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  1. Hi everyone,

    My name is Anh. My father is Vietnamese and my mother is Korean. I’m an undergraduate student studying Bioenvironmental engineering and would like to go to medical school in the near future. I grew up speaking both Vietnamese and French, but only know how to speak a limited amount of Korean. Hopefully that will soon change because many of my Korean friends are helping me improve my understanding of the language. So far, I’m picking it up really fast!

    One of my favorite memories involving Korean food happened when my mother and I were eating some kimchi with our dinner. We opened the jar and my father (who is still not used to the smell of the fermentation gases) thought there was a gas leak from one of our house pipes. My mother and I couldn’t stop laughing!

  2. Hi Maangchi

    I'm Jeremy from England and I discovered my passion for Korean food whilst teaching in South Korea. Now back in the UK, I find myself living in a city devoid of Korean restaurants! Fortunately, I can pick up certain ingredients such as kimchi and gochujang etc from Chinese supermarkets. I also have a gas bbq and two stone pots so at least dolsot bibimpap isn't a problem! At the weekend with the help of a Korean friend I cooked dwaengjang jigae, samgyopsal and dolsot bibimpap ( apologies for the spelling!)but we'd like to try galkuksu next time. Would you happen to know (or anyone else) have a recipe for this soup?

    Thanks for all your hard work in creating and updating your site!

  3. Hello all :)..~

    My name is Rebecca and I'm 16 years old ^^. I live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I'm a student. My first experience was from my best friend in South Korea. She has since moved back, but anyway.
    She spent three years here and I never really knew much about Korean culture at all until her! I'm thankful for her, and really, miss her dearly. I would go over her house to watch Korean soaps, which first got me intrigued in the culture :P like others here. Her mother didn't cook Korean food often when I came over, but I told her I'd like to try it. I never had Korean food before! Next time I came over... it was so yummy! Really different from other cuisine I've had before.
    Even more since she has moved back to Seoul, I have become interested in the food, way of life, and language. I'm very lucky to live about 5-10 minutes from a Korean grocery store, and I love it! :) I find myself there all the time, and might even stop by today.
    Honestly, outside of my own cooking and that of my friend's mother, I have not had much Korean food. I've had mandu at a small Korean place downtown, which was delicious. But my experience with Korean food isn't much. Maangchi, your videos were great. I really love cooking and usually follow paper, but when I watch your recipes I do become really interested! You've taught me some new things and really opened my eyes to some great food! I hope to definitely try more and meet a lot of people here :) Thanks.

  4. Hi, everyone my name is nina. I'm 22, and am currently staying in Indiana. I first got into korean culture and food with my roommate from college about 4 years ago. I have been to korea 3 times since then and am currently dating my korean boyfriend for almost 2 1/2 years. I'm trying to learn more of the language, culture and how to cook korean food. It is something I would love to know how to do, especially since i enjoy it so much, and it is hard for me to ask his mother for recipes since she can't speak english and my korean is not that great. Maangchi, thank you for making this blog and posting recipes.I have been looking for a good korean recipe site in english, thank you!

  5. Hmmm, I'm Charmaine.
    I found this website ( accidentally.
    i wasn't really a fan of korean cooking but i AM a fan
    of korean singers especially DBSK and KYUHYUN. I am
    Filipino and cannot understand the Korean language
    but i am preparing to learn the tough language haha.
    i never ate korean food before but i'm willing to try
    anything KOREAN. i absolutely love them. One of my
    ultimate goal is to live in Korea and stay for good.
    :-) and successfully cook the rolled omelette, i keep


  6. Hi! My name is Hope!
    I think this site is amazing. When maangchi said in her message to me she had a forum I had no idea it would be this elaborate! Really nice~!
    Anyways, I started making kimchii a few months ago. Sometimes I would just randomly crave fresh kimchii and my mom taught me the basics to making simple radish kimchii (julianne cut radish with kimchii sauce) and I caught on really quick. From there I tried to make the regular cabbage kimchii but I didn't know I was supposed to put the cabbage in salt for a long time and it turned out really weird and yucky. Anyways! I just started searching for "kimchii" recipes and eventually I found maangchi! Well, I don't know THAT many korean recipes, but I do know a few. (probably not anything maangchi doesnt know) but im happy to share my recipes here since maangchi was so generous to give me her spicy raw oyster recipes! (oh yeah, i bought that at the store for like 8$ and my dad ate it all in one meal >_>) The thing about when I cook is that my father tends to eat up all the goodies I make! Although he makes me happy that what I made tastes good, I wake up the next day and feel disappointed when I can't find that dish I made the day before!
    That was long :] Anyways hi!

