I heard that there is a huge Korean community in Flushing, so I went there the other day. It took about 40 minutes to ride the subway from Manhattan.

I was so excited about visiting there that my heart started beating before getting there even on the subway. Yes, it was surprising scene! I felt like walking around somewhere in Korea!

I bought some items that I can’t find easily in midtown Manhattan such as a long broom, cheap hangers, and I found them! Then of course I had to stop by the Korean grocery store, Hanareum mart.

I found a good bakery store “Koryudang” to order my favorite snack patbingsu (shaved ice with sweet red bean and fruits). Almost all of customers were Koreans. I used to make it for my children when they were young. When they came home from school in hot summer afternoon, I used to be waiting for them with ready made patbingsu. Once they came home, I gave it to them and they were of course happy. So when I order potbingsu for myself, I can’t help thinking about my children and feel a little strange.

On the way back home to take the subway, I saw a woman sitting on the sidewalk selling so many different kinds of Korean vegetables that she grew in her home: lettuce, green chili pepper, cucumber, minari, small, cute pumpkins (for doen jang jjigae), and perilla leaves! I asked, “How much is it for all the “kkaennip” ? She paused some seconds and seemed busy counting quietly. She said, “20 dollars”. I said, “How about 15 dollars? I will make kimchi with them”. She paused again and “sure!” :) I know I should be generous to the seller. How dare I could ask for discount! But, it’s my life time bargain habit that I learned from my own mother.

When I came home, I made perilla leaves jangajji instead of making kkaennip kimchi because making jangajji is easier than making kimchi.

For those who may be interested in learning how to make this jangajji, check out the recipe!


  1. KrynauwOtto2 Pretoria, South Africa joined 9/13 & has 54 comments

    Maangchi, I didn’ t know you have children!

  2. BelCuore Buenos Aires joined 1/12 & has 2 comments

    How I convert this recipe instead of “soy sauce” into “spicy sauce”? Thanks Maangchi.

  3. peonygirl portland, oregon joined 8/09 & has 51 comments

    Is this the same dish I see already prepared in the Korean markets? But the perilla leaves look dark with red pepper I think. They are very salty and tasty with rice.

    Maybe that is perilla leaf kimchi?

  4. bohemeathens Berlin Germany joined 10/11 & has 1 comment

    I made this recipe the other day and instead of sugar I used agave nectar and some honey :-) It came out great! Thank you so much for posting this recipe. It’s simply amazing and I think one of my favorite side dishes. Thanks again!

  5. Bapbi Seattle joined 9/11 & has 1 comment

    Hi, I am new to this forum, but I found it looking for a recipe to pickle my perilla leaves. I don’t understand, am I to pour all the liquid I boiled over the leaves? That’s way more that needed to completely submerge them. How much liquid was I to pour over them? Thanks.

  6. Hi :) can I put garlic in this?

  7. Arne Paul joined 5/11 & has 1 comment

    I’ve tried other recipes but yours is the best! Thank you!

  8. Hi Maangchi!

    I just wanted to say THANK YOU for this great recipe! I love kkaennip and this is a great way to enjoy it for a long time without it going bad. I also made yolmu kimchi and it’s wonderful! I couldn’t have done it without you. As a Korean adoptee who lived in Seoul for a year, I LOVE Korean food but don’t have anyone to teach me how to cook it. I love your site and your videos and credit all of my Korean cooking skills to you! I hope we can meet in New York one day soon! :)

    Keep up the good work!

  9. Hi Maangchi,
    Thank you for your website. It’s been nice learning how to cook Korean food since I am Korean…by the way, I can’t believe that you have grown kids, you look fantastic! If you’re ever in Orange County CA, (original Disneyland) let me know, we can meet at my favorite bakery in Irvine. Thanks again.

  10. Maangchi!

    Thank you so much for all you recipes!
    I was wondering though like many others, when can we see a recipe up for the Spicy Kkaennip?

    My mom makes Kkaennip like that, and it’s my favorite side dish when spicy!

    Thanks again!

  11. goshhh Maangchi, this recipe is so appetising! Just by looking at the pictures already made my stomach growling! I like to eat Perilla raw :-D but occasionally, I stir-fried with some chicken filets. I didn’t know it can be pickled and turn into kimchi. I have to make this version and before that, I need to be nice and frequent customer to the Korean Restaurant not far from my home hahahha… because they grown a patch of this leaves beside their restaurant and I want to ask for the cuttings :-P

  12. maangchi,..annyung!

    the korean versin of halo-halo(patbingsu) its really good and me also like it…Here in the Philippines its called halo-halo it means mixing of ingredients…

    I want to try that one also…Im a culinary student and want to try that “patbingsu” next time…thnx maangchi I learned alot from your cooking..


  13. Hello there…^^, i was wondering what is the ingredients for making patbingsu?? seems so nice to eat…

  14. Ataciara& has 2 comments

    Hi Maangchi! This recipe sounds and looks so delicious and I was wondering since I don’t have kkaenip on hand at the moment if there is another leafy vegetable I could subsitute for it. If not thats fine; I’m sure I could find some later at the korean market…or perhaps even the japanese or chinese market ^^ I’ve done lots of Japanese and Chinese cooking but am new to the Korean cuisine, so your site is very helpful!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,045 comments

      oh, yeah? I think this recipe is for kkaenip, maybe you can try out with another vegetable, but I can’t guarantee the taste. If you have already experienced cooking Japanese and Chinese cooking, I’m sure Korean cooking will be very easy for you. : ) I’m happy to meet you through my website.

  15. I’ve been gone for soooooo long and been missing your videos and recipes Maangchi.. So today I started browsing your recipes again, looking for something that I can make,, and THAT PATBINGSU caught my eyes!!!!! You know I love that dessert..=p Oh my,, I miss Korea so bad,, even if I’m a full blooded Filipino I sure am a huge fan of Korean Culture and Foods since my boyfriend as you know is a full blooded Korean..=) Anyway,, I’m hoping to taste that dessert soon..=)



  16. Maangchi,

    I love watching you cook your recipes. My mother is Korean and makes a lot of the things that you demonstrate. I am wondering if you know the name for a dish my mother makes. She takes small pieces of beef and cooks them in water for a long time. Once they are tender, she adds soy sauce and sugar. I have looked for recipes like this, but have not found them. I am wondering how long to cook in water and how long to cook in soy sauce.


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