Here is my mini interview with Reinier and photos of Korean dishes that he made.

1. What is your name and where do you live?

My name is Reinier and i live in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2. What do you do and how many family members do you have ?

I am an inside sales representative for Japanese excavators, Kubota brandam married to my BF for 2 years now, and I am happy we can do this in The Netherlands. Actually we are where the first country to make this possible.

3 . How often do you cook Korean food following my recipes?

Since i found your great video’s with the crystal clear explanations i cooked it more and more, and now that i found some sood Korean grocers (also thanks to your forum) I now cook about 3+ times a week Korean.

4. What are your favorite Korean dishes? Choose 3, please!

Bibimbap, Kongjang  and Bulgogi Jungol

kongjorim Kongjorim (soybean side dish) recipe

6. What’s your best Korean dish, the one that everybody compliments you on when you make it?

That has to be my favorite Bibimbap, when it’s cold outside my Kimchi Jjigae also has a high score.

bibimbapbibimbap recipe


hobakjuk recipe (butternut squash porridge)

mandumandu recipe (Korean style dumplings)

soondubujjigaesoondubujjigae recipe (spicy soft tofu stew)

Hi, everybody! (Sep.25, 2009)
Reinier said he got back from his trip to Greece and had really craving for KOREAN FOOD while traveling! He made tofu side dish, kimchi pancake, beef teriyaki and his favorite kongjorim with rice.



  1. Christian netherlands joined 7/12 & has 12 comments

    i really love your way~ its so mystic and good easy to follow~

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

    I’m so speechless and hungry when I saw your Korean dishes. All look very amazing and tasty!

  3. Observator Rotterdam joined 10/11 & has 6 comments

    Reinier, ik ken je via je moeder, en daar ben ik heel gelukkig mee (met dat ‘kennen’ bedoel ik in dit geval …grinnik)
    De Koreaanse tonijnkoekjes hebben een prominente plaatsgekregen in mijn kookrepertoire! Dank zij jou. EN natuurlijk dank zij Maangchi!

    ( very free) Translation which unfortunately does not reveale the ‘double bottom’ in the dutch text:
    Reinier, I do know you thanks to your mother. En therefore am very happy. You connected me with the lovely Maangchi, she’s not only lovely, bur furtheron very ‘usefull’, for my cooking that is…

    Maangchi, you are great in your cooking. But especially on the photo with Reinier, in Rotterdam, appearing as a real Dutch woman!

    Love to both of you and a great ‘thank you’, also meant to ‘mother Medusa’ (as I know her via Hyves)


  4. Naomi L Hong Kong joined 9/11 & has 9 comments

    Very Impressive photos!! I can feel your heart and passion on cooking!! Well done!! :-)

  5. soonyee82 Leeuwarden. Netherlands joined 7/10 & has 1 comment

    I’m so impressed!! Salivating at the sight of the photos! :)
    Could you give me some advice on how to go about shopping for the ingredients? My husband and I have just moved to The Netherlands (in Leeuwarden) and I am just learning how to look! I used to love going for Korean food back home and it would be great if you could give me some pointers cos I really miss Korean Food :( My fav is Kimchi Jigae!

    • Reinier Rotterdam, The Netherlands joined 2/09 & has 101 comments

      Shopping for Korean ingredients in the Netherlands is relatively easy, but you live in Friesland and korean shops are not so abundant there…. Maybe online shopping is the thing for you?
      You can always look here too if you want to travel a bit: for the real Korean stores.
      In Groningen there is an Amazing Oriental store which might be handy for vegetables and perhaps some basic korean ingredients (don’t a huge selection). In Leeuwareden i don’t know any store for you.

  6. littlemissfat Minnesota joined 7/10 & has 3 comments

    WOW~ awesome pictures of yummy food!

  7. tsirhcevoli USA joined 3/10 & has 24 comments

    They ALL look good! : D

  8. jennykoh Singapore joined 1/10 & has 27 comments

    Reinier,i m sure ur spicy soft tofu stew taste great…

  9. MyOwnOpus Boston, MA joined 3/10 & has 1 comment

    I’m so impressed by your dishes! My fiance can’t even boil water without burning something. :) Had I only seen the photos, I would have assumed that the dishes were made by a Korean. They’re very lovely and look delicious. Kudos.

  10. deborah Toronto, ON joined 4/09 & has 47 comments

    that’s awesome reinier!!! you are (almost) as good as maangchi! ;) makes me so hungry to see all the meals you’ve prepared–especially the bibimibap! that looks like going to a restaurant :)

  11. Reinier Rotterdam, The Netherlands joined 2/09

    Here’s for the (Dutch) people who use Hyves.
    You can add me on:
    I will start a new korean food hyve soon, because the current one is inactive mostly.

    • susannevh rotterdam, the netherland joined 3/09 & has 22 comments

      Hi Reinier, we have been chatting a bit, but do you already have a Facebook account? Facebook is the international social netwerk..:0)))) very good to meet international friends the same way as Hyves. have a look at my facebookpage.. google just my name, have fun in NY and say Hi to Maagchi

  12. Suzanne Sutherland South Korea joined 10/09 & has 55 comments

    Hi Reinier,

    Happy Halloween! ^__^

  13. Hi, Reinier.
    I am really impressed that you really love Korean food. :)
    There are many various Korean food which you haven’t heard yet,
    and Maangchi will let us know all of them always… I am sure that :-)

    It would be great if I could keep in touch with you.

    Have a good day

    Tom(Korean) from Korea

    • Reinier Rotterdam, The Netherlands joined 2/09

      Hi Tom!
      Thank you very much! Yes i really love Korean food and thanks to Maangchi i now can make so many Korean dishes, which i would otherwise never have known about.
      It really changed the way i cook and the way we eat.

      Have a good day too!


  14. OMG Reinier, I’m so jealous of your wife ;-)
    Your cooking looks so yummie.

    Anyonghaseyo from Belgium,

  15. Reinier Rotterdam, The Netherlands joined 2/09

    Hi Tony,

    I don’t speak Korean and i’m a little over 6’2′ :) But i love making good food and Korean food is so good.
    Many people, and especially Koreans i meet around here don’t understand why i make this food.

    I love making Korean and Maangchi is a great teacher!


  16. Anthony Park& has 1 comment

    WOW!!! Once I overheard my mother watching some Korean videos. When I came into the room I was shocked. It was a 6’4′ white male speaking with Lee Joo Il,(RIP) a famous Korean talk show host and former Korean politician. He spoke PERFECT inner-city Seoul Korean dialect. He had lived there forever and spoke phenomenally good Korean.

    It’s the same here. Reinier took incredible pains to make those pictures. Incredible looking dishes! Great Job. Based on your food pictures NO ONE would believe you weren’t Korean… until they saw your picture. :-)

    Congratulations and keep on cooking. I’m sure it tastes wonderful. You truly are a world citizen!!!!!! :-)

    Maangchi ajumma is great isn’t she?


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