Phil Gottling

This week our Korean food fan is my longtime reader Phil Gottling and his wife Wei, from Hawaii.

Phil has been cooking Korean dishes for a long time. He first contacted me years ago and told me he enjoyed my recipes for gaji-namul and hotteok a lot. He filled out this interview a while ago, so I think he has been cooking Korean food for years! I’m very happy to hear that his wife loves his Korean dishes.

Check out their big, wonderful nice smiles in the photo below. They look like people that I can talk to for hours and hours! I love his colorful scarf, too! If I visit Honolulu someday, I definitely want to meet them. Happy cooking!

Phil Gottling

What is your name and where do you live?
My name is Phil Gottling and I live in Honolulu, Hawaii. This is my wife Wei and I in Taiwan. She’s crazy about my Maangchi dishes!

Tell me about the first time you ever tasted Korean food. Where were you, and what did you eat?
The first time I ever ate Korean food was when I was a student in New York, I remember eating at a restaurant called Woo Lae Oak.

How often do you cook Korean food?
A couple of times a week.

What are your 3 favorite Korean dishes?
Spicy fried chicken, gaji namul, and soondubu jjigae.

What’s your best Korean dish, the one that everybody compliments you on?
Spicy fried chicken, of course!

Soondubu jjigaeSoondubu jjigae

Spicy fried chicken Spicy fried chicken

Fire chicken with cheese Fire chicken with cheese

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