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    You guys already know about me (if you don’t, you can read this here: Why don’t you tell us about yourself and why you are interested in Korean food and cooking?

    Do you have any good memories related to Korean food?



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    My company does a lot of business with exporters in Korea and was introduced to Korean cooking through them and I love it!!!!

    We eat Korean food at least twice a week at home!!!!!

    Best experience with Korean food was when I prepared my first JabChae using Maangchi’s recipe.

    Worst experience was eating a type of rotten fish in Kwang Ju a delicacy ( according to them) typical from Southern tip of Korean peninsula




    haha, the worst Korean food you tasted is rotten fish? I know what you are talking about! It’s not rotten but fermented food. : )

    It’s called “hong uh hwe” (raw ray fish) Yes, it’s popular in Southern region of Korea. It is my favorite food and I have a really good recipe for honguhhwe dish.

    When I started my cooking video on YouTube, I called my mother living in California and asked her to check out my first video “stir fried squid” dish, you know what my mother said? “aigo, why don’t you post hong uh hwe recipe there rather than squid dish! Squid has lots of cholesterol!”. She loves my hong uh hwe dish and may want to show off her recipe in her Korean church. : )

    Anyway you are not alone who doesn’t like hong uh hwe. All of my western friends don’t like it.


    I’m a grad student in Chinese folklore. I’ve always loved learning languages, and started Chinese 7 years ago. In the summer of 2005 I studied in Beijing, where I discovered the “Korean Wave” of pop culture in China. There are lots of Korean exchange students and businessmen in China nowadays. In fact, I first ate Korean food at a campus restaurant built for homesick students!

    Back in the U.S., I sought out Korean food. I discovered packaged naeng myun and went crazy with that. As my general interest in cooking has grown, so has my interest in Korean cuisine. Although I’m currently studying Mongolian and Chinese cultures, Korean food is my fave, hands-down.

    Besides Korean food, I also have a thing for bento recipes and paraphenalia. And Italian food is always a winner. Kimchi or tomatoes, all “red food” is good!

    P.S. What is Mongolian food? It is simple and delicious. Because of the nomadic lifestyle, there is very little veg. However, there are some dishes using wild herbs and veg. “Red food,” mainly meat, is eaten in the winter, while “white food,” cheeses yogurts, are eaten in the summer. Mongolian milk tea is made with salt–sounds weird, but it’s delicious!



    Hi all

    I’m from Denmark. I was only 3½ months old when i was adopted so I have no memories of korean food from back then. But this site is making up for that and I really appriciate what you do Maangchi, it’s wonderful to learn from your videos :)

    I think my worst experience/memory was back when I was younger and I thought that the major part of korean food was different kinds of bugs, ugh!! (Dunno why but those travelprogram hosts always has to eat bugs, and thats about it on the food part.. thank god I found this site so I could see koreans DO NOT only eat bugs)

    best experience: when I found this site :)

    unfortunately the korean cuisine is often in the background here in DK, those restaurants claiming to a korean kitchen also sneak in japanese and/or chinese courses..(your often left with Bulgogi if you wish korean) and I’m sure koreans in Denmark think danes has a sensitive palate, so they use like 1/10 chili compared to these recipes, haha!

    Hope to go to Korea some day and eat it all (except the bugs)

    Meanwhile I’m looking for ways to get korean grocery stuff and the like, by trawling the thai and chinese markets :)



    To Jo,

    You can purchase Korean ingredients from Germany on The site is only in Korean or German. I’m in Belgium and purchased for 5 times now and everything went smooth. Last time they even added an extra service (Korean cookies).

    There is also who has even more choice.



    Hola. My name is Anna, and I’m an asian starting a new life here in South America where Asian food/ingredients are totally rare. What sparked my interest with Korean food were Korean soap operas! I like watching actors eat from a big stainless bowl, that’s how I prefer to eat ..hehe. Though I had a few days stint as an ESL teacher to a group of teenage Koreans, I don’t remember eating traditional Korean food with them (I blame it to my very short memory.)

    Anyway, I was reading a post from David Lebovitz’s blog, where he made a pancake, and he posted Maangchi’s link, and a note that says “I love her!!!” or something like, I checked it out and got hooked since then, with this very charming and pretty woman.

    I don’t really follow recipes to the T, may it because I don’t have the proper tools (I just have the basics), or because I can’t find/afford some of the ingredients, but that doesn’t stop me from cooking, so, I tried Maangchi’s squid recipe minus the hot pepper flakes(nowhere to be found here), it was still soooo good, that it made me eat a whole small pot of rice!

    I’m hoping to get a better job, so I can order hot pepper flakes/paste online..haha!



    Hello!!!! I’m Hua from Los Angeles, CA. I was introduced to Korean food by watching Korean dramas. The food in the dramas looked so good especially ramen noodles. I’ve never seen ramen noodles look so delicious; it made my mouth watery.

    There’s a lot of Korean restaurants in LA, but I love BCD Tofu House when I want to eat Soon Du Bu Jigae. The food is so delicious. I never imagined that I would be able to cook some of the recipes. I found Maangchi on Utube and have started cooking. I’m still learning, but so far so good.

    I love learning different cultures, languages, and FOOD!!!! I can not wait to learn more recipes.

    Thanks Maanchi for all your videos!!!



    Thank you Kurt for the suggestions, guess its time to brush off that school german hehe! (silently thank for the pictures)

    do you know if there are special circumstances with taxes? dunno how it is in Belgium, but Denmark love their taxes so sometimes ordered stuff can suddenly become very expensive :(



    I never paid any additional taxes upon receipt. Guess because we’re all in the EU. When I get shipments from out of the EU, Belgium customs do indeed charge quite some extra taxes. But in the case of Asiakauf I wouldn’t worry. If you’re not sure, maybe you can order a small shipment. Some kind of a test! Good luck to you.



    I grew up in a korean home in Los Angeles, CA. My mom was always cooking korean food. I remember one time i mentioned how i was getting tired of eating korean food every single day (blasphemous, i know..) and she said, “just wait until you move out on your own, you’re gonna be wishing you had someone to cook you korean food everyday.” She could not have been more right. I’ve been traveling around the world as a part of my military service and everytime i get stationed somewhere new i try to find a korean restaurant, but i have yet to find one that tastes right or has what i’m craving. I’m in Fort Worth, Texas now, and i’ve been looking for local korean restaurants but they all seem to be either a drive away or just way too expensive. I just happened to stumble upon Maanchi’s site while searching for menu’s with korean food, and i am really excited to give korean cooking a try.

    “Give A Man A Fish, Feed Him For A Day. Teach A Man To Fish, Feed Him For A Lifetime”

    Thanks Maanchi!

    Good luck.



    Hi my name is Jennifer. I was born here in Tacoma WA, my mom is from thailand and dad is american. My best friends from childhood were korean and I would eat at their families homes where I had kimchi for the first time and having potbingsu on hot summer days. I was looking how to make kimchi and found this website, then I got addicted to this website and made several recipes like kimchi, oi nengkook, job chea … so many things. I always like home made korean better than restaurant.



    Hi. I started to love korean food when I lived in LA, especially tofu soup. There are a lot of tofu house in LA. Now I live in Vancouver, and I haven’t found any tofu house that is as great as the one in LA. I’ve been craving for soon dubu, and I am glad that I found your website. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your recipes.

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