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Food is magical, and my food, often.., comes with stories.

Hi,

My name is Holly.

I am the chief editor, photographer, writer, recipe developer, cook, CEO & COO, and/or any other title you can call, behind this blog.

I am a proud full-time housewife who likes to cook and feed.

I am a Korean native, which means Korean is my first language. However I write this blog in English from head to toe and I bet you will find many grammar errors and misspelled words. I do hope that this doesn’t bother you much. If it does, let me know in kind words and I will do my best to correct.

I was born and raised in a very southern part of South Korea, a lovely fishing town called “Tong-Young”.  I left Korea over 20 years ago to study in the U.S.  But ever since I married to my wonderful husband the rest is history. We traveled and lived in many countries. We currently live in Malaysia, northern VA, Buenos Aires (Argentina) with two beautiful children and a dog.

Perhaps my passion of cooking came from traveling around the world and the exposure I had with cultures and, of course, their food.  I respect, admire, and enjoy the cuisines from all over the world and my desire of trying their food never ceases. But at the end of the day when I need my comfort I always look for Korean food, the food of my home country.

I started my blog in blogger platform in March 2010, but changed to self-hosted wordpress as of May 2012. So you might find some old posts doesn’t fit well in terms of configuration. It will take some time for me to re-edit all the past posts but I will get it done slowly but surely.

I started blogging as a keepsake of my personal recipes to inherit to my children. So someday when I am no longer with them, they can remember the food they had eaten at home, and be able to make themselves. That’s why I made my blog more tutorial. This is my gift for them.

However, it will be a great honor if my recipes can inspire other people on the planet. It is awesome to be able to communicate with people through food. So, cook up some Korean food tonight. I will show you how.

Welcome to my world of Korean cooking and beyond!

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Susan D. May 12, 2012 at 5:30 am

Thank you so much for creating and keeping up this site. I am American (I’m not Korean by heritage, either), but I love Korean food. I appreciate both the stories and recipes you have included on your blog. I hope to teach (I’m an English teacher) in Korea one day, but until then, I would still like to have a little bit of Korea in my home, through cooking. :) So, again…kamsahamnida!

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Hoa Nguyen May 12, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Hi Holly! Nice to meet you although just in picture :) I was curious how you look in person. I love your blog and enjoy reading it very much. Always checking for new post. Thank you for sharing w/ all of us. Best wishes!

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Lucy L May 14, 2012 at 8:48 am

Hi Holly, love your new blog and finally there’s a picture of you! ^_^
From when I first started reading and following your blog, I’ve made some really wonderful Korean dishes & can’t wait to learn more from you! Keep it up =D

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TrinaKC June 4, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Hi Holly! I came across your website via tastespotting. The site looks absolutely fantastic and cannot wait to try your recipes. I’ll be moving to Paris with my boyfriend this summer and will let you know once I start up my own blog. Thanks for all the ideas :)

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Kate May 15, 2012 at 3:12 pm

So glad I checked your blog – yes, please keep me informed of new posts. I’m going to try the chicken salad on Friday if I can get all the ingredients – the mustard and ginseng powder – by then. We have lots of sources here – southern tip of San Francisco bay but huntung the store takes a while. Glad to have you back!! Thanks!!

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Holly May 15, 2012 at 11:40 pm

I hope you like the salad. San Francisco is lovely place. There will be plenty of Korean stores. Thanks for stopping by.

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Hannah May 18, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Hi, Holly! I was born in Korea (and am still a Korean citizen), but I grew up most of my childhood in western Africa. Now I live in upstate NY with my Texan husband and our little half-Korean baby. :~) Although my parents raised me in a relatively traditional Korean household, because my upbringing was so multicultural, I myself am not very “Korean”. When I got married, my mom wrote down several of her best recipes in a little notebook for me, and I love it! Your children will love looking through this collection of recipes that you have so faithfully documented for them. Thanks for sharing with the rest of us in the meantime.

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Ursine Cuisine June 2, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Thought I’d let you know my new blog went live yest, & you’re on the blog reel. Here’s the 1st post, TY http://www.ursinecuisine.byethost15.com/2012/06/01/spanish-chicken-stew-with-chorizo-and-olives/

Thanks for your posts – I always really enjoy them.

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DrDug June 4, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Holly,
Thanks for sharing the recipe and culture of such a wonderful nation. I served a mission for my church in Korea and loved everything about that amazing country. If there is one thing that I loved as much as the people, it is the food. Thank you for sharing your recipes. I am so happy that my daughter now loves Korean food. I gave up on my wife liking Korean food a while ago. It makes me so happy when my 2 year old is trying to still my kimchi! Thanks again and keep up the great blog.
Best,
Doug

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Amanda June 10, 2012 at 3:44 am

I’m so excited that I found your website. Korean recipes can be pretty hard to find online, and many of them appear to be Americanized versions. I started to fall in love with Korean food about six months ago, when I first made jjajangmyun from scratch (I’d had it in a Korean restaurant and had a few instant versions). Since then I’ve tried making my own kimchi (it didn’t turn out very well, but it worked for kimchi jjigae) along with a few other recipes, and I have cabbages in the first stages of becoming kimchi right now! Thank you so much for sharing all of these recipes with the world!

