From Cupcakes to Traditional Korean Food and Everything in Between

About The Squishy Monster

Who are you?

I’m Angela Kim, The Squishy Monster and I’ve loved food for 27 years.  The Squishy Monster is an endearment from my friends, a nod to the cookie monster whose insatiable appetite I can most appreciate.  I began blogging on 11-11-11 to chronicle my journey through food.  I’m partnered through Youtube and Tastemade to create fun cooking tutorials and all of my recipes are my own and each video, a labor of love (at current time, each video takes approximately 9-12 hours start to finish).  I’m also the dining editor for Elevate Lifestyle and tour local news circuits to teach people how to cook Korean, American, and fusion dishes.

What’s it all about?

The .com is where I share my love and passion for food with you.  As a second generation Korean American, my recipe index and video tutorials reflect both spheres of who I am.  Here, I’ll whittle down classic Korean cuisine for you one day, and guide you through baking a cake, the next.

Are you a Chef by trade?

I was not classically trained and hold a degree in Psychology, having double majored in Human Services.  Helping others is still a very important facet in my life and I share what I can through my “Pack Away Hunger” project.  Before I began pursuing my passion, I worked a boring job as a legal clerk and then, worked as talent for Wilhelmina-Evolution.

What inspires you?

The fact that I need to get as much use out of my kitchen before the zombie apocalypse–haha.  My family provides an endless source of unconditional love, support, and inspiration.  7 year old me had to make do with what she could for two baby brothers and it was by the kind and gentle guidance of my mama where I learned how humble Napa cabbage could transform into Kimchi which could then morph into a bright ruby stew, bubbling away to impart joy and fill a house and a persons belly with warmth, pleasure, and comfort.

What are some of your favorite things?

The ocean, Chopin, English Bulldogs, The Walking Dead, sriracha and trying to sustain my massive case of wanderlust.

{and sleeves and motorcycles, but don’t tell anybody} ;)

What are some staples for Korean cooking?

Short grain sticky rice, homemade Kimchi, sesame oil, soy sauce, gochujang, dried anchovies and kelp.

What equipment are you using?

Don’t laugh (go ahead, laugh).  I’m in dire need of upgrades but for the time being, I’m using a Grandpa status dell, windows live movie maker, a flip cam, and an iphone…crazy, I know.  I don’t even have a television to watch the Food Network!

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{The Charlotte Observer}


{Elevate Magazine}

1796645_283142091849971_642589354_n The Asian Herald February 2014

1 Winner of Charlotte’s “top 30 under 30″ future leaders

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