Here is my mini interview with Ester and the photos of Korean dishes that she made.
The first time she emailed me, she introduced herself like this:
“I’m Esther Wee from Malaysia and a big fan of yours and also anything about Korea. I’m fascinated about their culture, language and most important thing, their food. I was not too keen about Korea until I made a trip there 3 years ago. Ever since after the trip, I went crazy. I just love their songs , dramas and on …on..”
She cooks for her family everyday, not only Korean food but also many different kinds of food from different cultures. Let’ check out her beautiful Korean dishes she made!
1. What is your name and where do you live?
My name is Esther Wee and I am a Malaysian Straits Born Chinese (Babas and Nyonyas). We are so called that because we have a mixture of Malay and Chinese blood. So our cooking is also a mixture of both and that makes us unique (Haha!). Since Malaysia is a multi racial country, I am proud to say that I am able to dish out Malay, Indian, Chinese and also Nyonya food. And now with your lovely recipes and videos, I am adding Korean dishes to my daily menu. I don’t have to go to Korean restaurants to eat because it is expensive. Korean food are so popular now and don’t be surprised that I tell you there are about 20 Korean restaurants in the city where I live.
“I visited Korea in 2007 during spring and it was a memorable and wonderful trip especially in Jeju Island. I’m so crazy about their food, culture, dramas, music and language. I’m learning Hangeul everyday through dramas and online.”
2. What do you do and how many family members do you have?
I’m a full time housewife and my family includes hubby and 3 sons who are in their twenties.
3. How often do you cook Korean food following my recipes?
I cook Korean food once or twice a week using your recipes, but kimchi is a must everyday.
Pan-fried tofu with spicy sauce (dubu buchim yangnyumjang)
Myeolchi bokkeum (dried anchovy side dish)
Miyeokguk (seaplant soup) : She added beaten egg and tofu to the recipe and it’s well loved by her family and friends.
4. What are your favorite Korean dishes? Choose 3, please!
My favorite Korean food are Bibimbap, Kimchi Jiigae and Gimbap.
5. What’s your best Korean dish, the one that everybody compliments you on when you make it?
My family loves Kimchi Jiggae very much as it can be a one pot meal if you add meat or seafood into it.