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leeya June 10, 2012 at 5:37 am

hi holly!
i stumbled across your blog when searching recipe for kimbap. i went to korea last summer and fell in love with the food. my favourite so far is hands down, the soybean paste soup. and i seriously miss the seaweed/radish soup served with odengs in the streets. love your recipes and stories. oh i’m a malaysian btw, so welcome to malaysia! hope you enjoy the country and the food =)

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Holly June 12, 2012 at 11:37 am

Thank you Leeya. I am enjoying Malaysia and the food. I miss the odeng soup, too!

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Mira June 16, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Hi Holly!

I found your website when searching for a recipe for Galbijjim. As a second generation Korean with limited Korean speaking abilities and living far away from my parents, I had no clue how to begin making this until I found your site. I am so glad you made this blog! Finding authentic Korean dishes written and converted to English is tough and your site is great!! Your recipe was just like my mom’s and my Taiwanese hubby loved it too.

Thank you so much for this site and please keep posting! :)

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Holly June 16, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Thanks Mira. I am glad that you found my blog, too. Please, let me know if you have any questions regarding the recipes.

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Sook June 23, 2012 at 8:14 am

Hey, Holly! Thanks for your comment on my blog… So I find it hard to believe that you are a native Korean. Your English is perfect!! Did you teach yourself or did you live in America for a while before you went back? Your blog is amazing! Keep it up!

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Kathy July 9, 2012 at 11:21 am

Hi! I’m a student in New York City. I grew up in Korea until I was 9 years old and moved to the U.S. because of my dad’s work. Even though I’ve lived in America more than in Korea, and now my Korean speaking/writing skills are unfortunately reduced to basic words and phrases, my tongue is still 100% Korean!

I just finished my first year in college, which always means a good-bye to my dining plan, which means I have to start cooking on my own. I used to just cook simple stuff – steamed veggies, stir fried chicken, etc…but then I realized I should learn how to cook Korean food. So about a week ago, I started looking up various blogs and recipe websites to teach me how to cook Korean food as well as my mom used to back home. I stumbled upon your blog this afternoon, and I’m so happy that I did!!

I’m going to try out some of the side dishes you posted. They are just like what I used to eat with my grandma when I lived in Korea. Thank you SO much for keeping this blog. It’s seriously wonderful :)

Best,

Kathy

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kim July 24, 2012 at 1:01 am

Thank you for this blog! I am half Korean and getting my mom to give me a recipe is impossible. She just says to watch, but nothing is measured and I never remember to write the ingredients down. We live close to Korean grocery stores and my mom tells me to just get the already made stuff, but home-cooked is the best.

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Peggy July 31, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Hi Holly,
Thank you for sharing your recipes, I like your Bak Choy Kimchi, tried to make it and they taste great.
I am a 3rd generation Chinese born Malaysia, but migrated to Auckland, New Zealand 14 years ago. I made a few lovely Korean lady friends here, I have learnt to cook some Korean dishes from one of them who is a very good cook. I am a Christian and become a vegetarian 5 years ago.
Do you have more vegetarian Korean dishes recipes to share? e.g. dishes that use chickpea, as chickpea contained high protein & high fiber.
Thank you.

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Holly July 31, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Hi Peggy

I do have some Korean style vegan recipes. You will find them under the recipes in my navigation bar. I love chickpeas and eat them often, too. I will plan to post soon.

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dandelion July 31, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Hi Holly! :)

Noticed the honey bottle that you used had a SIRIM logo so it came to my mind that you could probably be in Malaysia. I am a Malaysian and was quite excited to find out that you are currently here :)

I was just randomly looking for some kimchi jigae recipe (was suddenly bitten by the Korean food bug) so that I can cook it for my beloved dad’s birthday :)

Thank you for sharing your recipes!

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Mel September 25, 2012 at 9:02 am

Hello Holly
I think, oh, I shouldn’t said I think, I should said You certainly have a wonderful and an amazing food blog here! Most of your recipes are so gorgeous looking and I bet you must be a good cook. I have made the Sweet Potato Rice Donuts and it is indeed very yummy! Thank you again.

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Maisie Lau November 5, 2012 at 10:08 am

Hi Holly. I came upon your website when I googled “Korean pancake recipe” and thank God I found your website. By golly, it’s such a wonderful beautiful website. Very nice work indeed.

I have just returned from a holiday in Seoul, Korea. What a beautiful country and I love it there. Autumn is so beautiful in Nami Island (am so in love with the scenery) and Mount Soraksan (pity it was raining there). So glad you live in Malaysia and be glad to know that the ingredients you use would be available in Malaysia!

