Here is my interview with Mei and the photos of her family and some Korean dishes that she made. I discovered Mei through Facebook when she posted this photo of her daughter Avril making kimchi. She said:

“My 3 year old daughter loves cooking. While I am cooking, she is always beside me to help me. She sees  Maangchi’s cooking videos everyday!”

Avril says, “Mommy, I help you. I want to make Kimchi like Maangchi did!!”


I thought this photo was so wonderful and cute, and when I contacted Mei I learned that she’s been a longtime silent reader of mine.

1.What is your name and where do you live?
My name is Meilani Chani. I am an Indonesian Chinese. I live in Batam Island, small part of Indonesia, near Singapore.

My mother is a cooking expert. Since I was young, I ate many delicious dishes from my mother’s hands. But I only ate Chinese food and Indonesian food and never tried another country’s cuisine.

It started from almost 3 years ago when Korean drama was booming at that time. Every time in the drama scenes, I saw they made one full table of Korean food, I started feeling curious. Why they always eat kimchi? Actually what the kimchi taste was?

From the first time I searched the information from You Tube. And this was the first Maangchi video that I downloaded at that time. I tried it at home, step by step following your instructions. And the result was BAD!! Because of lack of knowledge, I substituted the important ingredients from you. I couldnt find any Korean Mart at my living place, so I changed the Korean hot pepper flakes with local hot pepper powder. I didn’t make rice porridge. I also didnt use fish sauce. So I thought that it was my fault causing the kimchi turned badly :).

After two years, finally I found one small Korean Mart in my area. I was so happy and excited. And I started making another recipe from you. Thanks Maangchi!! Now I know what actually The Kimchi taste is, and of course also another Korean dishes. Korean Food is so delicious and healthy!!!

2. What do you do and how many family members do you have ?
I am a property executive. I got one 4 year old son and a 3 year old daughter. My daughter is one of your fan too. She plays cooking everyday. Talking to herself, “Yanyeom Tongdak”, “Sesame..”, “bla bla bla” (imitating your ways showing cooking) :). She is so enjoying when she watches your cooking videos. Maybe someday she will be a cooking expert like you.

Avril is helping her mom make hoddeok

3. How often do you cook Korean food following my recipes?
I am so busy when I have to attend exhibition. So I make Korean food only when I am on leave or public holiday.

yangnyeom tongdak (seasoned fried chicken)

hobakjuk (butternut squash porridge)

Doenjang jjigae

Dakjuk (chicken porridge)

ojingeojeot (fermented squid)

Jjajangmyeon (blackbean noodles)

tuna gimbap

Oisobagi (spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi)

4. What are your favorite Korean dishes? Choose 3, please!
I havent tried your all recipes yet, so I just can say, the Korean food that I like until now are Kimchee Jjigae, Japchae, and Hoddeok. I very like spicy food.

kimchi jjigae (kimchi stew)



5. What’s your best Korean dish, the one that everybody compliments you on when you make it?
The Korean food that got the compliments are dakgangjeong, miyeok guk, and hoddeok. My mother and sister like dakgangjeong. Especially miyeokguk, my mother  likes it most. Now almost everyday she cooks this dish. Because she knows that miyeok contains much calcium, so it is a healthy soup. And my daughter said “deliciouso” for the hotteok :). When I prepare ingredients and cook Korean dishes, I am so excited and happy.  Simple reason, just because I love Korean food.





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

    I agree with soju123. Your food looks fantastic. I think your daughter may very well be a cooking expert like be a cooking expert like maangchi, your mother AND yourself someday. :)

  2. Lovekoreancooking batam island joined 3/11 & has 13 comments

    Thanks all for your compliment :). I Love Korean food.
    @Mariska : Kabar baik sini. Hope Jakarta baik juga :)

  3. Soju123 New York, NY joined 3/11 & has 21 comments

    You have a very impressive array of Korean food pictures for someone who doesn’t cook it that regularly. They look great!

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

    WOW! Your kimchi jigae looks very appetizing! Apa Kabar Batam? ^0^

  5. glee98 joined 3/11 & has 2 comments

    The food looks amazing!

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

    Wow! You have certainly cooked up a storm :) It all looks so delicious!

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