Korean food fans

Yen Legaspi

Here’s my interview with Yen and photos of Korean dishes that she made. She first contacted me in November 2010, “I just want to let you know that I’ve finally made japchae, not once but three times already..”

She explained how delicious her japchae turned out. The first time her japchae was made with her husband’s help and by the 3rd time, she had impressed her mother-in-law visiting from New York. Her mother-in-law was very surprised to hear that she made such a delicious dish just by watching a video, not face to face! The mother-in-law told Yen she would make japchae for Christmas.

When I read her message, I felt she is very caring and warm-hearted, and I felt like we had known each other for a long time even though we have never met.  She has been blogging since she was in college.

What is your name and where do you live?
My name is Yen and I live in the Philippines.

Yen and her husband James

What do you do and how many family members do you have?
I am a housewife, I love cooking new dishes for my husband, aside from baking cookies and cupcakes. I have one younger brother, my mom and my dad – I should include  my 2 year old Rottweiler, Max, and the youngest, Pom-pom, almost a year old Pomeranian spitz who knows a lot of tricks.

How often do you cook Korean food following my recipes?
When my husband and I ate at a Korean restaurant a few years back, I knew I had to look for a japchae and bibimbap recipe. Also, Korean dramas are a hit here in the Philippines and I got so curious about their food. That’s when I accidentally found Maangchi’s videos on YouTube and I ended up watching all of them! I wanted to try your recipes but was too scared to do it – so it took me a few weeks before I had the courage to make my first korean dish – uhmook bokkeum. Nowadays, I cook korean dishes twice a month.

What are your favorite Korean dishes? Choose 3, please!
It would have to be japchae, bibimbap, and kimchi. I love vegetables, rice and spicy foods. If you make me choose between meats (pork, beef or chicken) and vegetables, I will choose vegetables!

Steamed pork buns (jjinppang mandu)

Spicy stir-fried fish cake (uhmook bokkeum)

Sweet pancake with brown sugar syrup (hoddeok)

kimchi stew (kimchi jjigae)

What’s your best Korean dish, the one that everybody compliments you on when you make it?
That would have to be japchae. My husband loved it the first time I made it! When I made this in my mother in law’s house, she liked it too and even asked for the recipe.

Stir-fried noodles with vegetables and meat (Japchae)



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