Already saw a few recipes I adore and would love to try them soon. Keep up the excellent work and look forward to see more recipes.

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Angela November 7, 2012 at 7:56 pm

: Hi holly , My name’s angela and i live in Uk , I came across your blog when i was looking for korean recipes for my catering exam and i really am loving your blog , it makes me smile and thankful to you cause this will certainly help me in my catering exam . I hope to be good as you and hopefully I will make a blog soon too .

P.S your kids are very cute , Are they full korean or mixed ?

: )

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Kay Roanhorse November 20, 2012 at 3:11 am

Gomapseumnida, for all the recepies. My noona will be having a birthday soon and I plan on fixing it for her, your recipe and the story that you told was an inspiration to me. Please keep up the good work!

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Jina @ Soy and Ginger December 3, 2012 at 6:35 am

Hi Holly :)

I’m a second-gen Korean-Australian from Sydney and I just want to say thank you for your inspirational blog and photography – and of course, for presenting Korean cuisine so beautifully to the world.

Keep up the amazing work! xo

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Alice December 11, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Hi, nice to meet you.
안녕하세요. 저는 한국에 사는 29살 아가씨 입니다.
학원에서 아이들 영어를 가르치는데 이번에 요리영어 특강을 해야 되서 요리법을 찾다가 구글에서 검색해서 이렇게 들어오게 되었습니다.
블로그를 둘러보던 중 한국인이라는 사실을 알게 되었고, 통영에 사셨다는 사실에 반가웠어요^^ 저는 통영 가까이에 살거든요~
저도 유창한 영어 실력으로 인사를 하고 싶지만, 아직 배우는 단계라 한글을 쓰는 편이 더 좋을 거 같아서 이렇게 글을 남깁니다.
좋은 정보를 얻고 가는데 그냥 가기 죄송해서요~^^
소중한 정보 얻고 가구요, 종종 들려서 영어도 배우고 갈게요~^^
Well, have a nice day~^^

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Danztilya December 14, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Hi,

I came across your blog one time while looking for a Korean recipe (I forget what it was now, maybe tteokbokki), and have been a fan ever since. I’m not Korean, I’m Filipina by heritage and now a New Yorker, but I love Korean cuisine. Recently I got extremely excited over your pumpkin dinner rolls that resemble pumpkins. Your photos look so gorgeous, too! Thanks for all the recipes, and keep ‘em coming!

xo

Danztilya

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julia binfield January 12, 2013 at 1:52 am

Hi Holly,
your blog caught my eye because I’ve just discovered the word kimchee
while doing a drawing of a friend’s favourite things. I’m English but I live in Italy.
She’s half American, half Japanese and also lives here – what a mixture (-:
So now I want to find out what it is and what’s beyond it too.
Exciting!

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Adrianna January 19, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Dear Holly. It’s good blog! Really. Last year I lived in Korea for 3 years and I moved to Japan. And now, I think I miss korean food. It was great because I found this blog, and I could cook korean food easily. Thanks and keep blogging. Regards

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Julessz January 27, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Hai!

Came across your blog while looking for strombolli recipe for my son! The way you describe the recipe and method really makes me all eager to try it!

Looking forward to reading more … btw I’m a huge kimchi fan! Love my fried rice with it!

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Olga February 18, 2013 at 11:10 am

We discovered a local H-Mart and found a lot of new products (for us). Now we try to buy some and use it, and your blog – a great help.Thanks!

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Norah February 27, 2013 at 11:26 am

I’m so glad I found your blog via pinterest! I lived in Busan for two years and miss Korean food so much. I would love to incorporate more Korean recipes into my cooking. Now, I can :) Thank you!

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ledia March 7, 2013 at 6:09 am

Hi there, I found your blog looking for Korean beef recipe. I love Korean food. Im looking forward to making more in my kitchen. By the way, you have a great blog.

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merly March 10, 2013 at 9:35 pm

Hi Holly,

I’m so glad I ran across your site. I’m visiting China with my husband and I wanted to know what exactly is “Yangzhou style fried rice”. I did a quick search and saw the beautiful blog post you had with your own recipe. We’re from the US but have been living outside of the US for the last few years (currently in Singapore). Before this we were living in Malaysia (KL) so as soon as you said “Din Tai Fung” style rice I knew I had to order this as I’ve had some of my best dining experiences there! I’m so sorry to read of your horrible run in with the snatch theft but glad you’re ok. I had the same thing happen to me in KL but I was on foot and luckily the motorcyclist didn’t have a strong enough grip on my purse so he missed. My husband is a huge Korean food fan so we’re always on the lookout for good Korean restaurants when we go back home to the US (TX & FL) or around SE Asia. I’ve recently started a food blog myself so feel free to drop by. = )

http://hurrybackhome.wordpress.com/

Take care,
Merly

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Thien March 21, 2013 at 3:36 am

Hi! I stumbled across your blog today and am so happy that I did. I love the attention to detail and all of the pictures! My boyfriend’s stepmother is part Korean and he has a huge affinity for Korean food.

