Sue and My Korean Kitchen Profile

About 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 pictorial instructions, cultural discussions, and product 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 Korean cooking ingredients.

My Korean Kitchen has been listed by Saveur magazine as one of the 55 Great Global Food Blogs. Also, my work has been featured on various media and publications such as NPR, Fitness Magazine, Today, Huffington Post, ABC Radio (Australia), Lonely Planet, The Independent, Yahoo News, Serious Eats, The Kitchn and BuzzFeed.

I hope My Korean Kitchen becomes “the place to be” when it comes to Korean cooking.

About Sue

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

I was born and raised in South Korea, and am currently residing in Brisbane, Australia. 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.

While, I haven’t received any formal training in cookery, I love eating delicious food and sharing my culinary adventure with my family and friends.

In recent years, I published two cookbooks.

I hope you try these books to get more insight in Korean cooking!


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  1. We just made the mandu dipping sauce tonight and used it on a Kim Chee pancake! It is soooooo delicious, thank goodness we doubled the recipe! (just had to use less water than called for, I think because our soy sauce was on the lighter side to start)

  2. Just want to say you have BEST recipes and they are so easy to follow. I’ve tried quite a few of them, super delicious!

  3. I was stationed in Uijeongbu, with the US Army from 2002-2003. I miss all the good food I would get with my Katusa friends. I have so much trouble finding Korean food in general. Delicious is an understatement. I wish there were more people that could appreciate the food and culture. I am so happy that I found your site. I plan on trying your Kimchi Mandu. Reading the ingredients reminds me of my train rides to Itaewon with a bag of Mandu and a can of Chilsung Cider. I can’t say thank you enough for this site. It has been so long since I have had this food, and luckily I have most of the ingredients in your recipies.

  4. Hi sue !!

    You will see most of your similar menu in Singapore Korean restaurant.

    I am working on your menu, which is very helpful an easy to understand as well

    Thank you,


  5. I am a high school student from Indonesia. I have a dream to go to Korea on my study visit. besides that I want to open a food and beverage business from various countries, one of which is Korea in my city before my 20th.I learned about Korean food from your blog. I hope someday I can meet you and talk a lot and learn a lot from you. thank you for creating an inspiring blog. :))))

  6. Hi sue,

    I love all your recipes and your site is my go to when I’m looking to cook a new Korean dish. Do you have a recipe for milk bread? It’s something I want to try with my daughter who fallen in love with korean food just as much as me.

  7. I came across your site because I fell in love with corean food when I lived in LA. When Covid crisis started I started to learn thru your Wonderfull blog how to do it myself.. im still learning but my family already love my plates 🙂 thank you so much!!

    • I’m an Aussie who married a Korean wife and moved to Korea. Very passionate about Korean cooking and love your blog. Keep up the good work!

  8. Bonjour,
    Je suis une coréenne adoptée, je suis tombée sur ton blog en cherchant des recettes de cuisine coréenne. Je suis contente de découvrir de nombreuses recettes bien expliquées car je ne suis pas forcement douée. Je vais essayer tes recettes.
    Merci et bonne continuation!

    • Hi Sue,

      I just wanted to let you know how much I love your website and your recipes.
      Your pictures are great, your instructions are super clear and straightforward, and the results are delicious.

      Whenever the topic of Korean food comes up, I always tell people about your site and to have a go at making something from there. I’m based in London, England, the Korean food scene is starting to getting more and more popular although I was introduced to Korean food about 20 years ago when I spent some time in Tokyo and had a lot of Korean friends that I’d met at school there.

      I often find that I try things out online (elsewhere) and the ingredient measurements don’t seem right but everything I’ve made of yours has turned out brilliantly so far!

      Many thanks for sharing your knowledge, tips and recipes!

  9. I stumbled into your page when I was looking a recipe for Army Stew. Of course with the global phenomenon of Korean Dramas – one cannot but be curious on how the various foodies they serve are created and how they taste. LOVE IT!! I am now a certified Korea foodie and KDrama Addict! We have a great number of Korea food stores around our area and that is good for us new foodies. I have bookmarked this site. Thank you Sue.

  10. I planted daikon radishes for the first time in my No-Till garden and ended up with ALOT of daikon at once. I’d never eaten one and now I needed to do something with six of them, fast. I found your site, and made your easy pickled daikon radish recipe. It was FANTASTIC and has become my new addition to sandwiches, and sides for main dishes. I’ll try the Quick Pickled Carrol and Daikon Radish for my next harvest, I’ll be needing some ideas for my asian greens next and will definitely look up some korean recipes. Thanks.

