March 2023 Newsletter
I'm always excited to meet you on the first day every month! I'm sending you my new recipes and sharing some stories and the photos from my readers and viewers!
Recently, I ran into Mr. and Mrs. Hong, fellow Korean immigrants who left Korea a few decades ago and now reside in NYC. They recognized me at a grocery store and greeted me with excitement: "Maangchi!!!" Upon learning that they have been using my recipes to make delicious dishes, I felt an instant connection as if we were old friends or relatives. It was unnecessary to introduce ourselves, as we already shared a mutual admiration! I was delighted to hear that they particularly enjoyed my gimbap, mandu and easy japchae recipes. Wonderful to meet you, Mr and Mrs. Hong!
New recipe: Green onion pancake skewers
Pasanjeok (pronounced Pah-Sahn-Jeok) consists of skewered green onion, beef, and carrot, then battered and cooked in a skillet. Cooking green onion and carrot makes them sweet and tender, and the beef strips marinated in bulgogi seasoning are also very tasty. Together they create a unique flavor and visual contrast that makes this dish special and memorable. You can enjoy all kinds of textures and flavors at once!
This was my late father’s favorite dish, so making and eating pasanjeok always reminds me of him. My father even made the skewers himself using bamboo, cutting them into thin, long strips and trimming the edges with a small knife. I can still picture his familiar “o”-shaped mouth as he concentrated on his task. : ) Check out the recipe and more stories here!
New recipe: Korean honey cookies
Yakgwa, traditional Korean honey cookies, are flat and layered. They are fried twice, first on low heat and then on medium high heat, and soaked in a sticky, sweet syrup. This creates a juicy and crumbly texture you can feel in every bite. The combination of sesame oil, honey, ginger, and cinnamon gives them an exceptional and irresistible flavor.
For over a thousand years, Koreans have been making and eating them on special occasions such as weddings, birthdays, festivals, and death anniversaries. However, nowadays you can enjoy these treats anytime you crave something sweet!
KokoNat’s honey cookies
My reader KokoNat made yakgwa just right after I posted the recipe and shared their positive feedback: "Your recipe was fantastic, well-explained, and enjoyable to prepare!" My face lit up with a big smile when I saw the garnish of shredded ginger and pumpkin seeds on the cookies! KokoNat pays close attention to every small detail when preparing my recipes. So cool!
Korean Fluffy Steamed Eggs
You can make Korean fluffy steamed eggs so easily, check out this 1 minute video! If you want more details, my written recipe + full video are here!
2 kinds of KFC!
LukaCMuller’s Steamed eggplant
LukaCMuller living in Melbourne, Australia loves my Korean style steamed eggplant side dish recipe, and made her own 1-plate meal by adding a bowl of rice! Yum!
Making kimchi with grandma!
This kimchi looks incredibly refreshing, with its bright red color, crispy texture, and juicy appearance! Bluestone Manor said, “I come from a Hispanic family so making kimchi was something very new for me and my grandma. Luckily we make a good team in the kitchen!”
Messages from my readers & viewers
My readers and viewers always make me smile, inspire me, amaze me, and make me think. Here are some of their messages that I chose to share with you!
I will follow your recipe and add to my items being sold in our night market here in Baguio City Philippines.
Let me tell you about Myra Snyder and her love for cooking. She stumbled upon my recipe video for bok choy tofu doenjang soup and was immediately intrigued by it. In fact, she was so inspired that she grew bok choy in her own garden just to make the soup!
Maangchi, this was the first recipe I tried when I discovered your channel this summer. I loved it so much I grew bok choy this fall! Tonight it is going to be 16F here so I pulled up the last of the plants and made a BIG pot! I hope the soup freezes well. Thanks so much for expanding the world of food for me!
Are you skilled at flipping Korean pancakes? I received a hilarious comment from Michael on my short kimchi pancake video, and it received many thumbs up, including mine! Haha!
This recipe worked great up until the flipping part. I have three kimchi pancakes stuck to my ceiling at the moment. As soon as one of them falls down I'll taste it.
I really love to see the dishes you guys make from my recipes, and I love to hear that you are enjoying them with your friends and family. Remember that you can type any Korean dish into the search box on my site and you can find the recipe or any Korean ingredients easily if I have it. I’m constantly improving and updating my website and recipes to make them more useful for you guys, and to make them more easy to use and find.
I hope you all are well and I will see you next month! It will be April 1st! Oops, it’s not a joke but our regular newsletter day! : )
Keep being happy with your delicious Korean cooking!