Korean food fans

Imre Bergmann

Here is my minin interview with Imre and the photos of Korean dishes that she made! When she contacted me as her name Imre, I thought it was such a unique and pretty name! She’s explaining how she got the name in this interview. Check out her bibimbap presentation which is a little different from the conventional way of presentation. Don’t forget to check out her website and her work. I love the line “food is chemistry” in one of her designs. She loves food and her talent is obvious in her artwork!

1. What is your name and where do you live?

Hello, my name is Imre and I live in the Amsterdam area. Maangchi complimented me with my name so here a little explanation on how I got my name.

Imre is actually a boy’s name in Hungary but my parents loved the name so much and named me after a Dutch badminton-champion (a girl) named Imre Rietveld. At first the local authorities objected to the name Imre as a name for a girl but when they heard about Imre Rietveld, they approved the name for me. This all happened in the seventies. Nowadays there are more women with the name Imre but the Imres that I met so far, were all men. :)


2. What do you do and how many family members do you have ?

I live together with my husband and our sweet doggie Senna. I am working as an independent product designer. I am specializing myself in designing and producing handmade ceramic products. If you like you can see my work on my website.

“Ms. Imre! I love the leftover Korean food that you give me often!, I always tell my friends about how your Korean dishes are tasty! ”  : )


3. How often do you cook Korean food following my recipes?

I fell in love with Korean food a long time ago, when I was working for an international Korean trade office and the manager’s wife was Korean. The office was actually situated in the KTDC (Korea Trade and Distribution Center) in Rotterdam. Sometimes the manager’s wife would bring some Korean food for us, for lunch and everybody loved it.

Therefore I was thrilled to learn about Maangchi’s website and all her wonderful Korean recipes!  Now I can make all these wonderful dishes myself, with the help of Maangchi. It varies how much I cook from the website. Sometimes 2 times a week, sometimes less. It also depends on how much time I have.


4. What are your favorite Korean dishes? Choose 3, please!

Oh no, don’t make me choose…haha.. It’s really hard to choose only three dishes, they are all so good!  But I love Vegetable pancake with Asian chives (Buchujeon), Gimbap and Samgakgimbap and Breaded cod filets (Daegujeon).

But there are a lot more dishes I want to try on Maangchi’s website. ;)

samgak gimbap


hoedeopbap : Imre modified recipe. She used roasted fish instead of raw fish. If you are not a big fan of raw fish, you can follow her tip. Yummy chogochujang (the red sauce) looks also awesome

baechu doenjangguk


cucumber salad

5. What’s your best Korean dish, the one that everybody compliments you on when you make it?
The Gimbap and Breaded cod filets are absolute winners!

cod jeon



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