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About Seonkyoung

Hi guys, I’m Seonkyoung Longest.

I was born and raised in South Korea and living in U.S since March of 2009.


I am an artist, and I’m very proud of myself.

My first major was drawing cartoon. I started drawing since I was young, I was working for the most famous Korean cartoonist, Lee Hyun Se, even before I graduate high school. I chose to work with him instead going college, because it was an awesome chance to learn from the real artist, and I didn’t want to miss out the chance that might never come back to me. He was the former president of the Korea Cartoonist Association. He is currently the chairman of KOMACON and a professor at the Department of Comic Animation at Sejong University. Why do I have to pay for the school for learning if I can get pay and learning at the same time from him? 😉


2005, I was working very hard for him drawing all the background of Korean History Comic Book (이현세의 한국사 바로보기). I’ve been working here and there while I was working at the entertainment but it was the first time I did whole entire series. I truly enjoyed, had so much fun and I learned so much.

After the Korean History Comic Book, I wanted to do my own, because I thought I was ready to do write and draw my own comic books. But sure I wasn’t ready, as my mentor told me so. I was a broken heart from my dream and the real world, I couldn’t heal myself. I couldn’t stand up.

So I quit.

Yes, it was a very bad move, at that time. It was my first dream crash.

After I quit drawing, I started dancing. I had to release my stress, and dance was the perfect sense for me. I forgot everything while I was dancing. Move my body and sweating… So I became a professional belly dancer. I attended 4 competitions and got 2nd place once and 3rd place twice. (I was very upset with myself because I’ve never gotten the 1st place, but now I’m looking back…. I’m very proud of myself. I need to stop being too hard on myself (because I’m still very hard on myself… not good for your mental health.). I became a member of Seoul Street Artist as a professional belly dancer. I did performance on the street of Seoul during 2008.


I was very happy not only while I was dancing but when I was creating new choreography. I realized that I’m an artist, not whom only can do that already exist. I love creating new things my own way and I see my happiness from there. Well, the process of creation is not the most beautiful thing, but after the feeling? If you have done it, you know it. You can’t get the feeling anywhere else.

During the time(while I was dancing and still was a belly dancer), I met my prince charming, the one I was waiting for whole entire my life… Jacob.


Ah, my love Jacob, I can’t thank enough to God that he chose him to sending into my life. He is the one I was waiting for. Gentle, charm, handsome, cute and perfect sense of humor. But the most he is the honestest person I’ve ever met. I could trust him. That is all I needed, because I had very bad heart breaking from the previous relationship. And all I praying for was I want a guy never lie to me. God is good.

So my U.S life started from 2009.


 I was happy for a while because I was with my love who I want to spend my life together. But same time I started get depressed and feel unhappy. We were living in an apartment and I couldn’t get out from there. I didn’t have family, friends or drive license with me so there were no way I could get out of the apartment and go somewhere. Even though I could walk out from the apartment, there was no place to go… We were in a very very small town that Walmart is the only one place for shopping. Jacob was coming home everyday for lunch, but it wasn’t enough. I could’t even enjoy watching TV as much as I did in Korea because I couldn’t understand as well, It wasn’t fun. When Jacob comes home, I was like a pet waiting for the master all day long and so happy can’t control the happy feeling. I needed someone to talk to, so I started talking like a crazy woman. But then Jacob is so tired from work talking with people all day long, wants a quite relax time at home… So we fought a lot at that time, I cried all the time, blamed him and always felt depressed. The blue gloomy didn’t want go away from me. If Jacob was a bit less patient than he really is, I’m not here today.


He is such a great man. Very patient and handled the situation really well. He did anything and everything to make me happy. I said ‘Do something for yourself.’ then he always says(still says) ‘You happy makes me happy’. Ah, what a man! What can I ask more?

So I wanted to do something that makes him happy. At home all I could done was make house nice and clean so he can feel good being at home after hard work. This was the time I started watching Food Network. Watching Rachel Ray, Paula Deen, Sandra Lee, Giada, Bobby Flay, Emeril and more… I started cook everyday try something new that I saw on TV. I’ve never follow the exact recipe, not because I thought I could make it better because we were in serious budget so I had to substitute a lot with cheap ingredients I had. I still remember I was searing meat, making orange marmalade glaze, steaming broccoli and make cheese rice… I was a happy girl again.


 Cooking saved my life.

It really did.

When I cook something new, make my own, give it my own twist and finally create something totally new recipe all by myself… Happiness was there with me. So I cooked more, more, more, and more. And more. lol

I was very happy, the blue gloomy was left me long time ago. And I saw how happy Jacob was. He was very happy to see me being a human being again(lol), and to see I’m getting better and better at cooking.

One day, I just thought I wanted to share my food and cooking tips with people. Because I made Jacob happy with my food(I think it made me even more happy). and It felt so good I wanted to do more often with more people. I just started doing it all by myself. Jacob didn’t even care, he thought I was joking. I just started with a small camera I had, no lights or no plan. Oh, no video editor either. I literally just did. And I’m very grateful and happy that I did.  And sure it makes me OH-SO HAPPY!


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 I still remember my first time baking biscuits and cookies. Because it wasn’t a long ago.

I started cooking middle of 2010, and I’m still growing.

I’m not the most experienced or trained chef/cook, but I can say I have very huge passion and love most of’ em don’t have.

I’m not cooking for money. I’m not cooking for fame.

I’m cooking for people, to share, to tell them that they deserve to eat good food. And eating good food isn’t hard.

Everyone deserves good food. Real food. Food made with love.

That’s why I’m here.

Oh, and have some fun between that. 😉

Thank you for your time to reading, hope you enjoy my recipes and food.

Good luck in your kitchen!


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For business inquiries: seonkyounglongest@gmail.com


Rachael April 27, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Wow what s life you’ve had thus far! And praise God you’ve made it through your hard times when you first moved to the US (: I’m loving your cooking shows on YouTube so keep up the good work! God bless <3

Seonkyoung May 10, 2013 at 3:36 am

Thank you Rachael. 🙂 Yes, I went through hard time but it made me stronger and stronger. Now I found my true dream and can’t happier than that. 🙂 God bless you too!!

