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Oh gosh! I’m writing this blog post before I’m even done editing the video. There’s so much footage for us to edit and I’m not even sure what I’m going to include or not. I’m just really excited about what our trip was like and I want to talk about it.

Why We Were There

Why go to Beijing, you might ask. We were surprised when we were invited as well. YouTube is blocked in China, and so I wonder why would anyone want us there if they don’t know who we are? Here’s why: the event was actually organized by people in Germany, people responsible for the Frankfurt Book Fair. They were organizing StoryDrive Asia in China. The point of the conference was to talk about Transmedia and different ways of storytelling. We, then, were invited to talk about how we include you guise in our videos.

Basically, the idea behind it is that we’re not like Game of Thrones. You can’t call up the directors and say “hey! Joffrey’s an asshole! Kill him right away!” Old media is very much a one way street. For us and our videos, though, we try to be more of a two way street. We answer your questions in our TL;DRs, and we respond to your comments in the videos as well. We take your votes for Kpop Music Monday. We chat with you guise and open your packages during LiveChats. You guise aren’t our audience in a traditional sense. We treat you more like friends we’re having a conversation with. There you go. That’s the gist of our presentation. Of course, it had us being more active and moving around the stage and showing videos and stuff.

We were presenting right after a really famous lady talked for an hour about the importance of incorporating discussions of Chinese characters when you try to tell foreigners what China was like. She was very, very, very, very thorough. She’s a professor, so she gave a very formal lecture. Then us two dorks came up on stage and ho-hummed and jigged for a bit. Ta-da! We never claimed to be professional :D

But, really, we had a fantastic time there. The presentations we listened to were awesome. We made some really good friends there. I hope they’re reading this today. Syd, Colin, Triona, Gavin, Pete, Claudius: you guys were awesome! We’ll hopefully visit you when we go to Europe this year!

Ahem. So, outside of the presentation, we did other stuff

The Other Stuff We Did

WE ATE A LOT. Did you get that from the video? We ate lots of food. That’s really the most important thing for us whenever we travel to other countries. Tourist attractions are for tourists, not for locals. We don’t want to experience that. We want to do what local people do. So we eat everything we can find. We’re not afraid to get diarrhoeas as well. Give us the local experience! Fortunately, this trip didn’t result in any of that, so…great success! And also, too much information!

We went to a really cool bar that Robin emailed us about, Great Leap Brewing. Seriously the coolest bar we went to in Asia. Korea’s microbrewing scene is starting to grow, and we know a few places that make good beer, but this place had not only lots of great beer, but it also had a GIANT bar with a great vibe. Check it out if you’re in Beijing. I’m not sure how to describe how to get there. We just hopped in the Rickshaw and had our babysitters take us there. Yay!

We Break Weather Everywhere We Go

When we were in Canada we brought about -40 degree weather, which was a record, and we also brought an ice storm that broke Christmas. Then we went to Japan for a weekend and brought about a record breaking ice storm. Then, for our few days in Beijing, we brought about record breaking heat. Whyyyyyy???? LA, be prepared for the carnage coming your way. We realized that we have a special mutant power to ruin weather. Call us by our new mutant name: CALAMITY!

We Took Lots of Pictures

Also, we have so many pictures! Hopefully you like the pretty layout we just put in. Check it out!

We Have Bloopers

We had like two hours of footage but didn’t air all of it. Here’s some of the stuff that didn’t make the final cut.

 

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  1. What was Martina’s disappointing frozen fruit bar? (Simon, yours looked delicious. Like it was a chocolate dipped Greek yogurt pop, or something.)

  2. I love Peking Duck. In the States, whenever my family and I would go to a Chinese restaurant, we had to order it ahead of time. After I moved to Toronto, my parents, aunt, uncle and cousins were all out for Chinese food and I found Peking Duck on the menu. Imagine my surprise when I realized we didn’t have to give them notice that we wanted it. I ordered it. They brought out the entire cooked duck to show me (which grossed one of my cousins out a bit) before they took it away and cut it up. Hot damn, it was delicious.

