Before Ms. Kim became a sensation on Youtube, she was an avid gamer. She would play online role playing games till 3 in the morning in 2003. Later her grown children steered her towards making cooking videos on Youtube in 2007 as a better form of expressing herself online. On Youtube, Ms. Kim continued using her online handle as Maangchi and is also now 5m subscriber channel. Now, based in New York, she practices the slow and ancient art of fermenting, making gochujang (chili paste) and doenjang (soybean paste), an umami-rich flavor element pervasive in Korean cooking. The recipe calls for an electric blanket, about four liters of salt and hay; it takes almost a year to complete.
Vocabulary and Sample Sentences:
Avatar n. an icon or figure representing a person in video games
Lighthearted adj. amusing and entertaining
Recipe n. instructions for preparing a dish