Rachael May 11, 2013 at 4:18 am

That’s great! Keep up with the good work on your blog, I’m loving it (; do you know much about sikhye by the way?

Candy May 24, 2013 at 1:02 am

Your story is an inspiration to all of us, even though we might hit obstacles is how we come out that reveals who we truly are. I praise you for having a warrior spirit and not surrendering to your depression, you have a tremendous gift I have follow you on youtube for a while now and I love all your recipes. you have grown so much from your first video your cooking has truly evolve, I want to wish you all the best in MasterChef I’m sure you’re going to knock them dead!

Bo SueyoshiLilasue May 24, 2013 at 4:14 am

You go girl! So proud of you and your enthusiasm to share your passion for cooking good food…… And for being such a crack up. You make me laugh!

Richard May 24, 2013 at 8:16 am

Hiya Seonkyoung,

This is Richard from the UK… remember I was in one of your webcam cooking classes once. I keep an eye on your videos, some very good recipes. Your story is a touching one, and I am so glad you are able to express yourself and share your feelings. Good luck with everything.

Kevin Chandra June 18, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Hey Seonkyoung !!
I am one of your biggest fan now, you’ve been stealing my sleeping time T_T… I’ve been watching your videos and reading your website in my bed time.. Your videos made me water my mouth *drolls or whatever it is called my English is so baddddddddddd .. you’re a very very good cook.. I wish I could cook like you
I wanted to see your videos in Master Chef, but yeah unfortunately we can’t see them anyways keep up the good work.
Wish the best for you and your family.

임아영 November 20, 2013 at 9:40 am

You are amazing! Love your story and your fun personality while you’re cooking! I watch your YouTube videos when my 2 year old son goes to bed and I love all your videos! I can’t wait to cook Korean food for him! God bless you!!! 고마워요!!! 🙂

Seonkyoung December 13, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Thank you Ahyoung!!! It probably not a easy to raise a 2 year old boy!!! I bet he is the cutest thing ever!!! Thank you for your comment and Good luck!!

Yoori November 27, 2013 at 1:15 am

안녕하세요~ robert irvine 프로그램을 워낙 좋아해서 이번 restaurant express도 챙겨보다가 선경씨 나오는거 보면서.. 어?? 한국 사람이다~~!! 하며 반가운 마음도 들고~~!! ^^
그래서 매회 손에 땀을 쥐고 보면서 응원도 열씨미 하며 시청하고 있어요~~^^
그냥 같은 한국 사람이라는거 하나만으로.. 이 멀리 타지에서 괜히 친척 만난것 마냥 반갑네요~~^^ 전 엘에이에 살고 있는 애셋 아줌마에용~~ㅋ 매회 응원하며 잘 보고 있어요~!! 화이팅 선경씨~!! 응원해주고 싶어서 일부러 찾아왔답니다~!!!^^ 선경씨 요리 솜씨가 그냥 봐도 장난이 아닌듯해요~!!! 꼭 일등하시길 기도해요!!!

Seonkyoung December 13, 2013 at 4:20 pm

감사합니다 유리씨~!!! ^_^ 타지에 있으면 같은 한국사람이라는 것만으로도 친구가 될 수 있죠! 저도 너무 반갑습니다~!! 응원 많이 해주세요, 이제 마지막회만 남았네요~!! 긴장됩니다~~~~ ㅎㅎㅎㅎ

Richard Hong August 30, 2016 at 3:44 pm

SKL Hwaeeting! Keep up the great work! I love your show and this is the first time I am trying to please my wife with food! thank you thank you. Soo go ha sae yo. God is good.

Jess June 24, 2014 at 2:09 am

What a beautiful story! I am going through a sad time at the moment, and I stumbled upon your Bibimbap recipe on youtube today… and your video with your gorgeous personality just made me happy again! Can’t wait to make this for my family! Keep up the good work 🙂 🙂 🙂

FIeling August 30, 2014 at 2:50 am

Hi I came across your recipe on youtube. Watching your video makes me happy because you look so happy! Thank you! 🙂

Seonkyoung September 1, 2014 at 9:43 pm

Thank you for checking out my webpage!! 😀

Kara October 15, 2014 at 2:21 pm

Dear Chef SK,

Reading your story touched my heart, and I have tears for the sadness you felt and tears for the joy you have now. I am inspired by your passion and compassion for others. Thank you for so honestly sharing your story. I can relate to your story in many ways, and it gives me so much hope.

Meeting you at thr beginning of the year was a dream come true! I remember barely being able to speak because I was so overwhelmed. Thank you for doing what you do. You are more than just a chef, YouTuber, etc. You are so many wonderful things, and I admire how you let God shine through you and your marriage.

You are amazing, and please keep sharing your story and being your genuine self.

God bless you and your family!

Seonkyoung October 21, 2014 at 7:13 am

Now your message teared me up!!!
Thank you Kara for this sweet and lovely message. I’m feeling of fulfillment and happiness. This message if really motivates me do more of what I do.
I love you!!!

lavender violet November 19, 2014 at 8:30 am

u are such an inspiration!!! i love your recipe..
love to watch your show..
and i really love how u interact with your fans.. with such a sweet and humble character..
hope to hear more from you, your recipe and more about korea..because i really love korean drama ^^,

Seonkyoung November 19, 2014 at 2:43 pm

awww you are SO sweet!! <3 Thank you so much for watching my cooking show, it means a lot to me!!
I will definitely keep sharing more recipes and our culture!
p.s I love Kdrama too!! 😉

Kuushie December 16, 2014 at 8:11 am

Your story is truly inspiring 🙂 You’ve been through a lot and your story tells a lot of people to not give up and always try to work for your dream~

Lois February 16, 2015 at 2:59 am

I also enjoy watching your videos on u tube. I am wondering if your the same girl that was on the show (Food network) with Robert Irvine. And you won!! It looks and sounds like her/ you, though I can’t remember. If so you’ve come along way. Good for you. And even if it’s not the same I still think your story is great. And you should be on the Food Network . We don’t have that many authentic Asian cooking shows. So you should try to do that as well.
Good luck to you and many wishes come true for you.

