Susanne van Heijst

Here is my mini interview with Susanne and some photos of Korean dishes that she made and her friends and family at her Korean food party. She has been cooking Korean food more than 8 years in the Netherlands where she lives. When you see her profile photo below, you will see how happy and serious she looks when she shapes steamed pork buns (jjinppangmandu).

What is your name and where do you live?
My name is Susanne van Heijst and I live in the Netherlands. I was adopted many years ago.  I found my biological family in Korea. So for me Korean food brings everything together. It’s my identity, my passion and my love. although I can’t speak a word with my brother we love eache other very much. I’m in contact with my biological familiy ( father, 3 older brothers and a lot of nephews and nieces).  I visit them once a year especially on holidays..My sister in law is a very good cook, but she doesn’t speak English….. such a pity.What do you do and how many family members do you have?
I work as a Personal Assistant, I’m married and have 2 beautifull children: a 9 year old boy and a 6 year old girl. My children love my korean food but my husband is not so keen on korean kimchi. My friends love to come over for a korean meal.

“I had 12 people around to celebrate my brother’s vistit to the Netherlands. 2 of my best friends, my own family, my 2 brothers (one from korea and one lives in the Netherlands) and my neighbour came over for the Korean food party. The big guy in the white t=shirt is my husband hahahha.”

“I prepared this meal for my brother who visited me from Korea.”

How often do you cook Korean food following my recipes?
I usually cook twice a month – I’ll feel misarable if I won’t eat korean food. And I  make korean food if I see nice ingredients such as napa cabbage  or cucumbers
talapia filet pancake (she used talapia instead of cod in the recipe)

“We love to dip this cabbage in Samjiang”

What are your favorite Korean dishes? Choose 3, please
Bulgogi, Kimchi, and galbi
Oijangahjji(Korean cucumber pickles) and oisobagi (spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi)
Cooked vegetables for bibimbap:  kongnamul muchim (soybean sprout side dish), sigeumchi namul (spinach side dish), carrot, beef, mushrooms, and zucchini Gajinamul (egg plant side dish), oisobagi, seasoned gim, and bibimbap

What’s your best Korean dish, the one that everybody compliments you on when you make it?
all the food…. Most of the time I’ll make Bulgogi, with al lot of mixed vegetables / side dishes. I teach my friends how to make kimbab etc.. and refer them all to your site.


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

    still progressing in korean food. love the taste and smell. Maangchi inspired me to have my own blog.. please find out. just for the dutch foodies

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

    Geweldige gerechten^-^ you really very good in cooking korean-food, lots of favorites dishes=3

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

    Hi Maangchi, we have worked hard. our new upgraded blog is finally ready. please check out or
    thanks susanne and reinier

  4. jimin Oakville, Ontario . Canada joined 9/08 & has 18 comments

    Maangchi, I love and look so forward to reading your fan page. Susanne your story was especially wonderful to read. Have a very happy new year.

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

    OH maangchi, Also for you happy new year. I hope we will have a nice and delicious new year to come. Thank you soo much for the nice fan page, such an honor. susanne

  6. arale1402 United Kingdom joined 9/10 & has 14 comments

    oh I miss Bibimbap. Suzanne’s looks very scrumptious ^^

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