  3. Michaela

    This video made me so hungry! I’m going to have to cook myself a king-sized feast to satisfy my hunger

  4. This is awesome you guys! I’m moving to China in two months and I’m tempted to make a Facebook album called ‘Chinese Food’… haha.
    Hope you enjoyed your stay!!

  5. Just in case you wanted to know, the words on that Coke can in the photos translates roughly as “Broken-hearted people, don’t listen to slow songs.” No idea why that’s there but hey, it’s China.

    I wish I could have made it to Beijing in time to see you two :( 加油 anyway!

  6. I am with Convoluted! Bring some rain to SoCal! I live in Orange County, we’re in such a serious drought the electronic road signs are asking people to conserve water. Thanks! (Except you’re already here, I think!)

  7. Hey Guys!

    Can you bring some rain when you come to California? Even though I live in northern California, maybe your awesome powers over the weather will make it rain all over the whole state. We’re having a drought here, so we need rain really badly. Thanks! :)

  8. I’m a student in China,and I’m a native Beijinger.Beijing is a city that the foreigners should visit with a local.There are a lot of good restaurants and awesome place which are very secret.About the taxis,recently there are many apps came out to catch a cab.So if you see an empty taxi,you wave,it probably won’t stop.It’s quite difficult to get a taxi without an app in Beijing.And sometimes,the sellers will raise the prices to the foreigners.Most of the restaurants you’ve mentioned are not the restaurants that Beijingers are familiar with.I also saw some subscribers said about 798,that’s a great place to go,and there’s a place called sanlitun village,you can see many foreigners.Luhan often goes there when he ‘s free in Beijing.There must be many mistakes in my sentences,just ignore it……I’m not good at English╮(╯▽╰)╭

    • No, your English is great! Thanks for the tips for Beijing – my second favourite city after Seoul (of course…) I agree with the taxi app – I really like the ‘taxi card’ ones but I haven’t tried the ones to hire a taxi. Next trip!

  9. AbsolutelyMee

    My boyfriend was very interested since he’s Chinese and wanted to know what you thought. He quickly realised that the majority of what you guys did was eat and at the 9:57 mark saw what was coming a mile off and he laughed for a long time haha.

  10. puavelcatsyuk

    OMFG I remember about 10 years ago my parents were having a party and my dad and violin teacher decided to do some shots with baijiu (except it was about 80% concentrated instead of 60%) and I thought it was water so I took a whole shot by accident… I couldn’t even cry because I was so shocked for about 5 minutes. My expression was literally XOO

  11. So much wanderlust! Lovely video – I really enjoyed this format. Also wonderful that you were able to roam around so much. I can’t travel any other way than to get lost. Once caved in to joining a tour group with some friends for the cheaper tickets but never again. I escaped only to come back for the ride home, ha!

  12. HI NASTY-FAMILY :)
    So I try it out here – hope I can get an answer – would have been THE BEST :) From any one that knows a good tip for this question :D!! ANY will do!!!
    We have finally (my guy and me) – STILL LOONG WAY TO GO – BUT FOR REAL – booked a trip to Seoul for next year!!! We will be going to Seoul for 3 weeks – and cant tell you how happy I am right now. Still a million years to go – but happy that we finally have booked the hotel :D :D :) (SCREAMING OUT LOUD VERY HAPPILY)!! Any way, enough of happyscreaming (cant wake up the neighbours) – to my question:
    My boyfriend is having his birthday soon – and I want to give him something special (were a bit older – cant tell you how much older – but yeah…) and I want to give him something really special! I have tried to look in to do something in Seoul and was thinking of take a trip on Han River. Can only find a bit of info about it (but really old ones from 2010/2011) – and cant enter the website or se any information about the actual booking or an private boat trip.. so anyone got any info on this?? Some write that you dont need to book – and some write that you do! Please tell me if you have any information or tip about this or renting a private boat for Han River!! THANK YOU!!

    (Great idea of a WANK btw) ;)

    • First, congrats on the upcoming stupidly amazing fun balls time you are about to have. You might get to visit the new EYK Cafe if you are in the right time frame?!