Seonkyoung February 18, 2015 at 5:04 pm

Hi Lois,
Yes, I’m the same woman from the show- Restaurant Express on Food Network.
You know what, maybe one day they will call me to have a show on Food Network and that would be nice because I can share my recipes and inspire more people through out the TV. I do have my own show on Youtube that I’m very proud of and doing what I really love, also sharing with the world. 🙂
Thank you so much for your sweet words! <3

hong kew June 20, 2015 at 4:01 am

you are real ,your smile ,action ,recipe you are really doing something you like and you really love Jacob
wish you the best in life

Seonkyoung June 22, 2015 at 7:05 pm

Thank you! 🙂

Jemma August 4, 2015 at 3:44 pm

I just found out about your youtube channel a view days ago. And Im totally lovin it! You seem such a nice person. My mother is making bday this weekend and Im hosting a little party for her at my place. Im going to try a few of your recipes for the party! Especially the adobo babyback ribs, OMG mouthwatering!!!! Wish you and Jacob all the best in live! Much love from the Netherlands xoxo

Seonkyoung August 6, 2015 at 6:53 pm

How awesome is that?! 😀 Your mother is so lucky!! Good luck and have fun in your kitchen!! Oh and tell your mother I said Happy Birthday!! 😀

Jen September 29, 2015 at 10:15 am

amazing stories…you are very talented! You can do alot of thing which really amaze me…im an artist too i hope you can show us your artwork too cuz you are very inspiring…keep it up

L Hilton Snipes September 29, 2015 at 3:58 pm

I am speechless. I know you now; your images through the written word ring perfect and true, the best writing. . .

WHO and WHAT you are, the blessing you bring? Your ‘joy of cooking’ and your newest art form, its preparation, will prove the bedrock of Mosaics initial success.

Yours is a heartwarming story and with its pain, also its triumph. You should write more, should you find the time. My guess is your Comic Mentor was wrong, if not jealous; I suspect you are much too humble a person to allow yourself to say so, so I will.
Pleased to meet you. I look forward to visiting Freedom Hall to enjoy your culinary arts …while enjoying an opportunity to ‘pay it forward’.


Kimipham September 29, 2015 at 4:44 pm

Thanks for sharing your stories. I’m glad that you find a new happy life that you re passioned about . I’m really inspired about your life journey as well as I’m a big fan of your Asian food at home . I am crazy about Korean food and culture and recently I have more times to watch a lot of your Korean dishes and I love it so much . Your Vietnamese food recipes are also a bomb 🙂 ?? Please keep up a good work . Wish you all the best.

Melynda September 29, 2015 at 8:31 pm

Your dress in your profile photo is so pretty!

Seonkyoung October 1, 2015 at 6:55 pm

hahaha Thank you! I got it 2 years ago, but don’t remember where I got it though..

Caroline Angel September 30, 2015 at 1:23 am

Love all the recipes that I have tried on your website and youtube. I haven’t tried all of them but I am getting there.lol!

Seonkyoung October 1, 2015 at 6:54 pm

YAY!! So happy to heat that Caroline!! 😀

Danette March 23, 2016 at 3:23 pm

Thank you for your youtube channel. I’m from Hawaii and part Korean, I miss good Korean food and can’t get any where I live now. Since I came across your channel, I can now cook the foods I have come to love. Thank you for sharing your recipes and I love you “Life in Korea” series. Keep up the great work that you do.

Seonkyoung March 29, 2016 at 7:05 pm

Hello. I’m very happy that my recipe was helpful! Also thank you for watching my Life in Korea series, we had a lot of fun to filming it. Have you been Korea? We can’t wait to go back to Korea again, such a lovely country.

Sofia Cabrera March 28, 2016 at 7:02 am

You’re truly an artist. Cooking too is an art. I never thought you were a cartoonist though and a belly dancer, it surprised me in a good way. Keep it up Seonkyoung, you really are full of surprises. And oh. I’ll be waiting for your next videos on YouTube. I hope I can meet you someday.

Seonkyoung March 29, 2016 at 6:55 pm

hahaha even I look back my life, I’ve done a lot of different things that doesn’t make sense as a person’s career. lol Thank you Sofia for your kind and encouraging words, it really means a lot to me. 🙂

Sue March 28, 2016 at 10:27 am

I’m in Australia and just love the recipes that you cook! Thank you for sharing them!

Seonkyoung March 29, 2016 at 6:53 pm

It’s my pleasure! Hello to Australia!!

Diana C March 28, 2016 at 11:43 am

Wow we have a lot in common Seonkyoung, it was nice to learn more about you. I am currently that while that moved from abroad, can’t drive and have no friends and I’m always at home. I cook for my little family & it brings me happiness, before that I felt very lonely & depressed, I still get lonely and my self steem is not the best but cooking for them makes everyday much better.

I love your videos, you do such a great job and make everything look so yummy and enjoyable.

Have a great day!

Seonkyoung March 29, 2016 at 6:53 pm

Hi Diana, I’m very happy that you could relate to my story and hopefully it helps you some how, some way. Feeling lonely & depressed is not easy but when you know you are not the only one, it’s easier. Thank you for your support and love for my youtube videos! Hope you have a wonderful day too!

Kevin Stanley March 28, 2016 at 8:53 pm

Seon thank you for your open heat and thank you for your journey.. as it brought me to you on you tube and a chance for me to cook some amazing food now I seem to know you better … thanks for sharing I would love to meet you and Jacob some day if you every in Ottawa Canada some day contact me you guys could come to my house and have a great BBQ

Seonkyoung March 29, 2016 at 6:50 pm

Hello Kevin, thank you for your sweet and lovely words. 🙂 We would love to visit Canada one day if we get a chance, please show us around then!

