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?
What I didn’t show in this vlog is the shrimp being cooked alive in front of us. That was a little bit traumatic because they jump and bang against the clear pot lid as they die… Korean seafood can be very interesting and sometimes scary. Even Hugh doesn’t like it all, though the photographer with us ate everything. Since our friends are Korean American and not that used to this type of raw seafood, we did end up cooking some of the raw fish and scallops and they were delicious. I know some people think the raw taste is better, but while I do like raw fish sometimes, I did find the taste improved for me when we cooked it. Luckily we were the only people at this restaurant in the middle of nowhere and the family that owns it were very nice and understanding.
If you are interested in the accommodation we stayed in check out this video here.
Like in most other countries, the preparation of holiday food is done by women in Korean culture. Even in Australia there tends to be more traditional roles in a lot of families on holidays but it’s more obviously defined in Korea. With my mother-in-law and sister-in-law I helped prepare all the fried food for Chuseok. Koreans don’t mind eating fried food cold so it’s food that is supposed to last for a while. Because so much has to be prepared, it takes hours and hours and my body does not enjoy sitting on the floor for that long. So I had to roll my eyes at Hugh exclaiming his difficulty of not being able to choose what to eat.
Since we have an intercultural relationship I expressed some of my Australianess and told him that if he is not helping with the cooking and is just lazing around, he should clean up outside and make the front of the house look nice for Chuseok, which he did.
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…
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…
Hey guys, we’ve been super busy, not only on the farm, but with book stuff. I have a deadline very soon and of course I got very sick yesterday! Still not well today but trying to get things done. Leslie from Korea in my Kitchen, who has had a guest post before, made a new comic for me so I can actually post something today!
Leslie says: My yobo (husband) thinks that everything good, food or otherwise, is Korean. Koreans also invented most things, perfected anything they didn’t invent and all things Korean are superior in quality and design. It’s amazing he married someone who wasn’t Korean. 🙂
by Nic • In Korea, Korean Countryside, Korean People • Tags: korean food, korean mountains, korean nature, korean picnic, koreans, koreans and swimming, my korean husband, picnic in mountains, swimming, swimming culture
Some thoughts about differences between Australia and Korea:
Our friends didn’t spent very long looking for the ideal picnic place. Wherever seems to be fine most of the time. Our picnic was technically on a man made weir… so on concrete rather than up on the rocks, and right near the road. There were nice places further up but going any further didn’t seem to be an option. Australians are really spoilt for space and I think that affects our desire for finding the best picnic places. Koreans don’t seem to mind as much. Plenty of times I’ve seen Koreans just plonk down wherever to have a picnic, side of roads, gravel packing lots – places Australians would never have a picnic. The scenery doesn’t seem to be the most important thing. Many Australians have probably had the experience of going for a picnic in a national park somewhere and trying to find the ideal place, “If we just hike for 20 minutes, scale this cliff face, wade through this river, there is the PERFECT picnic place I swear!”
Koreans won’t go swimming usually! I mentioned in the video that it would be inappropriate to wear a swimming costume (cossie in Australian slang) anywhere other than the beach or a pool. For Australians, and I think most westerners, people are likely to strip down to swimming costumes pretty quickly once they reach the ideal spot (some people even going skinny dipping). The only other person who went swimming besides from my husband and I was that one older guy, and he didn’t get in for long. The biggest reason Koreans often have for not swimming is that it’s too cold. I noticed this in Korea and with the Koreans who board with my parents in Australia. As an Australian, I’m not really that worried about cold water and I know within 5 minutes I won’t feel the cold much. Koreans just don’t have the same swimming culture and experience to know that. I’m sure those in colder European countries who swim a lot know how refreshing cold water can be! I think a big part of the Australian experience is going swimming, working up an appetite and then eating.
Koreans do food really well! I know lots of Australians do food well, but we can be pretty happy with just a bunch of sandwiches. For this picnic there was a bunch of different meat and vegetables and eating is constant grazing the whole time. When one type of meat is done, another goes on, there was rice and kimchi and side dishes then it moved on to ramen, then fruit. So much is centred amount just eating food. I don’t know how much of that is because of this particular group or people or region.
No one went properly exploring. People wandered around a bit but I was the only one who went quite far up the river. I know if I was with a bunch of Aussies they would be likely to trek up the river to see what was up there. I have lots of memories of camping and picnics when I was younger and someone going off exploring and coming back saying, “There is a waterfall up there!” or “Come check out this rock pool” and then everyone goes to have a look. Koreans love the outdoors and hiking, but it’s a much more structured activity. They get all dressed in the brand hiking clothes with the equipment and everything.
It was a really nice day and I’m really glad I got to swim a bit. I wonder what the Korean side of this would be. “The Aussie girl was really weird and went swimming twice and didn’t care about eating all the food and then just disappeared completely at one point.”
Two short videos on some food we ate in Korea. This is at Wonji, which is a small town near where my husband lives. But even small towns in Korea have many many restaurants.
We did this last night because it was rainy and we were just staying in. I really wanted to make something with all the excess strawberries. Strawberry shortcake would have been nice but ovens aren’t used much here, and no oven in this house. So we couldn’t do any baking…
We went out with friends the other night and filmed it. Here is a glimpse of what people do in Jinju!
It’s really normal for these guys to go to many restaurants in one night. I get pretty full by the end of it! We only went to two places this time and didn’t go to norebang this time. People had to work the next day and everyone is getting older. Mr Gwon sure can’t drink how he did when he was younger. He managed to stick with just beer. I don’t drink very much at all, so I’m not drunk, I’m just really tired! I think it makes me even more tired when everyone is speaking Korean because I don’t understand enough. My brain is trying to process everything but I can only understand some things.
I’m really enjoying all the food though!
Hopefully this is a good glimpse of average guys in the Jinju area. Mr Gwon’s friend’s are pretty funny.
Mr Gwon always get fat when we come to Korea! He just can’t help himself when it comes to Korean food. We are really encouraged to eat when in Korea too, friends and family are always urging us to eat.
He is a little worried about the meet up on Saturday because he has put on so much weight in the past 2 weeks. He’ll have to hit the gym hard when we get back to Australia.
By the way….. EBS is filming me right now hahaha.