Planning my Korean cooking class

By Maangchi

Hi, everybody,

I’m planning to hold some Korean cooking classes in Manhattan. Right now I’m deciding what to teach and developing a teaching plan. Do you have any suggestions for me? If you were going to take a Korean cooking class, what would you want to learn in it? What kinds of foods would you want to know how to cook? How long would it be?

Since I started posting recipes on my website and YouTube, some people have emailed me to ask for a cooking class. Watching my videos on YouTube and reading my recipes aren’t enough for them!

And when I met some of my readers in LA recently, I was surprised to see how enthusiastic about Korean cooking they were! So I decided to hold some classes. I already found a cozy and nice commercial kitchen in Manhattan located next to the subway.

This is going to be a lot of fun. Once I decide on the details of the class, I’ll post them here on my website.


  1. Hi Maangchi! I love your website! I’m so excited that you’re going to be teaching a cooking class. I try to learn how to cook korean food from my mom but she never measures anything and just throws everything in. I skimmed through other people’s comments and I agree that teaching banchan first would be great. Then some jjigaes and soups. Please keep me posted on your cooking class. I live in Flushing and am definitely interested in your class.

  2. Hi Maangchi! I love your series and can’t get enough Korean food. I would enjoy 3 or 4 classes starting with banchan then graduating to soups/appetizers then a few main courses of meat and seafood.

  3. I would definitely be interested in taking your classes if I lived in NY. I would be looking forward to a tour around some Korean supermarkets (maybe two of your favorites) and showing us the products (specifically the “staple” of most Korean food). If each class had a theme it would be:

    A Day at a Korean Market (allowing people to shop for their ingredients for their home use or take notes about what to look for in terms of the shopping experience, i.e. quality, brand, etc). I, for one, have been hesitant to go into a Korean supermarket because of the simple fact that I’m afraid I wouldn’t know what to ask for and fear that I would have difficulty communicating. I know..silly thought, but I’m waiting for my friend to come along with me…and if she doesn’t, then I’m definitely going to be printing up pictures of your ingredients so I can make sure it is the right one to buy.

    Some Popular Korean Dishes (maybe two main dishes, whatever you can fit into two hours of class) and it would include a few popular side dishes that would go along with it.

    Soups. Again this would include a few popular banchan dishes that would go with the soups you choose to teach for that day.

    “Cooking made easy” theme would be recipes that may seem difficult to make but is actually really easy (for me, the kimchi recipe looks difficult and some people do have a difficult time handling seafood/meat).

    Vegetarian Dishes. I’m not vegetarian, but I’m sure you would get a lot of interest.

    Quick and Simple recipes. This would be for those with limited time to cook but need to feed a hungry family (or just their hungry tummy).

    That’s all I can think of for now. Hope this was helpful. Looking forward to a visit in LA (hopefully sooner than later)!

  4. Hi Maangchi, I’m an italian student living in Brussels (that’s basically why I’m afraid I won’t be able to be at your lessons :P ) but if I could, I’d first like to get the “basics” of Korean kitchen, such as most used ingredients, best combination of ingredients, the proper way to cook them..I believe it’s really important stuff to know when you approach a new type of cuisine; I’m saying that because I saw many people making AWFUL mistakes while cooking the easiest italian foods like pasta with tomato..

    anyway I love your videos!


  5. I just stumbled on your site as I was looking for Korean cooking instructions. I live in Manhattan and a cooking class sounds wonderful. I like Libelle’s idea to teach how to make common ban chan, and the most common comfort foods. A three hour class may be a bit long for people to commit to, two hours may be easier. Please keep me updated on when the class will be!

  6. i would love to go to your cooking class when the details are set.

    i know that i personally would like practical korean cooking. esp for those that are busy and want to come home to something really good and fast. pref inexpensive too. :)

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

    Bruce Harrington,Kit,Amie,Jackie, and Tom M,
    I don’t know how much thank you for all your good suggestions!

    It’s a wonderful idea! I love it! :)

  8. Think “Korean food” and what comes immediately to mind?

    That’s the narrow view most Americans have, at least. While I would want a class to focus on my favorites , I suggest covering the above — and supplementing with dishes that can be made in several variations. That way, your students could learn one basic recipe and be able to make a few other versions — just like you do in your own videos (meat/vegetarian, mild/spicy, etc.).

  9. Hi Maangchi! I’m a new subscriber to your site, but I love what I’ve been learning. I don’t know how often you travel to teach classes, but in Minnesota, we have a huge Korean Adoptee community who I think would love to learn from you – me included. Let me know what you think!

  10. Ooh, very exciting!! I would vote for classic Korean comfort food like bulgogi, Korean spare ribs, yakimandu, some stews?, …I’ll keep thinking.

  11. Hello.

    I know that when I teach specialized tutoring classes 2 hours is usually enough – or else you stop taking in the information you came to recieve.

    Maybe starting with some basics like ban chan – as suggested above – would be a good first class and get people familiar with some of the ingrediants. Then perhaps plan a menu with the students of what would be found normally in an everyday Korean kitchen for some further classes?

    I know that I love cooking Korean food and basically learned through taking small steps with familiar items before expanding into unknown foods and flavors.

    Good luck with your class!

  12. How fantastic! How about teaching people how to make gotchori? Not very many people know you can make fresh kimchee, and having a good repertory of banchan is always good.

  13. Bruce Harrington& has 2 comments

    At least one of the classes should be devoted to side dishes (banchan). Besides that, certainly one on soup.

    I had a very good set of cooking classes that involved about 45 minutes of lecture / explanation/ demonstration and then hands on work for two and half hours and finally eating!

    Good luck!

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

    oh, my! Thank you very much!

  15. Libelle& has 30 comments

    Maangchi ssi, annyeong! What a wonderful idea, I’m so excited for you! For me, personally, I believe that an overview of what a Korean person would eat on any given day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) would be a fantastic way to help give your students a better feel and understanding of the Korean food culture. One set of recipes I would love to see most in such a class would be the ban chan, to me this is the heart of a Korean table, which prides itself on a rich abundance of variety. I’d love a 3 class series, perhaps one day with soups and stews, another with only ban chan and another with meats and fish (sorry, I’m just dreaming away! haha) As for the length of the class, I believe the average for a cooking class is 3 hours. How I wish I could partake in your classes!!! I wish you the best of luck, although I know you don’t need it, I know you will be a great success! Kamsahamnida, for being a wonderful teacher to us all.

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