Lary March 31, 2016 at 2:45 am

i really like and love your recipe,i even don’t know what else to say but it make me easy to follow. thanks for sharing, it’s really inspiring. Hope you have wonderful life and God bless.

Seonkyoung April 4, 2016 at 5:30 pm

Hi Lary, Thank you for your sweet words. 🙂 I’m so happy to hear that my recipe is easy to follow and inspiring!! Happy cooking and have fun in your kitchen~!!

Holly April 5, 2016 at 8:03 am

I just read your “story” and am amazed at all you have done and overcome. I absolutely love watching you cook. You are always upbeat and positive. I have filled my pantry with Asian ingredients so that I can cook whatever you post next! Keep up the amazing work–you are truly an inspiration. I hope to do what you do someday. Thank you so much!

Seonkyoung April 13, 2016 at 7:41 pm

Hi Holly, Thank you for reading my story. 🙂 I thought sharing my story will help some people out there who are going through similar/same struggles with me. Good luck to you and if you want to be a food blogger, just start it as how I did! 🙂

Teresa April 6, 2016 at 7:20 am

Hi Seonkyoung!! Your story is very heartwarming. After all that you have been through I admire that you stay faithful to yourself and the artist you are. I discover your videos in youtube and love your energy and vibe, your smile always makes me feel happy 😀 I hope that you continue your life with good health and that all your dreams becomes true <3
Also I wanted to tell you that I am learning to cook asian food with your videos, but wanted to know if you have like a list of the "most used condiments/oils/sauces", to put it in some way, so I can buy them in one trip to the store since they are not super common in my country. Like for example I notice that you use almost always sesame seed, or rice wine. But anyways, thanks in advance and greetings <3 also sorry for my english, it is my second language.

Seonkyoung April 13, 2016 at 7:15 pm

Hi Teresa, Thank you so much for your sweet and kind words. <3 Yes, it was a challenge to keep going with my dream but after all, I feel alive, happy and fulfilled.
I have a post of my most used sauces: http://seonkyounglongest.com/basic-asian-ingredients/
I still use pretty much same brands and everything but it’s quite old so I need to update. No worries about the language, English is also my second language, I totally understand what you feel! 🙂
Hope this helps!

Liz April 7, 2016 at 2:44 pm

안녕하세요? 제가 한국에서 사는 한국 남자랑 결혼한미국인이에요. 선경 씨의 블로그 찾기가 진짜로 반가운 일이네요. 선경 씨랑 좀 비슷한 경우이니까요. 좀 Mirror image 같죠? 제가 2개월 전에 대한항공 잡지에서 에디터로 일 그만두웠고 이제 푸드 블로거가 한번 해보려고 해요. 지난년에 제가 한국 지방으로 가서 한국 음식 공부하다가 한국 음식에 대한 기사도 많이 썼어요. 그 전에도 한국 음식에 깊은 흥미가 갖고 있었는데 그 때 그 사랑이 더 커졌어요.

선경 씨 이렇게 영어로 블로그 하시는 게 진짜 대단하시네요. 저도 앞으로 이렇게 한국말 잘 할 수 있으면 좋겠어요. 응원하겠습니다. 반갑습니다.

Seonkyoung April 13, 2016 at 7:07 pm

안녕하세요 리즈씨, 한국어가 아주 능숙하시네요. 이렇게 글로 쓰실 수도 있으시구요. 이렇게 제 블로그 찾으셔서 저도 반가워요. 한국음식에 대한 애정이 남다르신 것 같아요, 저도 리즈씨에게로부터 그런 마음가짐 배워야 할 것 같아요. 리즈씨도 한국어로 푸드 블로그 충분히 하실 수 있을 것 같은데요! 용기를 내세요! 처음부터 누구나 다 잘하고 완벽할 순 없어요. 저도 아직 갈 길이 멀고 배우는 중이니까요. 5년 전쯤 처음 시작했을 땐 영어로 레시피 쓰는게 너무너무 어려웠어요. 그래도 이젠 익숙해져서 고만고만하게 하고 있죠. ㅎㅎㅎ 제 한국어 블로그도 있는데 혹시 도움이 될 지 모르니 한번 보세요. http://blog.naver.com/skgray 화이팅!!

Josephine Heller April 9, 2016 at 1:25 pm

Your recipes are wonderful. You are adorable and I love your energy and enthusiasm for what you do! Keep up the good work. You are truly an inspiration to everyone who believes in following their dream.

Seonkyoung April 13, 2016 at 6:50 pm

Awwwww thank you so much for your lovely & kind words!! It really means a lot to me. Wish all the best for you Josephine!!! <3

Tracy Tan April 12, 2016 at 7:45 am

Hello Seonkyoung

Thanks for sharing your story with us.

I discover your videos ~ Asian at Home in youtube while wanting to check on how to do a Chinese Steamed Bun.
I shall give it a try, using your recipe. Thanks for sharing it once again!

Hope to see more of your videos and all the best!


Seonkyoung April 13, 2016 at 6:47 pm

Hello Tracy, Glad you find your way to my recipe videos on Youtube and website!! Thank you for your sweet words, happy cooking~!!

Cian Camba April 28, 2016 at 1:34 am

Love your asian recipes, you’re the greatest and please don’t stop. Thanks.

Seonkyoung May 6, 2016 at 2:38 pm

Thank you Cian, I will not stop, no worries!! 🙂 Thank you so much for loving my recipes!!

Novia May 14, 2016 at 9:06 am

Dear Seonkyoung, a simply thank you from me!

Seonkyoung May 23, 2016 at 5:29 pm

You’re welcome!?! ? hahaha Thank you Novia!

Linda Lim May 27, 2016 at 12:22 am

Hie Seonkyung, thanks for sharing your life stories here. Was touch of how brave you are from all the depressions you faces and survive it all. I watch alot of your videos and found it easy to follow though some of the ingredients are difficult to search here in Malaysia. Keep up the good work and i look forward in your future sharing… Love you lots!!

