Letter from C

By Maangchi

I’m posting this email that I received today after confirming she is ok about it.
Her email made me happy all this afternoon because I see her beautiful mind over her Korean husband.

Hi Maangchi!

I hope you get my message. I live in the States, and have been looking at your cooking videos…. they are awesome! I have a Korean husband and we have been married for 5 years now. I feel sooo bad because I can not cook Korean food and I really want this for him as he comes home from work after a long day, I want him to be SOO happy… I try so hard for him… but I’m terrible! A while back… I’ve bought every book out there to try and help me, but they are to complicated for me.

My husband is the most understandable man, and acts like he enjoys whatever I cook…

I started to search online for Korean cooking help. I found lots of cooks, but my husband kept saying its not that good. He wouldn’t let me put my time into following their method. He has been a sushi chef for over 15 years now and really works long hours, that is why I really want to have a nice home cook style Korean meal for him when he gets home.

THEN… I found you.
I was so thrilled because you showed so much detail and that is exactly what I needed! I see my husband cooking all the time at home so I know about ingredients and how to chop, even though I don’t do it… lol… So the computer is all I had. I’m so very happy that I found you… I just showed my husband last night your videos and he seems impressed and told me “I will take you to Korea Town next day off and buy you all the things you need to start your cooking”
I was soo excited! I can’t wait!! He asked me…. does she have “Got Kimchi” I said no, but I’ll ask her.

Also, that is so nice of you to place your recipes online! I can’t wait to get started and impress my husband with your wonderful meals as he walks through the door from work, AND HE WORKS A LOT!

Anyway, I’m ready to buy your book!
Thankyou very much for your time

Isn’t it a nice email? I will make her request, no, her husband’s request Got kimchi (mustard green kimchi) some day!


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

    Your friend must be good at cooking.Thanks for referring my blot to her.

  2. Hi Maangchi,

    I told my best friend about your website. She loves to took different foods and wanted to try korean food. I think this is a good thing because you show us how to prepare the food and also show what the ingrediants look like.

  3. Yes I am familiar with different kinds of kimchi. Many of my friends from my childhood are korean and often times would eat with their family but I never learned to make it until now. When I tried to make it before I wondered why I couldn’t get that thickness with the sauce it would always be runny. But now I learned on your videos .. I have to make alot because everybody here it’s it all lol. I made kimchi stew today for the 1rst time and it was really good.

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

    You know about mool kimchi (kimchi with water).

    I love Thai food. I took courses in Chiangmai when I traveled to Thailand. Unfortunately I did not have chance to taste the dish like mool kimchi there. It sounds like really mool kimchi recipe. : )

    ok, mool kimchi is my another project for upcoming cooking video.


  5. Fusion is not too bad, but to me sometimes it’s not enough of the spice. Maybe because I have thai backround.. and I’m so used to the spicy food lol. But I was wondering, do you have any good recipes for Mul (water) Kimchi? It’s simular to the thai pickled vegetables I think? We use rice powder and salt then let it sit for a couple days.

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

    We are in the same boat. : ) I prefer a authentic korean dish to fusion. But who knows? I may like fusion dish some day?

  7. Hi!!! I really love your food, kimchi is my favorite . I like to use many vegetables too!! Also the kimbap is great. It is really nice to learn real korean cooking as opposed to americanized way of cooking it. I like to learn the traditional way to cook things.

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

    You can check out my video to see what kind of cooking utensil I use that you are not familiar with.

    Probably you may need to buy an earthenware pot for stew? And bamboo mat for Kimbap?

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

    Hi, Lillian,
    You must be falling in love mustard green! : )
    Ok, I already included the request in my list of upcoming cooking videos. I will keep it in mind.
    Thank you!

  10. Ooh I second the request for mustard green kimchi. I just made some salted mustard greens, but I’m sure there are more ways to pickle and serve them. I like their natural spiciness and they are so easy to grow! Your new book looks great!

  11. Maangchi,

    This website, your videos and the recipes are absolutely wonderful!!! The way you present everything is very comprehensive and is easy to make at home. Thank you so much for everything and please don’t stop doing this!!!!

    I would really apreciate if you could do a video about food utensils that are used for cooking. Also, what pots to use for one pot meals, stews and etc. Is it necessary to buy special plates/pots…does it change the taste?

    Thank you so much!

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

    oh, Sandy,
    Thanks a lot!

  13. Hi Maangchi,

    Yes, it is a nice email. And what she just said is what we want to say, as your fans of Korean cooking videos. You have brought a new window for us to know different cultures in the world.

    There hasn’t been a very satisfied korean cook book or video whether in bookstore or internet, although so many people loves Korean food. To be honest, your work is the exception and you have done a very very good job compared with others.

    Keep up doing this amazing job!We are your fans!


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