An African-American lady walked up to me one day when I was grocery shopping in a nearby Korean market. She had a bag of chili power on one hand and asked me where she could find a paste, pointing to the powder. I showed her a stackful of different chili pastes on the next aisle. She then asked me if she could mix it with water as seen in [Korean] restaurants. I told her it depends. It could be used to make soup base sometimes, yes.
I knew from my heart that I needed to explain more because the use of chili paste varies by the type of soups or dishes you are making. But I didn’t have time and left the lady. A picture of an African-American lady in Korean market left with a bag of chili powder on one hand and the paste on the other didn’t leave me for a long time. I wished I could invite her to my kitchen and show her all the delicious and wonderful dishes she could make with the chili power and the paste and also with other ingredients found in the market.
This story sets the beginning of my blog. I discussed with my geek husband the idea of creating a blog dedicated to Korean food recipes and Korean restaurant reviews, and he of course volunteered to help. (When I said I want a custom domain, he hesitated at first but said ok after saying it’s only 10 bucks. I think he had a doubt how long this would last.) Ever since I got married three months ago and have been out of a job due to relocation, I've been cooking more frequently than ever in between my breaks from job search and feeding a hungry husband. And I realized that more you cook, the richer your life gets.
I learned most of recipes posted on this site from my mom’s kitchen as I was growing up, some experimentations in my own kitchen, Korean cook books, the Internet and many more. Unfortunately, I found out that many of the resources are not not available in English.
I hope this website in turn serves non-Koreans and English speaking Korean Americans as a helpful guide to delicious, healthy Korean Home Cooking experiences.
Please feel free to comment and/or request a recipe. If I don’t know how to make it, I’ll ask my mom or mother-in-law and tell you all the secrets. ^^
E-mail me at migilee at gmail dot com.