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About The Squishy Monster

Who are you?

I’m Angela Kim aka The Squishy Monster which is an endearment from my friends and 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 create cooking tutorials with my original, tested and from-scratch recipes.  Each video is a labor of love (at current time, taking approximately 9-12 hours from start to finish).

April, 2016 Update: I recently moved to the U.S. Virgin Islands and have been loving and living the simple life.  I wrote all about our move in my e-book, “Moving to Paradise.” Catch up with my adventures on Instagram & Facebook.

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 cookies the next.

Are you a Chef by trade?

I was not classically trained and hold a degree in psychology.  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?

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 fill a home and a persons belly with warmth, pleasure, and comfort.

What are some of your favorite things?

The ocean, Chopin,The Walking Dead and traveling.

What are some staples for Korean cooking?

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

What are some of your essential tools?

Chef’s Knife




Digital Scale







Silicone Mat






Cast Iron Skillet







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15 thoughts on “About The Squishy Monster

  • Monica says:

    I recently found your youtube channel while searching for lib balms and today I decided to go to your website. You’re life story is amazing and I’m grateful for humans like you. I teared up while reading some of the articles for your project. You are very blessed at such a young age because you found your passion so early in life. congratulations and thank you for all you do.

    Monica Schultz

    • Hello, Monica. Thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement. Folks like you are part of the inspiration for what I do every day. I spent so much of my life completely lost and finally feel like I found my place. To be met with open arms is a dream come true. Thank you for taking the time to connect with me. I’m so happy that you’re here!

  • Thien-Vu Hogan says:

    I was looking for blue candy recipes for my daughter’s upcoming Frozen themed birthday party and found your Breaking Bad candy recipe! Except I will be calling them Frozen Fractals candy. Haha. All in context right? Thank you for the recipe. It is by far the easiest recipe out there. No boiling needed. No candy thermometer needed. We tried some today and it came out beautifully! I then went to your blog and oh my! I cannot wait to try your recipes! What a beautiful blog!

    • The Squishy Monster says:

      Thank you so much, Thien-vu! I feel honored that I will be a part of your daughters birthday party. I hope she loves all the great details her mommy is putting in and that it’s the best party ever!! I appreciate you being a part of The Squishy Monster and hope you enjoy all the recipes =)

  • such a lovely blog, full of such delicious looking food! 😀
    looking forward to your future posts 🙂

    Daisy and the Fox

  • Lords of Bacon says:

    Just found your blog. I’m in heaven. You had me at cupcakes and Korean food. Can’t wait to try a bunch of your recipes this week!

  • Lainey says:

    Angie, I had no idea you used a flip cam and your iphone to film! The flip cam and Iphone does an amazing job!

  • Squishy you are one of my favorite bloggers & YouTubers. Congratulations on all your achievements and I wish you all the success in the world. I love your cooking and the good work you do for others. Can’t wait for the TSM Cook Book 🙂

    • The Squishy Monster says:

      You are so special to me. I appreciate that you moved with me from my old channel and stuck with me through the hardship of having to start all over again. It’s with that kind of support that I made it through. Thank you so much, it means the world to me!!

  • Wow!!! you have an adorable blog,the recipes are so easy to follow and we have made the Korean meatballs for the first time with all success,thanks for sharing such delightful recipes:-)

  • I really enjoy your life story, its a great story to read about you~ it open another door in my heart about korean cooking, Kimchi i adore so much too~

    ill be watching you~

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