Maangchi came back home

By Maangchi

I came back from Korea last night. I brought a lot of Korean stuff with me.

The customs officer at the airport asked me, “What are you bringing from Korea?” I said, “, just some dried fish, dried anchovies…” emphasizing all fish is dried. If I say just fish, I knew they were going to check out all items one by one in my baggage.


She asked again, “anything else?” I answered, “dried seaweed…” She let me go through quickly. : )

At the Korean airport, I got caught because I carried 10 small packs of soju (liquor) and 1 bottle of grapeseed oil. Even though I knew I was not supposed to put any liquids in the carry on bag, I totally forgot about the regulation. Oh, I really felt frustrated. I said, “Can I save one small pack of soju by putting in my zipper bag?” Of course they said, no. : )

Anyway, here are some photos I took in Korea. Anybody who feels homesick or misses Korea, smell the photos. These are very fresh. : )

I bought very popular steamed mandu sold at the entrance of Nam Dae Mun market. It was delicious, but I could not figure out what is inside. All ingredients were ground.

People were lining up to buy the famous mandu. It took about 30 minutes to wait for my turn.

In sa dong area in Seoul. So many shops and street vendors. The road is full of tourists and most items are super expensive.

Itaewon area. I bought a nice cool jacket for only 10,000 won which is about $10 dollars!

A restaurant near Shin Chon area in Seoul looked very popular for their cold noodles (Naengmyun). The taste was awesome, but as usual I had a stomachache that night. They are probably not careful enough when handling the cold soup (yuk su). That’s why I’m always worried about eating Naengmyun at a restaurant. I always get a stomachache.

Homemade naengmyun is the best.

On the way back home, from the bus to the Incheon International airport, I took this photo.

I forgot the name of the bridge, but the river is the “Han river”

With my friend, Ann Spring, I had this bone soup. Whose bones? Maybe dinausaurs! : )

No, it is pork bones.

My old friend in Seoul. He has been teaching English at a university for 10 years.

Whenever I went to a restaurant to eat some charcoaled pork or beef with my son, I ordered this liquor called soju. I can drink a half bottle of soju. Ooh hee!

After eating all meat and salads, I ordered this handmade spicy noodle soup. It was fantastic taste! The old pot which has so many dents everywhere is showing it has been being used at the restaurant for a long long time. I bought a new pot. I will show you guys later when I make a cooking video.

This restaurant gave us a cotton glove and a plastic glove for each person without any explanation at all. So I experimented by wearing the cotton glove on my right hand and the plastic glove on my left hand.

Later the waitress came and taught me how to do it. I should wear the cotton glove on my left hand and the plastic glove over it. The reason is that I can hold the cooked ribs with my left hand while I use chopsticks in my right hand to pick up side dishes.

Oh, beautiful country. 70 percent of land in Korea is composed of mountains.

I took this photo from the express bus to visit my hometown in Southern part of Korea.

“bibimbap with raw fish”(hoe dup bap), the taste was so-so. They were very stingy with their ingredients.

I’m at a coffee shop in Kang Nam area with my son. The coffee is chocolate mint hot coffee.

It was a very relaxing day.

This mandu noodle soup in Myung dong is very popular. I used to go there when I studied in Seoul. They serve super hot spicy kimchi that attracts many people. It was delicious!

I stopped by this ice cream shop while walking around Myung dong in Seoul. All four walls were full of comments written by customers on post-it notes. I could not stand the stuffy atmosphere and got out as soon as I could. But the ice cream was very soft and sweet!

A monk surrounded by people, was drawing on the street with brush and chinese ink.

I bought this snack made with millet powder and sweet red bean paste. Ddeeeleeecious!

They are showing us how to make rice cake and selling it, too.

This is very sticky sweet snack called “Yeot.” The seller is slicing the yeot very thinly using his plane (on the left) to sell it to a customer. I used to eat it when I was young.

Barbecuing chunks of marinated pork and rice cake.

This chicken and shrimp salad at “Outback steak house” was good.

On mother’s day, my daughter gave this to me! boo Ya!!

My daughter and I are comparing which corn is bigger. I love corn. : )

It was very cheap dinner. Gimbap and sea plant salad. (Miyuk salad, do you remember? I posted the recipe on Youtube and my blog).

