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Sue - My Korean Kitchen Profile Hi, My name is Sue and I am the author/cook /photographer behind My Korean Kitchen.

My Korean Kitchen is a food blog that talks all about my love and passion for Korean food and Korean fusion food. It includes step by step recipes with mouth-watering photos, cultural discussions, and products and restaurants reviews.

My husband suggested that I start some kind of food blog back in March 2006. He often said he had some difficulty finding out about Korean food before he married me. (Back then, there weren’t many Korean food blogs or websites.) So, originally I aimed to help foreigners living in Korea to give them some tips on living and cooking there. However over time I learnt that most of my blog readers are actually from outside of Korea, who want to learn Korean cooking and its culture. So my focus has naturally shifted to give more relevant information to those people and share their pain when it’s too difficult to find the source of cooking ingredients.

Since I started this blog, my husband and I both have benefited from it. I am really enjoying cooking and taking pictures of it. It is so fun, it feels like I am an editor of a food magazine. ;)  We also eat a bigger variety of food all the time which I never bothered to cook before. So it is really great to have this blog, simply because we enjoy our life more and appreciate it.

I hope My Korean Kitchen becomes a place that brings interesting discussion and useful information to Korean food lovers!

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About Me:

I am a Korean native who is currently living in Brisbane, Australia (since March 2007). I spent most of my childhood to young adult life in Korea until I met my Aussie husband. I had a great exposure to delicious Korean food all the time as I was growing up, because my mum is a great cook and also she ran a restaurant for almost two decades. Although I didn’t get to learn cooking from my mum much, I tried to observe her as much as I could in her home and busy restaurant kitchen.

I was off from blogging in the last 5 years pretty much since I immigrated to Australia and during that time I finished my master degree in accounting, worked in a corporate finance team and became a CPA. I’m currently on sabbatical from my accounting career to look after my new-born child. I haven’t received any formal training in cookery however I love eating delicious food and sharing my culinary adventure with my family and friends.

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Last updated: 29th December 2013

Comments

  1. Hello Sue,

    Thank God I found your blog, I’ve been looking for this kind of website, your blog. I am simply a 15-year old Filipino who is really a fan of your country, when i grow up i wish to visit your country and learn more about your culture or your language, everything. But i am still young i must finish first my studies, while waiting for me to reach those dreams here i am browsing your blog, trying to cook some Korean foods whose ingredients are available here in the Philippines. like what you said, the availability of Korean foods here in our country that i really want to try is super rare. Please just don’t mind my English. By the way my name is SHOOBY! THANKS A LOT MRS. SUE

    • Hi Shooby, thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope you enjoy going through my recipes. All the best with learning Korean and Korean culture!

      • Hello again Mrs. Sue, is gochugang can be made or cooked? Don’t you have any recipe for it? It is not available here in our place, like what you’ve said the main ingredient of almost all your recipes is gochugang, I really find it hard.. . . help me =(

        • Hi Shooby, Yes, Gochujang can be made but I don’t have the recipe yet. For sure, I’ll be posting one in the future. You might be able to find other recipes if you google it though. I’ll let you know when I post my recipe. Thanks!

          • Oh Thank you so much Mrs. Sue! it would be a great help, well i’ll try another recipe of yours like pancakes, which is easy to cook. THANKS A LOT…..

  2. Hi Sue,
    I found you on Pinterest while searching for some Korean recipes. I was born in Korea but migrated to Australia when I was young. I felt no real pull towards Korean food/culture until I turned forty a couple of years ago. I haven’t even been back to Korea since I left thirty-three years ago. I am married to an Aussie and so, I hardly ever cook Korean food. But we do love going out to eat Korean BBQ. However, I have recently discovered KDramas and have since been trying to learn more about my mother country. I am also trying to learn to cook Korean food and I will definitely be following your blog and use your recipes..

