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
- My online avatar in World of Warcraft is an Orc with two horns.
- With all online Role-playing games, you start by creating your avatar first.
Lighthearted adj. amusing and entertaining
- Although Ms. Kim presents herself as lighthearted, she is actually a strict cooking teacher.
- From young, I have always been better at handling myself in lighthearted situations.
Recipe n. instructions for preparing a dish
- My grandmother’s secret recipe was her love.
- A cookbook contains many recipes.