Maangchi moves to Manhattan

By Maangchi

Hello, helloooow!
I’m moving to New York City on June 30. I am going to live and work in New York for at least 1 year.

I always wanted to have a party for my Toronto readers, but I just ran out of time. I hope you guys aren’t to upset about it. And I usually made a new cooking video every 2 weeks, but this time I will be late, I’m too busy. Also, I might be late answering questions over the next little while, because I will need to set up my internet.

Once I get settled in, I’d love to meet some of my New York readers. I’ll let you know when and where, just email me at [email protected] if you want to come.

My next cooking video will be made at my new place in New York! It’s exciting, isn’t it?



  1. Vee
    Posted November 7th, 2009 at 12:38 pm | # |

    I know you’ve moved out from Toronto for quite some time now but I use to live there and recently went to England to study. I wish I had known about you eariler, I have many friends that are korean and would have LOVED to meet you! I think cooking is such a special tool as it brings people together and creates communication. Thank you for doing what you do! I love korean food! :D

  2. Ming the Merciless
    Posted October 14th, 2009 at 5:30 pm | # |

    Welcome to NYC! I loved in NYC from 1998 till last July when I moved to Maine to start a new job. I miss NYC and its variety of food.

  3. NYmin
    Posted August 22nd, 2009 at 4:04 pm | # |

    i’m interested in future NYC meet-ups as well! Welcome to NY!

  4. Richard Rebel
    Posted March 1st, 2009 at 2:00 pm | # |

    Wow, I didn’t know you were here!

    I live in West Harlem, right next to Columbia and Morningside Park!

    I bet I shopped at the same Korean grocery you have, on 32’nd and Broadway!

    Unfortunately they did not have frozen oysters for my Kimchi I am making as we speak (just got done salting). I am going to run out and buy fresh ones at Citarella and come back and finish the prep work.

    Hopefully you’ll have a meetup in the spring! That would be great.


  5. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted February 12th, 2009 at 7:44 pm | # |

    Hi, ‘roline and Ken,
    Thank you for your interest in my recipes and welcoming me! I’m going to have my 2nd New York Meetup someday in the spring. Let’s meet at that time! I’m looking forward to meeting you soon!

  6. Ken
    Posted February 11th, 2009 at 9:16 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi,

    Welcome to enYce, it’s a late welcome but better late then never, hope you are having loads of fun. btw I am also from NYC…..

    I happen to stumble on your website from reading a korean cooking pdf file which was made by you that I downloaded from the internet and that’s how it lead me to this awesome website!!!! love all your videos

    if you ever need a food taster or a person to finish all the food you cooked… let me know I will come and help you finish it ^^.

  7. 'roline
    Posted January 18th, 2009 at 4:00 pm | # |

    i’ve been watching your cooking videos for a while! :D by the way i love your kitchen :) i go to a korean church, but i’m chinese. my best friend is korean too, i loveeee korean food. and cause of your awesome video, i can cook with them instead of just eating :P so FUN! :D thanks for making such awesome videos. i’m from NYC TOO :D wow so excited for you moving here. even though i might be a little late on congratulating you :P

  8. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted January 8th, 2009 at 9:08 am | # |

    Thank you for your nice and warm message.
    I love NY so far. : )

    I posted mild taste ddukbokkie recipe.

    The eggplant side dish you mention is unfamiliar to me. Please ask other people here on the forum. Someone else may know about the dish.

    thank you very much and have a nice day!

  9. Lisa
    Posted January 8th, 2009 at 12:49 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi, I’m so happy to find your web site – you have a great style and make me want to cook, cook, cook. My husband and I are both American born Koreans living in NYC with three kids. We both grew up in the midwest in the 70’s and 80’s and unfortunately don’t speak Korean, so our connection is really through food.

