Here is my minin interview with Imre and the photos of Korean dishes that she made! When she contacted me as her name Imre, I thought it was such a unique and pretty name! She’s explaining how she got the name in this interview. Check out her bibimbap presentation which is a little different from the conventional way of presentation. Don’t forget to check out her website and her work. I love the line “food is chemistry” in one of her designs. She loves food and her talent is obvious in her artwork!

1. What is your name and where do you live?

Hello, my name is Imre and I live in the Amsterdam area. Maangchi complimented me with my name so here a little explanation on how I got my name.

Imre is actually a boy’s name in Hungary but my parents loved the name so much and named me after a Dutch badminton-champion (a girl) named Imre Rietveld. At first the local authorities objected to the name Imre as a name for a girl but when they heard about Imre Rietveld, they approved the name for me. This all happened in the seventies. Nowadays there are more women with the name Imre but the Imres that I met so far, were all men. :)


2. What do you do and how many family members do you have ?

I live together with my husband and our sweet doggie Senna. I am working as an independent product designer. I am specializing myself in designing and producing handmade ceramic products. If you like you can see my work on my website.

“Ms. Imre! I love the leftover Korean food that you give me often!, I always tell my friends about how your Korean dishes are tasty! ”  : )


3. How often do you cook Korean food following my recipes?

I fell in love with Korean food a long time ago, when I was working for an international Korean trade office and the manager’s wife was Korean. The office was actually situated in the KTDC (Korea Trade and Distribution Center) in Rotterdam. Sometimes the manager’s wife would bring some Korean food for us, for lunch and everybody loved it.

Therefore I was thrilled to learn about Maangchi’s website and all her wonderful Korean recipes!  Now I can make all these wonderful dishes myself, with the help of Maangchi. It varies how much I cook from the website. Sometimes 2 times a week, sometimes less. It also depends on how much time I have.


4. What are your favorite Korean dishes? Choose 3, please!

Oh no, don’t make me choose…haha.. It’s really hard to choose only three dishes, they are all so good!  But I love Vegetable pancake with Asian chives (Buchujeon), Gimbap and Samgakgimbap and Breaded cod filets (Daegujeon).

But there are a lot more dishes I want to try on Maangchi’s website. ;)

samgak gimbap


hoedeopbap : Imre modified recipe. She used roasted fish instead of raw fish. If you are not a big fan of raw fish, you can follow her tip. Yummy chogochujang (the red sauce) looks also awesome

baechu doenjangguk


cucumber salad

5. What’s your best Korean dish, the one that everybody compliments you on when you make it?
The Gimbap and Breaded cod filets are absolute winners!

cod jeon


  1. mokpochica Michigan joined 1/09 & has 89 comments

    Fish in your bibimbap– it looks delicious! In fact everything looks delicious. I should try that recipe and you’ve given me added inspiration to try hwedubbap too.

  2. cjooj USA joined 3/11 & has 2 comments

    Your dishes look delicious Imre! I luv the way you modified the Korean dishes to fit your taste while still maintaining the distinct Korean-ness of the dishes! Come to think of it, I guess I do that a lot too! I like adding kimchi in my kimbap… and often eat veggie snacks dipped in cho-ggochijang (vinegered red spicy paste) :)

  3. Maha Jordan joined 12/10 & has 29 comments

    very nice dishes lmre ….. wish you all the best

  4. JamieF New Zealand joined 1/11 & has 120 comments

    Your food looks so delicious! The jeon looks like it is cooked to perfection. Very impressive indeed. Also, your pottery is very beautiful – do you sell it online?

    • Imre The Netherlands joined 11/09 & has 13 comments

      Hi Jamie, thanks for your message :)
      I saw your profile a little while ago and your cooking is pretty impressive too!
      How nice that you like my work. I don’t sell my ceramics in a webstore yet but if you are interested you can always send me an e-mail so I can give you price details and shipping details etc. It is no problem for me to ship to other countries.
      Bye bye! Imre

  5. Imre The Netherlands joined 11/09 & has 13 comments

    Thanks Reinier and the KTDC is my favorite Korean shop too! :) Although I don’t shop there as often anymore as I like, since I moved..

  6. Reinier Rotterdam, The Netherlands joined 2/09 & has 101 comments

    Nice dishes Imre! The KTDC is my #1 korean shopping place.

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