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    Maangchi, hello!

    I came across this website while searching for kimchi recipe and got stack here watching your videos for at least 4 hours during the last weekend! This weekend I am definitely cooking something Korean! I can’t wait until I can go back to the little Korean market I have discovered on Saturday and buy all the things I’ll need to cook these great dishes you presented here!

    I am native Russian, but born and raised in Kazakhstan. My husband and I moved to Canada about 3 years ago; and one of the things I have been missing ever since I left home is a Korean food. We have a big Korean community in the small town where we lived. These are native Koreans who have emigrated to east part of Soviet in early 20th century, but were forced to migrate once again during Stalin times. I have a lot of Korean friends and I guess you’ll happy to know that Korean people even in Kazakhstan do preserve their traditions very well, one example being is food – every Korean household I know of prefers Korean home cooked food. Markets always have sections with Korean ladies selling their foods which are extremely popular. The interesting thing is that women of other nationalities that marry Koreans are expected to 1st of all learn how to make Korean food :-)!

    Thanks for coming up with such a wonderful idea of sharing your passion for Korean food!



    Hi catmyrza,

    I find your post to be extremely fascinating! Obscure history combined with personal stories/details is always a big hit with me.

    Please share more!

    I love how the sharing of food leads to the sharing of many more things.



    Documentary about Korean-Kazakhs

    Hardy plucky folk….



    Hello kazakhcatmyrza,

    I live in Oakville, but attended an Etobicoke church my friend was a minister at. It was a small seed church at the time and had several Korean/Russian families who came out on Sundays.

    The husbands were all Korean and the wives were all of Russian heritage. Some of them came from Kazakhstan, some from Tajikistan and some from Russia. It was a shock, at first, to hear all the Korean guys speak with a Russian accent. Anyway, a couple of the families moved to Vancouver and eventually the church was disbanded and my minister friend is now at a larger church.

    Ironically, one of the ladies worked in the next department to my wife at a large financial company and they knew each other. Funny but they all ended up moving to Oakville!

    It was great hearing that most of those families kept their Korean traditions alive, especially the food. They told me that their families back home still made kimchi the old fashion way. Like they say, “you can take the person out of Seoul, but you can’t take the Seoul out of the person.”


    Ron Paul, thanks for the link. I liked this documentary. Mostly because there is no added drama to attract an audience, everything said and shown is true. There are so many stories to share, I’ll write some more once I get a spare minute.



    Believe it or not, but a close of friend of mine back at home was married to a Korean man long time ago. They went different ways and she got married for the second time. Her second husband is Kazakh, so is she. But she still cooks Korean food at home quite often and they don’t consume wheat bread at all, only plain cooked rice. Her new husband doesn’t mind at all to have this sort of heritage from her 1st marriage :-)!

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