  7. Hi everyone. My name is Sandy. I was actually born in Korea, which is where my parents met each other when my father was stationed there. My mother is South Korean and my father caucasian. We moved to the U.S. when I was a small child, and even though I spoke Korean fluently during my early years, my mother (like a few of you have already mentioned) also thought I would have trouble fitting she strongly discouraged anything except English in the house. To add to that tragedy, my mother doesn't cook. LOL Luckily her friends do, and I have had many a fond memory of sitting in the cushion of my mother's crossed legs on the floor while my "aunts" would make kimchi or mandu. Feeling my seat lift and shift as my mother would take a piece to taste and so proud when they would then ask me to taste for them. I would nod my head knowingly and suggest adding a little bit more salt or garlic amongst peels of laughter and delight from women who were grateful to see a younger generation appreciative of the flavors and tastes of their homeland.

    And then, as any Korean child expects, would come the dreaded cheek pinching. I don't know what it is about older, Korean women and children's cheeks. Oh well, my skin might have been red afterwards, but it was worth it for that salty, crunchy, spicy, garlicky mouthful of just made kimchi.

  8. Hi everyone

    My name is Daryl (that's a female Daryl btw). I'm British and living in Namhae - a small island on the south coast of South Korea. I love cooking and I love Korean food and I especially love fish which is plentiful and fresh here.

    Unfortunately so few people in this small town speak English and I don't speak Korean (yet) there is no-one to teach me how to cook Korean. All the ingredients are on my doorstep and I've tasted wonderful things in restaurants, but I really wanted to learn how to make things for myself.

    Maangchi's website is brilliant and a life saver - I made my first dish tonight and it was pretty good. I'll keep on trying.

  9. Hi!
    I was adopted from Korea (to the US) when I was 5 years old. I am now 28 years old. I have loved Korean food all of my life. I never had much interest in Korean language or culture because I was so focused on doing well in the US. Last year was my first time back to Korea. I took 3 vacations for 4-5 weeks each! Each time I went I loved it even more. Someday I hope to be able to live in Korea for a couple of years. Since my visits, my interest in Korea has really grown.

    Im addicted to Korean Dramas; Ive watched Full House, Coffee Prince, Kim Sam Soon, Attic Cat, Im Sorry I Love You, Likable or Not, and still watching You are My Destiny, and just started Women of the Sun. I am totally addicted, I like how they are not as trashy as American television.

    Ive been working overseas in Africa for the last 2.5 years and Ive tried several different language programs including Rosetta Stone and Pimsleur. They are OK, except Im not very good at languages. Im definitely a math/engineering person. I started a new job in St. Louis. I decided to find a Korean language tutor. I found an excellent tutor, who is studying at one of the universities here. I'll have to say its definitely the best way to learn. Obviously its the most expensive but well worth the cost!!

    I really like to cook. I found out about Korean Food bloggers a coupld of months ago, and started my own. There is a small group of us who blog about all the Korean food we make or eat..I guess were labeled as "foodies". Anyways, I found Maangchi's webiste through one of my "foodie" blogger friends.

    Thanks Maangchi!

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  11. Hello, Maangchi. When I found you on YouTube I almost shouted out loud with joy. I'm just your average, scruffy college student who misses her mom's cooking (my parents came here from Korea before they had me), and I can't thank you enough. Now I can pull together some scraps from Safeway and have what tastes like a home-cooked dinner.

    THAAANK YOUUU! I'll be checking your site diligently for new recipes.