Seonkyoung June 8, 2016 at 9:26 pm

Hi Linda! Thank you for your sweet words. Love you too!!! ❤️

Eve June 11, 2016 at 7:24 pm

Thank you for sharing your story! It’s inspiring how you were able to get back up, and start enjoying life again. When one way didn’t work out, I was glad to see you carving another way!

I also have to thank you so much for your recipes! I’m a college student so sometimes I can’t afford some fancy or extra ingredients. Your recipes are perfect and my sister also loves them a lot. Keep doing what you are doing!

Seonkyoung June 20, 2016 at 9:48 pm

Hello Eve! Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words!! So glad my recipes are helpful for your fun college life!! 😀

Hang Dinh June 23, 2016 at 8:30 am

Thank you for sharing your story. I think i m a lucky girl when i know your facebook and your youtube channel. Everytim when i see your videos, i see the first thing is your smile, That is a smile, which influences everyone and help people to feel happy too. 🙂

Seonkyoung July 8, 2016 at 6:35 pm

Awwwww thank you so much Hang, your words are very sweet and kind!! <3

Naomi June 29, 2016 at 11:09 am

Wow! This is an amazing story. Thank you for sharing it with us. You are a very open and honest person! I think your YouTube channel is absolutely great.

Seonkyoung July 8, 2016 at 6:36 pm

Thank you SO much Naomi!!!

Victoria Kanai June 29, 2016 at 1:23 pm

Hi, Seonkyoung,

I am so touched and feel being encouraged and inspired by your sharing. I am a Malaysian married to a Japanese. My current situation and environment is like yours in 2009. After reading your sharing, I feel that I’m not alone anymore. I found you in youtube when I was browsing something to spend my time. I really like your channel and have tried your recipes like vegan bulgogi and teriyaki chicken. My husband and I loved your recipes and really enjoyed both dishes!! You’re an inspiration and an encouragement to me. I am going to try more of your recipes and cook nice and delicious food for my lovely husband. Thank you so much! May the Lord bless you and your family!

Seonkyoung July 8, 2016 at 6:39 pm

Hi Victoria! I’m just a regular girl who can be living your next door… I’m very glad that my story could inspire and help your situation. Thank you so much for sharing your story with me, it really melts my heart. Stay strong Victoria, Love you!!! <3

Celeste July 12, 2016 at 7:55 am

Hi Seonkyoung, I’m from Italy! I follow you for 3 months now and I think I’ve binge watch more or less all of your videos! I love asian food and you…are just amazing! So cute and your recipe are so easy to follow, even if here i can’t always find all the ingredients :'(

I can easily say that I eat korean or asian food at least 3 to 4 times a week now, and my boyfriend, who LOVES asian cuisine as well, can’t be more happy!
I’ve come across your web site (searching for a recipe!), i’ve read your bio and I was amazed by the things we have in common, so thought I have to leave a comment…

I’ve studied art and comic drawing (not animation) as well, but even if I still love drawing, it wasn’t my path.
From the school till now I’ve done lots of other things, but now I’m trying to do what I think is my true passion: cooking! I have a tiny blog and a little new-born-home-centred business: baking cakes. And, even if I love much more cooking spicy savory food (Korean goodness, anyone!? ;D), this make me go on and on on my journey in the world of food.

Who knows? Maybe some years from know I’m gonna open a tiny little restaurant with asian inspired food.
Love to read your story, and keep going with your amazing work! You inspire so much people!
And I am one of them.
Big big hug! <3

Oh! I've almost forgot: last year I've started a belly dance class…and I love it! 😀
(you are gorgeous in that picture!)

Bye dear!

Seonkyoung November 4, 2016 at 5:20 pm

Hie Celeste! First of all I’m sorry I missed your comment until now! And second of all… Thank you so much for sharing your story with me and all your sweet & lovely words!! You are such a sweet heart.. We really do have lots and lots of common things, it’s crazy!!! I love it!! Hopefully your baking business going well, and if you ever open a tiny little restaurant, please let me know!! I would love to visit one day.. Love you girl!!! XOXO

Amy July 24, 2016 at 8:07 pm

Hi Seonkyoung,

Just wanted to let you know that I love your recipes and your YouTube videos. I’m going to make your beef & broccoli tonight for my family. All the best to you and Jacob!

Seonkyoung August 2, 2016 at 8:56 pm

Hi Amy!
Thank you so much for your lovely words! Hope the beef & broccoli turned out deliciously!!! 😀

Catherine Hwang August 16, 2016 at 8:39 am

Dear Seonkyoung Unni,

After reading a parcel of your life story, I found myself in tears for your broken dreams at the same time tears joy for your beautiful success after all the rain. Thank you for the inspiration you share to me and to all other people. I learned to stand up gracefully after every downfall and to live up strong to our dreams because we only have one life. I hope one day I can have a photo with you after I become successful and have lived and realized my dream so I can remember someone I looked up to and gave me a powerful inspiration in these difficult times of my life. Please keep going strong and in good health!

Love from a nurse who wants to cook and lives to eat,

Seonkyoung August 18, 2016 at 5:04 am

Awwww Catherine, what a beautiful soul you have in you… thank you so much for your kind, lovely and inspirational words.. <3 I love you and hope you're living your dream!!!!

Chit August 16, 2016 at 11:31 am

HI…I stumbled upon your video today and immediately I tried the Vietnamese chicken lemon grass! So good! Your story is inspiring thank God He was been watching over you! You are such a gifted woman may you use them all to inspire others. GOd bless!