I never learned how to cook Korean food and I’m excited to try the recipes out.

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Aggie March 24, 2013 at 2:39 am

Hi Holly,

I stumbled upon your blog today as I was searching for the recipes for Korean pancakes (It’s one my family’s favourite Korean food, and we love it very much!). Because my family is now all around the world (we originate from Malaysia, but some of us are now in Canada, so it’s a great surprise when I read that you’re now residing there!), and I have to live alone for my tertiary education, I try to cook my family’s favourite dishes when I feel nostalgic. Thank you so much for writing this blog! I’m learning various recipes since I’m a first year, and I’ll definitely enjoy cooking and trying more homemade Korean food during my university days with this blog!

Love,
Aggie

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Soo Hui April 1, 2013 at 4:38 am

Hi Holly,
I stumbled across your blog today and I’m so glad I did! I’m a Malaysian living in Germany and has always loved Korean food. So, I’m always looking for some recipes to try out, be it Korean or other Asian food. Your blog had a ‘homey’ feel to it and there’s this ‘la’ thrown in here and there in the sentences and I thought to myself: ‘Hmm, a Malaysian?’. You can imagine my excitement when I found out you’re actually living in Malaysia!
Anyway, great blog you’ve got there! And thank you so much for sharing your recipes – can’t wait to try some of them out. ;-)

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Lauren April 4, 2013 at 11:52 pm

I’m excited to have found your blog. I lived in Suji for a year and actually took a trip to Tongyeung. I loved it there.
I’m always looking for ways to bring back some of the delicious cooking to my home in Canada. Yesterday I started marinating some galbi to cook tonight, but I’m very interested to see what other recipes you have on here.

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Sandy B April 5, 2013 at 1:33 am

I am so overjoyed to find this wonderful blog. I am a Canadian woman with a 17 yr old Korean daughter. (She has been living with me for 3 years and going to school here.) I love her very, very much; and it has been my privilege to learn (a little) to cook Korean food for her which I also love very much. I am always happy to find good recipes on the internet. Reading your recipes made me very, very hungry.

I’ll keep following you. And thank you again for this great blog.

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Tierra April 11, 2013 at 8:54 am

Thank you for your recipes! My hubby is Korean and I can count the number of Korean dishes I can cook on 2 hands. I am so excited to add more to the table. :)

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sharon April 15, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Hi Holly,

I love Korean food and would like to try few of the recipies. For me korean food are healthy.

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Drusilla April 20, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Hi, Holly! I’m a Malaysian living in Sydney. It’s easy to get Asian cuisine in Sydney, but when I was transferred to Newcastle, 3 hours drive away from Sydney, I relied on your blog to satisfy my Asian food cravings. Keep up the good work!

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John May 31, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Hi Holly! I am a sitting at a desk here in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi-do Korea and had just been looking at your blog. I’ve been coming on business the last few years and the more I come the more I love not only the Korean food but the especially the Korean people.
I can’t wait to get back to Seattle to try some of these dishes! Korean food is soooooo good!
Thank you for the recipes

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Adela June 3, 2013 at 4:41 am

Hi Holly,

I am first generation Korean (now 60 years young), left Korea at the age of 11. Lived in many different countries and married non-Korean and we have two beautiful now fully grown “boys”. Being the youngest of 4 girls in the family, had very little chance to cook, so I had to learn the hard way… my western husband loves Korean food and luckily we live in Canada where there are large Korean supermarkets and anything we need, can be found. I was looking for Galbi Jim recipe and stumbled on your blog and I am absolutely thrilled, beyond words at your recipes and how you’ve presented them step by step with photos…. woahhhh!!! I also love to cook and feed people even though I am vegetarian, I make one “mean” pork galbi jim. but I always had problems with Beef Galbi Jim as the meat always came out dry and tough. I am going to make it tonight and I have a feeling it will come out “good”… I’ll let you know. I simply love your blog, and so great that you also posted your photo… love your stories and the way you tell them… great sense of humour, and your warm and kind personality comes through your words…. Thank you for sharing your stories and your recipes… but more importantly, thanks for making my Sunday soooo enjoyable!

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Holly June 3, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Adela
I am also very happy that you found my blog. I enjoy hearing from people who have visited my blog and it is my privilege and honor that this blog can help you with Korean cooking. Please, don’t hesitate to ask any questions regarding recipes. I am more than happy to help.

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Jenny June 7, 2013 at 6:20 am

Holly,

Thank you so much for your authentic Korean recipes! It means so much to me to have a site that I can trust to feed my family. Your recipes are very close to my mothers so I kow that they will all be so delicious! Where can I post suggestions for new recipes? I am very interested in making 천사재 but its difficult to find a recipe that doesn’t have runny mayo picture on it. Thanks again :) I am so glad that I found your site.

