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Yul’s First Bingsu: Korean Shaved Ice

Taking Yul to eat bingsu!

Bingsu in Korea is a must during summer! This shaved iced dessert has a huge range of varieties, but we took Yul to have the more traditional type with red beans, rice cakes and bean powder. He has probably tasted shaved ice before but last summer he wasn’t old enough to properly eat and enjoy any bingsu.

We thought it was time for him to have a real bingsu experience so we headed to our local cafe. He probably liked the ice cream on it the most! When I first moved to Korea I liked the very sweet bingsus, like the mango and cheesecake one. But when I became pregnant my tastes changed a lot and the less sweet traditional styles appealed more to me. Even now I prefer patbingsu, the traditional type with red beans, rice cakes and bean powder. The version we had also included ice cream, but often when ordering this type it doesn’t necessarily always have ice cream.

Bingsu is very common in Korea in summer and cafes have machines that shave the ice quickly. But before everyone had these machines, the ice had to be hand cranked which was not fun for cafe workers!

It’s definitely something to check out if you visit Korea in the warmer months and there are so many types to choose from. Summer can get very very hot in Korea so it’s always refreshing to eat something icy and cold. It is something that is usually eaten with at least 2 people, so heads up if you do order it while alone as you might have trouble finishing it.

There are big dessert chains that do bingsu, but you can also check out smaller cafes that might have their own interesting flavours.

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Making Bibimbap with Yul

Attempting to make bibimbap with my toddler

Hugh wants to start a cooking/mukbang series with Yul where they try to make and eat lots of different types of Korean food. Now I’m sure that every video is going to a messy disaster, but that’s the fun of it!

In this video they attempt to make bibimbap, but really they are just doing the final stages of assembling it as I’d prepared the ingredients beforehand.

Yul was not very interested in doing his own bowl, but preferred “helping” Daddy. Bibimbap is a great food for kids though as there is a variety of vegetables. You just need to switch out the gochujang for sesame oil and soy sauce instead. Gochujang is traditionally used but is too spicy for young kids.

Often people assume a mukbang means eating a lot of food, but mukbangs aren’t always like that. It’s just eating any food and any quantity. We hope it will be interesting for people to see the type of Korean food Yul eats here in Korea. His tastes vary and he is quite picky about vegetables these days, but hopefully will also be a good way to expand his tastes, as well as bonding with Hugh.

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Hot Cross Buns? Yes they are real!

Hot cross buns are in many countries but people didn’t know they are real!

Every year, at some point on social media, I’ll make a comment about hot cross buns. And every year there will be people who didn’t know they were a real thing! They will know there is a song called “Hot Cross Buns” but not that it’s a common Easter food in many countries. So this year, while back in Australia for Easter, I decided to make a quick video about hot cross buns in Australia.

It makes sense that it seems to be Commonwealth countries that continue this British tradition and why it’s usually Americans that don’t know about them. Seriously, Americans, you are missing out! While hot cross buns are available in some places in the US, it’s nothing like the traditions in other countries. Reactions range from “I did not know this was a real thing” to “I have seen them in some bakeries”. Nothing like the fevered desire and need in Australia to have hot cross buns at Easter. It’s a vital part of Easter here and symbolic for the Christian holiday.

As I mentioned in the video, there are different flavours now. But I still prefer the traditional type. Yul is happy to eat the traditional ones with fruit too, though many kids want the fruitless ones. We’ll see as he gets older though, if he decides he wants to be picky…

There are some bakeries in Seoul that do hot cross buns and Summer Lane Cafe which I’ve shown in a video before, has them. If we are not back in Australia next Easter I think I’ll try to make them at home.

What do hot cross buns taste like? They are lovely moist buns with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice and fruit like sultanas and raisins and mixed peel bits. And of course they have a cross on them and are best served hot with butter. They are a nice treat now, but I imagine they must have been even better in previous centuries when sugar and sweet things weren’t as easily available.

I filmed this video very quickly just to show what it’s like in Australia and how all the bakeries are baking many hot cross buns to meet the demand for them on Easter.

Aussie Brunch in Seoul

Summer Lane Cafe in Seoul

Sara (Hoju Sara) was the one who told me about ‘Summer Lane’ and I’ve been meaning to go for such a long time. Finally I got the chance! Hugh was busy working so I decided to have an “Aussie day” with Yul. We live in Korea so he is constantly in Korean culture, so it was time for some Australian-ness. So we headed to ‘Summer Lane’ with Sara and another fellow Aussie Kait.

The food was amazing and really tasted like home. Apparently they have a special supplier for the bacon… because that type of bacon is not easy to get in Korea!

I was so happy that they do babyccinos too. When we were last in Australia I would get a babyccino for Yul at cafes. A babyccino is just milk, milk foam and some chocolate powder, served in a little cup or mug. Before I was a parent I thought they were pretentious and parents were trying to make their kids like mini adults, now I realise babyccinos are lifesavers! Yul is fascinated by drinks and always wants mine, either to drink it or stick his hand in it. A babyccino means he is distracted because he has his own drink and I can enjoy my drink in peace. I wish more cafes in Korea did babyccinos.

There are other brunch places in Seoul, but not many feel Australian like this. If you are Aussie and wanting a taste of home, the food at Summer Lane is very satisfying. Even if you go for just desserts! The pavlova and lamington were great!

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Baby Mukbang!