All smoke from the charcoaled bbq is sucked through the fan.

This soup is “Chu Uh tang” using mudfish. It’s not my favorite dish, but my cousin bought it for me. She said it’s good for our health because the mud fish was ground so the soup contains lots of calcium.

A huge charcoaled bbq restaurant. Interior design is cool!

aww, I forgot to take a photo at the beginning because I was very hungry. Bibim naeng myun.

I will show you how to make it soon.

oh yayeee, my favorite food, “whae,” sashimi in Japanese. It’s black snapper.

When I ordered black snapper, they gave me these side dishes for free!

An alleyway in Itaewon, Seoul, where many of the restaurants are foreign-owned.

Sinchon area, Seoul, near the woman’s university.




  1. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
    Posted December 26th, 2008 at 8:11 am | # |

    Of course food is the same, but the recipes are a little different by regions.

  2. saima
    Posted December 26th, 2008 at 7:23 am | # |

    is south and north korean food is same or different?

  3. emily
    Posted November 20th, 2008 at 11:07 am | # |

    Whatttt?? maangchi is married and she have kids also oh you looks soo young and i really want to pic of your Kids :)!!!

  4. Eleanor
    Posted October 17th, 2008 at 8:43 am | # |

    I can’t believe they robbed you of your soju and grapeseed oil! Hahaa, actually the same thing happened to me, I just wasn’t thinking about it. Great pictures and videos, I just came across your site and I’m excited to try out the recipes. Great job, thank you!!!

  5. Sylvia joined 9/08
    Posted September 13th, 2008 at 8:14 am | # |

    You have grown children!?!??!!!!
    In your videos you look like a college girl :)
    You are so fit and young looking.
    I guess it’s all the healthy Korean food.

  6. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
    Posted August 10th, 2008 at 7:09 pm | # |

    You are right. Hoddoek! : )

  7. Lil
    Posted August 10th, 2008 at 6:17 pm | # |

    The treat in a cup is Ho doek. (forgive my spelling.) Sometimes they serve it in a cup or sometimes with a cardboard holder. (flat pancake with peanut and sugar filling fried in oil)

  8. Lil
    Posted August 10th, 2008 at 6:05 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi and welcome back home. If I ever would have seen you on the street I believe I could have recognized you. =) How neat you got to visit Korea!

  9. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
    Posted June 7th, 2008 at 9:06 pm | # |

    I’m so happy to read your message. You liked my photos of Korea that I recently posted. Yeah, you really seem to miss Korea and Korean culture. It’s very nice!
    Thank you very much!

  10. bodegalee
    Posted June 7th, 2008 at 7:44 pm | # |

    I’m so thrilled to have found your blog/website! If only I’d found it earlier, I might have been out of the ol’ sweatpants earlier! I say this because some of the dishes we love take a lot of time. You have provided a ton of suggestions so I think we can reduce the time it takes to make! :) I love teh Korean Kitchen Cookbook and this is the recipe I’ve always followed for Mandu, but can’t wait to try yours. Our situation is a bit more challenging unfortunately due to my children’s allergies/sensitivities. So the wraps arent exactly the same altho after several trials think I’ve found one that works fairly well!

    I love, love, LOVED your footage, photos of Korea! Thank you for sharing. I dream of returning with at least one, maybe two our children. Our family came together thru adoption and we love Korea, talk of it always.. Hopefully soon we will be able to visit!

    Thankd again for your great blog/website/tutorials, etc.


  11. Agasuka
    Posted June 1st, 2008 at 3:50 am | # |

    Did you son and daughter go back to Canda with you?
    If I were them, I would stay there, because it seems very fun there!

    Will you post pictures of your home town? I am imagining you as a young girl cooking with your grandma in a wooden house in the country side.

  12. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
    Posted May 31st, 2008 at 4:07 am | # |

    Kimchi mandu is very easy. Add chopped kimchi in the filling. You can decrease the amount of other ingredients if you add kimchi.
    Kimchi stir fried rice recipe is in my blog. Check out Kimchi bokkeum bap recipe.

  13. Anonymous
    Posted May 31st, 2008 at 1:06 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi,

    Can you make kimchi mandu? and kimchi fry rice too? thanks

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