Introduce yourself

“You wanna introduce yourself?”

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  1. You guys already know about me (if you don't, you can read this here: Why don't you tell us about yourself and why you are interested in Korean food and cooking?

    Do you have any good memories related to Korean food?

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  3. I'm stabnford

  4. My company does a lot of business with exporters in Korea and was introduced to Korean cooking through them and I love it!!!!

    We eat Korean food at least twice a week at home!!!!!

    Best experience with Korean food was when I prepared my first JabChae using Maangchi's recipe.

    Worst experience was eating a type of rotten fish in Kwang Ju a delicacy ( according to them) typical from Southern tip of Korean peninsula

  5. mariocan,

    haha, the worst Korean food you tasted is rotten fish? I know what you are talking about! It's not rotten but fermented food. : )

    It's called "hong uh hwe" (raw ray fish) Yes, it's popular in Southern region of Korea. It is my favorite food and I have a really good recipe for honguhhwe dish.

    When I started my cooking video on YouTube, I called my mother living in California and asked her to check out my first video "stir fried squid" dish, you know what my mother said? "aigo, why don't you post hong uh hwe recipe there rather than squid dish! Squid has lots of cholesterol!". She loves my hong uh hwe dish and may want to show off her recipe in her Korean church. : )

    Anyway you are not alone who doesn't like hong uh hwe. All of my western friends don't like it.

  6. I'm a grad student in Chinese folklore. I've always loved learning languages, and started Chinese 7 years ago. In the summer of 2005 I studied in Beijing, where I discovered the "Korean Wave" of pop culture in China. There are lots of Korean exchange students and businessmen in China nowadays. In fact, I first ate Korean food at a campus restaurant built for homesick students!

    Back in the U.S., I sought out Korean food. I discovered packaged naeng myun and went crazy with that. As my general interest in cooking has grown, so has my interest in Korean cuisine. Although I'm currently studying Mongolian and Chinese cultures, Korean food is my fave, hands-down.

    Besides Korean food, I also have a thing for bento recipes and paraphenalia. And Italian food is always a winner. Kimchi or tomatoes, all "red food" is good!

    P.S. What is Mongolian food? It is simple and delicious. Because of the nomadic lifestyle, there is very little veg. However, there are some dishes using wild herbs and veg. "Red food," mainly meat, is eaten in the winter, while "white food," cheeses yogurts, are eaten in the summer. Mongolian milk tea is made with salt--sounds weird, but it's delicious!

  7. Hi all

    I'm from Denmark. I was only 3½ months old when i was adopted so I have no memories of korean food from back then. But this site is making up for that and I really appriciate what you do Maangchi, it's wonderful to learn from your videos :)

    I think my worst experience/memory was back when I was younger and I thought that the major part of korean food was different kinds of bugs, ugh!! (Dunno why but those travelprogram hosts always has to eat bugs, and thats about it on the food part.. thank god I found this site so I could see koreans DO NOT only eat bugs)

    best experience: when I found this site :)

    unfortunately the korean cuisine is often in the background here in DK, those restaurants claiming to a korean kitchen also sneak in japanese and/or chinese courses..(your often left with Bulgogi if you wish korean) and I'm sure koreans in Denmark think danes has a sensitive palate, so they use like 1/10 chili compared to these recipes, haha!

    Hope to go to Korea some day and eat it all (except the bugs)

    Meanwhile I'm looking for ways to get korean grocery stuff and the like, by trawling the thai and chinese markets :)

  8. To Jo,

    You can purchase Korean ingredients from Germany on The site is only in Korean or German. I'm in Belgium and purchased for 5 times now and everything went smooth. Last time they even added an extra service (Korean cookies).
    There is also who has even more choice.

  9. Hola. My name is Anna, and I'm an asian starting a new life here in South America where Asian food/ingredients are totally rare. What sparked my interest with Korean food were Korean soap operas! I like watching actors eat from a big stainless bowl, that's how I prefer to eat ..hehe. Though I had a few days stint as an ESL teacher to a group of teenage Koreans, I don't remember eating traditional Korean food with them (I blame it to my very short memory.)

    Anyway, I was reading a post from David Lebovitz's blog, where he made a pancake, and he posted Maangchi's link, and a note that says "I love her!!!" or something like, I checked it out and got hooked since then, with this very charming and pretty woman.

    I don't really follow recipes to the T, may it because I don't have the proper tools (I just have the basics), or because I can't find/afford some of the ingredients, but that doesn't stop me from cooking, so, I tried Maangchi's squid recipe minus the hot pepper flakes(nowhere to be found here), it was still soooo good, that it made me eat a whole small pot of rice!

