We try these chocolate covered potato chips from Japan. My brother’s girlfriend gave us some gifts from Japan. This was the most interesting item! The other chocolates were lovely though.
Korean food and recipes
Hugh and his friend Alex attempt this Jumbo Ramen Challenge. Can they do it?! Watch to find out. I think the hardest thing in these types of challenges is that it’s boiling hot! And you only have 20 mins!
Have you ever visited another country and discovered people weren’t following etiquette rules like you thought?
While it’s always important to have some awareness of etiquette while visiting another country, lists online can be overwhelming and anxiety inducing. We talk about some Korean etiquette found online and if it’s vital to follow it or not. We actually talked about a bunch more etiquette but had to cut out a lot. We just wanted to reassure people, especially those who suffer anxiety, to not worry too much.
This is some of our favourite fried chicken! Easy to eat, so much flavour and cheap and convenient. And not good for our diets! We went to Mangwon markets for it. If you go on a weekend, the lines can be ridiculous though.
I feel like what we chose wasn’t that weird? Or maybe I’m just used to weird things now. I really wanted to try this burger that has mac and cheese pasta in it, but it wasn’t there that time. I think Joel is less used to Korean convenience food though. Though it has to be better than what he ate in this video.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a foreigner love naengmyeon the first time they try it, because it can seem quite odd with how cold it is. But it’s a dish that grows on you. I like this type in Jinju in particular because of the strips of beef pancake in it.
What did you think of naengmyeon the first time you tried it?
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!