    • Hi Helen,
      Thanks for stopping by blog. I hope you enjoy learning Korean culture and cooking Korean food. My daughter is half Korean and half Aussie and this blog will certainly be her go to place when she’s ready to cook. (She’s only one year old now). :)

  3. I’ve just moved to Korea a month ago and came across your blog trying to find out more information about some of the food I’ve come across. It is SO helpful, thank you so much! I don’t speak Korean and nothing I have found up until now has been English enough to really help me understand what the food is that I’m eating, delicious though it all is! I really love cooking but none of my Korean colleagues really cook since eating out is so cheap here and we work so hard, so it is really exciting to have found something to guide me when I want to try to recreate these dishes for myself. Korean is an amazing mix of so many different kinds of food and I feel like your blog will be able to guide me through it all – thank you again :)

    • Hi Holly, I’m so glad that you found me too! One good/bad thing about Korea is that eating out is quite cheap! So it’s very tempting to not cook at home and eat out all the time. lol But I’m sure you will appreciate cooking Korean food one day particularly once you go back to your own country and eating out Korean food gets expensive or is not available. I hope you enjoy exploring Korean food and also following my blog. :)

  4. I loved all your recipes :) thank you alot :)

  5. Hi Sue,

    So great to find your blog (especially as another Australian!) – looking forward to trying all of your recipes!

    Brian

  6. Thank you Sue, I fell in love with bibimbap and hot soup in stone as well, I will buy a stone bowl and follow your recipe :)

  7. Hi Sue, first time in blog, not sure it is the right place to do. Korean girls have beautifully skin, just wonder what a normal family eat in 3 meals? Also, I love stone rice with meat, vegies, egg, is it a healthy choice in Korea? I am thinking to cook stone food at home!

    Thank you
    Nancy

    • Hi Nancy, A typical Korean family eats steamed (mixed grain rice), soup and various side dishes (usually 3 to 4 varieties at each meal). I’m not sure how familiar you are with Korean dishes to be able to understand this though. Koreans generally thinks ALL Korean dishes are healthy, so I’m sure they would think Bibimbap (the stone food you’re referring to) is healthy too. :) My bibimbap recipe is here. (http://mykoreankitchen.com/2013/07/12/bibimbap-korean-mixed-rice-with-meat-and-assorted-vegetables/). While it’s not cooked on a stone, you can easily accomodate my recipe. It’s the most popular recipe on my blog. :)

  8. Carolyn says:

    I wanted to let you know that I love your blog. My husband and I with our kids lived in Korea for a year and we loved it. One thing we miss is the food. This blog helps us with some of the stuff we miss.

  9. Hi Sue!!! Nice to see you come blogging again, welcome back :) when you were off blogging, I was like NOoooo where can I learn cooking Korean food. I really like your post, they are easy to follow and of cos the food always turn really nice. I bookmarked your blog since you were off blogging since you still have great recipe collections. I just can’t believe it when I visited your blog recently, it has new look and new post!!!!! I’m just so happy :) I know blogging and taking nice photos does very time consuming. I really appreciate what you have been doing and keep it up! Congrats for being a mom. Ps : I live in Brisbane too.

    • Hi Dian, Thanks for such kinds words! I’m glad to have you back too. :) I hope you try many of my recipes that you missed so far and enjoy them. See you around on blogosphere!

  10. Thank you for your blogging.
    I’m Korean and I stay in Sweden.
    I’ll show your blog to my foreign friends who are interested in Korean dishes!

  11. Stumble upon your blog through Flipboard. Amazing blog. Like your cooking. Wil try the recipes.

  12. Sue,

    Your blog is amazing. I stumbled upon it today, you are an inspiration for me to venture into Korean cooking. I lived in Okinawa for 3 years and have been hooked on Asian cuisine. I found your Korean short rib recipe and I am giving it a try. Just changing it up by putting it in the crock pot. I can’t wait to try the Bulgogi too. I look forward to your recipes!

    -Brittani from California

    • Thanks Brittani. I’ve always wanted to visit Okinawa. I’m so jealous that you were able to live there for three years! I hope your short rib turns out well. I love crock pot dish. I’m planning to use my slow cooker more for my Korean cooking too. :)

  13. Hi Sue,

    I came across your blog from Nami (Just One Cookbook). I love Korean food, especially kimchi sundubu. I just subscribed to your blog and am excited to learn how to cook Korean food.

