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    I was born in Seoul but was adopted by a couple in Minnesota, where I arrived to them at four months old. Of late I’ve been more and more interested in Korean culture stemming from my interest in Korean pop music and watching a lot of Star King and Star Golden Bell on youtube!

    The only taste of Korean food I’ve ever had was when I went to Korean Culture Camp when I was nine. It was a camp specifically for Korean adoptees, to teach them about Korea. They tried to give us Korean food for lunch, but it tended to backfire. In Minnesota (back in the 1980s) I know my mother’s idea of ‘spicy food’ was adding chives to the mashed potatoes, so having even a taste of the red-hot kimchi was enough to make a huge line at the water fountain after lunch.

    Watching Maangchi cook is very much like I imagine watching my Korean mother cook would have been, and it makes me feel more in touch with my Korean self. Thank you for putting up your videos!





    I just found this blog and I am thrilled!!!!

    I am from Germany and halfkorean!!! So I eat korean food on a regular base, but there are recipes my mom can´t cook!!!!

    So last Oktober when I went to Korea I usually take the chance and eat all my favorite food!!!

    So therefor I am thrilled to have found this side!!!

    Maybe I will be able to teach my mom a couple of dishes…;-)



    Hi. I’m Ali. I’m an American teaching English in Seoul. I’ve been here almost two years. Despite being friends with almost only Koreans, none of my friends know how to cook. I stumbled across this site and love it! I’ve made a few dishes and taken then to work for lunch and my Korean coworkers are impressed that I cook better Korean food than they do. haha



    Well hello to everyone and Maangchi I joined because I am very interested in Korean food mainly because it is spicy and has lots of vegetables. At my school we are all very health conscious and so am I i switched form whole milk to soy and skim and I cut out alot of excess breads and animal products! I cook Korean food now because it tastes great and it’s far better for me.



    Hello people.

    My name is Wangari. I’m actually African, i was born in Kenya. My parents worked with a lady who’s Korean and she invited us over for dinner. We ate Kimpap and some sort of potato stew. She let us try Kimchi, but at first, i didn’t like it. Then i started watching the dramas, and loved it, especially the sayings such as, ” 야

    시끄러” So I decided to start learning the language. I’ve been studying for 3 months now. So obviously the next step was to learn how to make the food, and here I am. I live in the Chicago surburbs. I actually found a restaurant that sells tofu stew and a market. So that got me excited. I am looknig foward to learning more.



    I was introduced to Korean Food when I was in the Navy. My ship went to Busan Korea 12 times during the three years I was onboard. When I came back to the US it was very hard to find Korean Cook Books in English.

    Now I have some very good Korean Cook Books and with the internet I can cook some very good Korean food. I have had Koreans tell me to open a Korean Restaurant specializing in my Buckwheat Soba Noodles in Spicy Sauce. But I am to lazy to open a Restaurant.

    Next I have learn to make Kimchie.



    Hello Everyone.

    I’m 23 and going to school. I just am soooooo happy I found this site. I lived in Korea for 2 years and have been back for about 7 months now and alls I can make is 김밥 and 김치찌개. I miss korean food but now I can make it and all my happy memoreis will return.ㅋㅋㅋ Thank you soooo much. I miss korea so much that I have to keep up with my korean dramas, east of Eden, Boys over flowers, and such. I love Korea I wish I could go back.




    My mother is Korean, my father caucasian. My parents met when my father was in Korea in the Army. Then they had my older sister and then me and my twin sister! I have so many fond memories of eating Korean food with my mother & sisters. Now that I’m older(36) it brings back all those good memories to eat korean food. My husband and four children love korean food too! My son told me once that he would live with me until I taught his wife how to cook korean food:D. I am so happy that my good friend showed me your website. You’re so cute Maangchi, thank you for taking the mystery out of korean cooking!!



    Hello Everyone,

    My name is Vanessa. I married a Korean :) I knew nothing about Korean food or culture before meeting my husband. I love all types of foods and am thrilled to add Korean to the list. Now that I cook it all the time I have many questions. I look forward to learning.

    Kind Regards,




    Hi Maangchi!

