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Planning my Korean cooking class

By Maangchi

Hi, everybody,

I’m planning to hold some Korean cooking classes in Manhattan. Right now I’m deciding what to teach and developing a teaching plan. Do you have any suggestions for me? If you were going to take a Korean cooking class, what would you want to learn in it? What kinds of foods would you want to know how to cook? How long would it be?

Since I started posting recipes on my website and YouTube, some people have emailed me to ask for a cooking class. Watching my videos on YouTube and reading my recipes aren’t enough for them!

And when I met some of my readers in LA recently, I was surprised to see how enthusiastic about Korean cooking they were! So I decided to hold some classes. I already found a cozy and nice commercial kitchen in Manhattan located next to the subway.

This is going to be a lot of fun. Once I decide on the details of the class, I’ll post them here on my website.

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39 Comments:

  1. Rachel
    Posted September 14th, 2009 at 1:31 am | # |

    Oh! If you ever hold a cooking class in LA my boyfriend and I would love to come! Pleasepleaseplease hold one! I would love to learn how to make a traditional Korean dinner that I could serve at a dinner party some time to impress my family and friends (with due credit of course!)

    I love spicy food and my boyfriend likes to try new dishes but he can’t eat a lot of very hot ingredients, so maybe something customizable? I will check back to see if there is anything in my neck of the woods. :) I love your videos, the instruction is fun and easy to understand. I would love to come to a class!

  2. yanti
    Posted May 24th, 2009 at 8:08 am | # |

    hi Maangchi…
    I lives in france, indonesian, and have a best korean friend lives in Paris. I eat a lot f korean food everywhere in the world, then when I met my friend, she prepares me a lot of kimchi, taught me how to make it etc, then today it is very hot in my town 35°C, need to eat something nice, then I found your website, interesting, you are very a good cook!!! I just want to let you know that I loves it, and I loves a lot of veggie sidefoods, if you have some more….thanks Maangchi and come to france oneday?? be my guest!!

  3. Cathie
    Posted May 4th, 2009 at 7:48 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi, In a future class I might suggest some of the street vendor type foods. I often times enjoyed picking up some kimpap or tteokbokki from street vendors. Kimpap is fun and easy to make, and the ingredients to include are easily customizable (?) to the likes or dislikes of your family or guests. I would also incorporate into your classes how to organize your time while cooking various dishes for a meal or dinner party. Such as how to prepare all the vegetables a cook will need ahead of time and how long to soak/cook/prepare things like kosari or dangmyun noodles for various dishes and still have everything ready on time for presentation. Just my thoughts as I still need help with that kind of thing especially now that I am venturing into other dishes I never learned to prepare while I was in Korea.

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted May 4th, 2009 at 4:42 pm | # |

      Your message reminds me of my own experience! When I visited Korea last year, the food I wanted to try the first was street vendor foods. Thank you for your suggestion! I will keep it in mind!

  4. meena
    Posted April 24th, 2009 at 9:42 pm | # |

    Maangchi.. I am an American born Korean and ashamed to say that I did not know how to cook korean. I am a mother of 3 and my husband is 100% Korean and eats mostly korean dishes. I learn alot of dishes from you and my husband loves it. However, I was always curious… What kind of knife do you use. it looks so easy and cuts so well… could you tell me where you got the knife?

  5. Soyon
    Posted April 14th, 2009 at 2:49 pm | # |

    I would be interested, but since attending more than one class would be hard for me, I would love to get in one class a couple dishes demonstrated. If you could fit in one class three dishes that a typical korean meal would include… a couple of banchan and a main soup/stew dish would be great!

  6. Anne
    Posted April 8th, 2009 at 9:36 am | # |

    I wish I was in NYC so I can go to your class…I love your cooking. You make it look so easy! Thanks! :)

  7. frances
    Posted April 5th, 2009 at 11:48 pm | # |

    I just found your blog – I love it! Hopefully I can make it to your cooking class. I’ve been looking for a Korean yori class. :)

  8. Lucie
    Posted April 3rd, 2009 at 9:46 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi !

    Just wanted to congratulate you on your videos, I really like them ! Too bad I’m in Beijing and not in NYC !

    Lucie

    • susan Beijing, China My profile page joined 1/10
      Posted January 25th, 2010 at 9:59 pm | # |

      Hi, Lucie

      My name is Susan who’s in Beijing now.
      I’m Korean and I have a plan to make a
      Korean Cooking Class with Thai and Japanese
      Cooking Class,too. If you still in Beijing send me a
      email or visit my website http://www.susan.net
      I hope that see you here in Beijing!!

      Susan from Beijing

  9. Liz
    Posted April 2nd, 2009 at 12:04 am | # |

    Wow! I just googled Korean classes in NYC and here you are!

    So when do you plan to do these, where and for how much??

  10. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted April 1st, 2009 at 7:07 am | # |

    Hi, everybody,
    Thank you for showing your interest and leaving all good suggestions here. I’m still listening, so I don’t reply right after your post. My class will be a small class (under 12 students). I’m thinking about just once a month. I will let you know the details later.

