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 friend 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 fun cooking tutorials with my original recipes. Each video is a labor of love (at current time, taking approximately 9-12 hours from start to finish). I also tour local news circuits to teach people how to cook Korean-American fusion dishes. You can also get to know me better on my “what I learned in my 20’s” vlog.
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, Bulldogs, The Walking Dead, sriracha and trying to sustain my massive case of wanderlust.
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