What’s happening to Maangchi these days?

By Maangchi

Hi, everybody,

You might be wondering why some people are leaving illegible comments on my website, or if you have Korean fonts installed, you might wonder why there are so many Korean comments these days?

Dakshana Bascaramurty wrote about me in The Globe and Mail last week, which is Canada’s biggest newspaper. Ever since then I’ve been getting so many interview requests from newspaper reporters and TV and radio broadcasting companies.

All major Korean newspapers and internet news portals have been reporting on the Globe and Mail article for days. I’m surprised at the tremendously powerful effect of the Globe and Mail newspaper!

These are the articles that I found on the internet (hehe, sorry, you can’t read it because it is written in Korean, but at least you can see the photo of my face on the kimchi video):

Yesterday, Sunday at 4:30 pm (Korean time was 6:30 am on Monday), I was interviewed by Mr. Doowon Seo on his live radio show in Korea named “Sisa Jeonmangdae” (current news) for about 10 minutes. Over the phone, he asked if I had ever expected my recipe videos would be popular like this. I answered, “No, never! I’m surprised!”

Anyway he asked how I got my name “Maangchi” when I opened the interview with: “Hi, I’m maangchi!” I mentioned how the name was my character’s name in an on-line game I used to play.

He said, “Oh, you are 52, but you used to play an on-line game”

You know my answer? Guess! : )

“Age is just a number!” He was laughing over the phone.

I was also interviewed by Mr. No Yeol Kim for the New York Korea Times (“Hanguk Ilbo”) a couple of days ago and this morning they posted this: http://ny.koreatimes.com/article/570318.

Eventually I will collect these interviews on my “About” page, if you’re interested to read them. I have some requests from Korean TV broadcasting companies, so if you’re in Korea you might see me on TV soon! I will let you know.


  1. Mikomi18 Netherlands joined 7/17 & has 1 comment

    Hi Maangchi!

    I know I’m writing a comment on an old article, but I was actually wondering what game you were playing when you played your purple haired character :)

  2. alanjesq St. Louis, Mo. joined 2/14 & has 2 comments

    Maangchi: Would you please consider a catagory called “Dried Foods”. and allow users to access that catagory to become more familiar with cooking and eating all of the various dried food products. Thanks much.

  3. sharaann24 Philippines joined 1/10 & has 2 comments

    Ms.Maangchi what’s your real name? I find your really interesting you are a pride of your country. Spread more of your recipes we are lot’s of here waiting for your next dish..Love you!

  4. korea4me South Korea joined 10/09 & has 54 comments

    Hi Mangchi Darling,

    I’ve noticed lately a lot more people have viewed my video response to your Bulgogi video. I guess it’s because of all your coverage in Korean newspapers and the internet. It’s all good. ^__^

    Stay ever-young, Mangchi, age means nothing. It’s how you feel and what you think inside that is important.

    Last night I sent in my application to teach English in Korea so please wish me good luck. I’m 50 years old but inside I am still 23 years old. ^__^

    Luv u,

  5. slyminx Dongducheon, South Korea joined 1/10 & has 2 comments

    Wow, huge round of applause for you! I’m a recent fan and shortly before becoming a fan my husband and I moved to South Korea. I’ll be keeping an eye out for you on Korean television! :D

  6. btrebilco Brisbane, Australia joined 1/10 & has 1 comment


    Just like to say thanks. My Wife is Korean and she really appreciated that I made some Korean food for her. Couldn’t have done it without your site.

    Thanks! ^__^

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