  14. Thanks for the recipes, Sue! My husband is Korean and I’ve learned a LOT from my Omini but sometimes things get lost in translation. Plus, now we live hours away so she can’t ‘show’ me how she makes things. Pretty much every time I search for a recipe your posts come up – just wanted to say thanks! (by the way, my kids are Bi Bim Bap junkies…seriously cannot get enough!)

  15. Dear Sue,
    just saw ur blog on pinterest after many years. i lived in korea for an year in 2006. read your blog regularly back then. welcome back.

  16. Hi Sue,

    I love Korean food SO much, it is really nice and wonderful to find your website.

  17. Hi Sue – Just wanted to say how much I’ve enjoyed going through your recipes and sharing of your cultures. Keep up the great work! – R

  18. Hi Sue! I’m so glad I found this blog! I was an exchange student in Korea and, now that I’m back home, I absolutely miss the Korean food (kimbap, the cafes with waffles, the winter street food…)! I’m not much of a cook so hopefully your blog would help me out on that :)

  19. Hello Sue!

    Thanks for putting up your cooking website! I come from a large family who all cook a lot. We live in a very mixed racial area in Michigan (Midwest U.S., in case you’re wondering…) and so are exposed to a lot of different types of cuisine. I had not really known the existence of Korean cooking until about two years ago, when I stumbled upon Korean Dramas. They had the same effect on me that reading old English novels did; namely I was hungry every time I watched a drama because of all the delicious looking food CONSTANTLY being consumed. I’ve recently discovered that I am gluten intolerant, so a lot of the traditional family recipes I am so fond of suddenly became off-limits for the most part, and I fell back onto all the foods I like to make that have no wheat flour in them. I discovered that a lot of these were Asian, and so because of all of this I started looking for recipes, and have since compiled a quite a few favorites, Bibimbap being the most favorite that comes to mind! I come from a mostly European background so Asian food is very different from a lot of traditional family recipes handed down, but quite a lot of Korean food really appeals to me, which makes me really, really glad to get my hands on new recipes! Long story and really more than you need to know, but that is the reason I am really glad to see your lovely, orderly and yummy looking website!!! 감사합니다 언니!!

    • Hi Sylvia, Thanks for your comment. I’m sorry to hear that you’re gluten intolerant! I know how annoying it can be not being able to eat your favourite food. Yes, a lot of Asian recipes are glutin free. I hope you find my website useful for your new dietary requirement.

  20. I’m a Kyopo who had recently relocated back to Korea (after migrating to HK, Nagoya, Toronto, and Vancouver) from the past 30+ years.

    This is an absolutely fascinating website and it certainly helps me to re-learn my cultural roots via culinary. Also, it’s such a fantastic idea to see your version of fusion of mixing Korean ingredients and spices with western foods (or vice versa)

    Keep it up as I’ll be checking back regularly for sure!

    Awesome blog!

  21. Thank you for your fantastic website – I just found it and now I want to try so many of your recipes! I’m an Aussie living in Seoul and I want to learn to cook more Korean dishes, for my husband who’s Korean & for myself^^

    • Thanks for stopping by Vanessa! It sounds like we are in a opposite situation – You and your Korean hubby in Korea I and my Aussie hubby in Australia. I hope you are enjoying living in Korea. See you around.

  22. Heli Karkiainen says:

    Hello Sue,

    Thank you for making an interesting Korean Kitchen Web blog or maybe you can call it even cookbook of some sort.

    I am writing from Finland and I am just this year watched some of Korean drama series and then I have found out that one young gentlemen, who played one of the lead roles in one very popular drama a few years back is also a singer in the band called SS501 and the young man’s name is Kim Hyun Joong. I really liked his singing as well as SS501 groups singing. There have been together since 2005 so it is an old group already even though the guys are young. He makes me dance at home that means that he is pretty good in what he does.