  12. My brother & I are both transplants from Seoul, S.Korea when we were 5 & 3 respectively. We were both adopted in the late 70s by an American family, but were very lucky to be around Korean families in the US. I grew up surrounded by Korean moms who made sure I knew some cultural history and how to cook traditional foods (how else, besides a college education, would I catch a man)? Just kidding.

    Unfortunately, because everyone was so focused on speaking English in the households, most of us kids don't speak fluent Korean. Wish I could go back in time for that...

    I found Maangchi's site last year and LOVE it! You make preparing and cooking these dishes so simple!


  13. Hi Maangchi and everyone else!
    Just stumbled into you yesterday when looking for galbi recipe. Can't believe I found you on youtube! Thanks Maangchi for all your recipes and easy to follow "cooking shows."

    I've been married almost 10 yrs with two kids. I cook to feed the family but not very tasty food. My mom and my husband are excellent cooks especially my mom who makes all the different kids of kim chi varieties & home made mandoos & duks (rice cakes of sorts). I'm not the type to learn while they are rushing to cook and mom explaining, pinch of this and that. She gives me ban chan (side dishes) and even soups to feed my family so I didn't feel the need to learn. I want my kids to think my food is good. They are young so they seem to think my food taste good but I know this won't last =) Anyway, I tried your galbi recipe and steamed egg in 24 hrs of watching you and the kids were impressed. Hubby will taste it when he comes home.

    Btw, do you have LA galbi recipe? I'm thinking it will be little different from reg galbi and couldn't find it on your site??? Thanks in advance.

    Curious, do you get anything from youtube w/all the cooking you do? I'm sure it's not cheap. Take care. I'll tell all my friends about you.

    Eun from Maryland

  14. skim198
    I agree with you that you want your children to consider you are the best cook!

    Have you checked my bulgogi stew recipe? I made marinade for bulgogi there. You can use the marinade for LA ribs.

  15. hi maangchi. i'm from berlin germany and i love your site. i always loved cooking especially korean cooking but since i am a boy, my mother and my aunts refused to teach me cooking. (they are old-fashioned ladies so what can you do.)
    so i'm very happy to have stumbled across your site.

    anyways... the idea with videos is sooo great, you have to keep going!!

    bye from berlin

  16. Hi Maangchi,
    Thank you soooo much for creating this website! It is excellent! I just discovered it today while searching for a recipe for Jap Chae. The videos will be very useful when I start cooking. The pictures of the ingredients will definitely help when I go grocery shopping (as I'm not Korean, I'm Chinese).

    My name is Kimberly. I'm from Boston but currently living in NYC. I was introduced to Korean cuisine about 7 years ago while in college. I had dated a Korean who got me hooked on Bulgogi, Kalbi, and Soon Doobu. I enjoy cooking and would really like to learn how to make some of my most fave Korean dishes. Living in NYC, it's really easy to just go out and get take-out but I think home cooked meals are the best. It's always a good thing to know exactly what goes into the foods we eat. Thanks again for all of the recipes and videos to go along with them! I look forward to your future postings.

    Happy New Year!

  17. 네. 안녕하세요! ^^

    So, I'm from Canada, but I lived in Korea to work and later study Korean. I'll admit that at first, getting used to Korean food at lunchtime was really difficult, since my family's from the Philippines, and the two styles of cooking are SOOOO very different from one another. I believe that the first two weeks of work, I would count out two pieces of kimchi, simply to fill out my tray so that my principal and co-teachers wouldn't think that I was weird for not getting more. time went by, and I actually ate those two pieces of kimchi, I found that I actually enjoyed it. Plus, with all the school dinners (they call them 'hwesiks' or 회식), I got to learn different types of foods.

    I'm back in Canada now doing my Masters, but once I'm done, I'm heading back for sure. At any rate, I know I'm going to be going back to visit a few more times.

    Korean food rocks!! Thank you so much for the site. 많이 감사해요. 그리고 새해 복 많이 받으세요. ^^

  18. Annyeon Haseyo!

    I'm a Singaporean homemaker and I was introduced to the world of good Korean food and culture through Korean dramas. I have made 2 wonderful trips to South Korea and have always enjoyed my stay there. The food there is just so wonderful!

