A MUM-of-two who is the UK’s only Korean food blogger has landed a spot in Liverpool’s Baltic Market with Saints stars even paying her a visit in her first few weeks.

Hyeon Jeong Yoon, from Newton-le-Willows, moved to St Helens eight years ago due to her mother-in-law’s ill health, leaving her job as a lecturer and interpretor in Daegu, South Korea.

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During this time she launched her blog Gilded Gingerbread where she posts classes, how-to videos and recipes of authentic Korean dishes.

However after increasingly growing her business, and following, she took a chance and Instagram messaged Independent Liverpool, the owners of the Baltic Market, and was amazed when she beat hundreds to host a 12 week stall at the popular venue, which she has called Love Kimchi. 

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Alongside husband Simon, the 43-year-old has created a menu of tasty Korean food, including crispy dumplings, katsu curry, Korean fried chicken and plenty of vegan options.

She even got a visit from Saints’ Kevin Naiqama who she says “keeps coming back for more of our food”.

An elated Hyeon, said: “I just couldn’t believe it really because it’s amazing to me that we have this opportuunity.

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“Korean food names can be hard for English people to say so I renamed them to things like Gangnam Style chicken and K-Pop and they are really popular.

“Everyone at Baltic Market is very friendly, we have been told we are currently in the top three vendors there which is exciting to me.

“I hope to open my own restaurant in the future to give people in Newton-le-Willows and St Helens a chance to try tasty Korean food.”