This week our Korean food fan is Angelina Arutun from Russia. She grew up in Kazakhstan, where she developed a taste for Korean food at the local bazaar.  Check out her all her beautiful Korean dishes japchae, galbitang, and baek-kimchi (non-spicy kimchi) below. All look great! I was very curious about the local market in Amaty that she mentioned in the interview. So I looked it up and found this photo on These women sell side dishes just like a Korean market!

Angelina ArutunAngelina

What is your name and where do you live?
Hello I’m Angelina. I live in Russia, but I grew up in Kazakhstan, and ever since I moved to Russia I miss Almaty a lot. I miss Kazakh and Korean people and food.

Because I miss so much, I got motivated a lot and started to learn not only korean food but language as well =) little by little I learn more and more, maybe speak fluently someday (way too optimistic=D).
Dear Maangchi thank you so much for what you do and share <3

Tell me about the first time you ever tasted Korean food. Where were you, and what did you eat?
I was little, my first Korean food was different types of kimchi. There is large bazaar which called Zelyoniy (Green) Bazaar in the center of Almaty, Kazakhstan, and there are long long Korean rows =) I thought I ate all possible types of kimchi and appetizers! )))) I loved to go there so much! And also omandu, which called pigodi in ex soviet union.

How often do you cook Korean food?
=) several times a week.

What are your 3 favorite Korean dishes?
Guksu, mandu, and samgyopsal-gui

What’s your best Korean dish, the one that everybody compliments you on?
Japchae and steamed buns. My family like them a lot <3


white kimchi

White kimchi



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