Here’s my interview with Josephine and the photos of herself, her husband, and some Korean dishes that she made. Joshephine’s id on my website is Dr.Moongyeunyoung. She got this nickname when she applied for a Korean visa for her honeymoon to Seoul last winter. Some people in the Korean embassy in The Philippines called her Dr.Moongyeunyoung. Moon Gyeunyoung is a Korean actress, so I guess they thought she looked like Moon Gyeunyoung? And she’s a dentist, so they called her Dr.
She said her love for Korean food started about 6 years ago when the Korean wave was just starting in Some Asian countries. She was a college student and she used to go to a Korean restaurant near her school with her friends. But she started cooking Korean food last year after she got back from her honeymoon to Korea.
“I fell in love with Korea even more when I visited it last winter, the place is so cinematic and the smell of food everywhere is just mouth watering. The first recipe I tried when I got back home was hoddeok, since this was one of the street foods I was craving from Seoul. After its success, I made sure to cook more dishes using your recipes which are easy to follow. . . You make my life adjusting as a wife much easier with your dishes that can easily impress my husband and his friends.”
What is your name and where do you live?
My name is Josephine Marasigan and I am from the Philippines.
What do you do and how many family members do you have ?
I am a dentist by profession but I also love cooking dishes for my family and friends so I make sure to cook when I have free time, after my clinic hours. Yes, I am a dentist with a sweet tooth as I love sweet desserts and pastries. =)
My husband and I got married last December, so now I am in the process of being a semi-domesticated wife and I must say I impress him with my cooking. =) He especially liked my japchae, he says its a refreshing twist from the usual “pansit” that we have here in the Philippines. He also liked the chicken teriyakibap that he had in Seoul, but I have yet to study that dish or look for a recipe for that. I cook a lot of dishes: Filipino, Italian, Spanish… but cooking Korean dishes always brings me and my husband back to that time we were in Seoul for our honeymoon; happy happy days in a happy happy place. =)
What are your favorite Korean dishes? Choose 3, please!
I love a lot of Korean dishes so its hard to choose just 3. But maybe top 3 on my list can be jjajangmyun, ddeokbokie, and gyungdan. I have yet to find the right ingredients here so I can finally make gyungdan. =)
What’s your best Korean dish, the one that everybody compliments you on when you make it?
I think I make a fair hoddeok and japchae as everyone that tastes them enjoys them so much. The dakgangjeong too was a favorite dish here when my husband and our friends drink beer here at home.