  11. Rachel Kim
    Posted March 31st, 2009 at 10:57 pm | # |

    안녕해세요. Im korean and im 18 years old and i live in new york so it will be easy for me to come to the city to learn! Please tell more about this cooking class ;D. I am so excited because i want to learn everything about korean food from you. MY career is to be a chef.

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    Posted March 31st, 2009 at 1:24 am | # |

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  13. Laksana
    Posted March 29th, 2009 at 4:40 pm | # |

    Oh!! This is a good news.

    I would love to take your class. please let’s us know about your final decision.

  14. Anna
    Posted March 28th, 2009 at 8:42 pm | # |

    I like the idea of themed classes near the end of the course: street foods one day, an everyday meal the next, foods eaten on a certain special occasion like a baby’s one year old party, new year’s, etc….I would SO attend if I lived in New York…cooking/learning about Korean food has become a new hobby thanks to your unintimidating style of teaching. Thanks and good luck!

  15. Sylvia My profile page I'm a fan! joined 9/08
    Posted March 28th, 2009 at 8:25 pm | # |

    I will come to your class!!

  16. Sylvia My profile page I'm a fan! joined 9/08
    Posted March 28th, 2009 at 8:23 pm | # |

    YAY!!!
    I’ll sign up for class. I can get to the city easily, reserve a spot for me!!
    Kim Chi jjigae, japche, neangmyeon and of course the sweet and spicy chicken wings. Also, a live demonstration of how to make rice, multi grain rice and rice mixes with beans would be really good. I believe it’s important to have really good rice with the soups and stews.
    BTW: my college age son has made friends with two students from Korea (they are brothers) and I am going to make them Korean food. Typical college boys I don’t think they cook much and miss the food of Korea. I am so thankful that I have your cookbook to guide me.

  17. Anja
    Posted March 28th, 2009 at 7:13 pm | # |

    Dear Maangchi,
    please let me know when you will do this class in NYC! Maybe you can also teach how to make Mandoo? And as I don’t eat meat I would appreciate any non-meaty foods…
    I just found your videos on youtube and then moved on to your website…Congrats! Your instructions are great.
    Have a great weekend,
    Anja

  18. Elaine
    Posted March 28th, 2009 at 4:08 pm | # |

    Oh I love your videos, very helpful, but I definately want to know how to make more of the side dishes and soup like kalbi tang, sul lung tang, oh also how to make the korean bean rice.

  19. Manuela
    Posted March 28th, 2009 at 7:25 am | # |

    Oh how exciting! How I’d love to be a part of that too! I agree with what Libelle said. I second everything she posted. *laughs* I agree on how banchan is important to this culture. I wish I could attend your cooking class. I’d like to add “shabu-shabu” to the list. If you can someday post a recipe for that, it would be wonderful.
    Good Luck Maangchi!

  20. Alice
    Posted March 27th, 2009 at 5:37 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi! I love your website! I’m so excited that you’re going to be teaching a cooking class. I try to learn how to cook korean food from my mom but she never measures anything and just throws everything in. I skimmed through other people’s comments and I agree that teaching banchan first would be great. Then some jjigaes and soups. Please keep me posted on your cooking class. I live in Flushing and am definitely interested in your class.

  21. Jeff
    Posted March 26th, 2009 at 5:20 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi! I love your series and can’t get enough Korean food. I would enjoy 3 or 4 classes starting with banchan then graduating to soups/appetizers then a few main courses of meat and seafood.

  22. Karen
    Posted March 25th, 2009 at 4:25 pm | # |

    I would definitely be interested in taking your classes if I lived in NY. I would be looking forward to a tour around some Korean supermarkets (maybe two of your favorites) and showing us the products (specifically the “staple” of most Korean food). If each class had a theme it would be:

    A Day at a Korean Market (allowing people to shop for their ingredients for their home use or take notes about what to look for in terms of the shopping experience, i.e. quality, brand, etc). I, for one, have been hesitant to go into a Korean supermarket because of the simple fact that I’m afraid I wouldn’t know what to ask for and fear that I would have difficulty communicating. I know..silly thought, but I’m waiting for my friend to come along with me…and if she doesn’t, then I’m definitely going to be printing up pictures of your ingredients so I can make sure it is the right one to buy.

    Some Popular Korean Dishes (maybe two main dishes, whatever you can fit into two hours of class) and it would include a few popular side dishes that would go along with it.

    Soups. Again this would include a few popular banchan dishes that would go with the soups you choose to teach for that day.

    “Cooking made easy” theme would be recipes that may seem difficult to make but is actually really easy (for me, the kimchi recipe looks difficult and some people do have a difficult time handling seafood/meat).

    Vegetarian Dishes. I’m not vegetarian, but I’m sure you would get a lot of interest.

    Quick and Simple recipes. This would be for those with limited time to cook but need to feed a hungry family (or just their hungry tummy).