    Never before I’ve been interested to be a fanclub member in my 52 years, so I am a fan of Hyun Joong Kim, but not probably the way young girls are. I do only wish to buy their albums of music and follow up their possible acting
    in manga based drama series in the future. Maybe as getting older it feels nice to be seeing nicely behaving young adults being series in their lives.

    I started to watch for cooking recipes from internet cause I see that in the TV series a lot of eating is being seen and the names of dishes are very different from the ones here in Finland.
    It seemed to me that a lot of the Korean life goes around food. This is how I learned about your pages.

    Basicly to learn a culture is always about making the food of the country you are interested in.
    It is a very important door to understanding the Korean society as well.

    I have myself lived in Istanbul, Turkey for 14 years and I do like their traditional cooking as well. I have been going back and fort since 1976, so my knowledge of that culture is pretty good.

    Here in Finland there a lot of restaurants where you can eat dishes from different countries but Korea seems to be still very unknown and it seems only the capital city has a Korean restaurant and it seems that it is very expensive if the info I got from a blog just yesterday.

    I don’t live in the Helsinki capital area so I never even heard of such a Korean restaurant. So being in interested in a singer like Hyun Joong Kim made me know more about a country like Korea. I do remember that there were some sports events in Seul a few years back I think it was world cup for football.

    I did watch those games at the time. I am a 52 year old woman and in my childhood I used to watch a lot of English football their league matches and I still sometimes watch on TV some matches. Like national teams matches or sometimes also follow which team in Turkey is the champion each year, because I have a son as old as this artist Kim Hyun Joong.

    So as he is part Turkish part Finnish, so I know that it is important to keep up speaking to your child about both cultures, so that he grows up to be a balanced individual to the society. So if you have children I surely hope you are able to teach him Korean as well even though you live in an English speaking environment. It might be difficult at times, but it is essential for the child to be able to speak with his parents in their own languages. So parents have always try to speak to their child in their own native language even though it might make the child learn slower to speak. Because children learn easily to speak different languages when they are young it get harder with age.

    Sue as I think that it is very good that you have found time to inform great many people about your Korean kitchen and your culture.

    I deeply feel that it is important for the worl to know more about your home country and it is also a way to make you less homesick. Because even though life can be good in another country, but we human seem to always miss our original home countries and its traditions.

    Because it is where we grew up and even though living abroad makes you see you own countries good and bad side clearer. You most likely still miss it and your relatives as well.

    I am sure this blog also has made your an ambassador of your country in Australia.

    I never been there, but i visited for 3 weeks in New Zealand and I have a little idea, what it is like around that area of the world.

    I hope you the best and thank you for your Kitchen web pages. I really like to read it thru in the days ahead and maybe even try some of the recipes if I find the ingredients easely enough here in my home town area.

    I feel that the barrier of alphabets is also one why we do not know about Korea.

    Kanji is difficult for us, who use Latin alphabets.

    My son has studies some Japanese and I looked some language learning pages of ours where they teach you Chinese and it really is not easy for sure.

    Because Finland also a small country as population over 5 million our native languages Finnish and Swedish are not languages that are spoken by others in the world.

    So in order to communicate and have trade you have to study other languages like English, Russian and German or even some French. I have studied all of these and also Spanish and of course i am fluent in Turkish as well.

    To know a country you have to be able to understand the language that the people speak and because Korea is a small country and its alphabets being different than Latin alphabets the barrier to learn gets more difficult for us. There is no language schools that would teach your native language here in Finland. Even to learn Chinese or Japanese is quite difficult to find good books or language courses that teach these Asian languages.

    I wish you all the best and feel free to write to me as well if you have something you would like to know about Finnish people or our culture as well.

    But I do have to admit that I am not very often reading my e mails, but I still would write back if you happen to write and ask something from me.

    Best regards,

    Karkiainen Heli (surname first and first name after that is the way you seem to adress yourselves in Korean way.)

