Dinner with Philip Gowman

By Maangchi

Last week I met Mr. Gowman in a restaurant in Koreatown. I didn’t know I was being interviewed by him until he said “Oh, I forgot my tape recorder.” Which freaked me out! I usually don’t like to be interviewed, I like to make friends.

But I found out he’s a very nice man, and very intelligent. He runs the website London Korean Links. What surprised me about him is that he has no connection to Korea besides just being interested in it. He visited there a few times on business and became fascinated. When I met him he was reading a book about May 18th!

Philip Gowman in Koreatown, New York

Philip Gowman in Koreatown, New York

His website is very interesting to me. He has a lot of great articles for people who are interested in Korean culture, with a local focus on London, England. It’s all in English. It’s hard to find this kind of information anywhere.

If you are interested in his article about me, you can read it here. I’ve been very lucky with my website, I got to meet so many great people because of it, and he’s definitely one of them. And if I ever go to London, then I will interview him :)


  1. It was very interesting interview. :) I follow you on youtube for a long time and I wish I would leave more comments! Because your audience not only immigrants from Korea (as this lovely man said). I am personally from Russia, Moscow (we are crasy about Korean food there!!!) and my other 10 friends that follow your recipes are from all over the world! You’ve captured much more hearts with your warm cooking videos than you know of. :)
    Good for me that now I leave in London and can use restaurants tips from this man’s website! How useful for me. hehehe :)
    I am wishing you all the best! You rock, Kim! :)))))

  2. wow…you look a lot like someone I know in Toronto. She used to work for one of the Korean community organizations.

  3. Oh! I was picturing the moving story which mentioned in the article. It is so touching when the father recalled his memory with tears through the taste of food which made by the daughter. :.(

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,047 comments

      yeah, I have been receiving so many touching stories through email, YouTube messages, or introduction page on the forum. This story made me a little cry because I exactly understood how the old man was reminded of his wife’s cooking!

  4. Reinier Rotterdam, The Netherlands joined 2/09

    Great intervieuw! I agree with Alex!

  5. Wow.. I didn’t know you were a counselor for abused women and were from Jeolla Province, home of the best tasting Korean food! Great to have learned more about you Ms. Kim ^_^;; hehe

  6. I look forward to it!

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