Here is my mini interview with Steve Teh and the photos of the Korean dishes that he made. I ran into Steve when I went to Malaysia for my Gapshida trip, and he recognized me at my hotel restaurant, where he works as the executive chef. I was so thrilled to meet a reader of mine so randomly. These food photos were taken with his camera phone. You can read the story of how we met on my blog.

What is your name and where do you live?

I am Steve Teh and I live in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I was born on the northern island Pulau Pinang, and grew up in Northern Malaysia in a small town called Sungai Petani in Kedah State . After high school, I studied at KDU College in Petaling Jaya for a diploma in culinary arts.

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

After I graduated, I worked as a chef in 5 stars hotels around Kuala Lumpur. Now I work in F&B as the Executive Chef. I’m the middle child in my family, with an older brother and a younger sister. They still live in the Northern Malaysia with my mom.

How often do you cook Korean food following my recipes?

I cook dinner for myself almost everyday… if i’m not lazy LOL… I cook Korean food about once a week, or to dine out with my friends. But I make sure my fridge is stocked up with kimchi and kkaktugi most of the time…

gyeranjjim (steamed egg side dish)

kkakdugi (cubed radish kimchi)

kimchi (napa cabbage kimchi)

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

Kimchi, miyeokguk and LA galbi

Steve said he replaced LA style beef ribs with lamb ribs and it turned out very delicious

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

Almost everyone loved all the Korean food I made, but personally I like my kimchi and LA galbi.

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