The trip to Minnesota from July 8 to 10 was very exciting! I met a lot of interesting people even though I stayed very short time. When I got contacted by one of my long time blog readers Amy King who asked me to be part of the event, I was very happy and honored! Passport to Korea! I love the title!

Amy and me

with MC Jung Hae Lee, me, and the president of NoPAK (Network of Professional Adopted Koreans) John Perry

It is known that more than 13,000 adopted Koreans are living in Minnesota. I always think adopted Koreans living in different cultures are very cool because they have the best of 2 cultures in their roots: Korean culture and another culture. Every single person I met at the event was friendly, open minded, and was eager to learn about Korean cultures, language, and food! When I went shopping with a few people for the cooking demos, even in the car, they practiced some Korean words! Everybody seemed to work hard to make the event successful which really impressed me.

The event was sponsored by Korean Consulate General in Chicago, Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles, and Korean Tourism Organization. I was surprised at the wide variety of performances featured on the stage: Korean drums, traditional dance, Taekwondo, piano, food tasting, and the most interesting thing for me was Korean costume fashion show! Have you seen the drama “Queen Seondeok”? I met the designer who made all the costumes for the actors and actresses. Her name is Hyun Sook Lee. She said she brought more than 120 costumes for the fashion show from Korea.

This costume is from the drama Queen Seondeok

I did my cooking demos twice on July 9 and 10 at the Mall of America which is known as the biggest shopping mall in the USA. On July 9, I was interviewed by local FoxTV news reporter Todd. He asked me, “what is Korean food?” wha? Can anybody who reads my website answer the question quickly? : )

I met Jon Huston who was on Korean reality show about finding his birth mother. When I read his story, it was  so touching that  I cried!

with Jon Huston and his children

And, And who else!

OMG, my readers! While I was doing cooking demos, I could notice who my readers were among the audience! They were giving me huge smile during my whole cooking demos. They came to me after the demos and we took some photos together. My heart gets warm whenever I meet my readers. Some of their children recognized my face and smiled at me because their moms or dads make their favorite Korean dishes and watch my videos together. So I have many little children fans!

My readers who came to the MOA to see me. We went to a coffee shop to chat

My reader Kerri gave me this candy called “konpeito” in a beautiful box that she made for me. Thank you, Kerri!

with some of my readers who came to see me on July10.

One of my readers, Mr. Bruce Harriongton’s daughter Clare. Clare says, “I like bulgogi!”

with Danyelle and her children Ella and Ben


Kristine’s daughter Alex

with  Breanna Parslow and Carolina Lam

with Eileen


  1. SergioD Madrid, Spain joined 11/10 & has 12 comments

    Hi Maangchi!

    Is there anywhere I can find your korean version of gazpacho? It sounds so interesting!

  2. Kayla Baltimore, Maryland joined 11/10 & has 21 comments

    Oh I wish I could’ve been there! I moved from Minnesota just a short time before that event. My father is Korean and was adopted by a family in Minnesota, so he is one of the 13,000 you mentioned.

    Though I didn’t get a chance to see my father much while growing up, the time I did spend with him was filled with delicious Korean food (especially when we visit his birth mother, my grandmother), so those are some of my best memories. Apparently he was feeding me kimchi when I was 3 months old, so no wonder I always have a taste for it.

    I love to cook and I’ve always wanted to take up Korean cuisine, so I’m happy that I’ve found this site. Up until now, all I’ve known is how to make bulgogi because my Korean grandmother is reluctant to share her recipes with anyone. xD My Ukrainian grandmother is supposed to show me how to make kimchi (apparently my father used to request it by the fridge-full), but she hasn’t gotten around to it just yet. Someday, though!

  3. Epicurean Adventure Minneapolis, MN joined 8/10 & has 30 comments

    When I saw this on the news, I was so sad that I has missed it… D:
    It would have been so cool to meet the wonderful person I’ve been getting all these great recipes from.
    Oh well. Maybe next time…

  4. kobemiso joined 7/10 & has 1 comment

    You do an amazing job educating people about our culture and I thank you for that and it’s unfortunate the news people were being so ignorant and rude.

  5. Donella joined 5/10 & has 9 comments

    I can’t believe that reporter didn’t know your real name is Maangchi. Just kidding, but seriously he should have mentioned the name Maangchi more often.

  6. mama2ebl joined 7/10 & has 2 comments

    It was sooo much fun to meet you! We had a blast that day and we especially loved your cooking demo. It’s fun to see our picture on your blog! We feel famous now. Keep the recipes coming, we love your food!

  7. Brigitte Montreal,Canada joined 1/10 & has 29 comments

    That picture of you holding that little boy is soo cute!

  8. dleehall South Plainfield NJ joined 9/09 & has 3 comments

    Everyone looks so happy to meet you. I think you did a very good job with the local TV news interview, But the interviewer was incompetent, rude and amateurish.

  9. MrsKim Elko, NV joined 3/09 & has 7 comments

    HOW FUN!!! I wish I could have been there! I LOVE Queen Seonduk and all the costumes – I would have died seeing the fashion show!!!

  10. Borareed Berkeley, CA joined 7/10 & has 1 comment

    Looks like a fun event…any plans to come to the SF Bay area?

  11. AliciaMarieLivs Columbus, OH joined 2/10 & has 7 comments

    lol I was expecting him to say Maangchi because I am so used to calling you that instead of Emily!! :D Nice event, you should come to ohio during our Asian Festival!!!

  12. LuccaQ Buffalo,NY joined 6/10 & has 30 comments

    Looked like alot of fun! Your hair looks really pretty. Your friend Amy is so pretty too, she looks like a doll.

  13. powerplantop Louisiana joined 6/09 & has 70 comments

    Looks like you had a really good time!

  14. korea4me South Korea joined 10/09 & has 55 comments

    What an amazing experience, Mangchi. So much was happening! Thank you for sharing. xxxx

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