Hi! Welcome to Hungry Gopher
I am Sun. I cook and create recipe videos to share on my littl’ corner of the world wide web.
Just like you, I LOVE food. I love it because: it’s so tasty, nurturing, curious and fascinating.
I was born and raised in South Korea, where food is the center of the culture, so naturally my passion for food bloomed early. I was the child who hovered around the kitchen, hoping that my kind grandmother would give me a little taste while she was busy cooking for the family.
SO WHY DO I COOK?
I believe food is one of the main sources of energy to nurture our bodies and minds. Without the quality input of wholesome food we are bound to have poor output. I am not saying that food is a magic wand, nor do I think it fixes all the problems. However, I believe it gives a good foundation to prime your body and mind to be wholesome. So I put on my Gopher apron every day to nurture myself and my loved ones.
In the year of 2013, the company I worked for went bankrupt. The visual effects industry I built my career in over the past 10 years had a meltdown in Los Angeles. I also hit the 40 year mark in my life. Most jobs fled out of LA, a lot of my friends and co-workers moved out of the city chasing the jobs overseas and abroad. The job perspective in my career looked grim and my social group seemed to vanish. Then I felt trapped and depressed. At first, I waited for things to happen. Then one day I realized that I was done “waiting”. I was ready to take an action to get what I want in my life, to LIVE.
So Hungry Gopher was born: to share and connect with people who share the passion for good food and good life.
WHY “HUNGRY GOPHER”?
Mr. Lunch, the man behind the camera, who is also my best friend and my life partner mostly calls me by nicknames. In the summer of 2013, he started calling me “Gopher”. I didn’t think much of it back then. Then one day, I went hiking and saw a gopher popping out of the hole, and I thought to myself, “that gopher is just like me!”. I can be introverted, staying down in my hole for awhile but then when the curiosity (some might say “hunger”) comes over me, I pop out of the hole with a strong urge to grow and learn about the world around me. Thus, Hungry Gopher became my symbol of unstoppable curiosity. My inner yearning to learn about the world around me one bite at a time.
WHY SHOULD YOU JOIN HUNGRY GOPHER?
I was a chubby kid most of my teenagehood, despite being at the peak of my metabolism. When I started improving my eating habits and being active, I started getting fit. Most importantly, I have become happy, healthy, and I have the energy to explore and do the things I love to do.
I admit that cooking can be tedious and time consuming. I believe the idea of “simplicity” is the magic, and I apply simplicity to my cooking techniques and recipes without sacrificing flavor. This is how I have been able to pack lunch boxes to take to work and mostly eat home-cooked meals despite my busy schedule.
My recipes are tested and tried, so you can have a wonderful adventure of cooking at home and still have time to play. So have your keen sense of wonder awakened, unleash your inner Gopher, and join me to Eat Real and Be Real ^____^
Thanks for taking the time to read this, and I hope to see you on the blog sometime soon…
Eat Real, Be Real,
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