Welcome to Korean Bapsang (table)! My name is Hyosun, and I am a Korean-American mom of two wonderful grown-up children. In the summer of 2009, I started this blog as a way to teach my children how to cook the food they grew up with. They love to eat great food and enjoy cooking. They grew up immensely appreciating family tradition and cultural heritage through food.
Growing up in Korea, I always took great interests in my mother’s cooking. My mother was an excellent home cook and loved to cook for family and friends. When I was a newlywed, I recreated her dishes to feed my hungry husband. I then realized how much I had learned from my mother simply by watching and tasting her cooking. I soon had to start taking cooking seriously.
My mother-in-law, as all Korean mother-in-laws of her generation do, expected me to produce a feast for every special occasion. I still remember my first big cooking event. It was my son’s 100th day after his birth (which is a big occasion for Koreans), and my parents-in-law invited everyone from their church.
Since then, cooking became a big part of my life. I honed my cooking skills by hosting many gatherings for family and friends that always involved great food. The peak of my culinary adventure was my father-in-law’s 80th birthday many years ago. It was an enormous party, with about 100 people, and I made all the food at home. Through all these events, I became an enthusiastic home cook.
My goal always is to develop accurate recipes that are easy to follow and produce consistently delicious results. Korean Bapsang – a Korean Mom’s Home Cooking is a place you can learn how to cook Korean dishes the way we Koreans traditionally eat at home.
Happy Korean cooking!