Oi, which is often used as a way to get someone’s attention in British/Australian/New Zeland English, sounds a lot like the word cucumber in Korean!
Korean food and recipes
Big thank you to everyone who gave us the present and lovely card at the Korean Cultural Office last Friday!
After that my husband went out drinking while I went home. I was with Sophie and Han (our friends we are staying with at the moment) while my husband didn’t think he’d be coming home until after 4am. So while he was partying, we ate his favourite chocolates as revenge. Still not sorry!
He also realised that if he buys 10 kit kats and eats them all he is just punishing himself as he wants to lose weight.
Sushi places are almost always run by Koreans here. But when you enter, the employees always greet you in Japanese and then go right back to talking in Korean to each other.
My husband prefers me to order in these situations because even though he knows they are Korean and they probably know he is Korean, he feels he has to speak in English to them and it makes him feel awkward. It’s really different to Korean restaurants where they are expecting him to just speak in Korean.
It all started because the big Kit Kat blocks were really cheap at the supermarket. Now every time I’m making a shopping list he says, “Kit Kat!” I refuse to buy them now.
He really likes the white chocolate or caramel Kit Kats. Does your country have unique Kit Kat flavours? I had wasabi flavour in Japan.
I also realised that Nestle makes Kit Kats everywhere in the world except the US where it’s Hersheys. That’s weird to me because Hersheys has such a different taste.
So he can be really lazy putting lids back on kimchi properly and doesn’t care about there being a strong kimchi smell, but suddenly he doesn’t like there being a strong cheese smell! The couple we are living with bought some fancy cheeses (if you guys are reading this, don’t worry! I don’t mind the cheese smell and it’s funny to see him react to it) and he complains every time he opens the fridge.
Anyone who has lived with Koreans probably knows that eye-watering kimchi smell every time they open the fridge. I don’t mind a bit of a smell but sometimes it can be too much. Is that why there are special kimchi fridges in Korea?
The reason is comic is up late is because I’ve had some problems with my tablet (Bamboo manga pen and touch) and the program I use Opencanvas. A driver was updated I think and since then I can’t scroll using the tablet, it zooms instead. It’s not a massive problem but it’s annoying and makes drawing harder… and it shouldn’t happen! With another program there doesn’t seem to be a problem but with opencanvas and opencanvas lite it’s doing it. I’m not sure if it’s the program or the tablet or both causing it. My tablet is getting old. We tried for hours searching for a solution but couldn’t find much and nothing worked. If you know how to fix this please tell me!
Then he asked the owner of the cafe (who is Korean) why there was no bear face on his latte! The owner was very apologetic and said it takes time and next time to please let them know that he wants it. I was embarrassed that he asked though!
However, the taro latte was really really nice! If you don’t know what taro is.. I’m not sure exactly how to explain… like a purple sweet potato? Anyway it’s used in some Asian desserts and is delicious.
There are more and more Korean style cafes popping up in Sydney and it’s really awesome.
This was one of those funny moments where I was the only one that knew this cultural difference. The Koreans not realising that we don’t put tomatoes in fruit salad and my parents being (mock) horrified at the thought of tomatoes in fruit salad. We were having a big dinner together and mum and I were making the dinner while the Koreans were making dessert.
Sometimes on the internet I see this quote “Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.” I always mentally add, “Unless you are Korean”.
Tomatoes are usually in patbingsu (Korean shaved ice dessert) as well…. I always eat around them because I can’t stomach tomatoes in anything that is supposed to be dessert.
What about you? Would you put tomatoes in fruit salad?
I also see Korean people snack on cherry tomatoes a lot and also have tomatoes sprinkled with sugar. (My husband is explaining about that right now and how they want to make it sweet…. haha… oh and now we are arguing about the appropriateness of tomatoes in sweet stuff).
He loves honey! He’ll always have it on toast and usually makes a mess too. Actually there have been several honey messes he has made. Sometimes he takes some little packets from his work cafeteria and sometimes they burst and make a mess in his backpack.
The last time we went to Korea he casually threw a jar of honey in his suitcase but didn’t have it wrapped in plastic or anything! When he opened his suitcase in Korea his clothes had honey all over them.
Is anyone going to the Kwave Festival in Melbourne? We are thinking of going and would love to meet some blog readers there if anyone is going.