Jen

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Shanie June 12, 2013 at 10:21 pm

Holly, thank you for sharing these recipes. I am Filipino, but my husband and I love Korean food. Your pancake recipes are healthy and so easy to make. Now we can make our favorite Korean dishes ourselves.

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Elaine June 21, 2013 at 12:52 am

Hi Holly. I am beyond excited to find this blog. wonderful looking recipes and I love the stories to go along with them. I am printing some of them off as we speak, eager to try them soon. I adhore Korean food, (or actually, pretty much any kind of asian food) and making them is always fun. Thanks for such a wonderful blog!!

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Kevin July 3, 2013 at 3:40 am

Hi Holly
I was wondering if you had a list of some ingredients I would need to buy in order to start a Korean pantry of my own. I would love to make all the wonderful recipes but I would like to get the main seasoning ingredients all at once from a Korean grocery. There are lots of cheap fake ingredients, I was wondering if you could pass on the names of products that are good to buy

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Holly July 3, 2013 at 10:42 am

Hi Kevin
I have posted article about Korean ingredients that you can purchase in Korean stores. The link is below.
http://www.beyondkimchee.com/korean-ingredients-the-basics/
You will see the brand and the product of basic Korean ingredients from that post.

You will definitely need Korean chili flakes(I only use coarse flakes), chili paste, soy sauce, Korean soy sauce for soup, soy bean paste,sesame oil, toasted sesame seeds, dried anchovies, dried sea kelp(kombu) to make stocks, fish sauce or anchovy sauce, salted shrimp and Korean coarse sea salt to make kimchi, sweet rice flour(glutenous rice flour or mochi flour), and etc.

There are more numerous things you can buy, but I would say start from these basic ingredients first and you can stock up more as you go.

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Adela July 3, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Hi Holly,
I am speechless… when I saw Kevin’s request for Korean ingredients, I expected to see a list… but then you went above and beyond! By showing photos of actual products, one can understand so much better. We have several H-Mart stores in Toronto and now I can’t wait to go buy some of the products that I didn’t know their use. Thanks so much Holly! BTW, my Galbi-Jim came out delicious and since I found your blog, whenever I don’t know what to make for dinner, I simply go through your blog and problem solved! Thanks again and have a great day!

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kevin July 4, 2013 at 8:13 pm

That was the easiest answer tound erstand I have ever recieved for anything. THANK YOU. I love the pictures and the descriptions. Time to find the products and make something yummy.
One problem, I live in Florida, if it doesn’t include grits, grease or greens most markets don’t have it. I will have to try the online option. Thank you again that was wonderful. Now I am hungry.

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Olga August 5, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Hi Holly,
Thank you for your detailed recipes! I have been going to a Korean church for 9 yrs but am not Korean and love the food. I can now make my favorite Neng myuen thanks to your recipes! What a wonderful idea to leave as a keepsake to your children and we get to benefit as well! Thank your for sharing with us!

Blessings!

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Asha August 8, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Hi holly~!! I am so glad that I came across your website~!! Love how thorough w your instructions and love how you do step by step instructions w the pictures as well~!! I am korean and this is by far the most authentic korean recipes that I’ve seen. I cant wait to try out your recipes~!!

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Peggy August 9, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Hi Holly!
I just love your blog filled with delicious recipes and stories. Thank you so much. Reading your about me page made me chuckle at you saying that you may make grammar mistakes ( which I have never seen! ) and also brought tears to my eyes… When you mentioned that you started this page for your children to have when you are gone. It made me think of my mom, who is korean and I lost her last year. She wished she could teach my sister and me all her recipes but she couldn’t… Anyway! I am glad that I have your site for all my favorite korean dishes! Thank you, and please keep on bringing us more yummies! :)
Btw, recipe request from my dear husband lol! Woo guh ji tang… One of my husband and my favorite soups but do not know how to make it…. One day I hope you can make it here ;)

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Iris K August 21, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Hi Holly! I just want to say I LOVE your website, thank you for creating this blog and helping me become a better cook! You are so talented and knowledgeable, I really love your photos and step by step instructions to make the cooking experience less intimidating. I am excited to try some of the Korean dishes and have found your entry on ingredients at H-Mart very helpful. Thanks again!!!

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KrisD September 3, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Hi Holly, I love your blog! I am very new to Korean food but am hooked. Unfortunately it is hard to get korean food where I am, but some ingredients arrived today for me, and I am hoping to try some of your recipes out. First stop is hotteok. Looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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Jen S September 26, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Hi Holly,

I am a Korean adoptee who grew up in America. This August my boyfriend and I visited Seoul and Busan. It was my third trip to Korea, his first trip to Asia :) He loved it! Now that we’re back home he wants to try making Korean food. In fact, he was the one who found your blog. We’re both really excited to try some of your recipes, and we’re really grateful for your post about what ingredients to buy! An H-Mart opened near Boston a few years ago, but it was always daunting trying to guess which items to buy, so your blog is very helpful with that.

