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Chris’ Korean-language Dakbokkeumtang video!

By Maangchi

Hi everybody!
Are some of you interested in learning Korean language and Korean food?

My long time reader in Australia, Chris Forrester, emailed me a few days ago and let me know he made a video for Dakbokkeumtang (Spicy Braised Chicken).

But the video is very special because he does it all in Korean!

He’s a hardcore Korean food fan, and when I went to Australia for my Gapshida tour, he organized a picnic meetup with some of my other Australian readers. He was a wonderful organizer and host!

At the picnic he grilled kangaroo meat bulgogi, the first time I had tasted or even heard of this Australian-Korean fusion dish. After grilling the meat, he wrapped it in lettuce and a little bit of ssamjang and gave me some. It was very tasty and I can tell my friends: “I’ve tasted kangaroo meat!”

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Kangaroo bulgogi wrap! “Have some, Maangchi!”

Making bulgogi with kangaroo meat sounds like a simple idea, but in order to make it as delicious as he did, you need to be confident and experienced in making traditional Korean bulgogi. That’s how I knew he was a hardcore Korean food fan.

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with Chris and his family and friends in Sidney, Oct. 2011

His brother also came to the meetup and told me: “Maangchi, because of Chris I’m also addicted to Korean food. He keeps feeding me delicious korean food, so I can’t help but cook it myself.”

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He came to my hotel to pick me up to go grocery shopping and to prepare the food for the meetup picnic the next day. “Chris, have some steamed sweet potatoes!” : )

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With some of my Australian readers

Running this website and making my videos on YouTube, I’m always amazed at how food can connect people. When I think of the fact that Chris saw my Korean recipes on the internet, filmed half a world away, and then he influenced his family and friends, and then finally I got a chance to go to Australia and meet them all, we already had a strong connection because of the food we had made and shared with friends and family. Already there is a strong bond of trust, before even saying a word!

Chris made this video as an assignment for the university class where he’s studying Korean. I was very impressed with his Korean ability. In the video, in Korean, he says: “This recipe was inspired by Maangchi’s dakbokkeumtang.”

I’m very honored!

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