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.




  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 !


    • 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
      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.

  12. fatmanseoul
    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!

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