Josephine Marasigan

Here’s my interview with Josephine and the photos of herself, her husband, and some Korean dishes that she made. Joshephine’s id on my website is Dr.Moongyeunyoung. She got this nickname when she applied for a Korean visa for her honeymoon to Seoul last winter. Some people in the Korean embassy in The Philippines called her Dr.Moongyeunyoung. Moon Gyeunyoung is a Korean actress, so I guess they thought she looked like Moon Gyeunyoung? And she’s a dentist, so they called her Dr.

She said her love for Korean food started about 6 years ago when the Korean wave was just starting in Some Asian countries. She was a college student and she used to go to a Korean restaurant near her school with her friends. But she started cooking Korean food last year after she got back from her honeymoon to Korea.

She says,

“I fell in love with Korea even more when I visited it last winter, the place is so cinematic and the smell of food everywhere is just mouth watering. The first recipe I tried when I got back home was hotteok, since this was one of the street foods I was craving from Seoul. After its success, I made sure to cook more dishes using your recipes which are easy to follow. . . You make my life adjusting as a wife much easier with your dishes that can easily impress my husband and his friends.”

What is your name and where do you live?
My name is Josephine Marasigan and I am from the Philippines.

These 2 photos were taken during my honeymoon to Seoul.

What do you do and how many family members do you have ?
I am a dentist by profession but I also love cooking dishes for my family and friends so I make sure to cook when I have free time, after my clinic hours. Yes, I am a dentist with a sweet tooth as I love sweet desserts and pastries. =)

My husband and I got married last December, so now I am in the process of being a semi-domesticated wife and I must say I impress him with my cooking. =) He especially liked my japchae, he says its a refreshing twist from the usual “pansit” that we have here in the Philippines. He also liked the chicken teriyakibap that he had in Seoul, but I have yet to study that dish or look for a recipe for that. I cook a lot of dishes: Filipino, Italian, Spanish… but cooking Korean dishes always brings me and my husband back to that time we were in Seoul for our honeymoon; happy happy days in a happy happy place. =)

How often do you cook Korean food following my recipes?
I cook Korean dishes two or three times a week to bring back nostalgia and happiness in our married life.

Ddukguk:  rice cake soup

What are your favorite Korean dishes? Choose 3, please!
I love a lot of Korean dishes so its hard to choose just 3. But maybe top 3 on my list can be jjajangmyun, ddeokbokie, and gyungdan. I have yet to find the right ingredients here so I can finally make gyungdan. =)

jjajangmyeon: blackbean noodles

What’s your best Korean dish, the one that everybody compliments you on when you make it?
I think I make a fair hotteok and japchae as everyone that tastes them enjoys them so much. The dakgangjeong too was a favorite dish here when my husband and our friends drink beer here at home.

Hoddeok: Sweet pancake with brown sugar syrup

Japchae: Stir-fried starch noodles with vegetables and meat


Dakkangjeong: Sweet and crispy chicken


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

    Yum! Everything looks delicious. :) Your honeymoon photos are fantastic too.

  2. dr.moongyeunyoung Philippines joined 6/11 & has 11 comments

    Hi geri! If you have kids along with you on your vacay, don’t miss out visiting lotte world and everland. If you are into culture learning, try going to their palaces like gyeokbukgung palace and their national folk museum. For a scenic view of seoul, go to namsan seoul tower at night. Ü and for shopping dont forget to drop by at insadong, myeongdong, dongdaemun and namdaemun market! Great food is everywhere especially the streets so make sure to try them! Ü enjoy! November is autumn season but winter is fast approaching so make sure too to bring warm clothes alobg with you. Take care!

  3. go_geri philippines joined 7/11 & has 1 comment

    hi josephine! you do look like moon guen young! fellow filipino here, my family will soon have a vacay in seoul too this november, any tips where to eat?

  4. dr.moongyeunyoung Philippines joined 6/11 & has 11 comments

    Thanks Maangchi for the fab feature! Jamie, thank you! Browsed your photos and they looked great; they make me want to learn how to take a good photo and of course, make more great food! =)

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

    Your food looks so good! And so do your photos in general – what a good looking couple you are!

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