About MissHappyBelly

I am a home cook with love of food!  I truly believe good food brings people together and there would be more happiness in the world if everyone ate and shared food together.

I grew up in Korea and Japan, and I moved to US when I was a teenager.  I appreciate my Asian heritage, but I also love exploring and learning other cuisines.  I would love to bridge the gap between different cultures through food. 

I work full time, so it isn't always easy, but I try to make homemade meals whenever I can.  It's also wonderful that my husband appreciates everything I make and he is so supportive with all my efforts that I feel comfortable trying new things, even when they don't turn out well... thanks hubby!

15 things about me:

  1. I moved 15 times by the time I was 18 years old, and I attended 8 different schools by the time I graduated from high school. It's a wonder I turned out (relatively) normal.
  2. Although it was difficult adjusting and always being "the new kid," I'm grateful that I had a unique childhood experience. I'm sure it has helped me become a better person... I hope.
  3. I've always loved food, I will try anything at least once (except certain insects... like cockroaches, ew).
  4. I don't know if I identify with the term "foodie." I'm not always into fine dining. I actually love cheap, commercialized food as well. I also don't appreciate people that make you feel bad for enjoying certain food.
  5. Conversely, it seems that unless you enjoy uni, bone marrow, and offal in general, you are not considered a true food lover, which I don't agree with. As long as you're open to trying different things. By the way, I love all of the above and can't get enough!
  6. I love fast food, and I especially love McDonald's french fries. Even if I've had 9 course chef's tasting menu at Providence, if McDonad's french fries is in front of me, I won't be able to stop eating.
  7. My mom is a great homecook, but she didn't teach me anything until fairly recently. She never let me in the kitchen growing up.
  8. Even though I love to cook, I still haven't told my mom just how much I love to cook. She prided herself on raising a daughter that was a working professional, and I'm afraid she will be somewhat disappointed if she finds out I acutally like to spend time in the kitchen.
  9. First time I met my husband, I liked his smile. Second time I met him, I knew he was "the one." We were married on the anniversary of our first date, exactly one year later.
  10. I had no idea how hard marriage is!
  11. Savory over sweets, hands down. I rarely crave sweets, but I crave a bag of chips all the time. I can finish a bag of Doritos, no problem.
  12. I used to drink a lot, but have cut back since I've gotten older. I used to prefer vodka, but now I like drinking wine (red).
  13. I love to travel! Walking around a new neighborhood in a new city is my favorite thing to do, but I miss being home almost immediately.
  14. The minute I get back home, I can't wait to travel again.
  15. If I can have any superpower, it would be that I can eat anything I want, any quantity I want, and never gain a pound. Being able to fly would be pretty awesome too!

I hope to continue cooking, eating, and sharing good food.  Anyone who loves food is welcome!  Thanks for stopping by.


Awesome! I'm half Korean and my hubby is half Japanese so we are a big hodge podge of the two cultures! Loving your blog~~

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I think it's so cool that you're half Korean and your husband is half Japanese.  It must be great to have similar yet different backgrounds.  Thanks for your kind words, I really appreciate it!

I love your blog! Working full time and rasing kids has been difficult.. and we eat out a lot.. but your receipes look awesome! I'm going to make the mini kim bap and bibimbap this weekend!

Aw thanks Ann!

I appreciate you stopping by and commenting.  I don't even have kids and it's exremely tiring, so I can't imagine how hard it must be for working mothers!

I know your kids appreciate everything you do.  Good luck and remember to take time for yourself! :)

I stumbled upon your instagram photos and was immediately blown away by how delicious and well presented your dishes are.Thank you for sharing your creations and inspirations! looking forward to learnning more of your recipies!

Hi there,

Thank you for stopping by!  I'm glad you liked my instagram photos.  It's not so easy to take food photos, as my husband can attest to, lol.

Hope you stop by again; it's always nice to meet another food lover.  Any feedback is welcome.  Thanks!

Hi, I enjoyed reading your "blog". I love good food and was looking for a recipe for kimchi rice, I liked your presentation. I am still a cook in training and have a lot to learn. I'm a retired educator who didn't make the time to learn how to be a good cook, I now have the time and desire to develop cooking skills. I love all types of food and Korean is one of my favorites. I look forward to your future posts and great food.

Thank you for your kind words!  I appreciate you stopping by and checking out my blog.  Although I have Korean heritage, I haven't been cooking Korean food for that long either.  I picked it up in the last few years, and it's not always easy since I work full time.  I'm just letting you know this so that you know it's not too difficult once you start, and Korean food, like any other cuisine, has a certain flavor profile that becomes familiar after a while.

Best of luck and I hope you find my blog somewhat useful.  Have fun cooking! smiley


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