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Ajie September 28, 2013 at 10:27 am

Im reading ur ‘About’ because i wanna know whr ure located and to my surprised u r in Malaysia as do I.thsi is so exciting!

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Natalie October 3, 2013 at 10:20 pm

THANK YOU for this blog! I’m always looking for easy to follow recipes for Korean dishes and this is just exceptional!
All your recipes look mouth watering.

Love this blog!

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Jennie October 9, 2013 at 2:18 am

I’m so excited I found this blog!! I lived in Korea for 6 1/2 years. Long enough for it to start to feel like home. My son was even born there. I’m now living in the Philippines and am missing Korea and the wonderful food! I’m excited to try to make some of the recipes you have posted and see if they will take away some of the “home-sickness” that I have for Korea. Happy Cooking!

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Shones October 13, 2013 at 2:55 pm

So glad I stumbled across your blog whilst trying to find recipe for a Korean salad dressing. The recipes are great and will be visiting my local Chinese supermarket which does stock some Korean products to source ingredients. I lived in Korea for three years and became addicted to kimchi, bulgogi, mool kimchi, go choo tweegem, sam gyup sal, sam gye tang and shabu shabu. Thank you for the easy to follow recipes and photos, brill.

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Virginia October 18, 2013 at 2:04 am

Thank you for this wonderful blog! I’m living and working in Korea for the next three years, and we are loving all of the delicious food. I think this blog is an amazing gift for your children – my mother doesn’t cook, but if she did I would love this! I hope you recover from your injury soon and are able to start blogging again. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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Kayla November 2, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Hello Holly! My name is Kayla, I am a Korean-adopted young woman from North Carolina. I came across your blog in search of amazing Korean-style recipes to try cooking for my family. I recently became involved at a Korean church near my home and I absolutely love everything about Korean culture since I was deprived of it pretty much my entire life. I was raised in Minnesota and have grown up without knowing about my Korean culture. So now, I am in other words “obsessed” with studying and embracing the culture and of course, the food! Thank you for sharing your culinary knowledge with the world and I look forward to reading more posts about your amazing craft!

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Mitch Araullo November 10, 2013 at 1:56 am

I am so happy that I came across your blog. I love cooking, and most especially, I love Korean food! :) Your style of writing is so entertaining, that I have probably become your newest fan in the Philippines. May you be able to share as many home recipes as you can. Thank you for this. :))

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BB November 14, 2013 at 10:49 am

와. 한국분을 뵙다니 반갑습니다.
아이와 함께 할 땡스기빙데이 이벤트(?) 둘러보다 이리로 흘러들어왔습니다. 펌킨디너롤 보구요. 손재주가 참 좋으신것 같아요. :) 스토리를 읽다보니 한국분이어서 반가운 마음에 한글로 주절주절.. 하하
저는 영국에 사는 3살 아이 엄마입니다..
반가워요! 좋은 글, 레서피 감사합니다!!!

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Emily Henson/Life Unstyled November 22, 2013 at 3:43 am

Hi Holly,

I’ve been reading your blog for a year or two now and I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy it. Your instructions are easy to follow and your photography is really beautiful (and don’t worry about any grammatical errors as you mentioned – it’s endearing). I still haven’t made any of your recipes, but I will very soon! My kids love kimchee (we lived in Seoul for 2 years) and I keep promising I’ll make it. Thank you and keep up the good work!

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Chocolate Lady November 28, 2013 at 1:07 am

On this the eve of Thanksgiving, I count the recent discovery of your blog one of the things I am grateful for this year. What a gift you share: a rich treasure trove of meaningful recipes, beautiful photographs, and a link that connects so many of us – an expression of love through food. A heartfelt thank you for sharing your passion with us!

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Holly November 29, 2013 at 10:32 am

Thank you for your sweet comment. I appreciate it.

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Rebecca December 3, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Hi Holly! I just came across your blog today by searching for Korean recipes (yours was the first to pop up, and I’m glad it was!) I have now spent the better part of 2 hours reading, and salivating! I am American with German, English, Irish and Swedish ancestry, and like you I enjoy embracing other cultures especially through food! :-) Having experimented with many cuisines across the globe (my heritages, Chinese, Indian, Persian, Mexican (I live in Texas), Vietnamese, and Japanese), I have not yet tried making Korean food. In fact, I’ve only eaten it a few times in my life. You and your wonderful blog have inspired me!! I LOVE your family stories included as they make the recipes all that much more special. Thank you so much for this fantastic gift! Your children will surely appreciate it. :-)

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sarie December 4, 2013 at 5:50 am

Hi Holly….