    Even though there are many Korean restaurants here in Singapore (where I satisfy my cravings for Korean food at least once a week), nothing beats the freshness of the ingredients one can find in Korea.

    Anyhow, I decided to be brave (I admit I'm not exactly a good cook) and I'm going to give korean cooking a try. So, pls forgive and be patient with me if I asked too amatuerish questions. Kammsahamida!

  19. Maangchi, thank you so much for creating this site. I am half Korean, and i grew up eating lots of different Korean foods. In my adult life i have often experimented, trying to re-create the foods I missed. Often I have success, but sometimes I'm just not sure...I have already found many recipes for foods i have always loved--on your site.

    Korean food is so healthy and savory. My little four-year old boy--even when he is finicky, if I fix him some Korean style noodles and side-dishes, he will chow down!

    I look forward to viewing your cooking recipes and chatting with others in the forum...

    mi-guk girl

  20. Hello all,like many Americans my Korean experience started when I was 17 years old stationed in Korea with the Army.
    I come from a family who prides themselves in good cuisine so it was only natural for me to seek out the good eats which was not hard to do,I had many Korean friends who were only too happy to share with me the wonders of Korean cooking.With the cooking came the fellowship that reminded me of my family back in the states and the closeness of breaking bread which is a human tradition world wide.
    I was welcomed with open arms in "The Land Of the morning calm"

  21. Hello Maangchi and Maangchi fans. I think I've been looking at your website for quite a while before having thoughts to register and add my comments and compliments to the forum.

    I am Korean born, but at the tender age of one, my family immigrated to Toronto, Ontario. Canada. I've only been back to Korea once, but am patiently waiting for my children to grow a few more years to take them back on an adventure home to Seoul.

    The love of Korean food is definitely something that is now an innate part of our family's growth and influence. And now that a generation of wonderful cooks has passed(my grandmothers), the memories of them through tastes and cooking experiences truly lives on.

    I believe that Korean food is a pure food. It is loved by many because it does what food should do - enhances and balances all our taste sensations - salty, sweet, sour and bitter.

    Finding this website was such a blessing. Not only to watch a wonderful cook in action, but to share the love of Korean food with others.

    Everything I have made in the past was enhanced by your website. Thank you again.

  22. 안녕하세요 ^^

    I'm Sinae from Indonesia and my husband is korean. I have a daughter and son. I'm 29 years old and my husband 30 years old... Thank to u, cuz i can learn more and more about korean food...
    btw 2 days ago i've made 반찬 for my lovely husband... cuz of ur recipes i could make 5 kinds .. hahaha

    자는 영어와 한국말을 잘 할 수 없어서 죄송합니다 ㅠ.ㅠ

    i wanna learn another from tiz site ... hehehe

    홧팅 ~~~~

  23. Hi, Maangchi!
    My name is Jessica and I'm 1/2 Korean and 1/2 Tennessee hillbilly (my father's from TN). I grew up in GA due to my dad being in the Army. I joined the Air Force and have missed my mother's cooking ever since she passed away while I was in college :(
    Your videos are saving me from having to find a decent Korean restaurant whenever I move, which is often! I got great bulgogi and dae ji gogi recipes from my aunt, but we never got around to making kim-chi. I found you on youtube and I just ordered your book and DVD about 10 min ago :)
    Keep up the great work, I love your videos and make my friends who love Korean food go watch them!

  24. Hi Maangchi and everyone,

    I live in Toronto (Ontario, Canada), and last year I started watching K-dramas (currently watching eng subs of Boys of Flowers and We Got Married), which led to me liking K-pop (Big Bang, SS501, SHINee, Clazziquai, Wonder Girls, 2PM, etc.), which now has led me to shopping around my neighbourhood Korean supermarket for snacks and whatever neat items I can find. I also have a neighbourhood Korean restaurant that I like to go every once in a while. Their Jya Jya Myun is okay (I might try to make it a little less bland though with your recipe), and I love having their Pork Bone Soup in the winter. I am very happy to find your website and plan to try out your recipes! I love that you took pictures of your ingredients -- it makes shopping for me much easier!


