Here is my mini interview with Lanie Kruszewski and photos of Korean dishes she made. She posted all these photos on her flickr page and I really enjoy  reading her description about every photo of her dish  she made. I think she could become a food writer someday. She says, “..Thank you very much for this opportunity, Maangchi!  I’m excited to be a part of your website :)”

1. What is your name and where do you live?
My name is Lanie Kruszewski, and I usually live and go to school in Harrisonburg, Virginia, but right now I am in Washington, DC, for a summer internship.

Kongguksu (cold soymilk noodle soup)

2. What do you do and how many family members do you have?
I’m a Psychology Undergraduate student at James Madison University and I have two sisters.

3. How often do you cook Korean food following my recipes?
I cook Korean food almost every day! Bibimbap and gimbap have become my lunch staples, because they’re so flexible — I can use anything I have!

tuna gimbap

kimchi gimbap


4. What are your favorite Korean dishes? Choose 3, please!
This is such a hard question! I often think that the recipe I’ve most recently tried is my new favorite….until I try another one!  For right now, though, I’d say that hoedeopbap, the spicy anchovy side dish, and stir-fried squid are my favorites.

(raw fish with rice and vegetables)

stir-fried dried anchovy side dish

stir-fried squid side dish

5. What’s your best Korean dish, the one that everybody compliments you on when you make it?
Hmmm, well my mother really loves gaji namul — she’s started to make it herself, now, and will just eat a bowl of it for breakfast! My friends, though, are big fans of both tangsuyuk and hoddeok.  Those are my go-to recipes for feeding the college crowd :)

gajinamul (egg plant side dish)

hotteok (sweet pancake with brown sugar syrup filling)

stir-fried fish cake side dish (uhmook bokkeum)

avocado pancake

gamjatang (pork bone soup)

Samgyeopsal gui (grilled pork belly)

Pajeori (green onion salad)

gyeongdan (rice cake balls)

kongjorim (soy bean side dish)

pasanjeok (skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef)

kongnamul muchim (soy bean sprouts side dish)
ojingeochae muchim (seasoned dried shredded squid)

broccoli pickles


kimchi bokkeumbap (kimchi stir-fried rice)

kongbiji jjigae (ground soy bean stew)

Yukhoe (Korean style beef tartare)


  1. pocketnico Richmond, VA joined 12/11 & has 1 comment

    From one Duke to another, you go girl! Amazing dishes! You certainly make JMU proud just with these photos of your creations =)

  2. MariskaLim Jakarta, Indonesia joined 2/11 & has 55 comments

    WOW!! You’re really a Korean Food Fans! Your delicious photos makes me want to cook more often. ^^

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