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Introducing Maangchi’s cooking class

By Maangchi

Today I’m opening a new section on my website offering Korean cooking classes in New York.

I’d like to thank all of you for offering suggestions and support on my blog, by email, and even twitter. Wow, so many people spent some time giving me good advice! I’m very thrilled! I really think posting my favorite recipes on YouTube was one of the best decisions I ever made! I used to spend all my extra energy on my favorite online game, City of Heroes, for 2.5 years before I started this YouTube stuff.

I don’t mean playing the game was useless. It was very fun! I met a few good friends through the game.

I also realize that posting these recipes one by one on my website and YouTube might have confused some people who’ve never had a real Korean meal. I sometimes post a salty side dish, by itself. I sometimes post a dish that could be enough for 1 meal without any side dish at all (such as jjampong noodle soup).

So if you never met any Koreans you might be curious about what Koreans eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

For example, you may ask a question like this: “Maangchi posted a recipe for a dried anchovy side dish, and she says in the video it will be eaten with some steamed rice. So Koreans consider just a bowl of rice and some dried anchovies a meal?”

: ) yes, it could be a meal if you want! However, most Koreans plan their everyday meals based on more balanced diet.

So when I was planning the syllabus for my cooking classes, one thing I wanted to do was bring all these things together and show people how to make one big meal. This is going to take hours! Not minutes, like on YouTube. But the good thing is you could make some of these things separately. Making them together means a big celebration.

If this works well, I’m planning a series of 7 or 8 different Korean menus. Maybe even a Maangchi Certificate Program if you take all the courses and pass all the tests! Lol!

My goal is to make my students proud of their cooking skills and have confidence in their Korean cooking.

My first classes will be held on Saturdays so that people living far from Manhattan can join if they want to. You have to commit one precious Saturday weekend day, and so do I.

Class will start at 9:00 am and done at about 1:00 pm. From 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm, we’re going to have lunch together with the food we make.

My second class will start at 2:00 pm and finish at 4:30 pm. This one will be a bit different. We’re going to make something together but you’ll bring it home to eat with your family or friends. The class in May will make bulgogi. You will learn what kind of beef to choose, how to make marinade, and what side dishes are needed to enjoy bulgogi.

You can take one or the other, or both. And if you can’t make it, you can always watch me on YouTube!

Thanks for all your suggestions and support.

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