This time our Korean Food Fan is Viktoria who lives in Sakhalin, Russia! I had learned about Sakhalin in school, but I’ve never met anyone from there. Viktoria is the first Russian to be featured as a Korean food fan, so it’s nice to meet her and I’m happy to hear that she’s preserving her Korean heritage through cooking Korean food. I’d love to go to Sakhalin someday to taste their octopus and sea urchin!

What is your name and where do you live?
Hello! My name is Victoria, I live on the island of Sakhalin in Russia.
I am very pleased to welcome everyone to this wonderful site! Maangchi, thank you very much for the site and the promoting Korean dishes.


Me and my husband

Tell me about the first time you ever tasted Korean food. Where were you, and what did you eat?
As a Korean living in Russia, I have been familiar with Korean food since childhood. I’m living near the sea, so fresh seafood like octopus and diverse fish is always available. I like dishes such as: samgeopsal gui (grilled pork belly), bulgogi, mak kimchi, kkaenip-kimchi and more. Korean food is brilliantly simple to make and very tasty!

How often do you cook Korean food following my recipes?
Through your website, I often cook Korean dishes. Many thanks to you Maangchi! I used to cook meals Russian and Korean, but now more Korean! I have a lot of traditional Russian recipes that I can share. There are dishes for vegetarians.

What are your favorite Korean dishes? Choose 3, please!
Yangnyeom tongdak
, bibimbap, and miyeokguk.

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




In Moscow







Kimchi and grilled pork



sea urchin

Grilled sea ​​urchin



Steamed mandu

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