Maangchi’s Korea visit

By Maangchi

Hello, all my blog readers,

This is a quick note for you. I’m visiting Korea tomorrow!
I haven’t been to Korea for almost 8 years!


I’m sure my country has changed a lot. (Even though I am a Canadian citizen, I always think Korea is my country.)

My new cooking videos will be updated by my friend. I won’t tell you what they will be because I would like to surprise you! : )

So, I may not be able to respond your questions or comments while I’m in Korea.
Don’t think I ignore you even if you did not get fast answer from me.
I will try to access to internet in Korea though.

I will bring back some Korean ingredients such as dried anchovies, hot pepper flakes, Miyuk sea plant, Kim (for gimbap), and dried mountain vegetables… and also some nice looking wooden dishes or plates etc…

Take care yourself,





  1. girl4708
    Posted November 22nd, 2008 at 1:23 am | # |

    You are so generous with your time and I love how much you love what you do!

    I think your cooking videos make me feel more connected to my birth culture than all the other videos on the internet combined.

    Thank you for letting me see the real way of Korean cooking. Much better than the hamburger helper I was raised on as a Korean adoptee!

  2. Jessica
    Posted May 21st, 2008 at 3:52 pm | # |

    Thanks for your reply. I see. I thought mung bean and soybean is interchangable… As I grow the sprouts by myself, mung bean is easier to grow ^_^

  3. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
    Posted May 21st, 2008 at 4:09 am | # |

    I checked your bean sprout dish photo. As I said through email, I used soybean sprouts in my video.

    The bean sprouts you made is mung bean sprouts. I usually don’t use hot pepper flakes for mung bean sprouts dish.

    Soy bean sprouts need time for about 15 minutes to cook, but mung bean sprouts may need only 10 minutes.

    If soy bean sprouts are not cooked properly, the uncooked strong flavor will remain even though you mix it with other ingredients.

    Hot pepper flakes are used for usual korean dishes and hot pepper powder is used to make “hot pepper paste”.
    However, I can use the both for korean dishes.

  4. Jessica
    Posted May 20th, 2008 at 11:40 am | # |

    Thanks for your recipe, I tried the bean sprouts side dish and it came out great. But I wonder why it has to be cooked for 15mins? Isn’t it too long?

    I got some chilli powder in korean store, they come in 2 grain size: coarse and fine. Would you explain their difference in terms of usage? Thanks a lot!

  5. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
    Posted May 11th, 2008 at 8:57 pm | # |

    Thanks for your nice greeting!
    Take care yourself too and keep all
    pictures of korean food that you make. I would like to see them!

  6. Anonymous
    Posted May 11th, 2008 at 7:05 pm | # |

    hi maangchi, have fun in Korea…Hope to hear from u soon. ydolem

  7. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
    Posted May 8th, 2008 at 9:48 pm | # |

    Dear Cactus or Frosty,
    Your writing makes me feel emotional. I feel you miss this country a lot that I’m stepping on now!

    I will taste good food,smell everywhere, and say hello to this country on behalf of you. : )

  8. Cactus or Frosty
    Posted May 8th, 2008 at 9:28 pm | # |

    Ahh….Korea land of Country or City.Love the smell of the morning in the Country and the smell of Delicious Foods ready to be eaten in the city. Korea My Homeland! Even though Twas I born in Minnesota, (USA) I have the Full blood of a TRUE Korean! I’d love to go there again! Even though Twas is 11…I will go back Sooner or later!

    -My Poem of Korea
    “Korea my Homeland or Loveland of Dreams

  9. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
    Posted May 8th, 2008 at 9:18 pm | # |

    Agasuka,anne.h,Yuri,and Keith

    Thank you very much for you guys’ good wish for my trip. Yes, I’m having a great time. thanks again every body!

  10. Agasuka
    Posted May 8th, 2008 at 8:01 pm | # |

    Have fun in Korea!

  11. Keith
    Posted May 7th, 2008 at 9:27 pm | # |

    Dear Maangchi,

    Have a wonderful and relaxing trip home. Enjoy your family.


  12. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
    Posted May 5th, 2008 at 7:25 pm | # |

    yeah, sweet rice powder is glutinous rice powder!
    I know london is very expensive.
    I went there in February, 2007.
    thank you for being my fan! lol

  13. Kat
    Posted May 5th, 2008 at 6:52 am | # |

    Hey Maangchi, I am your new fan! I saw a video of you making jeon and chapjae and kimchi jigae on and am now obsessed with korean cooking and korean food (and your blog!) I am going to make kimchi, kimchi jigae..etc with your recipes and will tell you how they go!

    P.S. I had been struggling to find sweet rice powder here in London, and when I found a packet in a korean store, the price is extortionate. But fortunately, I discovered that sweet rice powder is the equivalent of glutinous rice powder where you can find in all Chinese supermarkets for a quarter the price.

  14. yuri
    Posted May 2nd, 2008 at 1:07 am | # |

    hi ms. Maangchi!! I really love your website. Well, I know your website when I was in youtube and looking for the recipe of blackbean noodle, and i saw your video. Thanks for posting the videos. I really enjoyed them ^__^ hopefully you’ll post more ’cause I love korean food a lot. Anyway, I hope ya have a great trip in korea. >__^

  15. anne.h
    Posted May 1st, 2008 at 8:46 am | # |

    have a nice trip!

  16. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
    Posted May 1st, 2008 at 4:29 am | # |


    Thank you! I’m willing to become your older sister. : )
    It’s early morning here, my plane departs tonight.
    Take care yourself, too.

  17. Kukuxumusu
    Posted May 1st, 2008 at 2:20 am | # |

    I love you blog, your video’s and your appearance!
    I’m an adopted korean living in Belgium. You bring me closer to Korea. (And look like the biological sister I’ve always wanted ;-) )
    Have a safe trip and tell us all about it!

  18. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
    Posted April 30th, 2008 at 8:43 pm | # |

    Thank you very much!

    Posted April 30th, 2008 at 8:29 pm | # |

    I am just starting to build a social network and part of it is about cooking. I will definitely place some of your videos there. Thanks a lot! Very inspiring

  20. jo*rose
    Posted April 30th, 2008 at 4:19 pm | # |

    Have a good trip! I wish I could return to Korea myself… ;)


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