by Khrysti Balanay
Well known in Rockhampton for her macaron business called Minirons, Minji Lim is starting another business.
The Good Mil officially opened on January 25, 2022 in response to his love for healthy eating and wants to encourage others to eat healthy too.
Minji is originally from South Korea, where both her parents were chefs and where she thinks her love of cooking comes from.
“They were always encouraging me to do something,” she said.
“Whenever my parents cooked, they would explain the process as ‘this is the best way to do it’.
“Growing up, I had constant training.”
When Minji was 13, she decided to attend a Crusine High School where she spent six hours a day cooking.
“I left home at four in the morning and came back at midnight,” she said.
“Between my house and school, it was two and a half hours.
“My mother didn’t want me to go, but at the time she was sent to Zimbabwe because she was a chef at the embassy there.
“She wasn’t home for six and a half years, and my dad helped me hide it from mom.”
After graduating from high school, Minji had to attend college and study business management.
“I thought I was wasting my time and my money,” she said.
“I gave up and decided to move to Australia in 2011 because I wanted to experience another culture and how they cooked with food.
“I moved alone to Australia and I didn’t speak the language.
“It was pretty tough.”
Since arriving in Australia, Minji has been involved in the community and launched her business Minirons in September 2018 and now has two young children, with the eldest just getting ready.
“I’ve noticed that there are a lot of people who don’t have time to cook or want to stay healthy but don’t know where to start,” she said.
“So I started preparing meals to make life easier for others.
“In the beginning, there were mornings where I would break down in tears because I didn’t think I could do it.
“If I was only thinking about the money, I wouldn’t have started The Good Mil.
“But I wanted to help people change their way of life and their mindset.”
For more information or to place an order for The Good Mil, visit their Facebook page.