  11. Hi Sue
    I love your website 🙂
    My 18 year old daughter loves your recipes especially the Bulgogi which she makes a lot! She is keen on Korean food and helps satisfy our desire for Korean cuisine. We live in the UK – my daughters are K-Pop fans and even I go to the K-pop concerts here in the UK. We have a great restaurant in Leeds called Bulgogi Barbeque and my daughter loves it as its so near her university. We always visit a wonderful restaurant called Yori in London which has authentic food, they have opened another 2 restaurants in London as they are always fully booked. i will link up with you on Instagram and share the Korean Cream cake with strawberries for my daughters birthday. We have a wonderful China Town in London where they sell wonderful cakes, desserts, Bingsu and freshly cooked fish pastries.
    Thank you for sharing your lovely recipes so we can replicate at home 🙂

  12. Hi Sue – thanks for your delicious recipes. They’re added some welcome spice and variety to our home meals during lockdown. I’m fortunate to have some food shops nearby that sell some of the key Korean ingredients. Best wishes, Andrew

  13. Hi Sue, I tried korean food for a long time and I made fish cake from scratch so I think i’ll keep making it. It is delicious. I also tried many of your recipes. When I found your website, I simply fell in love with it. I’ll keep cooking korean food and enjoy it! ^_^

  14. I am not Korean but my friend is and she introduced me to your website and I tried some of your recipes. They are so rich in flavor, texture, and they truly bring out the Korean culture. Your food is amazing.

  15. I just found your site! Thank you! With lockdown I can’t go to my favourite Korean restaurant but the Korean supermarket delivers so I managed to get supplies to make Kimchi stew and it was so good! Your recipe was amazing and the stew was exactly what I needed!
    I need to make kimchi pancake next!

  16. I have a request, maybe its here already but i cant spell the word to search. Ive been to korea, I have family from there. Yet its a bit of a mystery for both of us to nail down a recipe. theres a restuarant we go to that serves rock fish in a red sauce, then the finish is a serviing of noodles for each person to mop up the rest of the sauce. the noodles are yellow, almost like an egg noodle but slimmer then spaghetti. I call it korean chicken parmigian (but no cheese) because the sauce was mild almost like a pureed, slightly watered down tomato sauce yet didnt have a marinara taste. it just was not as sweet, spicy or pungent as most korean dishes i eat. its always been served with rock fish in the sauce when we eat there(very mild fish that tastes like chicken to me in this meal). though im more interested in the sauce prep for home noodle dishes.

  17. Hi Sue,

    I accidentally came across your cooking blog and I didn’t realise I kept on clicking this same website to use for various Korean dishes, it is easily one of the best Korean EBOOKS I have found (and I have used many!).

    Just wanted to say thank you from my husband and me who are non-Korean but absolutely love Korean food you have saved us a ton of money on Korean takeaways which I now can cook at home 🙂

    K ^_^*

  18. Hi Sue,
    I’ve been following your page for years & have enjoyed many of your recipes. I am kicking myself for not contacting you last week as I was in Brisbane & saw so many Korean eateries but was unsure where to try. Due to being mostly pescatarian when eating out it’s a bit of a challenge to try new places. But looks like husband will be travelling more to Brisbane for work, will definitely come back to Brisbane soon!

  19. I LOVE your recipes! I just was recently introduced to Korean cuisine by watching all the delicious looking food being prepared in the Korean Dramas (which I also love!) and am very happy to find real Korean recipes to try! Thank you!!

    • I accidentally found your blog. It’s amazing and it helps a lot that you live in Australia too as recipes from other countries tend to include ingredients in the names that are sold in their countries. This has made it hard us to purchase or find them. I discovered some links from you shop . Tried to purchase the taiyaki plate from amazon but it doesn’t ship to Australia. Have you tried to purchase from amazon before? Do all your other links work? Thanks for your time !!

  20. I’m so happy to have found your blog, Sue! We lived in Seoul for a couple of years — long enough to fall in love with Korea and Korean cuisine — before we moved back to the States! I’m so excited to try your recipe for dolsot bibimbap / bibimbap sauce tonight. || I also plan to try your recipe for musaengchae (my absolute favorite Korean side dish) later this week. So far, I’ve tasted the bibimbap sauce, and it’s divine. Thank you thank you thank you for such great recipes! It’s nice to bring a little bit of Korea to our table from time to time, as it helps my husband (who’s adopted) and my kiddos feel more “in touch” with Korea.