Seonkyoung August 18, 2016 at 5:01 am

Wow! That was quick! lol Thank you for all the support, love and blessings!! <3

Michael and Linda August 23, 2016 at 1:35 am

My wife and I love your show. We were wondering what brand of pans you used for the pepper pork episode on Aug 19,2016. We like the high edges and I was going to buy a set for my wife. Keep up the great work. 7

Seonkyoung August 27, 2016 at 9:13 pm

Hi Michael and Linda! Thank you so much for your support and love!! The wok and the skillet I use the most(in the video & real life) are T-fal 8inch non stick wok & large nonstick skillet. The wok is Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution line but I haven’t seen for a long time at the market. But you can find similar ones any kitchen stores or online! This is the similar one I could fine! http://amzn.to/23rT92Y
Oh, and RachelRay brand makes similar one with a lid!(http://amzn.to/20rsFw0)

Munkhzul Khurtsbileg August 29, 2016 at 4:09 am

I tried one of your recipes today and I loved the result! It made me hungry for more recipes! Keep up the awesome videos (i love how they’re so cheerful too!)!

P.S: I searched your website to see if you had a cooking book. I totally would have bought one!

All the best,


Seonkyoung September 20, 2016 at 5:02 pm

Hi M.kh,
I don’t have my own cookbook yet, but so many of you guys ask me about it so I’ll be on the cookbook project very soon!! Thank you so much for your love and support!! <3

Mona September 10, 2016 at 11:31 pm


Thank you for you ministry and teaching through cooking. Good food truly brings people together!

My husband and I subscribed to your YouTube channel. The recipes are fun, easy to follow, and delicious (of course ?!). He is Korean too and loves the fact that we can make his favorite soul food recipes at home.

God bless you and please keep producing great videos!


Seonkyoung September 20, 2016 at 4:48 pm

Hi Mona!
So glad to hear you and your hubby enjoying my recipes! Sharing food with loved ones are the best!! Thank you so much for sharing your story with me, it made me a huge smile on my face!!! <3

Tina Lawlor September 14, 2016 at 5:19 pm

Seonkyounglongest, I was brave and tried several of your recipes for a birthday dinner honoring my mom and sister. I made fried rice, beef and broccolini, stir fried veggies (I faked it), and your super duper, most delicious, sticky ribs!!!! OMG, OMG, everything was beautiful and delicious.

I have loved cooking any Asian food. What I love about your channel is you show all kinds of Asian cooking. From lemongrass to Sichuan peppercorn.

You are adorable and talented, and full of passion and energy.

Thank you!

Seonkyoung September 20, 2016 at 4:34 pm

Hi Tina! So glad you tried several of my recipes and seems like it turned out deliciously! I have a huge passion for all Asian cuisines, so glad you love what I share!
Thank you for your sweet and kind words, I really appreciate!! <3

Chris October 17, 2016 at 1:21 am

I love your cooking videos, Seonkyoung! I think they are easy to follow and you make them look delicious. My mother-in-law was born in Seoul, Korea back in 1929 and when she came to the United States after marrying a US serviceman, she, too, was very lonely and did not know the language. You should be very proud of yourself for learning English so quickly and putting on such a fun cooking show on Youtube. I learn a lot from your videos and am going to try the Pad Thai this week!
Take care!

Linda Nguyen November 6, 2016 at 3:41 am

Hi Seonkyoung! I really enjoyed reading about your life. You are an an inspiration to us all. I was especially surprised and touched by how honest and forthcoming you were in sharing such intimate details of your life with us. It’s definitely very refreshing, genuine, and so relatable. Thank you for sharing your life story and for all the delicious recipes and videos!

Linda Nguyen

Seonkyoung November 7, 2016 at 7:43 pm

Hi Linda! Thank you for reading my story! We all have our own story and how ugly/beautiful it gets… we are not who we are without those stories. 🙂 Hope you have a great day! XOXO

Jasmine yang November 12, 2016 at 5:00 am

Thank you for your recipe. I watched your chow mein video and I thought you are a Korean. I have been three years in Canada and I totally agree your struggling.
I am proud of you.

Sharon Eidler November 15, 2016 at 5:03 pm

A very “real,” story that will resonate with others. You fulfill the saying,”When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Your recipes are inspiring and introduce many to cultural dishes they would probably never have attempted. Thanks so much for your generosity and hospitality. Continued success in life and food.

Sue Lee November 23, 2016 at 4:56 pm

Love your story and your transparency! Much success to you as you continue to post recipes. You are so vibrant when you share your recipes, it is contagious. You were made for TV!

hannah December 9, 2016 at 7:54 am

안녕하세요 선경씨!

저는 한국에 살고있고 영국인 남편을 두고있어요.
둘다 요리를 좋아해서 선경씨 쇼를 많이 보고있어욭
특히나 요즘엔 선경씨가 올려주시는 아시안 레시피를보고
손님들도 접대하고 남편 맛있는것도 해주면 다들 너무너무 좋아해서 저도 기분이 너무 좋아요!
선경씨 쇼에서 제일 좋은건 해피한 에너지가 저에게도 전달되는 것 같은 기분이라 매번 기쁜 마음이예요!
항상 응원합니다! 🙂

Helen Lampe December 9, 2016 at 1:44 pm

Such a positive story. I love your transparency … so much love … so much light. Keep inspiring us darling. I’m following you al the way from ARUBA (Caribbean).

Ara December 9, 2016 at 4:08 pm

Love your story so I can relate so much to it as I find myself in a similar situation and this motivates me so much to live life fulliest such an inspiration. ❤❤❤

Sun December 28, 2016 at 4:37 pm

Hello Seonkyoung, i am watching your video from Vermont. I read your stories and it inspired me how honest, strong and talented person you are… I started watched some of your cooking videos,recipes and it looks delicious and look so easy… I shared your Video to my friends and two thumbs up responds from my friends… Thanks for sharing your recipes and positive energy through cooking video!!! Have a Happy New Year!!!

fields December 29, 2016 at 4:51 pm

Beautiful wife, Great cook, very lucky husband ! Look’s like a relationship made in heaven. I just found you on the Internet, and you have been ‘Bookmarked’. I love your recipes, and have shared them with family and friends, and nothing, but praise ! Please keep up the great work.

