Photos from my LA Meetup

By Maangchi

On Feb.16 at 7:00 pm at a restaurant in Garden Grove, Los Angeles, I got together with 11 of my viewers.

“Oh, Maangchi!”
“Wow, wow!”
“I was worried about today’s weather because it has been raining all day. I drove more than 50 miles to come here!”
“I can’t believe I’m sitting with Maangchi!”


I gave my camera to one of the members, Paul Whang who’s studying film at a university.

Someone says, “Oh, Maangchi you’re more petite than I thought!.” I said, “Yes, I wear my special shoes with high heel for my videos so I look taller than I am!”

Someone says, “My husband asks me how come I keep watching your video recipes over and over again! Then I said, I should not miss any part of what Maangch is doing!”

Someone says, “My mother makes good Korean food, but she never taught me how to cook. I was very happy to find your website!”

Someone says, “Adding fish sauce to miyeokguk (seaweed soup) is a really important tip! That’s all you need to make the soup tasty!”

Time passed too quickly. Our neverending conversation kept going on and on. Eventually the waitress came to us: “Ehh.., you have been sitting almost for 2 hours without ordering food…please. Order some food.” We ordered “Tteok bossam (or ddeokbossam: 떡보쌈 in Korean: roasted meat with thin rice cake). Vegetarian Karen ordered her vegetable pancake.

Nancy brought her sikhye to share with us and I took my spicy “hong uh hwe (ray fish dish)”. The sikhye was really well made and we enjoyed it for our dessert.

I asked, “Have you ever tasted hong uh hwe before?” Nobody said yes. “Are you going to try some?” Some look reluctant and said, “y—-es!” When the chef of the restaurant wanted to taste my hong uh hwe and thanked me, all the members suddenly showed their strong interest. So I ended up wrapping some for their family members.

When I asked vegetarian Karen, “Will you try some?” She said, “yes…” cute!!! : )

I gave her only radish strips.

The waitress approached us, “Eh… it’s time for us to close..” What? Already? I looked around the restaurant and found we were the only group left.

I think we needed more time! Good food, good people! Meeting them makes me feel my decision of teaching Korean food was a good decision.


Good food Good people!


Paul Whang11

Tteokbossam (or ddeokbossam: 떡보쌈 )! Wrap the roasted meat with thin rice cake!

Dan Quach brought his own video camera and took the film.  It’s available here:


Paul Whang‘s more films that he made are here:



  1. KennyT
    Posted April 6th, 2009 at 1:15 am | # |

    Hey Maangchi, when will you come to Hong Kong?

  2. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
    Posted March 24th, 2009 at 9:35 pm | # |

    It is “shikdorak” restaurant. : )

  3. David
    Posted March 24th, 2009 at 7:15 pm | # |

    Hello Maangchi,

    I was just wondering was the restaurant you were at called “Cham Sut Gol”. It looks very similar. I only say this because I live in garden grove and thats the only place I can think of that looks like the place you were at. Thank you.

  4. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
    Posted March 14th, 2009 at 8:10 pm | # |

    Thanks a lot! Yeah, they are all good people including you! : )

  5. hopish
    Posted March 14th, 2009 at 2:29 pm | # |

    Maangchi! You’re like my idol now :]
    Dduk bossam! My uncle who lives in L.A. told me about it when he came to New York recently. I want to try it! It looks so good!
    I’ve never tried the Uh Hwe, but maybe one day I’ll be able to try ^^
    You really are brave for showing your face in the videos. And even more brave to meet people you’ve met over the internet! Thank you so much Maangchi, for everything you’ve done for us.

  6. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
    Posted March 12th, 2009 at 3:29 pm | # |

    Me,too! omg! you are going to LA soon! Get as many Korean ingredients as you can and bring them to Denmark. : )
    Your kimchi chigae looks fantastic! I’m going to link to your site. Thanks,

  7. mina
    Posted March 12th, 2009 at 12:52 pm | # |

    omg… i wish i was in LA at that time. but i am arriving this sunday. i have so many korean ingredients i want to bring back to denmark… let me know next time you’re in the area! (:

    btw, i made your kimchi chigae again and it showed up on tastespotting today! yay!!

  8. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
    Posted March 9th, 2009 at 9:21 pm | # |

    Welcome to my website! Yes, make lots of delicious Korean dishes! Thank you!

  9. Aleks
    Posted March 9th, 2009 at 9:04 pm | # |

    Me and My fiance just found your website. He is half Korean and now I can make Korean food for him like his mom did:)We love your Kimchi Recipie!!!

  10. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
    Posted March 9th, 2009 at 6:35 pm | # |

    oh, you are living in Mississauga! Some of my friends are living there. Thank you very much for your nice message!

    hehe, thank you! That’s my wig!
    Sure, someday in SF! Thank you!

  11. Hazel
    Posted March 9th, 2009 at 4:43 pm | # |

    Aww, that seemed very fun! The food looked good too! Maangchi, you look so cute with the vintage hair! It would be cool if you had an SF Bay Area meet up! I’d definitey go! :)

  12. Lilian
    Posted March 9th, 2009 at 3:05 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi,

    I live in mississauga and i have been a huge fan of korean food. I have attempted to make kimchi chigae in the past but it didnt turn out as good as i had expected. I came across your website when i was googling for jjampong recipes. I cant believe how detailed your instructional videos are!! You make all the dishes seem super easy to make and i cant wait to start my own “korean kitchen”! Thanks again for these wonderful recipes and i look forward to seeing more of you in the future! :)

  13. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
    Posted March 9th, 2009 at 8:48 am | # |

    Thank you very much!

    haha, it’s a busy restaurant.

  14. Janet
    Posted March 9th, 2009 at 1:29 am | # |

    Maangchi I recognize the restaurant you were at! I go there often too haha!

  15. Renee
    Posted March 8th, 2009 at 4:44 pm | # |

    Maangchi, what a fun party you all had! There aren’t very many ethnic restaraunts here, much less Korean, so I’m so thankful for your website and recipes! I’ve made a few dishes already and they turned out great!!! I’m going to put a link to your site on my blog for anyone interested in learning about Korean food.

  16. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
    Posted March 8th, 2009 at 11:03 am | # |

    sure, someday I am going to post the recipe for Tteokbossam (or ddeokbossam:떡보쌈). Check my grilled beef recipe.

  17. Philipp
    Posted March 8th, 2009 at 6:35 am | # |

    Hello Maangchi,

    thank you so much for keeping this up and running! I have been a fan for a long time.
    I have just a little recipe request, since I like the photo above so much: Could you maybe post a recipe for Tteokbossam?
    Thank you so much, Philipp

  18. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
    Posted March 8th, 2009 at 1:00 am | # |

    not yet, are you requesting the recipe for hong uh hwe?
    I’m going to post the recipe someday. : )

  19. deborah Toronto, ON joined 4/09
    Posted March 7th, 2009 at 10:46 pm | # |

    hi maangchi!

    everyone looked like they had a good time (and good food!) while you were visiting in LA! i have a question, do you have your recipe for hong uh hwe on your website?



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