      Second, I haven’t done the Hangang cruises but try options like the Hangang River Ferry and the Hangant Excursion boat — both have details on visitseoul.net and visitkorea websites, as well as TripAdvisor. A colleague also mentioned Seoul Marina for private boat charter, if that’s what you are looking for. Try your concierge if Korean is a bit tricky (or one of the phone numbers for international translation, there are quite a lot for Korea) or you might try a tour company? I don;t personally love rout companies but I adore Ongo Food Communications (Ongo Food Tours), so if you are looking for something special try a private or group tour with them (they might be able to arrange a boat tour) but you will probably have one of their extremely cool guides with you (great for fun, maybe not so much for the boomshakalaka romance factor). I have experience with these guys and cannot recommend more highly (not sponsored in any way, I swear!)

      Have fun and drink ridiculous amounts of soju!

      • Man, we need the editing button back — “tour” rather than “rout” and “Hangang” rather than “Hangant” — though might be an interesting mash-up of boating clothing available via my new “Hangant” brand!

        • Thank you sooo much for the answer!!! :D Looked into visitseoul.net and Ongo Food Communications – found what I needed in 30 secs :D Im gonna “go shopping” today – and make the call outside our appartment – cant have him hearing stuff from the other room. Perfect present and with the help from you I got exactly what I needed!! Thank thanks thanks (heheheh know the feeling with editing button)!

          ITS sooo freaking awsome to have the trip booked for next year!! I cant wait, let it be year 2015 – way to much time left until July next year…. :S
          It is a must to visit their new EYK Cafe – Im gonna live there (scchhhhhh dont tell them thats our plan) ;) Have made the awsomest hugest list of everything we have to do from the EYK-videos that they have made. The list of everything they have eaten!! Its t h i best! :)
          (Thank you) Were gonna eat and drink until someone needs to roll us back to the hotel XD

        • Hi Rardnas — I can’t reply to your comment but good luck! Seoul is my favourite city to travel to (obviously) and you will have a great time. Don’t forget to pick up Mustoy souvenirs – there’s something really special about selecting one that has been left by someone else randomly. I don’t know who painted mine but I like the mystery and that they live here in another country now!

  13. RudeMinnesotan

    Oh man this was great. All that food just made me incredibly hungry! I have always wanted to try peking? Duck. DUCK DUCK oh gods, duck is so good.

    Also, nice GoT’s reference. I saw what you did there.

    It’s great that you two get these chances to travel like that and do all these amazing things.
    So luckyy~~~~

  14. I’ve never been to China, but this video made me miss Taiwan quite a bit ;_; luckily I’ll be going back in a few weeks hehe ^^ If you guys ever get a chance to go to Taiwan, you’d probably go crazy because the food is just so good XD

  15. I really love that you guys do videos like this when you go to other countries! It’s so interesting to see what other countries are like as well as Korea. I do have a question though: how do you guys wander around other countries and not get lost?! I have no sense of direction and would most likely be completely lost and wandering around the streets of China or Japan forever and never find my way back to the hotel. What’s your secret?!

    • Well, it’s always a good idea to take the business card of the hotel/motel/hostel/whatever you’re staying in. As soon as we get to it we drop a pin on our iPhones. Then, we’re just set loose in an area and walk around until we get exhausted. Soon enough we find a street that has taxis :D

  16. Now we are talking about food culture I’m curious what kind of books people read in South Korea. Do they like philosophycal ones? Young adult ones?

  17. I loved the format for this video! It was a lot of fun to watch. And now I want to go and eat all of that food ><

  18. well hopefully you won’t bring about a record breaking earthquake, something that goes out of the richter scale… I’m going to be going back home to cali this summer, and that’s one experience I could do without. thank you. hahahaha. but really please don’t. XD

  19. I love Northern Chinese food so much T-T this was just gratuitous food porn for me XD

  20. Blue-Sunshine93

    I would have liked to see and heard more of the history behind some of the places you visited in the video in your blog post. Like why was that place considered hipster, what was the reasoning behind some of the food choices (other then peking duck hahha we knew about that), etc

  21. You guys didn’t have rude and unreasonable chicken??? XD

  22. You guys are awesome I always feel great while watching your videos ..oh yeah I made a drawing of Martina and posted it on Instagram I also mentioned you and tagged you in it you guys should go check it out and tell me what you think about it .