    I'm hoping to get a better job, so I can order hot pepper flakes/paste online..haha!

  10. Hello!!!! I'm Hua from Los Angeles, CA. I was introduced to Korean food by watching Korean dramas. The food in the dramas looked so good especially ramen noodles. I've never seen ramen noodles look so delicious; it made my mouth watery.

    There's a lot of Korean restaurants in LA, but I love BCD Tofu House when I want to eat Soon Du Bu Jigae. The food is so delicious. I never imagined that I would be able to cook some of the recipes. I found Maangchi on Utube and have started cooking. I'm still learning, but so far so good.

    I love learning different cultures, languages, and FOOD!!!! I can not wait to learn more recipes.

    Thanks Maanchi for all your videos!!!

  11. Thank you Kurt for the suggestions, guess its time to brush off that school german hehe! (silently thank for the pictures)

    do you know if there are special circumstances with taxes? dunno how it is in Belgium, but Denmark love their taxes so sometimes ordered stuff can suddenly become very expensive :(

  12. I never paid any additional taxes upon receipt. Guess because we're all in the EU. When I get shipments from out of the EU, Belgium customs do indeed charge quite some extra taxes. But in the case of Asiakauf I wouldn't worry. If you're not sure, maybe you can order a small shipment. Some kind of a test! Good luck to you.

  13. I grew up in a korean home in Los Angeles, CA. My mom was always cooking korean food. I remember one time i mentioned how i was getting tired of eating korean food every single day (blasphemous, i know..) and she said, "just wait until you move out on your own, you're gonna be wishing you had someone to cook you korean food everyday." She could not have been more right. I've been traveling around the world as a part of my military service and everytime i get stationed somewhere new i try to find a korean restaurant, but i have yet to find one that tastes right or has what i'm craving. I'm in Fort Worth, Texas now, and i've been looking for local korean restaurants but they all seem to be either a drive away or just way too expensive. I just happened to stumble upon Maanchi's site while searching for menu's with korean food, and i am really excited to give korean cooking a try.

    "Give A Man A Fish, Feed Him For A Day. Teach A Man To Fish, Feed Him For A Lifetime"

    Thanks Maanchi!

    Good luck.

  14. Hi my name is Jennifer. I was born here in Tacoma WA, my mom is from thailand and dad is american. My best friends from childhood were korean and I would eat at their families homes where I had kimchi for the first time and having potbingsu on hot summer days. I was looking how to make kimchi and found this website, then I got addicted to this website and made several recipes like kimchi, oi nengkook, job chea ... so many things. I always like home made korean better than restaurant.

  15. Hi. I started to love korean food when I lived in LA, especially tofu soup. There are a lot of tofu house in LA. Now I live in Vancouver, and I haven't found any tofu house that is as great as the one in LA. I've been craving for soon dubu, and I am glad that I found your website. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your recipes.

  16. Hi Maangchi! My name is Joyce and I was first introduced to Korean food in high school by some friend and have loved it ever since. A few of my favorites are soondubu, yukejang, kalbi-jim and jja jang myun. I discovered your videos while randomly searching for jja jang myun recipe and have been a huge fan of your videos ever since! The jja jang myun turned out great- my family loved it! I also made the soondubu (and even bought the little pots to go with it). THANK YOU so much for teaching me how to cook all of my favorite Korean dishes.

    Perhaps you'll have a Kalbi-jim recipe soon? ;-)

  17. Hello Maangchi,
    I'm Sylvia.
    I am a westerner. I lived in the Chicago area for 3 years where I discovered Korean food. I used to eat it at least once a week. My favorite is Kimchi jjigae, but I love Kalbi and soon du bu and chap che oh and I can't forget spicy seafood soup and dok bok kie. I really miss the Korean markets in Chicago, they had all the side dishes prepared and many hot foods ready for purchase. The best were the sweet, spicy, sticky chicken wings. I ate them in the car while driving, what a mess. My children and husband like Korean food too. A good way to learn about other cultures and customs is through food, so we are learning more about Korea.
    I have moved and now I don't have the restaurants nearby. I have managed to cook some things at home, but now with your help I feel confident to try more Korean food at home.
    I think the most helpful thing you do is to hold up the packages (imported and in Korean) and the fresh foods and show us what things look like. Before learning from you I spent many hours in the Korean market trying to figure out what things are and how to use them.
    You are a good teacher.