Jeanne January 6, 2017 at 5:40 pm

Hi Seonkyoung onnie! When i read your story, i was like OMO! this is what happened to me right now. Short story, 3 months ago i moved to US to get married with my prince charming, feeling stressed because i dont have any friends here and because of diff time here with my hometown (Indonesia) i can’t call my mom & friends. All i can do just like what you did like clean our home hoping when my husband coming home he feel relax and happy, and start learn cooking to killing time. Surprisingly my hubby loves my cook, it makes me feel happy and i want to learn more about cooking. That’s how i found you! Thanks for sharing your recipes, its really reallyyyyyyy help me throughout my homesick!

Seonkyoung January 14, 2017 at 8:44 am

Awwww Jeanne, it must be really tough time for you right now!! Glad my story at least can help you a moment.. just to knowing that you are not alone. I remember those times, it wasn’t easy. But I can tell you that, it was worth every second of it!! Your hubby is very lucky to have you, hope you can stay positive, happy and upbeat! Xoxox

Bing February 5, 2017 at 12:43 pm

Hello Jeanne and Seonkyoung …. We are in the same … this is happened to me too. I moved to US november 2016 to live with my husband at small town and feeling stressed because i dont have any friends here and because of diff time here with my hometown (Indonesia) im from surabaya. All i can do just like what you all did like clean our home hoping when my husband coming home he feel relax and happy, and start learn cooking to killing time.Also open my fb of course hahahaa … That’s how i found you! Thanks for sharing your recipes and about ur life story, its really help me throughout my homesick too … btw where ur live? Im at NC now…

Seonkyoung February 7, 2017 at 3:17 am

The tough time will fly!! For me, it wasn’t easy and I know it is same for you.. my heart just broken because you’ve been here only a couple of months! I’m living in North California. Wish I was living next to you to keep you company!!

APRIL P January 9, 2017 at 8:05 pm

Hello, I love all your recipes!! I am crazy for Korean food. Actually, I am more crazy with my Korean drama lol, and I learned everything about Korean food, cultures, places through the dramas. I went to Korea last February just to go site see and eat the street food and etc… I love it!!! btw is your restaurant in M Hotel in Vegas still there? what is the name? keep up the good work!

Seonkyoung January 14, 2017 at 8:33 am

Hi April! Who wouldn’t crazy about Kdramas… lol I’m pretty crazy about Goblin recently! lol I don’t work at the Las Vegas anymore for your information! 🙂

Angie January 17, 2017 at 6:29 am

I love love love your story! I’ve been following you for quite a long time but just the cooking vids, and somehow only read about your story today (and watched the video you made about it as well). I am so impressed and in awe of you. It’s so hard to pull yourself up by the bootstraps the way you did, with the added challenge of being in a new lonely place with no one but your husband (bless him!). But to also find the courage to share…wow. Your honesty is so refreshing and beautifully transparent. Thank you for sharing and for being an inspiration! Ooh and for the amazing recipes! Keep em coming!

Kerry January 24, 2017 at 1:10 am

What a great story!! I’ve watched some of you cooking videos and I love watching them and the way you cook! You should have your own cooking show on tv!!!!

Shauny January 29, 2017 at 5:18 am

I really love your recipes. Usually, I don’t like to cook, and I want it to be over as fast as possible, but watching you cook really makes me want to cook more and to put more time in it! Keep on doing what you do. It not only makes you and your family happy, but your work inspires others as well!

Seonkyoung January 30, 2017 at 1:56 am

So happy my cooking inspired you!!! Hope you to try many delicious Asian at Home recipes~!!

Ankur Datta January 31, 2017 at 5:45 am

Wonderful and a very inspiring story 🙂

Maria February 1, 2017 at 10:48 pm

Hello! I just discovered your videos on Youtube and I was sucked in so quickly! I’ve wanted to try jjajangmyeon for a long time, but I’d have to drive out of town for it, so seeing your video for it has inspired me to try making it for myself. And kimbap, can’t forget that! I just started watching you Life in Korea videos and you and Jacob are so funny and cute! I’m looking forward to trying to make so much of this myself, so thank you for being so inspiring and I’m happy you’re able to share all of this with us. 먹겠습니다

Lance February 3, 2017 at 8:29 am

Oh my god~ i started watching your cooking video and i got hooked~ keep up the awesome work!! enjoying all your recipes

Seonkyoung February 4, 2017 at 3:14 am

Thanks for watching my cooking videos!! Xoxo

Sulisa February 9, 2017 at 8:51 pm

I just discovered your youtube video and I absolutely love it! Your story is truly inspirational. It shows that you don’t let the roadblocks ever stop you from fulfilling your dreams. Above all, you praise God for getting you where you are today. Thank you for your amazing recipes, youtube videos, inspirational story, and if I am in Las Vegas, I’ll definitely try your restaurant!

Robert Archambault February 20, 2017 at 7:47 pm

I came across your cooking videos totally by accident on YouTube and it was of the most pleasurable accidents of my life! Your Hot and Sour soup looks amazing and I will be trying it out this week as soon as I pick up some dried Shiitake. I will also add dome dried lily buds to mine as I have them on hand. I was so pleased to see that you are using WHITE pepper while so many others stick to black which does not have nearly the same kick.

Anyways I have bookmarked you web site and subscribed to your channels on YouTube and I am certain that I will be finding a lot of interesting recipes to try in the future! You are a real angel and I am glad I have found you!!! 🙂

Seonkyoung February 23, 2017 at 4:48 pm

Hi Robert! I’m so happy that you came across to my YouTube channel and Website too! Hope my recipes inspire you in the kitchen! 🙂 Thank you for your support and love, it means huge to me!! Good luck and have fun in your kitchen~!!

Lisanna Mess February 21, 2017 at 6:29 pm

I am a person who likes to cook. recently I came across an Asian at Home video.
I just loved the way Seonkyoung speaks. I love to try and cook Asian foods , and found her recipes to interesting.
Some time after writing this comment, I will be trying to do the Walmart Spicy Pork. I hoipe to try some others if all goes well.