  23. unoxi

    You guys are so fearless about doing new things! You’re the perfect couple to make travel videos.

  24. The MOM fish at the end of the bloopers made my day. Thanks guys XD

  25. Ah yes, Chinese rice wine. The first time i tried it I stuck my finger in it to see if I would like the taste, and it stripped my nail polish clean off. Good times, good times… I think (can’t actually remember much of Beijing after night on the rice wine, actually).

  26. Cyber_3

    Wow! This was the ULTIMATE in food pr0n! It all looks so yummy and now I have a craving to go to Toronto go for giant dim sum Sunday brunch…oh, if only…… I think you were really lucky with the street food because (a) you had legit Chinese guides with you and (b) you didn’t try to go to the very touristy areas. A lot of street food is generally okay if the customers are steady but when I was in the Shanghai open market (very touristy), all three times I was there, I saw a vendor fish a half-eaten plate of food out of the trash, give it a quick lookover, then put parts of it on a new plate. Brrrrrr!

    I really like the quality of the video and content when you guys are just filming in the street without heavy makeup (probably would melt off anyways) and just capturing sniper shots of action as it happens. I know that you edit it later and the effects add fun but the pure camera action is usually so captivating.

  27. I was salivating the whole time I was watching the video. How I wish I could eat those food too..

  28. Wow, this food looks great! Maybe I will visit China someday..but first Korea (and your nasty coffee shop) and Japan. :)

  29. I feel sooooooo hungry right now…

  30. omg you guise should have totally went to the hipstery and artsy areas like sanlitun and the 798 art district!!

    • Ah! We didn’t know where to go! We asked for the hipstery parts and we’re recommended to the Bell and Tower area. I didn’t even hear of the areas you mentioned!

      • omg next time you go you should definitely go there!! Its really cool and trendy! Hehe you guys also should eat at hai di lao hot pot and like dadong duck (probably the best)and also gui street (which is like a street full of restaurants and open till really late)!!! Omg I love Beijing (aside from the air lol) hehehe

  31. kawaii_candie

    omg you guys, this video just made me so hungry!

    Beijing looks fun!

  32. HunHanInNeverland

    I’m an ABC, and I have been to China many times, and I can confidently say that you guys ate some mighty funky food in that second restaurant. I have never ever even heard of green and orange dumplings with potatoes inside, and I have no idea what the platters filled with random assorted stuff is, though it does look pretty good. I did recognize the alcohol you tried, although I haven’t seen any with over 50% alcohol content before. The dim sum looked amazing and authentic, give me some NOW :D
    Anyway, I feel like people in China as a whole care less about how they appear in public, so there are people who roll their shirts up and children who run around sparsely dressed in less cultured families. As far as traffic is concerned, its pretty terrible, just don’t get killed. OTL

  33. I’m going to Beijing in 2 weeks, and will be staying there for 7 months. All the food shown in this video almost made me cry because I really want all of it!
    I’m not looking forward to the air though.. I

  34. Lol, that puppy in your pictures has a haircut similar to Spudgey’s new cut! Did you get your inspiration from him? :o

  35. Maybe someone already said this, but the slogan on the Coca Cola can translates as “Brokenhearted people, don’t listen to slow songs”. Coca Cola wisdom right there ^^

  36. Haha I have a couple ceramic whale chopstick holders at my house. They’re beautiful and cute at the same time. >w<

  37. Awesomesauce

    Please bring rain to Southern California! :( Too much heat here. I want a thunderstorm. That’d be cool.

  38. I replayed the talking fish in the bloopers about 100 times. I’m sure in about an hour I’ll be sporting some six pack abs :P

  39. Damn, I am a Chinese, but I have never been in Beijing before. And all those yummy Chinese food you guys put in the video are seriously making me “homesick”, well “home-food-sick”. I came from Shanghai, currently living in South Africa.