  21. hi sue im a student writer here in the philippines and korean delicacies are always on trend, can i use your descriptions in korean foods such as odeng, chapchae, kimchi and tteokboki in a coverage of korean foods here in the Philippines?. I am ensuring you that i will cite your blog for references, i am very sure that many of my schoolmates will visit your blog since korean food are mainstream here 😀 hoping for your response.

  22. Hi sue! What province in Korea are you from? I grew up there and grew up cooking with my mother, 6 aunts and grandmother.

  23. Thank YOU so much for sharing your story and amazing recipes!!!!!!! I’ve been actively trying to reconnect with my roots and food has been my primary pathway. Your blog is incredibly thoughtful and helpful.

  24. hello!! I’m planning on making a hotteok this weekend. Can I replace the brown sugar with red bean filling? Kamsahmnida 🙂

    • We have had hotteok this way in South Korea before. Lol, but what a let down when you’re expecting brown sugar and receive red bean instead! I’m sure it would have been delicious if we had been going after savory instead of sweet.

  25. Hi Sue

    I need to buy some Korean or Japanese short grain rice. I can only see local or jasmine rice in the Asian stores. In Perth I bought Botang brand rice, an American brand that was quite nice. However, I cannot see it in Brisbane. Of course I need to by 25 kg plus size. Can you please advise where I might find good rice?

    • Hi Graham, Short grain rice is sometimes called as sushi rice. Both Woolworth and Coles sells it. You just can’t get 25kg there that’s all.
      Most Korean grocery stores sell 10kg and 20kg of short grain rice, but I don’t believe I’ve seen 25kg. Is it important that you get 25kg+ rice?
      Anyway, check here for the location of a Korean grocery store near you. Hope this helps!

  26. Hi Sue,
    I was just wandering if you have any recipes for soups. Any kind of soup. I love soups.

    I am a muslin and wander if there is any substitute to alcohol base liquid that you can recommend.

  27. I was browsing the net for some “easy step” cooking for korean food and I thought I wouldn’t find one. Thanks to your blog I can make my own version of korean food to share my family.

  28. I’m in Brisbane also and love to try cooking Korean cuisine (and have your site bookmarked). Bi bim bap ios my go-to.

    BTW, you mentioned burdock / gobo in at least one of your recipes. Where do you source that from? I have found frozen gobo at Genkimart, but I’ve only ever gotten fresh burdock at a market in Melbourne. I tried frowing it myself too (no luck)

    • I’ve never bought fresh burdock root here. Typically, I use burdock root in my kimbap and I just buy pre-sseasoned ones for that. The largest Korean grocery store in Brisbane is Hanaro mart in Sunnybank. I do not know whether they have fresh burdock root now though. Good luck!

  29. I am very excited I found this blog! For the last few years I have taken a major interest in Asian culture, especially Korean. This was exactly what I was looking for to expand my Korean cooking skills. Thank you and I look forward to more!

  30. Thanks Sue for such a great site.

    Have learnt so much from here. Was living in Darwin previously but now I’ve shifted to Brisbane I’ve been spoilt with Korean grocery shops and have really been able to put your recipes to the test. They never fail to win the family over

    • Hi Paul, Glad to hear you are finding my site useful and also your family are enjoying my recipes. 🙂
      Yes, Brisbane isn’t bad for Korean ingredients, but I still wish that there was more Korean stuff. 😀

  31. Dear Sue, my family lived in Seoul (and around Seoul) for 13 years. We grew to love Korean food. When we came back to the United States we were fortunate enough to move near a large Korean grocery store. We have enjoyed your recipes because they bring back some good (I mean yummy) memories. Tomorrow we will be preparing dokbokki and jajangmyun for our housewarming party and looking forward to following some of your recipes and sharing the food with our friends. Thanks for your great work here.

  32. Hi Sue,

    I guess you hear that kind of comments a lot but I need to tell you again: I’m so happy that I found your blog!
    I’m 19 years old and from Germany, I worked last year from Oct. -Dec. 2 months in South Korea and I felt even more in love with the country, its culture, people, language and food.

    Because I really miss some Korean food, I was looking for blogs like yours for months, but today I found yours.
    Your descriptions and recipes seem quite doable and good to understand. I love the Korean kitchen and I am really looking forward to cook some of your posted recipes! 🙂

  33. I’m trying hard every day to attend the dishes that i see in your page.
    I know that the taste will not be similar to the taste of your dishes because I am a beginner and you are a Skilled cook .
    But I will stay trying because I’m passionate about Korean cooking
    Wait your new dishes.

