Quick little video that we filmed today. Is the mango sandwich better than the strawberry sandwich?
What weird sandwiches have you tried?
Korean food and recipes
One of my pet peeves about some BBQ restaurants is when the only side dishes they give you is some raw onions and some yellow radish…. I hate it! I need more vegetables with my meat! This restaurant in Sangam DMC (Hansang Gadeuk) has so many side dishes! And they are all included in the price of the meat. Not only are there so many, but they all taste good. It’s a very small restaurant down some back streets, but it’s a hidden gem. There are lots and lots of good BBQ places in Seoul and if you are only in Korea for a short trip, I recommend ones that are easier to get to, for example the YG BBQ restaurant, Samgeori Butchers, in Hongdae is really good and easy to get to. But if you are in Korea for longer, I recommend seeking this place out.
We are always so satisfied when we eat here because there are so many different things to eat. When BBQ places don’t have many options and it forces you to order more and more meat, in the end you can just end up feeling pretty crappy. But at this place not only is there the meat, but also kimchi, mushrooms, tofu, potatoes, rice cakes, kimchi jeon, doenjang jjigae, gaeranjim, tteobokki, salad, 2 types of sushi, pasta, bean sprouts, green onions, yukhoe, corn cheese, chicken wings, onions, lettuce and peppers. So we really recommend it!
한상가득 in 상암동
What do we think about strawberry sandwiches? As people who live on a strawberry farm, and who see the hard work that goes into growing strawberries, are we a bit horrified to see where some strawberries end up? Watch to see!
We try out some Korean convenience store lunchboxes! One of the cheapest and easiest things to eat in Korea when you don’t have time or much money!
They are actually convenient because we are in an empty apartment! In the kitchen we have 2 mugs… and that’s it… We are using this apartment for a few more days before the lease runs out. The last bits of furniture Simon and Martina have left for us, so we’ll move them back home for the time being. It’s actually so helpful because we’ll be moving to Seoul later this year.
Some of the first ever comics I did on this blog were about Hugh’s obsession with cookies. I’ve talked about how most Korean homes don’t have ovens so people don’t bake at home. Discovering how good cookies (or biscuits in Aussie English) actually are was a revelation for Hugh. While we are in Australia he has been eating as many as he can. The first day we arrived in Australia he said, “So, who is going to make me cookies?” My brother made him some and I’ve been making them while we are at my parents’ house.
The morning we had to babysit our friend’s kids, I caught him in the act of hiding the cookies in our room. I still gave the twin boys a cookie each and Hugh was horrified when they tried to feed our dog their cookies, and I think one even ended up in the fish pond. A cookie that is, not a twin.
We also have a family recipe for chocolate chip cookies, which I’ve tweaked further for white chocolate chip cookies, that people seem to really like. Hugh loves them most though.
We will both be on diets when we go back to Korea next week.
Another quick video in our Australian Summer series:
There is quite a difference between sushi in Australia and sushi in Korea. In Korea you are often given frozen salmon (not a fan) and although Korea is so close to Japan, it’s harder to get good sushi (at least the type that we like). Sushi in Sydney has a big range of quality, but our friend is head chef at this place and the sushi is good and fresh. It’s also great to have a chef make it exactly how you like it! We have another friend who is Japanese and a top sushi chef in Seoul – but his restaurant is pretty expensive (he has served big stars like G-Dragon before). So great sushi is available in Korea, but a bit out of our price range. It’s a lot easier to eat sushi in Sydney.
Hugh doesn’t appreciate my bread loving in the supermarket! There is just something nice about coming back to your home country and buying the brands that you know and love. Korea has a lack of grainy breads. Breads labelled “with grains” have so few grains that you could count them easily in a whole loaf. So of course I got some of this bread, gonna go eat some with vegemite now!
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This donkatsu (pork cutlet) is huge! Hugh and his friend try this challenge where you have to eat this massive donkatsu and rice in 20 mins or pay about $15.
There was no way I was going to try this challenge, but because we were staying with our friends Simon and Martina (of Eat Your Kimchi) while in Seoul, Simon decided he would try it as well after hearing Hugh talk about it. You can see their video here.
Korea has some really interesting seafood, but this is one that usually incites giggles.
Probably our most mature video ever right?
The penis fish can also be called “the fat innkeeper worm” by those who refuse to acknowledge what it looks like. Commonly found at seafood markets in Korea, we were just walking past a restaurant in Jinju that had these at the front. Usually gaebul is seen in buckets or baskets lying flat, but some of these were hanging down and gently swaying in the water. I first posted the video on Instagram and the popularity of it there made us decide to post on YouTube too, but we made it educational! Come try gaebul in Korea! Eaten raw with salt and sesame oil. (Also we said “kinda” translates to “dog penis” because actually it’s “dog balls” which doesn’t seem as correct).
When I’m sick I don’t want to be near food or see people eating it, but Hugh will still sit with everyone at dinner time and watch us eat! He watches what I eat carefully and urges me to eat certain things and chastises me when I’m not eating enough. I’m assuming this is also related to how popular ‘mokbangs’ are in Korea. A mokbang is a live stream of someone eating often copious amounts of food. Lots of people tune it to watch these. There is also such a focus on “eating well” in Korea. If you eat a lot at dinner you are complimented. My mother in law is always happier when I’ve eaten a lot at dinner and I get the type of praise you’d only give a child in Australia. “Well done! You ate well!”
Hugh gets really frustrated when he has no appetite because he is sick and thinks I’m not enjoying the food as much as I should be. Luckily he isn’t sick now, this was the other week.
He’s also been wearing a cute yellow scarf when he’s been sick to keep his throat warm.
Hey, it’s Hugh. I vlogged about a normal social situation in Korea where we eat so much. Many times we go to a wedding or ‘dol’ and eat so much, then we go out with friends and go to 3 or 4 restaurants in one night… so much food…
What things do you hate paying for because you usually get it for free?
Making kimchi is a skill that is not as common with the younger generation and a lot of people are just buying instead of making it. I have heard that a lot is being made in China though, so the quality of ingredients can’t be checked and there are many other factors that can affect the taste. When we get our own place I’ll still try to make kimchi so we don’t need to buy it from the supermarket. Hopefully we’ll still get my mother in law’s kimchi too. If someone supplies you with homemade kimchi you should appreciate it! ^^
Twice a week the Soondae Ahjussi visits nearby with his soondae truck. Now I’ve mentioned before that I don’t like soondae, but I’ve had a change of heart and now I quite like it! I don’t like eating it at open markets where it can have a strong smell and looks like it’s been sitting there for a while…haha, I can still be picky. I only started liking it after trying it at this soondae truck because it’s so fresh and there are different flavours. Hugh has always loved it though and it’s one of his favourite foods.
Soondae can also be romanised as “sundae” but I think that spelling can cause some problems for foreigners who are expecting ice cream…
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