What’s happening to Maangchi these days?

By Maangchi

Hi, everybody,

You might be wondering why some people are leaving illegible comments on my website, or if you have Korean fonts installed, you might wonder why there are so many Korean comments these days?


Dakshana Bascaramurty wrote about me in The Globe and Mail last week, which is Canada’s biggest newspaper. Ever since then I’ve been getting so many interview requests from newspaper reporters and TV and radio broadcasting companies.

All major Korean newspapers and internet news portals have been reporting on the Globe and Mail article for days. I’m surprised at the tremendously powerful effect of the Globe and Mail newspaper!

These are the articles that I found on the internet (hehe, sorry, you can’t read it because it is written in Korean, but at least you can see the photo of my face on the kimchi video):


Yesterday, Sunday at 4:30 pm (Korean time was 6:30 am on Monday), I was interviewed by Mr. Doowon Seo on his live radio show in Korea named “Sisa Jeonmangdae” (current news) for about 10 minutes. Over the phone, he asked if I had ever expected my recipe videos would be popular like this. I answered, “No, never! I’m surprised!”

Anyway he asked how I got my name “Maangchi” when I opened the interview with: “Hi, I’m maangchi!” I mentioned how the name was my character’s name in an on-line game I used to play.

He said, “Oh, you are 52, but you used to play an on-line game”

You know my answer? Guess! : )

“Age is just a number!” He was laughing over the phone.

I was also interviewed by Mr. No Yeol Kim for the New York Korea Times (“Hanguk Ilbo”) a couple of days ago and this morning they posted this: http://ny.koreatimes.com/article/570318.

Eventually I will collect these interviews on my “About” page, if you’re interested to read them. I have some requests from Korean TV broadcasting companies, so if you’re in Korea you might see me on TV soon! I will let you know.



  1. alanjesq St. Louis, Mo. My profile page joined 2/14
    Posted March 24th, 2015 at 2:09 pm | # |

    Maangchi: Would you please consider a catagory called “Dried Foods”. and allow users to access that catagory to become more familiar with cooking and eating all of the various dried food products. Thanks much.

  2. sharaann24 Philippines My profile page joined 1/10
    Posted January 30th, 2010 at 2:46 pm | # |

    Ms.Maangchi what’s your real name? I find your really interesting you are a pride of your country. Spread more of your recipes we are lot’s of here waiting for your next dish..Love you!

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted February 2nd, 2010 at 5:38 pm | # |

      Hi, My name is Emily Kim and my Korean name is Kim Kwangsook. Maangchi is my nickname! : )

  3. korea4me South Korea My profile page I'm a fan! joined 10/09
    Posted January 25th, 2010 at 10:23 am | # |

    Hi Mangchi Darling,

    I’ve noticed lately a lot more people have viewed my video response to your Bulgogi video. I guess it’s because of all your coverage in Korean newspapers and the internet. It’s all good. ^__^

    Stay ever-young, Mangchi, age means nothing. It’s how you feel and what you think inside that is important.

    Last night I sent in my application to teach English in Korea so please wish me good luck. I’m 50 years old but inside I am still 23 years old. ^__^

    Luv u,

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted January 25th, 2010 at 5:13 pm | # |

      Congratulation in advance! I’m sure you will get the job!
      I’m so proud of you, see? You are 23 years old! : )

      Your Korean students are lucky to have a teacher like you! You are very open minded and respect Korean cultures. I’m already excited for you! love you, too!!!

    • stanford USA My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted January 25th, 2010 at 8:44 pm | # |

      Hey Korea4me, good luck! I hope you get the job. I taught in Korea, too, it was the best experience of my life. You will have loads of fun, and you speak Korean already!

  4. slyminx Dongducheon, South Korea My profile page joined 1/10
    Posted January 24th, 2010 at 7:35 am | # |

    Wow, huge round of applause for you! I’m a recent fan and shortly before becoming a fan my husband and I moved to South Korea. I’ll be keeping an eye out for you on Korean television! :D

  5. btrebilco Brisbane, Australia My profile page joined 1/10
    Posted January 20th, 2010 at 6:24 am | # |


    Just like to say thanks. My Wife is Korean and she really appreciated that I made some Korean food for her. Couldn’t have done it without your site.

