You know, Korean customs are very difficult to navigate.
I grew up in a very traditional Korean home. Sure I was born here in the US but my parents were very strict.
Some of you might know.. but generally men don't cook in Korean culture. Sadly this means that but for a few recipes I will not be able to enjoy my mother's cooking when she passes on. Almost ALL that is useful and good in Korean culture comes from cooking.
And no, she will not teach me. And yes, my wife is hopeless in the kitchen. We've been together 15 years. It's ok to be honest! :-p)
On top of this what few times we did manage to convince her, She basically 'withheld' key bits of info. This thinking is very common amongst traditional Koreans. Sadly, I wanted to be able to enjoy cooking from my mothers region and even pass this knowledge down to my kids but not going to happen.
What's worse is todays Koreans know as little as I do. Sometimes less. When my mother leaves this world what she knows goes with her. I keep telling her they don't have napa cabbage in hell but she doesnt believe me! :-)
Seriously folks, this website is amazing because it serves so many subcultures in the Korean Community.
1) Caucasian spouses who've had to endure following recipe books and getting laughed at for legitimate effort. :-)
2) Mixed-race offspring who wish to learn more about 5000 years of food.
3) Adoptees from Korea who are estranged from their culinary birthright... indeed from their entire culture.
4) Young Korean Girls looking to carry the next generation of their Confucian responsibilities.
We all owe an incredible debt of gratitude to Maangchi... which includes recognition of how much we save!! A large jar of Kim Chi here in AZ is like $18 dollars!!!! This is crazy.
I can make 5 of same large jars for about $25 dollars in ingredients. And I have 5 jars of it. You don't have to be Asian to do that kind of math! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA. I'm even trying bossam kimchi now. I am the Overlord of Kimchi.
Maangchi I have tried several of your recipes and I have to say you cook very similarly to my mom. It brings back a lot of memories for me.
This website is wonderfully professionally done too.
My 4 dogs thank you too. They LOVE kimchi.
Keep making recipes. Especially ones from Jeolla-do province. And any southern seafood dishes. I like recipes for those little crab kimchi. Do you have one?
Tony in AZ