    I just moved to Denver from Los Angeles 8 months ago. I miss all the various Korean restaurants and markets and especially my Korean family members (No more homecooking!) Since then, I found your website and have become a slave in the kitchen. In two weeks I've made your recipes for mandu, dduk soup, bibimbap, bulgogi, and jjajangmyun. They have all turned out AMAZING!

    One of the biggest problems I have encountered in Denver is lack of selection of Korean markets and items. Can you post a recipe for cucumber kimchi? It is my husband's and my favorite kimchi/ban chan. Also, is the hot pepper paste (with soy sauce, sugar, hot pepper flakes, and garlic) that you make in the stir-fried squid the same paste that you use when making stir-fried pork with cabbage, carrots, and zucchini?

    Thank you for being the Korean mother I never had (my dad is Korean) and teaching me how to make delicious and spicy food!

  26. Maangchi Unnie!
    I can't begin to describe how much I love your site. A very good friend of mine introduced me after she found it and tried 4 of your recipes! As for me...I'm Korean, born and raised in Los Angeles, and I grew up on my mom's cooking but never got around to learning how to cook anything from her. I love to cook but it seems like all Korean moms cook by taste and not by recipe, which I need! And whenever she tried to explain how to make things, she would just get 'dap dap hae' and give up. Hahaha~ I did manage to learn to make kimchi jjigae, kimchi bokeumbap, and dooboo kimchi on my own but anything beyond that was wishful thinking for me, until now. I haven't had a chance to make anything yet (been busy watching all the videos!) but as soon as I can get to the store, I plan on making jjamppong and jja jang myun for my friends. It's so hard to find a decent jja jang myun place around here (I relocated to the boonies for school). Anyway, thanks again for all these awesome recipes...I can't wait to try them out! You are awesome!

  27. Hello Maangchi,

    I'm so happy that I found this website. I'm a Filipina and I've been to Seoul for more than 2 years. I was so lucky that I was able to savor the Korean cuisine. My students and friends brought me to different restaurant, and oh boy, all the foods are really good. Now that I moved to Montreal, everytime I think of Korean food my mouth waters.. I think I missed food more than my students and friends...he he he. I really fell in-love with the food and of course the culture of Korea. I had a great time... was able to tell the difference between the taste of Seoul bibimbap and Busan.

    Now, I am trying to cook some Korean dishes and happy that I can watched your video to refresh my memory of what Halmoni thought me to cook. My question is, do you happen to know if there's a Korean store in Montreal where I can buy the ingredients?

    Thanks, and I really appreciate the info.

  28. derojaus,
    You can check the category for "where do you get Korean ingredients" . I posted some information about Korean grocery store in Montreal a while ago.

  29. Hi, Maangchi!
    My name is Natalie. I was born in Korea and immigrated to CA when I was 8. Although I grew up with very Korean parents, I didn't have much chance to learn to cook Korean food because my parents divorced and my mom moved back to Korea. We live in a very rural area of So. Cal, where there aren't many Koreans or Korean stores. I love Korean food though and am cooking more of it since I've found your website and a Korean market that's not too far away.

    My husband is Caucasian and we have an 18 month old daughter. I have many memories of Korean food, like my grandmother making me shikhye on my birthdays. But the one that I find funny is when I made kimchee stew for my husband when we were dating. He doesn't handle spicy food very well, so he nearly died eating the stew. He hasn't had it since, but he's getting better about eating other spicy food.

    I love your website and it's filling in the chasm that was in my life. I hope to teach my own daughter how to cook Korean food when she gets older. Thank you!

  30. Hi, Maangchi!
    I just found your site a couple of days ago and downloaded a couple of recipes. I've cooked Cha Chang Meoyn, but got it a little too thick and cooked the noodles a little too long. It still was very tasty and satisfied a desire. I live in a small town in Arkansas and there are no Korean/Aisian food sources in this area. I have been buying most of my ingredients through the internet. I have not been able to find a source for Ddeok Guk Ddeok. Could you give me a site where I might find this online?
    I enjoy your site and your recipes and viders.


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