Here is my mini interview with Ivan and photos of Korean dishes he made. Ivan discovered Korean cooking not long ago but he’s already crazy about it.

He says: “I started cooking Korean dishes after I found out about your website a few months ago, it was also around this time that I came to know more about Korean culture. I was influenced by my friend who loves 소녀시대 (Girls’ Generation) and my interest for all things Korean started to grow, language and food especially, after watching some Korean shows!  I also began learning Korean on my own with help from my good friend and native Korean, Hoyeon hyung who gave me many pointers on not just Korean, but also how my food tastes.”

Nice meeting you Ivan! I’m very impressed with your grilled beef table setting photo. Super tender chunks of steak beef, lettuce, ssamjang, green onion, gyeran mari, and your kimchi!

I have a question for you, Ivan. In an email you told me: “My father was very happy to have found out I enjoy cooking because it reminded him of his father”

Why? Was your grandfather also a good cook? : )


What is your name and where do you live?
My name is Ivan Chua and I come from Singapore.

What do you do and how many family members do you have?
I’m a cadet pilot with Singapore Airlines and I have 3 family members, namely my parents and my sister.

How often do you cook Korean food following my recipes?
Once a week, I try… :)  although I make sure kimchi is well stocked all the time, for late night snacks and side dishes at dinner.

What are your favorite Korean dishes?
Kimchi, soegogi gui (grilled beef), and japchae.

Grilled beef table setting (soegogi gui)

What’s your best Korean dish, the one that everybody compliments you on when you make it?

kimchi jjigae (kimchi stew)

Samgyetang (Ginseng chicken soup)

kimchi bokkeumbap (kimchi stir-fried rice)

Jjajangmyeon (Noodles with black bean sauce)

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