  18. Maangchi! I just saw that you posted a Kalbijim video! I am so excited to try it.


  19. Hellow, Maangchi
    This is Kim Dal-hae who enjoys watching "Korean food cooking with Maangchi" from Seoul, Korea.

    Let me introduce myself.
    I work for Korea Cinetel which produces broadcasting programs.
    Now I am preparing for a documentary about "Korean food in the world"
    This documentary will be air through KBS at the end of October.

    One month ago, I watched your vedio clip in YouTube.
    I decided to send an email because I want to film of you.
    I think this will appeal for people to show globalized Korean Food.

    Filming contents will consist of your activities such as video shooting, uploading, interviewing about Korean food, meeting with maangchi's readers etc...
    If you accept our proposal, we will discuss more details with you.

    We need your cooperation.
    I am looking forward to hearing you soon.

    Thank you for your time.

  20. Hi Maanchi!

    My name is Jessica and I am part South Korean and part Irish. My mother is South Korean (Chae) and she never really got into teaching me about Korea or teaching me how to speak the language. She said she thought it would make it harder for me to fit in.

    Either way I wanted to get into the Korean culture more, so I've bought a hanbok and cooking books. I got a Rosetta Stone Learn Korean CD collection from my Fiance for Christmas and hope to be on my way to embracing my culture more.

    My aunts live in NJ and had little idea that I have a strong passion to be more Korean. So I thought the best way to show my interest was to cook traditional Korean food for them. I tried to follow the directions in the book to make Kimchi and well, I didn't think that I could follow them. So I looked up Korean Cooking and found your video's. I followed them and made delicious Kimichi and Kaktugi. I was going to take picture of it, but they ate it before it even sat for a full day. I made it the night before bringing it down and when I got there (mid day the next day), they opened them up and dug in.

    So sadly no pictures, but lots of smiling faces. I have made other dishes like Soy Sauce Chicken (Dakjjim), Ginger Chicken (made from a recipe for Ginger Pork), and Seasoned Spinach (Namul). My next planned recipe is the Dried Persimmon Punch (Sujeonggwa) which I'm going to follow your video to make.

    Thank you for putting together such a lovely site,

  21. I learned of your site through google. I am a new resident of Madison WI and I have neighbors who are Korean. I love to try new foods, especially if they are unusual, so when my neighbor gave me a container of tiny fish with sesame seeds in it, I figured I would look it up to see what it was. She spoke very little English, and the only words I could pick up were "with rice". I found your site and found that she had given me a very mild version of myulchi bokkeum. The fish were so small! The only difference from your recipe was that my neighbor put pumpkin seeds in it also. It was very good and I really appreciated her thinking of me.

    I would really like to thank her for the myulchi bokkeum, could you spell it out phonetically so I can pronounce it?

  22. I am half korean/half American. Mama was actually born in North Korea and our family had wealth and status before the Japanese occupancy. Because Mama had known starvation in those deperate days, she had a sharp, intensive focus on food and was a determined and generous cook. We left Seoul when I was an infant, not to return until I was a 7th grader, where I attended military post/base schools in Seoul, Osan, and Busan until I graduated as a senior. I was so cared for and spoiled with an abundance of fresh, satisfying meals. After her passing a few years ago, I missed her so much and realized that to taste her delicious dishes again would ease the sadness - but I could not because Mama and I thought we had more time for learning cooking. No restaurant could match her magical cooking style. My husband says that when I found Maangchi on YouTube, my mother came back to my house again! The taste is THERE with your recipes, explanations, and style of cooking. So similar are you to her in speech and tones when describing food. My kimchi and soups are very satisfying and familiar now.

    Pusan had my favorite regional food - hot, deep, with the rich taste of the sea. Although Mama preferred the northern flavors of her youth, she always made southern dishes just for me. We had special Naengmyon lunches and laughed together on hot summer days. I ate at Odang-jips and bibimbap houses. I rushed over to experienced grandmas cooking in basement shopping mall cafeterias and asked them to make the soup "mashisayo" and "mewah"-they always laughed and patted my back when they saw my intensity. I ate at street food carts in the evenings at the shopping districts and knew the grandma with the best dukboki and kimpap. We traveled to the monks in the mountains and ate their white, clean food. I took taxis and buses and absorbed my Mama's world. Even though I could speak just a little Korean, I knew the names of the food.

    And Maangchi, believe it or not when I was a senior in high school, I was elected the Chuseok Queen for the festival held on the Army post for that year.

    Thank you for helping me. My soul is soothed.