    In any case, I found your site when I tried to find a recipe for jja jjang myun, because I never found a place I think is really good in NYC. But I found jjajjang myun and many others that I love like eggplant gaji namul (this is my moms special, she makes the same – only tear). Actually, I’m looking for two other recipes that are my mom’s “family recipes” 1.) dukboki royal style – not spicy and 2.) eggplant stuffed with meat and doen jang in a really good broth.

    Do you know of these? Her family and my husbands family came to North Korea so I think they are more Northern specialties.

    I hope you like NYC. It can be wonderful and weird, crowded and lonely all at the same time

  10. Mira
    Posted January 4th, 2009 at 1:11 pm | # |

    Hello Maangchi!
    I’ve come to know cultures through food too.
    Thanks to you, i get to have a first hand experience in cooking korean food…ahh so delicious!~ XD
    As a high school student, i usually just go to koreatown with some of my friends to eat dukbokki and other korean delicacies… but now..i could just make it at home! XD
    Thanks so much!
    I hope one day i could learn more from you in New York!
    Happy Holidays~

  11. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted December 17th, 2008 at 8:56 pm | # |

    Lynda Mun,
    I’m happy to read your comment. I think your children will learn a lot about Korean culture through your cooking.

    Mi Ae roll,
    oh, you are living in New York! Be sure to come for our next NY Meetup. I’m planning our Meetup sometime next spring. Happy Holidays!

  12. Mi Ae roll
    Posted December 17th, 2008 at 10:09 am | # |

    Hello, there!!
    I accidentally found your food site.
    The first time, I thought you’re a Chinese and cook a Korean food that’s why I searched your site. Thanks for your effort to make Korean food.
    Even though, I am Korean but I hadn’t cook before married. Guess I’m gonna use your directions as much as whenever I need to. It is already over 6 months to move in New York and have a happy Christmas.

  13. lynda mun roco
    Posted December 9th, 2008 at 9:09 pm | # |

    hello maangchi,
    I am korean american came to the u.s. in ’78 and now living in nj with my husband and 2kids. anyway, my mother never took the time to show me how to make korean foods, so now that my kids are only half korean i still want them to grow up eating the great foods, i did. i’m a pretty decent cook, but i am a novice when it comes to korean cooking. i am a busy stay at home mom and korean food seems to always be very complicated with so many ingredients, and you have to cook it for a long time. i went to barnes and noble to try to find authentic but easy korean cookbooks, but it was so daunting to look through and find the right one for me. thank god for the internet i found your video on you tube, and i thought it to be very helpful. this is the first time i’ve ever written to any kind of blog, i just wanted to say i can’t wait to see your next videos, and can’t wait to try the soondubu jigae (my favorite stew) next weekend. oh, and also wanted to ask, do i just check you tube for your korean videos or is there a direct link to your site? thanks again….Lynda Mun

  14. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted November 13th, 2008 at 6:46 am | # |

    Yes, I’m very enjoying living in New York. : )
    You seem to like your auntie Jackie’s food. Your comment reminds me of my own aunt. She was a such a good cook. Whatever she made, it was delicious.
    She passed away last year though.

  15. Grace
    Posted November 12th, 2008 at 10:42 pm | # |

    Wow. That’s a big move. I hope you enjoy living in New York. And I love watching your cooking videos. It reminds me of my Auntie Jackie’s cooking. :)

  16. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted August 25th, 2008 at 10:07 pm | # |

    I think it’s a good choice for you to start from grilled beef dish. You won’t fail as long as you prepare some lettuce and dipping sauce. As you requested, I wish you luck!

  17. Hua
    Posted August 25th, 2008 at 10:04 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi,

    I just discovered your Utube videos over the weekend! I watched every single one of your vides and can not wait to start cooking. I’m going to cook the grilled beef over the weekend. Wish me luck. I love Korean food, and am very excited to learn how to cook it.

    Thanks for all your wonderful videos and tips. Hopefully one day, you will make it out here to Los Angeles.

    Thank you,

  18. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted August 20th, 2008 at 11:42 pm | # |

    oh,you must be a very nice person. Thank you very much for your encouragement.

