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Ever since I went to Australia, I’ve had a bit of a taste for meat pies. Although I’ve never been to New Zealand, I’ve heard that they’re pretty popular over there too. The meat pies from Down Under are so much better than the pies back in the UK. Since I’ve been in Korea, there have been a couple of pie shops that have opened up. There was one in downtown Daegu, that was okay, but that burned down unfortunately. Then there was a Jesters pie shop that opened up in the Hyundai Department store a few years ago, but from what I heard Jesters Korea went out of business. Now, there is a small pie shop near where I live, which is a franchise called Peggy Pies. All of these stores sold half-decent pies but it wasn’t like those I had in Australia.
Then today, I come home for work, and my wife tells me that she has some meat pies for dinner. At first I thought she meant that she’d made a meat pie. When it comes to Korean cooking, she’s a really good cook, and I really enjoy the food she makes. However, when it comes to western cooking, she struggles a little bit. She usually leaves that to me. So, I was a little bit worried. But then she shows me these pies that she found in *E-mart… in the frozen section.
The wrapping said that they were from New Zealand from a company called Ponsonby. I’d never heard of them before, but they looked alright. We put them in the oven and let them cook for about 40 minutes. When they came out, I was genuinely surprised at how good they were, especially considering they were frozen. Perhaps it’s because I’ve been here too long, and I don’t know what a good pie should taste like any more. They were surprisingly cheap too. One pack was a little under 5,000 KRW (about $5). And to make things even better, one of the packs was on sale: 50% off! I’ve no idea how long E-mart has sold these pies, because we very rarely buy food from the frozen section, but I’ll certainly be heading back there soon.
For any teacher who lives away from their home country, missing certain foods is one of the drawbacks. It doesn’t bother me too much, and there is plenty of western style food here to quench the hunger, but it’s great to find a little something like this. And, until today, I had no idea that you could buy real meat pies from E-mart.
*E-mart is the name of one of Korea’s two main supermarkets. Kind of like a Wal-mart in the US. While a lot of the products are obviously Korean, the selection of foreign foods has increased since I’ve been here.