Here is my mini interview with Hua Her and the photos of Korean dishes that she made.
1. What is your name and where do you live?
My name is Hua Her. I currently live in Los Angeles, CA.
2. What do you do and how many family members do you have?
I am an Account Executive and work at a Business Management Firm. My immediate family lives in Minnesota. I moved to Los Angeles 7 1/2 years ago. I live with a roommate.
3. How often do you cook Korean food following my recipes?
I was introduced to Korean dramas by my Korean friends. The actors made the food look so good in all the dramas, especially the ramen noodles. I always crave ramen noodles whenever I watch a Korean drama. That prompts me to visit Korean town in Los Angeles.
I fell in love with Korean food and the Korean culture. I wanted to share the experience with my family who lives in Minnesota since there are not many Korean restaurants there. I bought Korean cookbooks but they were so hard to follow. I also asked my Korean friends for recipes, but they did not want to give me their grandmother’s secret recipes.
I found Maangchi’s You Tube channel by fate and have been following Maangchi’s YouTube and blog religiously. Whenever I see a new recipe posted on You Tube, I immediately go to the Korean market and grab the ingredients.
Bibimbap (mixed rice with vegetables and beef)
I have made Maangchi’s kimchee gimbap, tuna and cheese gimbap, and beef gimbap, Soondubu jjigae, Kimchi jjigae, gamjatang (spicy pork bone soup) , Japchae, egg side dishes, pork belly fried with kimchee, beef and pork belly barbeque, and bibimbap. There are so many recipes that I still want to try.
4. What are your favorite Korean dishes? Choose 3, please!
There are so many to choose from, but since I can only choose three; they are Kimchee jjigae (kimchi stew), Soondubu jjigae, and Pork belly barbeque (samgyeopsal gui). YUM-MO!!!!
soondubu jjigae (spicy soft tofu stew)
5. What’s your best Korean dish, the one that everybody compliments you on when you make it?
I normally cook only for myself because my roommate can not eat spicy foods, but I had an opportunity to cook for my cousins when they were in town. They absolutely loved my gimbap rolls, kimcheejigae soup, and pork belly stir fried with kimchee.