  19. JimmyW
    Posted August 20th, 2008 at 8:58 pm | # |

    I hope you enjoy NYC, Maangchi (I’ve posted before in your receipe section). NYC actually is my home town, where I was born a long time ago. I lived in NJ (Passaic-Bergen) for quite a while, before settling in MT 30 years ago. Becoming acquainted with your recipes makes me miss one thing about NYC: the availablilty of ethnic foods and ingredients. The Web, however, has proved an (almost) acceptable alternative. I don’t knwo what you do for your “day job,” but you should consider at least a part time career on one of the cable TV food channels!

  20. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted July 21st, 2008 at 5:40 pm | # |

    I did not know NY used to be called New Amsterdam! : )
    Thank you for updating your successful korean cooking. Take care yourself, too.

  21. wubanger
    Posted July 21st, 2008 at 5:12 pm | # |


    Wow this is such wonderful news. I hope you enjoy NYC. I visited the big apple a few years ago and it was great, just like in the movies :-P You might know that New York once was called New Amsterdam, currently I’m living in (Old) Amsterdam so there is a connection there.
    The other day I prepared a bunch of you dishes for my parents and they loved it and said I should do it more frequently.

    Bye and take care.

  22. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted July 10th, 2008 at 11:45 am | # |

    Hi,an out of town mom,
    Thank you for your tips!
    Actually I went to Flushing yesterday afternoon and found the area is like my home town. I saw some old ladies carrying with big handbags (probably there is bible in it : ) ) on the streets. I bought cheap hangers and a long broom. I will blog about it soon with some photos and recipe.

    My next adventure will be visiting New Jersey thanks to you!

    Take care, my home internet will be connected next week, so I’m still writing my blog and answers at pc room in korea town, Manhattan.

  23. An Out of Town Mom
    Posted July 10th, 2008 at 8:18 am | # |

    Welcome to the area. There is also a large Korean area in Bergen County, NJ. It’s around 30 minutes on the bus or train from Manhattan. There are a few large Han Au Reum stores and many other smaller markets. It is definitely much cheaper in NJ for the Korean products. Good luck in this latest journey!

  24. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted July 9th, 2008 at 6:04 am | # |

    Thank you for good information!
    I will visit Flushing area when I have free time soon. Just you said, I would feel like being in my hometown Korea. Strangely I miss Toronto, too. : )
    I’m sure you will miss Seoul when you come back to New York later.

  25. annamatic
    Posted July 8th, 2008 at 11:36 pm | # |

    Maangchi – i hope you enjoy NYC, it’s my hometown! (I live in Seoul now) The K-town in Flushing (last stop on the 7 train) is muuuuch larger than the little expensive k-town on 32nd street. Most of the K-town is on Northern Blvd and Union St, and extends all the way to Bayside. If you take a bus up Northern Blvd (number 12 or 13) you might even feel like you’re back in Korea!

  26. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted July 6th, 2008 at 8:03 pm | # |

    Take care yourself and let’s meet some day. : )

  27. Na-na
    Posted July 6th, 2008 at 11:17 am | # |

    I am just sad now that you have moved before we even meet, I am in Toronto. But yayyy … good for you, New York is an exciting place. Good luck with everything!

  28. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted July 6th, 2008 at 9:35 am | # |

    Wow you are living in Queens area. I heard that there is a huge korean communtiy there. I went to a korean grocery store in Manhattan located on 32nd street, 5th avenue near Herald square subway the other day. Most ingredients are pricey, but I was happy to find all ingredients that I need.
    Yesterday, I went to New Jersey to buy some furniture at IKEA. Fortunately IKEA bus runs between Manhattan and New Jersey IKEA shop for free. I found the tax is very low in New Jersey.
    I’m happy about finding all good deal place right after coming to New York. : )

    Let’s get together sometime soon. I will arrange time and where, are you interested in meeting me with other blog readers? If so, send me your phone number through my email.

    I haven’t installed my internet, phone yet.I’m using laptop on the roof of my condo building where I can connect on the internet.

