Here is my mini interview with Olivia Gauthier and the photos of Korean dishes that she made! She is an avid passionate person who is open to a wide range of  foods from different cultures!  Through her emails I can sense her love for her family. Her house will be always full of a delicious food aroma around dinner time. I can hear the sounds of chopping  as she cooks with her husband and her son Nicholas, and imagine her dog’s tail is wagging. Nicholas will grow up loving his mom’s food, knowing that hers is the best!

1. What is your name and where do you live?
My name is Olivia Gauthier and I was born and grew up in Indonesia , but I moved here 10 years ago . We live in a town called Crown Point in Indiana , it’s about 40-50 minutes away from the city of Chicago .

2.What do you do and how many family members do you have ?
I am a full time stay at home mom . I have a wonderful husband  Jay who loves helping me cooking and baking . And I have a 5 years old son Nicholas . I also have a 7 years old miniature snauchzer dog .

3. How often do you cook Korean food following my recipes?
I found your website when I was looking for Jjajangmyeon (black bean sauce noodles) recipe back in February this year. I probably visit your website every week and put korean dishes in my menu every 2-3 weeks . You see, I have Indonesian-chinese background, while my husband is American. We love different kinds of food. We all are adventurous eaters. I cook all kinds of food, and lately korean food has been in the menu more often. We cook Italian , Mexican , Chinese , Indonesian, and now we added korean food into our menus, which is wonderful. We love Korean food !!

“I’m sorry, my mom made delicious jjajangmyeon but she forgot to take a photo! I’m proving that my mom really made it for me by showing the black sauce around my mouth! It was too yummy! ”

4. What are your favorite Korean dishes? Choose 3, please!
Our favorite korean foods are bibimbap ( my husband’s been asking me to make more of this ) , gimbap, and japchae .



doejibulgogi (jeyuk bokkeum)

galbijjim (beef short ribs)

japchae (stir-fried noodles with vegetables and meat)

bulgogi jeongol (bulgogi stew)

bulgogi stew over rice in a bowl

“mom, your food is the best!”

jjinppang mandu (steamed pork buns)

“mom, thank you very much! It’s very yummy!”

hotteok (sweet pancake with brown sugar syrup filling)

“mom! I love this sweet stuff inside!”

5. What’s your best Korean dish, the one that everybody compliments you on when you make it?
That would have to be Gimbap , everybody thinks it’s so awesome the way they look and the way they taste too . I should make them for church potluck one of these days !!
I surprised myself too when I made those gimbap , because they turned out great and yummy and it was my first time making them !! And to think that I couldn’t even cook when I just got married 10 years ago , myhusband was the one who did the cooking back then . But since my son was born , I’ve been doing more and more cooking and baking and I think I am getting better now LOL ..


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

    Wow your photos are amazing! How did you find the steamed buns? I can’t wait to try them but am a bit afraid. We must have the same taste in food because everything you have cooked is stuff I have already tried or really want to!

  2. Brigitte Montreal,Canada joined 1/10 & has 29 comments

    aww!You have such a nice family and your son is a mix like me(im half korean half greek,born in Canada)!I want to eat with you lol

  3. kirra12 Bloomington, IN joined 6/10 & has 2 comments

    GREAT! I live in Bloomington and Im an Indonesian too :)

  4. Issykitty Los Angeles, CA joined 9/10 & has 2 comments

    Beautiful food! Beautiful family! :)

  5. jhd Los Angeles joined 6/09 & has 9 comments

    What a nice family.

    When is dinner? Just kidding.

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