  23. Hi hi Maangchi! I am so very happy that i found your wonderful cooking shows! i watch them all and tell my friends about them..
    My name is Philip and i live in Portland Oregon. My experiences with Korean food started when i was 13 and met one of my best friends in the world Peggy Kim. Her mother Insook Kim made the best food i have ever had, hands down, even better than my mother's (but she doesn't really cook :) It was all very different to this small town Ohio boy but I have never been known for pickiness, and fell in love with not just many of the dishes she made but the SIDE DISHES are just the best. Over the years i have tried several sad attempts at various Korean best being Kimchi interestingly. i watch your shows and they are step by step perfect. you are very bright and very amazing and i really think you should have a show on the Food Network, right? :)
    thank you thank you :)

  24. Hello to Maangchi and everone,

    My name is Andrew Hyo-yul Choi, grew up in Baltimore MD, lived there all my life.
    Im full korean but only speak half koreaN. My step dad is spanish, mom is korean ; so I speak some spanish too. I grew up on eating korean food because of my mother and my korean appitite. I always loved to cook, and now Im grown up now, I am a cook at a very popular resturaunt Ruby Tuesday. I have been a prof. cook for 3 years now, all together I have been cooking at home for almost 14 years. I can cook mainly american style dishes,korean,japanese and chinese gourmet's. Thanks to technology now-a-days, people like Maangchi show us exactly cooking a proper recipe can be so simple. Youtuber's out there, thank you.

  25. I am SO glad that I found your website. (I was looking for a Pajeon recipe.) I love the videos because I learn better from watching than from a book. I learned to make cheese that way, too...homemade feta cheese and mozarella...YUM!

    I started eating Korean food 25 years ago when I met my best friend. She and I are the same age, so we could be friends. We raised our sons together. She watched mine when I went to work, and vice versa.

    I learned to make a few Korean dishes from her (she is a fabulous cook), but since I now live in Korea, I really crave the things she made for me. The restaurants here (in my VERY small town) do not cook as well as she does.

    When my oldest son was two, I took him to the doctor because I didn't think his hearing was good. He didn't say English words correctly. So when my friend asked me what was wrong I said, "He doesn't speak English well."

    She laughed and said, "He speak good Korean! Nothing wrong his hearing." He called me "Ohm ma" and his father "Ahp pa"! I didn't speak Korean then. Since her boys didn't speak English and were one year older than my son, (all toddlers), they taught my son Korean.

    She also gave my younger son dried squid when he was teething because she said you could cut big pieces with scissors so he wouldn't choke and if he dropped them on the floor, she rinsed them off and put them in the oven to dry! Both my boys still LOVE Korean food.

  26. hi,
    i love to cook everything from southern comfort to spicy ethnic foods. the only dishes i could not master were korean dishes because (until now) no one out there taught people how to cook this stuff!

    you'll never see emeril or rachel ray doing on show on authentic kimchi! thanks for sharing your recipes maangchi!

  27. Hi,

    I’m Coco. I fell in love with Korean food 4 years ago when my sister introduce me to it (she lives in Korea town Los Angeles). One of my favorite side dishes is the scallion salad. I’ve found a recipe online, but it doesn’t compare to the ones I’ve had at the restaurants and now of the restaurant I go to stopped making it! I was hoping you have a recipe for this green onion salad. I’m quite taken by the recipes you have posted and I can’t wait to watch your videos! :)
    Thank you.

  28. Hello~..

    I'm Asma from United Arab Emirates. I'm a graduate student in Electronic Engineering, haha~ nothing to do with cooking!

    Anyway, am not that good in cooking but I want to try it, and I really want to try Korean food since it's hard to find Korean restaurant here, so I am planning to cook it and try it..

    I speak little Korean & Japanese, I am fluent in English & my tongue language is Arabic..

    Nice to meet you all! And I hope I can find things I want in this site.. ^^

  29. Hi Maangchi,

    I'm so glad I found this site!! My boyfriend is Korean and now he's my husband. We dated for a LONG time, like 7 years. My friends call me Kimchi Girl because I understand Korean and I listen to Korean sermon at church. Now, I know how to cook some Korean food, but I'd like to learn more. ^^ Your site helps me so much..thank you, Maangchi!

  30. Hi Maangchi!

    I love your site, it's been so helpful. I'm Korean and just recently got married. I had to move to Texas from Chicago because of my husband's job. So, I couldn't get help from my mom when it came time to make dinner! My husband is also Korean and only wants Korean food for dinner. I browsed around youtube and eventually found your site! Thank you so much for posting recipes with the video, it's very helpful. So far I made the haemul pa jeon from here and my husband loved it! I'm going to make a lot more from your site. Keep up the good work!!

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