In this video we choose some food for Emart and prepared it for Yul’s lunch. Hugh chose the western food and I chose the Korean food. We tried to pick things we thought Yul would like. Yul likes both western and Korean food, so we were curious to see what he would eat.

We’ve let Yul use his utensils and eat by himself for a while now, though in Korea it’s more common for a parent to still spoon feed at this stage. But allowing him to do it himself means he chooses what he likes, and eats until he is full and stops when he wants to stop.

This is our final Emart video as our 6 month contract has come to an end. Emart were a really great sponsor and I’ve actually found many great products. I wouldn’t have known since we don’t have an Emart close to us, but we do use the Emart app to order these days.

Aussie Kids Try Korean Snacks

Aussie Kids Try Korean Snacks!

We have a 6 month sponsorship with Korean supermarket Emart. It’s been a really great sponsorship to have, not only because they have been great to work with, but we genuinely love the products they have. And for foreign food, both locally made and imported, they have proven themselves to be way ahead of the competition.

We knew we’d be in Australia for over a month so that presented a problem. How can we make our monthly Emart video when we are in another country? We came up with the idea of taking some snacks from Emart and getting Australians to try them. Hardly a new concept, but people still enjoy these types of videos. We weren’t sure who we would get to try but it worked out that one of my friend’s kids were keen to try. That’s how we got Sophie, Luke and Tyler to help us with the video.

They were very good at trying some things that even adults can be hesitant to try. All the brands were Emart brands and we picked things that were normal in Korea, but maybe more unusual to Australians.

A big thank you to Sophie, Luke and Tyler!

KBS 이웃집찰스 ep172 ‘마이 코리안 허즈번드’편 호주식 이유식 ‘쥬키니 슬라이스 (Zucchini slice)’ 레시피

This is the recipe for zucchini slice that was made by Nichola on ‘My Neighbor Charles’ episode 172, on Korean TV. We heard that many people were looking for the recipe. If you are an English speaker you’ll be able to find recipes on

zucchini slice

KBS 이웃집찰스 에피소드 172 ‘마이 코리안 허즈번드’편 에서 호주아내 니콜라가 만든 호주식 이유식 ‘쥬키니 슬라이스 (Zucchini slice)’ 레시피 입니다.

‘쥬키니 슬라이스 (Zucchini slice)’

재료 :

zucchini slice ingredients

달걀 5 개

애호박 1개 (한국 애호박과 호주 외호박은 약간 다르지만 괜찮아요 ).

당근 1 개

양파 1개

강판에간 치즈 1 컵

밀가루 1 컵 (베이킹 파우더 1 작은 스푼 추가)

올리브 오일 1/4 컵

소금과 후추

먼저 오븐을 180 ° C로 예열 합니다.

강판에 애호박과 당근을 갈아주세요. . 양파는 얇게 썰어서 넣어주세요.

whisking eggs

큰 그릇에 달걀 5개를 휘저어서 풀어주세요.

adding ingredients

큰 그릇에 강판에 간 애호박, 당근, 양파 그리고 치즈를 넣으세요.

밀가루와 올리오일 또는 식용류를 넣고 잘 섞어 주세요.

약간의 소금과 후추를 넣어줍니다

베이킹 그릇 바닥에 식용류를 약간 칠해주거나 베이킹 페이퍼를 깔아줍니다.

(쥬키니 슬라이스가 그릇에 달라붙는걸 막기 위해서요)

putting mixture in baking dish

잘 섞힌 재료들을 베이킹 접시에 옮겨 붓고 윗부분을 부드럽게 만들어줍니다.

그리고 오븐에 넣어 30 분 동안 기다리거나 윗부분이 황금색 일 때 오븐에서 꺼내세요.

그럼 완성!

zucchini and carrot slice

쥬키니 슬라이스에 다른 것들도 추가 할 수 있어요. 베이컨이나 햄등을 썰어서 추가 할 수 있고, 당근 대신 브로콜리, 고구마, 호박, 고추, 토마토, 버섯, 옥수수 등 다양한 야채를 추가 할 수 있어요. 또한 쌀이나 참치도 추가 할 수 있어요. 쥬키니 슬라이스는 야채를 잘안먹는 아이들에게 더 많은 야채를 먹게 할수있는 좋은 방법입니다. 따뜻하거나 차갑게도 먹을 수 있어요. 아이들과 피크닉을 가실때 간편하면서 건강하게 먹을수 있어서 좋아요. 만약에 양이 너무 많으면, 냉동 시켜 놨다가 나중에 먹어도 맛있어요. 그리고 호주에서는 아이들뿐만 아니라 어른들도 좋아 하는 음식이라 홈파티 같은곳에 가면 자주 볼수 있어요. 건강에도 좋고 맛도 좋은 ‘쥬키니 슬라이스’ 아이들 이유식이나 홈파티때 한번 만들어 보는건 어떨까요?

my korean husband zucchini slice
yul eating zucchini slice

Zucchini Slice:


5 eggs

1 zucchini

1 carrot

1 onion

1 cup of shredded or grated cheddar cheese

1 cup of self raising flour (or standard flour with teaspoon of baking powder)

¼ cup of olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius

Whisk eggs in a large bowl. Grate zucchini and carrot and chop up onion finely.

Add zucchini, carrot, onion, cheese to the eggs. Combine. Add flour and oil and salt and pepper. Mix.

Line a baking dish with baking paper, or grease with oil. Pour mixture into the baking tray and smooth the top of the mixture. Bake in oven for 30 mins or until golden brown on top.

Can be eaten warm or cold.

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