    That’s all I can think of for now. Hope this was helpful. Looking forward to a visit in LA (hopefully sooner than later)!

    • Jimmmy D
      Posted April 1st, 2009 at 11:30 pm | # |

      So many good suggestions here!
      I would love to take all of these classes!

      • Jimmmy D
        Posted April 1st, 2009 at 11:33 pm | # |

        Oh yeah, and a kimchi class, too.

  23. Velia
    Posted March 25th, 2009 at 4:11 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi, I’m an italian student living in Brussels (that’s basically why I’m afraid I won’t be able to be at your lessons :P ) but if I could, I’d first like to get the “basics” of Korean kitchen, such as most used ingredients, best combination of ingredients, the proper way to cook them..I believe it’s really important stuff to know when you approach a new type of cuisine; I’m saying that because I saw many people making AWFUL mistakes while cooking the easiest italian foods like pasta with tomato..

    anyway I love your videos!

    Greetings

  24. Lou
    Posted March 25th, 2009 at 3:46 pm | # |

    I just stumbled on your site as I was looking for Korean cooking instructions. I live in Manhattan and a cooking class sounds wonderful. I like Libelle’s idea to teach how to make common ban chan, and the most common comfort foods. A three hour class may be a bit long for people to commit to, two hours may be easier. Please keep me updated on when the class will be!

  25. annie
    Posted March 25th, 2009 at 11:27 am | # |

    i would love to go to your cooking class when the details are set.

    i know that i personally would like practical korean cooking. esp for those that are busy and want to come home to something really good and fast. pref inexpensive too. :)

  26. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted March 25th, 2009 at 9:30 am | # |

    Bruce Harrington,Kit,Amie,Jackie, and Tom M,
    I don’t know how much thank you for all your good suggestions!

    Nancy,
    It’s a wonderful idea! I love it! :)

  27. Tom M
    Posted March 25th, 2009 at 9:24 am | # |

    Think “Korean food” and what comes immediately to mind?
    -namul
    -kimchi
    -bbq
    -soup

    That’s the narrow view most Americans have, at least. While I would want a class to focus on my favorites , I suggest covering the above — and supplementing with dishes that can be made in several variations. That way, your students could learn one basic recipe and be able to make a few other versions — just like you do in your own videos (meat/vegetarian, mild/spicy, etc.).

  28. Nancy
    Posted March 25th, 2009 at 9:00 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi! I’m a new subscriber to your site, but I love what I’ve been learning. I don’t know how often you travel to teach classes, but in Minnesota, we have a huge Korean Adoptee community who I think would love to learn from you – me included. Let me know what you think!

  29. Jackie
    Posted March 24th, 2009 at 5:48 pm | # |

    Ooh, very exciting!! I would vote for classic Korean comfort food like bulgogi, Korean spare ribs, yakimandu, some stews?, …I’ll keep thinking.

  30. Amie
    Posted March 24th, 2009 at 5:33 pm | # |

    Hello.

    I know that when I teach specialized tutoring classes 2 hours is usually enough – or else you stop taking in the information you came to recieve.

    Maybe starting with some basics like ban chan – as suggested above – would be a good first class and get people familiar with some of the ingrediants. Then perhaps plan a menu with the students of what would be found normally in an everyday Korean kitchen for some further classes?

    I know that I love cooking Korean food and basically learned through taking small steps with familiar items before expanding into unknown foods and flavors.

    Good luck with your class!

  31. Kit
    Posted March 24th, 2009 at 4:46 pm | # |

    How fantastic! How about teaching people how to make gotchori? Not very many people know you can make fresh kimchee, and having a good repertory of banchan is always good.

  32. Bruce Harrington
    Posted March 24th, 2009 at 2:56 pm | # |

    At least one of the classes should be devoted to side dishes (banchan). Besides that, certainly one on soup.

    I had a very good set of cooking classes that involved about 45 minutes of lecture / explanation/ demonstration and then hands on work for two and half hours and finally eating!

    Good luck!

  33. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted March 24th, 2009 at 9:21 am | # |

    Libelle,
    oh, my! Thank you very much!

  34. Libelle
    Posted March 24th, 2009 at 5:18 am | # |

    Maangchi ssi, annyeong! What a wonderful idea, I’m so excited for you! For me, personally, I believe that an overview of what a Korean person would eat on any given day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) would be a fantastic way to help give your students a better feel and understanding of the Korean food culture. One set of recipes I would love to see most in such a class would be the ban chan, to me this is the heart of a Korean table, which prides itself on a rich abundance of variety. I’d love a 3 class series, perhaps one day with soups and stews, another with only ban chan and another with meats and fish (sorry, I’m just dreaming away! haha) As for the length of the class, I believe the average for a cooking class is 3 hours. How I wish I could partake in your classes!!! I wish you the best of luck, although I know you don’t need it, I know you will be a great success! Kamsahamnida, for being a wonderful teacher to us all.


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