This week our Korean food fan is Stefanie Knodel from a small town in Germany named Bayreuth. Interestingly, the first Korean food she ever tasted was not in a restaurant but her own homemade mandu (dumplings). It didn’t turn out very good, but she realized it was because she didn’t follow the recipe very closely. But now she can make delicious mandu very fast!

Let’s welcome Stefanie and check out her homemade gimbap, mandu, kimchi, and hoedeopbap photos!


What is your name and where do you live?

My name is Stefanie Knodel and I live in Germany, in a beautiful small town called Bayreuth.

Tell me about the first time you ever tasted Korean food. Where were you, and what did you eat?

We have no Korean restaurants here, so I had to make it myself with your recipes. The first dish I tried was Mandu and they were awful because I did it all wrong haha! I practiced, studied your exact moves, learned about the ingredients you used and always gave my Korean Teacher  a sample so she could comment on my food and tell me what was off and what was good.

I got to try real Korean food last year when I was an exchange student in Korea, my first meal was Sam-gyeop-sal gui (Grilled pork belly) :)

How often do you cook Korean food?

Simple dishes or banchan, at least every other day, if not every day. If I want to try new recipes or more involved ones, I cook for our Korean exchange students. They are always so happy when they can taste a bit of home when I cook for them, those are the most fun evenings! That’s why I am really grateful for your recipes, because I can make these students feel a bit less homesick.

What are your 3 favorite Korean dishes?

I really love Mandu and Samgyeopsal-gui but I get really happy when I have a nice plate of Hoedeopbap (raw fish bibimbap) in front of me.

What’s your best Korean dish, the one that everybody compliments you on?

Funnily enough, the first one I made: Mandu haha! I perfected mine and I am able to make it so fast now. :) I am kind of proud of every batch I’m making.

mandu Mandu

Hoedeopbap Hoedeopbap (Raw fish bibimbap)kimchiKimchi
“I am very proud because it turned out super delicious!”

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