Host: Jessie

Seoul, South Korea

USD
$48-$64 per person

Traditional Korean cuisine in Seoul

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit

Meet Jessie

Jessie’s friends always told her that her mom’s food was the best, so Jessie did what young professionals do: she started a food blog highlighting the traditional Korean dishes handed down from her mother.

“I love cooking for other people - I feel happy when I see them eat my food. I think my mom and my grandmother feel the same way.”

What to expect

In-home meal: (1-4 guests) Jessie cooks using her mother’s homemade gochujang (a pungent condiment made from fermented soybeans, red chili, and glutinous rice) and deonjang (a thick, soy bean paste), which are essential Korean ingredients that are rarely made from scratch these days. The meal will be served on beautiful ceramic dishes that her mother makes.

Your meal might include bulgogi (stir-fried, thinly sliced beef with grated Asian pear, ginger, garlic, and soy sauce), her mother's homemade kimchi, japchae (glass noodles) or homemade doenjang jjigae (tofu stew). Finish with seasonal fruits (perhaps grown on her uncle’s farm) and fruit tea.

Cooking experience: (1-6 guests) Join Jessie in her small but efficient kitchen to learn to cook some of her favorite Korean dishes. You will learn to cook two to three dishes and you will then enjoy them along with other dishes that have been prepared in advance.

Notes: Jessie offers dinner on weeknights. On weekends she offers both lunch and dinner.

Traveler reviews

I'm so happy that I found the Traveling Spoon website! I really wanted to take a cooking class in Seoul, but I actually dislike group cooking classes because they lack the real aspect of true cooking by locals of a certain cuisine. It was perfect to meet and cook with Jessie in her home- she was so sweet, cool and a great cook and teacher. She answered all of my questions about Korean food and actually no joke prepared my favorite Korean meal ever!! She had purchased really quality beef for the Bulgogi we made and it changed my view of Korean bbq :) I'm craving it again now! - Kellie

I love Korean food, it was my first visit to Seoul so I thought it would be nice to try the Traveling Spoon experience. I was paired with Jessie, once we made contact to discuss and plan the dinner I was confident it would be a great meal. The food was excellent, Jessie had put in a lot of effort and care to select the menu that was appropriate for the season. It was all quality ingredients used and prepared perfectly. Jessie was a wonderful host, we had a great conversation over and after dinner and it was sad to have to say goodnight. - Rob

Jessie was awesome, and the perfect host! She made an amazing meal - she's so talented - and made me feel very welcome in her home. Our conversation was so great too! I didn't know anyone when I arrived in Seoul, but through Traveling Spoon I not only had an amazing home-cooked traditional Korean meal in a local's home, but I also made a new friend. I would highly recommend Traveling Spoon to others - to be both a guest and a host! - Jenny

Awesome experience! Jessie is a woman who loves to cook. We enjoyed cooking, eating, and chatting so much. Our conversation ranged from "foods" to "educational system" to "FTA with other countries". It was experience that is hard to find elsewhere. Highly recommended! - PanJ

Jessie was an excellent host, her food was delicious. She gave us a great lesson on the basics of South Korean home cooking. - Yogi

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Jessie

$48-$64 USD

per person
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Meet Jessie

Jessie’s friends always told her that her mom’s food was the best, so Jessie did what young professionals do: she started a food blog highlighting the traditional Korean dishes handed down from her mother.

“I love cooking for other people - I feel happy when I see them eat my food. I think my mom and my grandmother feel the same way.”

What to expect

In-home meal: (1-4 guests) Jessie cooks using her mother’s homemade gochujang (a pungent condiment made from fermented soybeans, red chili, and glutinous rice) and deonjang (a thick, soy bean paste), which are essential Korean ingredients that are rarely made from scratch these days. The meal will be served on beautiful ceramic dishes that her mother makes.

Your meal might include bulgogi (stir-fried, thinly sliced beef with grated Asian pear, ginger, garlic, and soy sauce), her mother's homemade kimchi, japchae (glass noodles) or homemade doenjang jjigae (tofu stew). Finish with seasonal fruits (perhaps grown on her uncle’s farm) and fruit tea.

Cooking experience: (1-6 guests) Join Jessie in her small but efficient kitchen to learn to cook some of her favorite Korean dishes. You will learn to cook two to three dishes and you will then enjoy them along with other dishes that have been prepared in advance.

Notes: Jessie offers dinner on weeknights. On weekends she offers both lunch and dinner.

Traveler reviews

I'm so happy that I found the Traveling Spoon website! I really wanted to take a cooking class in Seoul, but I actually dislike group cooking classes because they lack the real aspect of true cooking by locals of a certain cuisine. It was perfect to meet and cook with Jessie in her home- she was so sweet, cool and a great cook and teacher. She answered all of my questions about Korean food and actually no joke prepared my favorite Korean meal ever!! She had purchased really quality beef for the Bulgogi we made and it changed my view of Korean bbq :) I'm craving it again now! - Kellie

I love Korean food, it was my first visit to Seoul so I thought it would be nice to try the Traveling Spoon experience. I was paired with Jessie, once we made contact to discuss and plan the dinner I was confident it would be a great meal. The food was excellent, Jessie had put in a lot of effort and care to select the menu that was appropriate for the season. It was all quality ingredients used and prepared perfectly. Jessie was a wonderful host, we had a great conversation over and after dinner and it was sad to have to say goodnight. - Rob

Jessie was awesome, and the perfect host! She made an amazing meal - she's so talented - and made me feel very welcome in her home. Our conversation was so great too! I didn't know anyone when I arrived in Seoul, but through Traveling Spoon I not only had an amazing home-cooked traditional Korean meal in a local's home, but I also made a new friend. I would highly recommend Traveling Spoon to others - to be both a guest and a host! - Jenny

Awesome experience! Jessie is a woman who loves to cook. We enjoyed cooking, eating, and chatting so much. Our conversation ranged from "foods" to "educational system" to "FTA with other countries". It was experience that is hard to find elsewhere. Highly recommended! - PanJ

Jessie was an excellent host, her food was delicious. She gave us a great lesson on the basics of South Korean home cooking. - Yogi

Pricing
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$50 $48 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$64 $58 Not offered
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 7:30pm-9:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 7:30pm-10:30pm
Host Contact
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