Charles Drawdy

Today’s Korean Food Fan is Mr. Chuck in Arkansas, USA. The first Korean dish he ever tried was gunmandu (pan-fried dumplings) in Korea in 1988! That was an unforgettable year in Korea, it was the summer Olympics. Nice meeting you, Chuck! It sounds like you are such a good father!

Good luck with your Korean cooking!


What is your name and where do you live?
My name is Chuck and I live in Little Rock, AR with my daughter Rebecca.

Tell me about the first time you ever tasted Korean food. Where were you, and what did you eat?
The first time I ever tasted Korean food was after a night of drinking. We went to a small street stand and ordered some fried mandu (Yaki Mandu: Gunmandu). It was served to us in a cone made from a page out of a US Army training manual. I had been in Korea for about three days, and had just arrived at Pyong-Taek that morning. It was in November of 1988.

How often do you cook Korean food following my recipes?
I usually cook Korean food 3-5 times a week. My daughter seems to like it more than anything else.

What are your favorite Korean dishes? Choose 3, please!
Bibimbap, Kimchi Fried Rice, and kimchijeon.

What’s your best Korean dish, the one that everybody compliments you on when you make it?
My daughter especially likes my jjajangmyeon. I have never really cooked for anyone else.

Charles having a beer with the Little Rock Hash House Harriers at the Flying Saucer Beer Emporium.


Jjajangmyeon! Mr.Chuck updated his page with this super tasty looking jjajangmyeon photo! Yummy! Jjajangmyeon recipe is here! 


“This was my first attempt at bibimguksu… my daughter said it was really good, but not as good as her mother’s.”






  1. Mattuuggi Little Rock, AR joined 1/13 & has 4 comments


  2. siri007 Anchorage, AK joined 2/13 & has 1 comment

    Great job chuck! your an inspiration. i hope oneday my nascar loving honey will make korean food for me. Snodraken, i see your from Wasilla, cheers fellow Alaskan! Have you been to VIP on Northern Lights? Its amazing!

  3. Snodraken Wasilla, Alaska joined 11/12 & has 1 comment

    Chuck your food looks awesome!! Just a side note, I was in Korea the same time you were, I lived in Kunsan for 3 years, and regularly visited Pyongtaek. Keep on cooking!

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