    P:S.
    I do read a lot of Korean manga and like your drama series as well. My son introduced me to manga pages and I started with Naruto, Bleach and One Piece which are Japanese manga, but I do read also some Korean ones now.

    The reason is that the series seem to be more gentle than the American series our national TV channel shows or British ones.

    Unfortunately here in Europe, even though we have a lot of immigrants living from all over the world, we do not seem to have interest to buy films or TV series from other countries and it is good that there is the internet so I can learn more about different cultures more easily.

    I think Finland should really learn to buy more Korean series and I am sure there would be people to watch them, because the manga based stories for example are very sweet and full of young Korean people who a lively and very beautiful as such. So I really hope the world to learn more about your culture.

    As I once lived in Istanbul I do know that Turkish people fought in your country in the fifties and I think the relation between Turkey and South Korea are very lively compared the relationship with Finland and Korea.

    Though KIA cars are famous these days here even my mom bought one lately, so it is a start for our family to know about your country.

    I thing you had your most important lunar holiday season so happy New Year for you in the new starting year.
    May it bring you luck and fortunate happenings. Maybe even new friendships thru your blog.

    • Thanks Heli for stopping by My Korean Kitchen. I agree that food is very important part of a country’s culture, particularly in Korea.
      A casual greeting – “How are you?” is often replaced with “Have you eaten yet?” in Korea. LOL. Most non-Koreans doesn’t get it for the first time.
      It must be disappointing that you don’t have much Asian/Korean resources around where you live. But I do hope you visit my blog often because you might find something that doesn’t require a Korean grocery shopping trip! You never know. :)

  23. Hello, I’m a new comer. My boyfriend is Korean so I’m trying to know more about Korea. Thanks for your sharing and your website. Have fun!!!

  24. jeff owings says:

    My wife is Korean and has no time to make korean food so the best korean food I get is from my omanee “mother in law”.My refer is filled with kimchi and now I am learning to make kimchi stew for myself and I am going to try your delicious recipes.

  25. Hello from Malaysia!! :) I was finding for Kimgane on the internet and it got me here. Keep up the good work!!

  26. Your site is nicely written. Korean food is really getting popular world wide.

  27. 아 !
    수고가 많으시네요 이렇게 사진찍고 글쓰고
    힘들지않으신가요?

    아.제가 중국어 판 신문에 한국음식을 소게해요.
    그래서 찾다가 보니 여기 있네요
    좋은 자료 있으면 셰어해요
    감사합니다
    송민섭 여자

  28. phuong pham, USA says:

    Hi
    I love Korean foods . I have been searching for recipes every website.Now I find your blog. FANTASTIC. Thank you for creating a wonderful BLOG.

  29. you have a great website filled with nice recipes and pictures. it will be useful. thank you. ^^

  30. Hi – I love your blog. I would love to help contribute and get it going again. I am interested in blogging about Korean cooking and perhaps could help you out. Just a thought. Let me know if this appeals to you.
    All the best – Leslie

  31. Trang Le says:

    Hi Sue. I’ve been keeping an eye on your blog for a while. I’m very fond of Korean cuisine and your step-by-step guide to make Korean dishes. Not to be nosy, but I wish you good health and happiness, as you haven’t posted a new entry for quite a long time. Shoot me an email if you don’t feel like replying on this section.

  32. I just came across your blog researching cuckoo rice makers. It’s stunningly beautiful, and I can’t wait to try all of your recipes!

  33. Hi!

    My name is Lisa~Korean American Mommy and I stumbled onto your page while I was looking for Korean food bloggers. I’m doing a Korean Food post for my Around the World feature and I wanted to see if you were interested? You would post on your blog as your normally do and I would link back, all you would need to do is state that you’re participating in this feature and have a link back to me.

    You can choose any Korean dish, whether it be New Year’s Foods, street foods, etc.

    My first feature was on India and we did a full course virtual Indian Dinner party from apps to desserts. I may chose to do the same type of format as well (with better format and post then the Indian post). Please let me know and I will contact you with further details.