    As far as I have noticed, driving in Shanghai, to my opinion, is just as bad as in Beijing, but South Africa – Johannesburg has some other kind of “bad”. We have a type of transport called Taxis, nope, not taxi cabs, Taxi – a VW combi or caddy (don’t know what it’s officially called) carrying a lot of people (I mean really large amount of people) at once. The drivers of those vehicles are particularly “skillful” in -hum- all ways, I have seen sliding doors fall off while letting passengers get off, overload and overturned (usually happen when going too fast while overloaded). But fortunately, with regular vehicles, they are considerably safe compare to China.

    As for showing belly and nipples in public, I would say I haven’t seen it in years, not in South Africa nor Shanghai at least. Here was the thing, I had a friend from Beijing, he came and visit me once while I was in Shanghai, he did that belly thing (yes, including roll up the T-Shirt, scratch and tap on belly, grrr…) after having dinner in the restaurant. I was really shocked. I wonder if it could be a Beijing thing… hmmm…

    Finally I had to agree with the air quality in China, every time I go visit my family in Shanghai, I just had to be sick in some way. The last time I went back to visit, I started coughing for no reason from the third day. Then I got better as soon as I landed in Dubai for transit, stopped coughing completely when I landed in Johannesburg. Strange. I blame it on the air quality.

    By the way, I love what you guys do and please keep doing it. You are awesome!

  40. Ahhhh I so want to eat dumplings!!!! I love the street shots. In some ways it felt a little familiar. Don’t know why. Thanks for the great video and all the wonderful photos. If these don’t make you want to travel to Beijing, I don’t know what would!!!

  41. Ahhhh I want to go back to Beijing so badly now! T_T I spotted so many of my favourites there! Although not the baijiu lol, I could never get used to that. Beer all the way ^^

    As for the ‘oppa’ thing, there isn’t really an equivalent. I would call my actual older brother 哥哥 (gege) but calling my boyfriend that would be really, really weird :/ if you’re trying to sound cutesy, you could just use other terms of endearment like 宝贝 (baobei) which means baby.

  42. GinjaSnap

    Martina: What is that gorgeous dress/top you are wearing @ 2:39? It is fabulous and I want it and you need to have a rundown of your wardrobe of awesomeness.

  43. darlingprincelu

    ooho..Beijing so lucky! The food there is delicious!! It looks like you two had lots of fun eating and eating, but that all there is to do really! The pictures make my mouth water >.<

  44. senen_11

    wow, nice camera! All your pictures look gorgeous! What kind of camera do you use?

  45. Ohhhh, the restaurants look delish! Does anyone know the names of the dim sum place and the last restaurant in the video?

  46. JessaMay

    Ahhh, new messaging system!! Anyways- I totally told myself last night I shouldn’t watch this until I’m eating otherwise it’s going to make me depressingly hungry. I was watching this while having breakfast- coffee, coffee cake and nutella bagel (an unusually pretty glorious breakfast I must say) and my mouth still watered and I still felt hungry for Peking food/ buffet while I was eating!!!!!! Note to self- I must travel to Beijing specifically for the food. I love DimSum/ dumplings and Peking duck, but the food you guys ate looked like the most glorious food ever and that what I’ve tried doesn’t even come close! Thank you for the WANK adventure as always! Can’t wait to go on some fun WANCs… (in Canada) with my bf~

  47. oh god i tried watching this to get my mind off of the so exceptionally delicious ramen i had for dinner tonight, but to no avail this video was almost worse! so much good food i cannot eaaaaattt… (btw you guys should totally go to 멘야산다이메 in hongdae if you havent been there… i will be dreaming of that ramen for weeks probably)

  48. Aw! Those pictures are so pretty and the dog was adorable! It looks like you guys had an amazing time in Beijing :) The food looks amazing and now I’m really hungry

  49. Awww! Martina! You look like Audrey Hepburn!

  50. Questions: What was bar scene like in China? Was the beer and anything else you drank good, bad, or *shoulder shrug*? Simon and Martina, What did you guys drink? Seriously, Simon’s description made the drink sound not bad, but uncomfortable.