  34. What type of rice is used to make yubu chobap? Had it at a restaurant once and remember it being somehow sweet. Not sure if it was the tofu pockets or may me some rice. Just remember the rice was stick and those darn things were GREAT! let me know and I’m going to try your recipe.

  35. Your recipes are of great help!!! I’m from the Philippines and my first taste of so called Korean food is a bibimbap from a chain of food stall in Philippines named Mr.Kimbob. I love it instantly and would eat it frequently not knowing their bibimbop is far from the original bibimbop of Korea because it was so greasy (the meat is precooked in too much oil) . When i was on a business trip in China and the nearest restaurant in my hotel is a Korean resto I got the taste of authentic Korean bibimbop in claypot. I fell in love and imminently forgot the first so called bibimbop i tasted before. I am also so inlove with Samgyeopsal. The sad part is authentic Korean restaurant here in Philippines is a bit pricey and if you want to eat alone to succumb your craving with Samgyeopsal, bibimbop and soup it will be a bit hard because they require minimum of 2 orders of Samgyeopsal! and that’s a lot for a solo eater who also want to eat bibimbop and soup..
    Feeling hopeless I searched in the internet for recipes and ingredients of my fave Korean food and good thing I stumble in your blog! And now I started trying out cooiking them my self and just buying ingredients in a Korean mart near our place. Thank you very much!

  36. Happy holidays Sue. Your blog is my favorite. You are personable and generous with your information. Your ebook is on my Christmas Wish List. One of my New Year’s resolutions will be to cook more Korean recipes. I’ll happily achieve this with your help.
    Wishing you a Happy New Year and continued success with your blog and culinary adventures.

    • Hi Sue

      I quickly scanned your site to remind me about kimchi jjigae since I will make it for my family tonight. I use the leftover roast pork from another night’s dinner. I also like to use old kimchi (a few months old). My daughter is three and she loves kimchi jjigae.

      I will be moving from Perth to Brisbane in February next year. I am a westerner who spent a year in Korea, which changed my outlook on life. I now call my hometown Geoje do. I have a 태극기 in my kitchen.

      • Hi Graham, I’ve been to Geojedo once. It was a beautiful island. My 3 year old can’t have spicy Kimchi yet. How did you train your daughter? But, she can eat ssamjang. She loves dipping some cucumber sticks in there. Lol.

        • Hi Sue

          My daughter requires me to make it with only a little spice. She eats it like me thought, we tip our bowl of rice into it at the start and mix it altogether. I understand most Korean children will not like too much spice. The ssamjang paste would be too much for my daughter. Her favourite part is the tofu, but this is true for all meals.
          I miss Geoje do. Did you go out on the boat to the mountains in the sea and Way do?

  37. Hi Sue,
    I have just discovered your site and am really keen to try out some of the recipes, however not sure where the closest/best place to source some of the Korean ingredients might be. I live in Noosa but do go to Brisbane from time to time so I wondered if there are any places you could recommend in Brisbane?
    Many thanks!

  38. Hi Sue
    I started to eat Korean food because of my daughter who loves it! Now so do I.
    I found your website when I was looking for recipes on making the side dishes and kimchee. Thank you so much for very informative website and wonderful pictures.
    I am unsure about the Korean chili spices….do you have a specific name that I can use when I cruise into a Asian store?
    Also the name for the shrimp paste?
    I’m on a great food adventure!
    Thanks again

    • Hi Shirley, I’m not sure whether you visited this page yet or not,, if you haven’t you should. I listed 30 most commonly used Korean ingredients there. I tried to highlight the products I use there too. For Korean chilies, if it’s for a general cooking, make sure it’s coarse flakes, not fine. I don’t buy shrimp paste but I use fish sauce. You can check the brand I use from the link above. Enjoy your adventure! 🙂

  39. hi sue! I found your blog by accident when I was googling about bibimbop recipe. I instantly fell in love with your site, the pictures of the food are all inviting not to mention your personalize recipes too. I love them all! From now on your web site is already added on my favorites so that every time that I will open my PC I can see what’S new on your blogs. thank you for sharing them to us! By the way I love Korean food and Koreans too 🙂

  40. I am in the process of having a dinner party that will be all Korean food. One of my offerings will be LA Galbi. When I look at various marinades on the internet most of them call for much more onion, pear, garlic than your recipe. Any reason for this other than personal taste? Thanks. Bill

  41. Hi Sue
    I came upon your blog by chance through facebook. I must say I am very excited about your recipes because
    it look simple and delicious. Thank you for introducing us to KOREAN food.
    P.S. Your blog is amazing!

