted to meet you there!
James, Julie, and me! It was great meeting u guys! : )
aww! cute smile! Wonderful photo! don’t u think so?
My cute readers! : )
Lori and me