CEO / FOUNDER VIVIAN ME-HAE LEE DRAWS ON HER KOREAN AND AMERICAN CULINARY ROOTS TO CREATE FOODS BURSTING WITH KILLER EAST MEETS WEST FLAVORS!
Mokja! That was the call that started it all and put Vivian Lee on her path to create Mung Dynasty /foods, a plant based foods company that's all about Organic Mung Beans!. When Vivian’s mom yelled Mokja! from downstairs, it only meant one thing – it was time to eat. And when it was time to eat, that meant deliciousness was waiting on the dinner table. Vivian’s parents were the biggest, baddest foodies long before that term was created. Her Father and Mother came from a long line of amazing cooks back in their home country of Korea. Every day Vivian ate Korean food at the dinner table. She was eating her Mom’s homemade kimchi before she could walk. While growing up, Vivian’s was imprinted by her parallel rich American culinary life. When she wasn’t eating Korean food and she was eating (and working) at her parents now iconic diner Steve’s Lunch in Ann Arbor Michigan. Growing up was pob (rice in Korean), kimchi, a sea of prepared vegetables and Korean marinated proteins. Koreans really do make fabulous fresh veggie dishes! At Steve’s Lunch, it was all about American food to start, oh the Beef Stroganoff on Monday, Hungarian Goulash on Tuesday, Hamburger steak on Wednesdays and the list goes on.
Vivian started concocting at the diner when it was slow at the griddle, grilling green grapes and pears to put on top her chicken sandwich, making a total mess in the kitchen at home with chocolate mousse for her junion high French class project, then baking granola and snack foods in high school to keep herself and friends energized on road trips to tennis matches and track meets.
After many years of schooling, practicing in the corporate world, and continually finding it difficult to find delicious grain free plant based foods, she decided to dive into the deep end of the pool, follow her passion and craft foods that were lip smacking deliciousness!
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