  42. Hi, Sue, I have just joined your blog, cannot wait to try the chicken wings and the bibimbap recipes.I worked in Korean restaurants in London when younger and I really miss the food.
    Kind regards from San Sebastian, Spain, Rosa.

  43. Hello,Sue, ounni
    I’m mariam from egypt ..I really love korea and there foods , places , language and every thing
    When I want to eat or cook something korean I borrow your ways in cooking..
    To cook something delicious

  44. Hi Sue, what a lovely site. My next door neighbours are from Korea, and I found your blog after looking for a Japchae recipe. We live in South Australia, but her mum and dad came to visit from Korea, and she gave me some of the dish to try (she actually doesn’t cook from what she’s told me!) I’m going to try and make it this weekend, and I’m going to take some next door to see if she thinks it’s okay. I look forward to exploring Korean cooking with your help.

  45. Thank you for writing this blog! I love to learn about South Korea a lot! Culture, food and about its people. I am writing from South Indian city of Bangalore. I am a vegetarian and will look at some of your recipes for vegetarians.

    You do great work! Thank you!

    • Thanks! I hope you enjoy navigating my blog. I don’t have much vegetarian recipes but most side dish recipes can be modified to suit vegetarian needs. 🙂

  46. I love your website so much! I’m planning a trip to Korea and I was wondering if you could tell me a little about table manners and customs in Korea.
    Thank you for your time!

    • Hi Jenifer, I haven’t seen any Kimchi with MSG in it. Is it common in Adelaide? I just buy locally made (from Gold Coast) Kimchi and I would think you will have a similar option in Adelaide. (I don’t think a Korean grocery carries Kimchi that is made interstate.) Though some Korean grocery stores carries Kimchi imported from Korea. The most famous brand is Jongga/Chongga (종가) Kimchi. It looks something like this. As it’s imported, I wouldn’t think it’s as fresh as it could be.
      The best way to eating healthy & clean Kimchi is making it yourself. This is my favourite way of eating it. (It’s also not too difficult!) I hope you give this a try! 😉

  47. Hi Sue,
    thank you for creating this blog and sharing your beautiful recipes! My husband and I go to a Korean Tofu restaurant in the US here and it is our favorite place for dinner. We always get the same thing: Dubu stew which is served very nice sides. I found recipes for a couple of them on your blog (thanks!).
    The dish we eat comes boiling in an iron bowl (I think its iron) and contains big blocks of silky tofu along with mushrooms in a spicy reddish soup- does this sound like one of the recipes you have posted here? or if not, do you have a recipe for it? thank you again! Jane T

  48. Hello!
    So glad I discovered this site! I just got back from 2 weeks in Korea and I cannot wait to recreate some of my favourite foods thanks to your site!

    • Hi Cailie, Welcome to My Korean Kitchen! I hope you had a great time in Korea. Enjoy my recipes and let me know if you have any questions. 🙂

  49. Good morning Sue!!! I have an anti aging business that did over$400 million in sales last year and we are going to Seoul Korea next month!!! Mlm is huge in Asia and I wanted to reach out to you to see if you or anyone you may still know over there is interested in making a lot of extra money?? Your blog is awesome and I am definitely going to try the Korean dipping sauce!!!

    • Hi Gia, I’m not sure what’s your proposal might be… You might want to reach out to this girl ( I don’t know her personally but she lives in Seoul at present and she is a beauty blogger. Enjoy your trip to Korea! And thanks for stopping by my blog!

  50. 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

      • 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…..

  51. 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). 🙂

  52. 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. 🙂

  53. 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 🙂

  54. 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

    • 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. ( While it’s not cooked on a stone, you can easily accomodate my recipe. It’s the most popular recipe on my blog. 🙂

  55. 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.

  56. 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!

  57. 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!

  58. 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. 🙂

  59. 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.

  60. 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!)

  61. 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.

  62. 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 🙂

  63. 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.

  64. 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!

  65. 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.

  66. 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.)

    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. 🙂

  67. 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!!!

  68. 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.

  69. 아 !
    수고가 많으시네요 이렇게 사진찍고 글쓰고

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

  70. 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.

  71. 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

  72. 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.

  73. 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!

  74. 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.


  75. 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!

      • 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…

  76. 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

  77. 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.

  78. 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…

  79. 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.


  80. 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!


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  82. 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.

  83. 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 ^_^

  84. 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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