On Dec. 13, 2008 I met up with some of my Canadian readers and viewers in Koreatown in Toronto.

I arrived there before 11:00 am and one by one they showed up at the restaurant. I noticed who was there for the meetup right away because they seemed to recognize me before I recognized them.
“Oh~ Maangchi, oh~!!”
“yes, yes!”
We just hugged each other just like long time friends!

Of course we kept talking about Korean food. Someone asked me “Where can I get sashimi grade raw fish for hoedeopbap recipe?” Someone asked, “Maangchi, who taught you your cooking skill? Where did you get all the recipes?” Whatever I answered, whatever they asked, we were ready to laugh and smile!

We ordered “grilled pork belly” which is the restaurant’s specialty. There was one who doesn’t eat meat, so she ordered “roasted mackerel with rice.”

I showed them how to wrap the grilled pork in lettuce.
“Ok, see what I’m doing. First put the cooked crispy pork in here, then put seasoned green onion, sliced garlic , a piece of chopped green chili pepper, and ssamjang! And wrap it like this and eat like this!” : )

Everybody had fun while they were eating lunch.

I suggested they meet regularly to go to a Korean restaurant together. I was going back to New York so I couldn’t join them next time.

I was told that they already emailed each other. It’s awesome! Isn’t it?

Good food, good people!


  1. Aylsworth& has 1 comment

    Is this Jin Mirak Restaurant?

  2. wow, how i envy you guys.. i also wanna met maangchi, she is my fave korean cook.. sad to say we are currently here in Japan… i love korean dish..

  3. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,045 comments

    Sure, albap is included in the list of my upcoming video recipes. Thank you! Happy and healthy 2009! : )

  4. Hi Maangchi,

    I was wondering if you could teach us how to make Al bap one of these days? I’m not sure if I’m calling it by the correct name, but it’s fish roe rice…

    I love your videos and your website. Have a blessed New Year!

  5. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,045 comments
  6. Hello, how are you? I’m new in Toronto my name is Liza. Can you please send me addresses where I can go to a Korean grocery in downtown Toronto. Thank you so much I appreciate your help.

  7. OHHH I MISSED IT! i wanted to meet with you TOO! OH BOY maybe next time?
    i hope you had a very HAPPY HOLIDAY, enjoying cooking, eating, family and friends
    PLEASE keep posting recipes i LOVE THEM
    the LOOK SO GOOD.
    I live in Toronto too, i love going to T&T and buying food!
    I HOPE i can make it for your next visit
    P.s you should definitely try out for a show on Food network LOL! i would watch you ritually

  8. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,045 comments

    I hope I can meet you next time! Happy New Year!

  9. Ah, I missed it. I was in Toronto while you were there and I was staying in the Korean Business District, too. It would’ve been fun to meet fellow Maangchi fans and Maangchi, of course. Well, maybe next time.

  10. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,045 comments

    Aigo!! lol,
    Merry christmas!

  11. Aigoo, it looks like you guys had a great time! Maangchi, you gave a great description of your meeting, you’re not only a wonderful cook, but a storyteller as well.
    Thank you for sharing everything with us.
    I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, may it be filled with much love, happiness and health.
    Thank You! Kamsahamnida!

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