    Regards,
    Lisa

  34. Hey there! I’m a college student who hopes to one day live in Asia, preferably in Japan or South Korea. Even though I stumbled upon your site with no specific intentions, I love it! The detailed pictures and explanations make me want to fix myself a dish right now. It’d be awesome if one day I could go back and whip up one of your dishes. Keep up the great work!

    • Hi Cecilia
      I hope your dream of living in Asia one day comes true soon!

      • OMG!! O__O you’re alive!^______^ i was so worried and sad because your last post was in November 2007 TT_______TT so many years ago… i’m happy you’re still checking back here every now and then. i hope you’re doing well and enjoying life. your recipes are delicious, and i find it helpful that you take many pictures. please post again soon…

  35. hi my name is angineh i from iran and i have a lihom rice cooker but i can’t read button because its korian and i cant use it plz send me english guide direction .about it’s button and how can use it.
    thank you so much

  36. Thank you so much for having a site like this. Currently I am living in Chuncheon South Korea but from just south of Fort Worth Texas. I have been looking everywhere to find recipes for Korean food. I am getting ready to learn to cook Korean from a friend who is going to teach a lot of us foreigners how to cook this way. This is going to come in very handy for us. Oh and unlike some Americans my husband and I LOVE spicy food. I am really looking forward to trying a lot of these recipes and plan on sharing your site.

  37. I’m a full-blooded Korean, raised here in the states. Even though my mother cooked Korean food all the time, i never took the initive to learn. Well, after several years of cooking different Korean dishes, I am on my way to more recipes. My husband, who is American, loves it as well, but only the non-spicy dishes( HAHA). Me on the other hand, love it all….even the strange dishes…

  38. lovelyjune7775 says:

    I am Indonesian. I love Korean food and I live in Daejeon, South Korea now. I am lucky to find this blog. I want to learn how to cook Korean food at home. Because it easy to find the ingredients here, why not I am trying. Thank you for sharing.

    -Juni-

  39. hey! i’m half korean, and am living the southeast texas. my korean mom, who didnt teach me to cook ANYTHING, lives in chicago, and that’s too far away to visit for dinner. the nearest korean restaurant is in houston, which is almost 2 hours away, so i’m on a mission to learn to cook every dish i’m in love with so i can brain wash my daughter.

    i stumbled across your site tonight, and JOY! i’ve been experimenting with quite a few cookbooks and web sites, and only found a few recipes from each source that was authentic and tasty. i’m so happy that i have a one stop shop for every dish that i remember eating, and heaps of new ones!

    thanks!
    helena

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  41. Awesome. I’m living in Brisbane too and I’m so in love with Korean food. Thanks for the blog <3

  42. Hi Sue~
    I live in Sydney. My husband’s Korean.
    I love love love your recipes. Today I made Galbijjim. I used pot instead of high pressure rice cooker cos I don’t have one though. It’s a big success, the best Galbijjim I’ve ever made in my life. My hubby had 4 bowl of rice with it :) (but he’s still skinny, how envious :))
    What’s the model name of Cuckoo rice cooker that you have? I might get one when I go to Korea next month.

  43. I ponder across your blog and I’m in love with all your pictures and your cooking…

  44. I went to S.Korea last holiday, and coincidently, when I came back to Sydney, there’s a new Korean grocer in front of my house. I’ve been craving for Korean food lately, and tried to cook it myself at home. I tried your spicy chilli chicken (w/ gochujang) today, and it’s super good. thanks for the recipe! and keep up the good work, ur blog is amazing ^_^

  45. oohh! i live in brisbane too!! ^^ Your blog is giving me massive korean food cravings ><"
    they look soo good!! slash merry xmas!!

  46. I had a Korean friend years ago who’s mom made a delicious side dish; the main ingredient is perilla/sesame leaves marinated in soy sauce and other seasonings. I bought the store made version and also tried the canned ones. But none of these came close to tasting as good as the dish my friend’s mom made. I would be very happy to have a recipe for this side dish. Thanks! Monica

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