Sepo February 22, 2017 at 5:42 am

Hi SK.
Greetings from the Pacific Islands of Solomon Islands!
Your story really inspired me. I’m an engineer by profession, however I have great passion for cooking. That part of your writing “Food made with love”, I’ll definitely print that on my kitchen wall. 🙂
Looking forward to seeing your next cooking lesson on Youtube.
Best wishes.

Eugenia Chressia February 22, 2017 at 4:26 pm

hi im Eugenia from Indonesia! i was being your subscriber on youtube about 6 months ago and you stole my sleeping time every night because i’ve been watching your video on youtube lol i just can’t get enough to watch your videos on youtube. everytime you uploaded your video, i was always watch it and i even repeated the video until 3-4 times. you gave me and others inspiration to cook. i absolutely love your video and your recipes! ❤ sometime i watch your videos with my mom and cousin, my mom and cousin told me “i just love when she is cooking and eating, especially when she cooked and ate noodles”. please keep it up and your story is truly amazing, the most honestest and touch story i’ve ever seen. i’ve watched all your videos and i loveeeee it so much. what can i say more? this long words can’t enough to say thank to you because of you i love cooking a lot! i also have tried several of your recipes and it turned AMAZINGGG! i’m not kidding. and i always love see your romantic scene with your husband. wish you all the best and God bless you and your family! warm regards from Indonesia😊

Billee February 22, 2017 at 4:41 pm

Hi Seonkyounglongest! I love everything about your story and am so happy for you. I love your love and passion you have for pleasing your husband. I’m glad you found something that truly fullfills your life. I love cooking and really love when people enjoy my food. I love eating Asian Food. And I’ve always wanted to learn how to cook Asian Food. And when I would go to Asian Restaurants and Takeout, I would tell them I want a job to learn how to cook Asian Food and they didn’t take me serious. So one day a lightbulb went of in my head and I said see if you can find Asian cooking on YouTube, They have every thing else. So after trying a few, I decided to go check you out and I just adore you and your cooking. Please keep doing what you do. Also I have such a hard time remembering recipes and want to be able to rattle it off like you do in your videos. Will you tell me how you learn all these recipes so well.

Gloria February 26, 2017 at 7:18 am

Thank you for sharing your recipes with us. After giving birth to my son I became very depressed because I was home all the time. Since we moved to a new town I didn’t have any friends and families to help out either. I loved cooking growing up but with the depression I lost my motivation to cook. Your videos have helped me so many times and has slowly inspired me to cook again. Like you I like to put my own touches and twists to the recipe. I love love Korean food and have enjoyed cooking them because of you. I tried kimchi fried rice for the first time and fell in love with it because of your easy recipe. Thank you so much!

Jacob Fisher March 1, 2017 at 3:33 am

Hi Seonkyoung! I honestly can’t remember how I found your youtube channel, but I’m glad I did (I was probably Googling asian recipes and one of your videos just happened to show up in the search results). I love trying new recipes, especially since I met my now-wife Melissa.

I kind of have something in common with you: my name is Jacob and my wife, Melissa, is half-Korean. Before her I never tried east/southeast Asian food. Not even sushi (which is now my favorite food, ever). Reading your About page made me smile that God blessed you with your own Jacob. Your Jacob kind of sounds like me, too. Gentle, patient, sense of humor (although mine is on the weird side). I won’t say I’m handsome or cute, but my wife probably would.

I pray God blesses you with many more years of making videos and cooking to your heart’s content with Jacob by your side.

Seonkyoung March 13, 2017 at 5:45 pm

Hi Jacob!
I’m very happy you found my channel and website too! What a coincidence! lol So glad your wife opened up the Asian food world for you!! Thank you for your sweet and kind words and hope you keep coming back for more inspirations!!!

Tuty March 4, 2017 at 4:44 am

Very inspiring…don’t ever tired spread the inspire to people…

Nandar May 3, 2017 at 9:06 pm

I love love love you and your energy and of course your recipes. They are simple yet delicious. Keep cooking, sharing and make me OH SO HAPPY 🙂

Hien Suess May 5, 2017 at 3:24 pm

Thanks for sharing your story. It inspires me a lot. After I moved to U.S.A in 2015, I was stressful and depressed, but my husband always stood by my side. I started cooking because I felt happy when I cooked.
Reading your story, it gives me hope. I wish you all the best in your future.

재연 June 27, 2017 at 8:30 am

Hi. I love watching your YouTube channel. It’s so lovely and I like the way you show honest cooking. I tried your recipes ever so often. I find myself waiting for your new videos.
I live in Liverpool in the UK. Not many Koreans here. I feel stuck sometimes. But I am much better than 10 years ago..hehe

All the best .xx

Lily July 15, 2017 at 5:26 am

Hi Seonkyoung! I am from Canada and saw your blog when I was looking up a japchae recipe on the Internet. I saw how popular you were as a food blogger, and I was shocked I don’t know about you before. I wanted to read your blog and so happy to hear your stories. It is so authentic.

I went on an academic exchange in university to France, and I was depressed because I was very lonely – French people are not very welcoming and it was hard to make friends. When I had the chance to be with friendly people, it was hard not to keep talking – similar to when you used to wait for Jacob to come home after working. It was very difficult because I spent hours just talking to my friends back in Canada, and didn’t do much else. The hardest part was that everyone thought I was “living the dream” in France, which made me feel bad because I did not go out to explore the country more.

Cooking saved me too. When I was lonely and lost in my thoughts, I would cook something. It stimulated my brain, got my creative juices flowing, and most importantly: made me feel less lonely. I also learned to be a great cook, but gained a lot of weight in France LOL.

Thank you and know that I will be following all your recipes!!! We need more Asian food bloggers in North America 😀

– Lily from Canada

Azalea Parkin July 19, 2017 at 9:04 pm

Hi Seonkyoung, I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your interesting and inspirational stories. I am a massive fan of your recipes and always look forward to your videos. My husband loves you because I am now able to cook him authentic Korean dishes!! Keep up the great work. Love Azalea x


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