My name is Sarie, from Jakarta Indonesia. Thanks for sharing your wonderful blog. I love cooking and i will try your korean recipes. And your blog very inspiring me. Thanks alot :)

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Elaine December 22, 2013 at 12:32 am

Hi holly
I chanced upon ur blog when I was searching for a recipe on spicy rice cakes and was attracted by your clear instructions, pictures n sense of humour!
I will definitely follow ur blog for more amazing recipes! Fighting !

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Angie January 10, 2014 at 7:10 am

Hi,
I really love your blog, I love korean food, me and my husband love trying different korean dishes in the different restaurants here in Cebu, I start cooking at home and I usually use your recipe’s, thanks a lot….keep it up!!!
I wish I’m a good cook like you… :-)

Angie

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Emily January 19, 2014 at 9:47 pm

Hi Holly,

Greetings from Tongyeong! I am a Canadian living in Tongyeong right now. I had pumpkin jeon for the first time in a restaurant here last week and found your blog while looking for a recipe. Thank you for your wonderful blog; my husband and I have plans to try many of your recipes!

Emily

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sukie January 31, 2014 at 7:44 pm

hi holly,

what a charming blog!
i feel like i had a nice bowl of ddukgook^^
i’m living in new york and i myself run a website about culture and food in nyc.
come and visit.

all the best,
sukie
http://www.NYCultureBeat.com

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Elena Lezama February 9, 2014 at 11:01 am

Hi Holly,
Thank you so much for sharing your recipes. I am a Peruvian a kimchi lover, I am very lost in the Korean food world and culture but I love the food so much. I am going to dare to make it myself kimchi and I will follow your recipe , thank you for the guide.
Elena

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Hana Bhatia February 18, 2014 at 7:24 am

Hello, my name is Hana. I am from Tokyo, Japan. I live in Singapore now. I LOVE Korean food so much, so I really thank you so much for creating this website and sharing Korean recopies with beautiful pictures. :-)

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Roz CM February 26, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Hello! I’m Roz from Canada. I’m not Korean… but I think my tongue is! I just love Korean food and I have already tried 3 of your recipes after discovering your blog just last week! Granted those were all banchan but I’m working my way up. I am so glad to have stumbled upon your site, otherwise I would still be only having kimchee, nori and rice whenever I have a Korean food craving and everything is already closed!

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Annie February 28, 2014 at 5:09 pm

‘m in California. I love your website and your recipes. All of them are fun and look yummy! You write with a warm heart, humor, and love that transpire through your recipes and delights our heart and soul.

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smilry March 6, 2014 at 11:15 pm

Great

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Joe Beck March 10, 2014 at 9:41 am

Hi Holly, i came across your blog whilst looking up kimchi recipes. Fantastic job! Clear and easy to follow recipes and your photographs are amazing. I’m really looking forward to trying some of your dishes.
Best regards from North Wales, UK.

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Nancy March 18, 2014 at 8:19 am

Hi Holly,

I love your clear instructions and photos. I am sooooo happy to find your blog and
I am love your sense of humour too!

Fan,

Nancy

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darrel March 28, 2014 at 10:19 am

clicked on the subscribe button with email address, nothing happened.

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Holly March 28, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Please try again. I am recently redoing the email subscription box, so it must had temporal error when you clicked.

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Gloria March 30, 2014 at 10:51 am

Hi Holly,
I found your peri peri chicken recipe online and tried it this week. It was delicious! I can’t wait to browse and try other recipes. Thanks!

Gloria

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Paula April 5, 2014 at 5:14 pm

Hi Holly,

I just stumbled on your blog while looking for something to put on top of a spice cake I made this afternoon and found your caramel frosting you thought would be a glaze. I’m about to make it so I can’t give you any feedback on it yet, but I did click on your about page and your idea of leaving the blog and recipes as a legacy to your children touched my heart so I thought I would just tell you that even though I would normally not leave a comment.

I like the way you told the story of your husband’s birthday cake and his taking it away before offering his friends a second piece and the photos you included of the process of baking the spice cake and caramel frosting.

Wishing you the best,

Paula
Kirkland/Montreal, Quebec

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Elvina April 9, 2014 at 1:33 am

Amazing blog, your sense of humor makes me giggle! It is almost two hours I am reading all your recipes. I am a big fan of kimchi and korean people. At least ones I know. Thank your for sharing.

Elvina
Vancouver

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Rebecca May 1, 2014 at 6:14 pm

Thanks for the Thai beef recipe. I just got some basil at the farmer’s market today and will try it!

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Adela May 2, 2014 at 10:48 am

Hi Holly,
I’ve been following your blog for the past 2 years and cooked up some great dishes thanks to you! Each time I see your blog and the recipes, I am so proud to call you my fellow-country lady… as a Korean who has lived most her life outside of Korea, I am glad that I still love traditional Korean food. I was wondering if you can show us how to make Seaweed/cucumber salad. I bought it ready-made, loved the freshness, slightly tangy and crispy with the cucumber and onions. Thank you Holly… you are an inspiration… no wonder you have so many followers all over the World!