    Thanks! ^__^

  6. orb123 Sarasota, Fl My profile page joined 1/10
    Posted January 16th, 2010 at 5:04 pm | # |

    Thanks for all you do. I live in Sarasota and there isn’t any Korean cooking here. I recently went to Las Vegas and ate at a wonderful Korean restaurant. I miss the food and now I’m going to make more of my own. Thanks again.

  7. intheUSA Atlanta My profile page joined 1/10
    Posted January 16th, 2010 at 12:20 pm | # |

    어렵다고 생각한 요리를 쉽게 잘 설명해주셔서 감사해요 :)

  8. ylre My profile page joined 4/09
    Posted January 15th, 2010 at 1:18 am | # |

    This comment page is turning out to be almost all about your age. And I am not complaining. ;) I, myself had also wondered about that. It sure comes as a good surprise to know the real number. (giggles)

  9. krissie08 florida My profile page joined 1/10
    Posted January 15th, 2010 at 12:31 am | # |

    wait what?? you’re 52??
    i thought you’re in your mid 30s!! what’s your secret??
    so i could give it to my mom because your skin is so beautiful..

    what korean broadcast can i see you?? MBC??Mnet?SBS?KBS?
    i’m addicted to korean culture and music..

  10. chilson London My profile page joined 1/10
    Posted January 13th, 2010 at 11:40 am | # |

    I wish I could get my wife into video games. I’m not a big gamer, but I think that they are more fun for anyone these days. I would have thought you were in your early thirties. My Korean wife is 39 and looks young too, but you both look about the similar age. Maybe Korean food is the fountain of youth! If that is true I mustn’t eat enough, so I am going gray at 30. I hope that your popularity brings a widespread appreciation for Korean foods. Keep it going!

  11. violin123 Arizona My profile page joined 1/10
    Posted January 12th, 2010 at 10:10 pm | # |

    I am so happy for you Maangchi. This is fantastic!!! I never would have guessed your age. What vitamins are you taking? Can you share?? Ah… must be good food you are cooking. :D

  12. jennykoh Singapore My profile page I'm a fan! joined 1/10
    Posted January 12th, 2010 at 9:16 pm | # |

    Maangchi,r u sure u r 52 ???? gosh u must be kidding!!!

  13. missmakro My profile page joined 8/09
    Posted January 12th, 2010 at 11:29 am | # |

    Congratulations!!! You deserve all this hype! You loook wwwwwaaaay younger than your real age. Good Korean genes! All that kimchi keeps your skin nice and smooth!

  14. powerplantop Louisiana My profile page I'm a fan! joined 6/09
    Posted January 12th, 2010 at 9:47 am | # |


    That is cool!

  15. Reinier Rotterdam, The Netherlands My profile page I'm a fan! joined 2/09
    Posted January 12th, 2010 at 9:45 am | # |

    Yeah! You deserve the extra publicity, are we observing a snowball effect here?

  16. wan Singapore My profile page joined 1/10
    Posted January 11th, 2010 at 9:08 pm | # |

    Congratulations! You deserve all the accolades for what you have done in so generously giving tips and recipes. Way to go!
    52? no way – 32 maybe..

  17. Pure_Hapa Redondo Beach, California My profile page I'm a fan! joined 8/09
    Posted January 11th, 2010 at 7:41 pm | # |

    Very cool Maangchi!

  18. shmoren los angeles My profile page joined 1/10
    Posted January 11th, 2010 at 2:18 pm | # |

    CONGRATS!!!!! this is amazing!! and i had NO idea you were 52?!! you look like you are barely 40!

  19. GraceM Brooklyn, NY My profile page joined 1/10
    Posted January 11th, 2010 at 1:32 pm | # |

    This is so wonderful! I’ve been following you for awhile, and it’s so heartening to hear you’re getting such great recognition for your hard work.

  20. aksa My profile page joined 5/09
    Posted January 11th, 2010 at 1:16 pm | # |

    Wow Maangchi you have come a long way! Congratulations on your success. I am a long time follower, and due to finding your kimchi video you have opened up a entire world of Korean cuisine for me, and many others. thanks!

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