  29. Wendy
    Posted July 5th, 2008 at 10:38 am | # |

    Welcome to NYC Maangchi! I have been living in the Brooklyn/Queens area for about 10 years now. I am sure you will love it! If you need any tips or advice on where to find things, just ask and I will be happy to point you in the right direction. Btw, I made a whole tray of jobchae for my BBQ at work and they liked it so much I got the afternoon off with pay! wooohooo! Again, welcome to NYC!

    [email protected]
    aim: msanthropik

  30. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted July 4th, 2008 at 3:35 pm | # |

    Sorry about late reply. I’m reading your comment now for the first time.
    Are you living near NY? Thanks, anyway.

  31. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted July 4th, 2008 at 8:05 am | # |

    Thank you for your nice message!
    I haven’t installed my computer and internet yet, so I’m using lap top at the top of my apartment where I can connect to on the internet.

    That’s a good point what measuring system I will be using. : )
    I am more familiar with grams, kilos, or cup. : )

    I hope your kimchi and jobchae making will be successful. Let me know how it goes.

  32. Rebecca
    Posted July 4th, 2008 at 5:39 am | # |

    I know that it’s a little late, and you’ve probably already made your move, but good luck! I hope that everything works out great for you!

  33. Tiffany
    Posted July 4th, 2008 at 3:05 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi!

    Welcome to the U.S.! (I live in California, so I can’t really say welcome to NY). I’ve really enjoyed your cooking videos, and I’ve already tried a couple dishes. I can’t say they came out well, but I tried! My next attempts will be job chae and kimchee. =]

    I hope you’re having fun here~ Now that you live in the U.S., does that mean you’re going to switch your cooking measurements to the U.S. measuring system (ie. pounds, ounces, inches, etc.)? It’s only right that you do!

    Hehe, just kidding! ;)


  34. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted July 3rd, 2008 at 6:48 pm | # |

    Take care yourself too! : )

  35. Mommag
    Posted July 3rd, 2008 at 12:16 am | # |

    Welcome to the mainland ! !
    try not to get caught up in the big apple. I will be waiting patiently for your next video.
    Take care of yourself

  36. Anonymous
    Posted July 1st, 2008 at 6:25 pm | # |

    Maangchi, good luck with your move! I just discovered your blog and I am so happy to find a way to learn to make Korean food. I used to love eating in Korean restaurants. Then I moved to a small town in a remote area of the U.S., with no Korean restaurants or Korean grocery stores. Your videos are very helpful, much better than just reading a recipe.


  37. Agasuka
    Posted June 30th, 2008 at 5:04 pm | # |


    I am so happy that you are a step closer to me.

    Best wishes to your new life in NYC!

    Take care!

  38. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted June 29th, 2008 at 11:27 pm | # |

    Thank you for your warm welcome!

    Anyway the earthen ware you mentioned, the size of 5,5 inch dia; and 4 inch depth is not big enough for 4 people. It’s for 1 or 2 people I guess.

    I will let you know if I find a reliable on line Korean shopping!


  39. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted June 29th, 2008 at 11:12 pm | # |

    Yes, I’m very excited about new adventurous life in New York now.
    Thank you!

  40. Vickie
    Posted June 29th, 2008 at 11:04 pm | # |

    How exciting! Good luck with the move.

  41. Anonymous
    Posted June 29th, 2008 at 12:52 pm | # |

    Maangchi, welcome to New York. You’ll love it.My friend recommended Flushing area for Korean groceries, but it’s far from CT where I live. I am trying to order some items: stovetop bbq grill and earth pot for hot and spicy stew, but i am not sure which one to choose. it is only for 2 person, but would probably enough for 4. let me know what your recommendation. i was looking at the extra large earth pot from korean mart online but no specific as to whether it will stand stove top and no lead with the extra large (5,5 inch dia; and 4 inch depth). good luck with your moving, and welcome to the big apple… “cloud”

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