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Australian Food: Meat Pie 3

It can be hard to name food that is uniquely Australian. Since Australia has British heritage, and is multicultural, we mostly just have a mix of other countries food. The meat pie is something that Australians usually identify with and it’s definitely something I miss while in Korea. There are no big meat pie sections in the supermarkets here in Korea. Australia doesn’t have much street food either, so I think this is the closest we have to street food.

Harry’s Cafe de Wheels is an iconic place and although there are a few locations in Sydney, the original one at Woolloomooloo is the best place to get one. ‘The Tiger’, a meat pie with mashed potato, mushed peas and gravy on top is the big seller there. It was pretty good. I have to say that the best meat pies I’ve had have been from Farmers’ Markets out in the countryside though, where they have been made on someone’s farm. The quality of meat pies in Australia varies a lot. The cheap frozen ones from the supermarket are the lower end of quality, but pie shops also vary a lot. There are some amazing pie shops around, but then also some not so great ones. We had some amazing pies at a place called Hayden’s Pies in Ulladulla, down the coast from Sydney while on our Christmas summer holiday.

 

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Thankful 1

Thankful

After that he did start to list things he was thankful for, but made that joke first and said, “You should make that into a comic”. Almost all comic ideas are genuine things that actually happen, but he is the one that prompts me to actually turn them into comics.

Not surprisingly, it was a little bit difficult mood-wise coming back to the middle of the Korean winter after being in the Australian summer. We felt a shift in our moods so we’ve been working hard on being positive and motivated.

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KOREAN SLANG CHALLENGE 0

When our good friend Sara (SeoulSarang) was in Korea a few months back, Hugh challenged her to guess the meanings of these new Korean slang words.

Have you heard any of them before?

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Filters 1

Filters

How much do you edit your photos before putting them online? There are many apps in Korea where you can make your face better, like removing acne and smoothing the skin tone, as well as the more extreme of face slimming and eye enhancement. The funny thing is that everyone knows that everyone does it, so it’s not really fooling anyone, but it makes people feel better. I get criticized for not editing my photos enough and lots of friends have pointed out how bad I look in my photos sometimes haha…

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Teaching Korean to Aussie Kids 1

Hugh tried to teach our friends’ twin boys some Korean words… but it doesn’t go well. Maybe next time they will be able to learn more from “Uncle Hoo”.

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Australian Korean BBQ 2

Another quick video in our Australian summer series! You may be wondering how this group of people actually came together. Some of us grew up in the same areas, or went to the same schools, and then only later in life have reconnected because we’ve all married into Korean families. Other people we’ve met through the blog or through Korean classes. Australia is becoming more and more multicultural and as the Korean population grows, the more common multicultural families with Australians and Koreans are becoming. It’s great being friends with other couples and families in similar situations, and with some of us living in Korea and some of us living in Australia, it’s rare that all of us can come together like this.

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Sharing Cookies 3

Sharing Cookies

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.

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Sushi Specially Made 0

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.

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Bread Love 2

Bread Love

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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Hugh VS Australian Twins 1

Another quick video in our Australian summer series!

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SURPRISE COW 1

Just a quick video we filmed a few months ago in the Korean countryside. These bulls were being exercised while we happened to be walking through our village. We didn’t expect to see them on the road like this.

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Greyhound 1

Greyhound

I think he set me up…

Greyhounds do look very similar… but so do so many other breeds too! It seems like there are often a million clones of the same labrador in the world.

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Our New Year’s Eve 4

We didn’t plan to do much for New Year’s Eve but we ended up at a cool apartment and then close to the fireworks! We were really lucky.

It’s rare for all of us to be together. Han and Sophie (and Alice) live in Australia, but Daniel and Chloe and us live in Korea. Daniel and Han are both sometimes in our Ask Korean Guys videos with Hugh. While the three wives (me, Sophie and Chloe) are all close friends. It was great to all be together.

Make sure you watch to the end to see the BIGBANG dancing and singing!

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Australian Holiday 0

While in Australia we are uploading some short videos of things we are doing here:

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KANGAROOS ON THE STREET? 1

Yes there can actually be kangaroos jumping down the street in Australia! Just not everywhere though. Kangaroos aren’t usually as tame as the ones here either. Where we go for holidays is a small coastal town that is very quiet and over the years the local kangaroos have become very used to people. They used to just come and graze on people’s lawns in the evening but now they seem to be comfortable to stay in town during the day as well. When the sun gets too hot you can find them sleeping in the shade in people’s backyards. Some, especially the females, will let you pat them a bit as well.

Of course kangaroos can be dangerous, but there are many different species in Australia and in all different places. There are vast differences between a big aggressive Red Kangaroo in the outback and a smaller tame Grey kangaroo in a coastal town.

Because we have such limited internet in Australia, we are just going to make very short videos like this while here.

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