    My name is Lisa and my Korean name is Lee Lil Young. I was born in or around Seoul in Hongsung county- not sure. I was 5 years old and my sister 9 when we were adopted to the USA (Arizona) in 1974. We have no record of our father who was African-American but our mother is Korean. We came with records and we have our Korean genealogy of our mother. With children of our own now we plan to do a search to thank our mother for the life she chose to give us, send her pictures and possibly find out about who our father was. My adoptive mother kept our Korean name as our middle name which I am thankful for. I grew up in a wonderful large Irish Catholic family.

    My memories of Korean food are so deep and emotional. When my sister and I get together to eat Korean food, we get so excited talking about this flavor and that, and remember these noodles? I absolutley adore food of all cultures but Korean food is dear to my heart of course! I have several cookbooks and just watching you cook stimulates me to make Korean food again!

    I am also interested in raw food vegetarianism and so many Korean dishes are perfect! Fermented vegetables are so good for the bowel and I loooooove kim chi. Speaking of, please can you post mustard green kimchi? I have had store bought but it was bitter and too salty. I know just about every vegetable can be made into kim chi! I love your website and videos, Maangchi, and I am so glad to see such passion for Korean food in the world! Thankyou



    Hi Maangchi and everyone! My name is Cat, and I’m 1/2 Korean, 1/2 American. I was raised on homemade Korean food, and now that I’m 24 I’m learning how to make it myself, from my mother. Maangchi helps me out, when I forget a recipe or want to try something new. Thanks, Maangchi!



    HI Maangchi, my name is George.I and my wife are from Czech Republic now residents of Australia.We travel yearly to see our parents in Prague. Always taking Korean Airlines for staff friendlines and food. This year we decided to spent 3 nights in Seoul. Wow, What an “eye opener”. We have not seen 10,5 million people town working so efficiently, so clean, young and friendly.Living in Oz one can see people so obese that`s not funny. In 4 days in Seoul we saw only 5. and the food is served in such volume that I asked myself what is it that we eat and Korean not? I think it is potatoes and white flour. Matter of fact the European cousine is even worst. Heavy sauces, procesed food and habit not to eat much veggies is just terrible.

    Maangchi, your demo is fantastic and looking forward to learn more recipes from lovely Korea.



    Irene Tin

    Halo Maangchi, Annyong haseyo Irene imnida… Haha, i only know this sentence… I’m from singapore, love to eat korean food and also like cooking. Sometimes i’ll trying to invent some dishes(Dun worry,can be eaten^o^) for frens to try out. Maybe next time i’ll try to use korean ingredients to cook asian food then post photo on here :-P. I love to watch Maangchi videos, its always look delicous. I also try to cook ddukbokki, i’ve added some cabbages and fish cake in it. it taste more delicous… Thanks Maangchi




    Hi all, I’ve been following Maangchi and her recipes on Youtube for a few months. Like many posters here, I’m half Korean. My mom can’t cook. I always thought that she couldn’t cook American food because of being an immigrant, but I learned that she can’t cook ANY kind of food – cooking isn’t her thing, LOL!

    I was born in Seoul, came to the states as a toddler, and returned to live there a few years as a teenager, along with being stationed in Taipei and Kaiserslautern, Germany — the life of a military brat! Now I make Southern California my home.

    Luckily we have oodles of Korean restaurants and groceries here. But I have started to cook some of Maangchi’s recipes and now I am determined to try more. They are delicious. I couldn’t have imagined mere months ago that I would be making soondubu chigae – OMG! See my pix under the fans section.

    Mom lives in Maryland now and when I told her what I was cooking she couldn’t believe it. Heh-heh – gotta love the internet.



    Hi I’m Michelle, I currently live in Oregon and have always asked my mom to teach me to cook Korean food since I had refused to learn before I moved out. I’m half-Korean and had to privilege to live in South Korea, Dongducheon-si. I love KOREAN FOOD didn’t realize how much I would miss it. Since finding you’re website I’ve made bbibimbab, spinach side dish, gosari side dish. my most favorite dishes are the ssul lang tang and kkalguksu do you have a recipe for those? My mom wants me to move back in with her since I crave soo much Korean food! I wish I could then I won’t be the only one who eats Korean food in my home. Thanks for all the great recipes here!!!!!

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