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William Shapiro May 7, 2014 at 9:51 am

Hi Holly- My name is William and I live in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. I found your website searching for a recipe for piri-piri chicken. You have lived such an interesting life!
This is nothing to do with cooking but I see you are an entrepreneur just like me. I am working with a group of business persons from Montreal and Florida. We are expanding in your area and am looking for persons looking for a business opportunity. This global home based business opportunity is very popular in the US, Canada, Korea, China and Japan. If you would like to learn more please email me at [email protected]

Best regards,

William

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mark May 17, 2014 at 8:51 am

Holly,

I just found your blog and can’t wait to try some of the recipes. I had 2 tours in Korea and love some of the food. I currently live in southern Maryland and work in DC. I was excited to see that there is a G Mart in Clinton now so I can find needed ingredients. Keep up the good work.

Mark

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ESTHER K May 21, 2014 at 3:19 pm

your website is wonderful. the recipes are delicious and very well written. it is easy to follow. most of all my family enjoys the food! and i love your stories too! thank you for sharing your blog!

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NANETTE Lizarb May 29, 2014 at 12:56 am

Aniong Holly, I’m Nanette a Filipina thankful for your blog especially your Korean recipes. Me and my 2 daughters really like and love korean food like korean veggie appetizers, samgyupsal, bulgogi, bibimbap, pajeon and of course KIMCHI which I always prepare instead of buying from the grocery store here in the Philippines.In your blog of Korean recipes I’v learned many menu that is easy to prepare and ingredients that is available in the market place. By the way we’re not of Korean origin but we just love Korean culture like your Korean shows in KBS, your trends and fashion and of course the K-POP stars – EXO which my daughters are really fund of. Hope to hear from you soon.

God Bless,

Nanette

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Idealdo Félix June 1, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Thank you! You are an angel, I love and respect your work.
¡Gracias! Eres un ángel, yo amo y respeto tu trabajo.

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Misun Bae June 6, 2014 at 9:53 pm

Hi Holly!!
Hope you got settled in your new home by now. Milo misses playing with your kids!! I made some pancakes just the way you taught me and it was delicious!! I wanted to post the picture but it is not letting me copy and past : ( it was nice getting to know you and your family. Hope someday our paths will come across. Enjoy Aregentina and keep in touch!!

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Misun Bae June 10, 2014 at 11:42 pm

Hi Holly
I thought l left a comment here a few days ago but l don’t see it so maybe l’m mistaken : ) l just wanted to say hi and hope you are settled in by now. I’m glad l got to know you better and appreciate your lovely food. Thank you the inspiration you bring in. I might try to learn how to build my own website : ). Anyway, keep in touch and talk to you soon!!

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Holly June 11, 2014 at 5:33 pm

Glad to hear from you, Misun!
I have been busy getting used to my new place here and been lazy checking my site. Hope everyone in your family is doing alright. Please keep in touch with me. I would love to know how you are doing. Hopefully our life will come across in a same place again someday.

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Sally July 20, 2014 at 12:45 am

Thank you Holly. I am waiting for my vegan kimchi to ferment as I type. I have never tried Korean food before so I am super excited to have this with some rice for dinner tonight. I think your blog is wonderful and your English is great. The occasional error in your writing makes it even more fun to read so please don’t think too much about how you express yourself!! I will be trying lots more of your recipes in the future :)
Sally

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Elizabeth August 28, 2014 at 11:43 am

I love Korean food, I’m excited to learn more about it!!!
I’m from Dominican Republic< but lived in USA for over 25 years, I;m a chef, work in a schooll as a Food Service Manager. love to travel and I always loved different types of Asian food, in special Korean!

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Joseph Ahern September 3, 2014 at 7:37 pm

Dear Holly,

I found your blog through a Google search today and wanted to tell you that it is a delightful read. I love Korean cuisine and have even visited the Kim-chi Museum in Seoul. And while I’ve reproduced David Chang’s Bo Saam meal for many a dinner party, I’ve hoped for Korean-inspired cocktail party “bites”. I’ve found them here on you blog and I thank you. Kind regards from Boston!

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Holly September 3, 2014 at 9:07 pm

Hi Joseph

It is always nice to hear from someone who enjoys Korean food. I personally never been to Kimchi museum and it is my list to visit next time I go to Seoul.
Korean inspired cocktail party “bites” sounds so original and genuine. I hope my recipes will be a great inspiration to your party ideas! Thanks for your sweet comment.

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J.R. September 18, 2014 at 9:20 pm

Hello Holly,
Love your website! Our only good Korean restaurant here in Charleston SC closed a while back. I miss the great food I had during my military trips to Korea. I made the radish Kimchi and the spinach and they tasted great. Kamsahamnida for sharing your recipes!

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