  51. I really loved that umbrella. I´m allergic to the sun (yes… I know it´s the most rare thing you´ve ever read, but that´s my life XD) and I can´t get an umbrella and protect my skin like you because in Spain is really weird… you should use an umbrella only when it´s raining. I´m jelaous! Even when I use a big hat people stares at me TT.TT
    Great video! It makes me feel hungry!

  52. Looks like china was a blasty blast. I’ve heard good and bad things china, Beijing in specific, but looks like you guys had fun. Really enjoyed the video guys! Hope you keep making more.

  53. Whaaaaaaaaat?!?? Simon how did you get RUSSIAN ice cream in CHINA?!?!:D This ice cream is even called “St. Peterburg”! (Old capital of Russia). It looks like the one from my childhood! :))

    And really cool video guys!! I liked it a lot! And now I´m gonna go and get me some food, because I feel hungry now. :))

  54. My dad worked in china for a few years, he got pneumonia within two weeks of moving! The air quality is awful and the driving is terrifying, although I think my dad would say bahrain is scarier, camels sitting in the back of pick up trucks are a regular ocurance. but the place is still quite magical.

    Visiting there has given me a lifelong fear of my suitcase being stolen from the back of taxis…which happened. Its ok though the taxi driver got out of the car, mid traffic jam and ran down the road after the thief to save my suitcase. Only in china!

    Also the newspaper is hilarious we kept all the best bits while we were out there! https://www.flickr.com/photos/xhan104/6026108887/in/set-72157617549010037

    ps. I think you guys need to add a fish to the family, I lol’d! (properly housed of course! no goldfish bowls :) )

  55. So hungry now! I don’t think I can eat my sad leftovers for lunch anymore…

  56. Can you make a video talking about all your tattoos? the motivations behind them and what they represent to you that made them important enough to be drawn on your body forever? I’m really curious!

  57. Kalhie

    I am so sad you didn’t try the hot pot :(

  58. It’s not even 9 am, and now all I want is dumplings. So much yummy food in that video guys!

  59. irritablevowel

    I want to go to China to eat all the foods, but not to breath all the air. The sheer amount of possible natural disasters in California could be apocalyptic! Earthquakes, wildfires, drought (oh wait, that’s already happening)! Do not challenge the Earth spirits! BTW, I love how you managed to finagle a GoT reference by relating it to your presentation. Have you ever noticed finagle is a word people use, but never write down?

  60. why do I never learn to eat before watching food videos?! I hate you (read love you guys yo bits) for all those sexy food porn shots. I loved the atmosphere when you walked around, the streets was a mix of old and new (though those belly scratchers aren’t exactly pleasing to the eye) and again all that delicious food!!!

  61. This is torture, I’m salivating.

  62. watching FAPFAP’s and food WANKS is always half pleasure half pain… but this time I don’t have to be jealous at all becaue I’m going to Bejing in August, yay! still, I’m going to take some dumplings out of the freezer right now :D

  63. SHINeeUKShawol

    Kim Soo Hyun heehee!!
    Sharknado ahahahahhaha!!! aww you guys are the bringers of calamities…but don’t be sad, it makes you special!! your mutant name for it is awesome!!
    after you got off the rickshaw you coulda totally sang ‘Still Alive’
    I!WANT!THAT!MARIO!TOY!!!

  64. When you put the ancient Chinese quote from Master Spudgy on the screen when Simon was eating the glass noodles I almost spewed, as an old-time student of Taoism. Please o pretty please publish the Tao Te Spudgy, the collected insights of Spudgy Tze.

  65. Your WANK’s slowly turn into FAPFAP’s xD Seriously guys, you’re soooo much delicious food during your trips, I’m always getting jealous (and hungry) >< But your pictures are beautiful and it looks like you've had a really great trip :)

  66. haruchi

    Are you kidding me… Kim Soohyun, even in China!?! Just last week I was walking in Myeongdong and I saw his face everywhere and I mean EVERWHERE!!! Not that I mind I mean I like him and he is a nice piece of god’s creation but damn… he must be rich! haha
    Anyway, nice looking food there! I started to wonder that if you ever come to Finland what special food do we have… not much… I think bakery stuff would offer more. ^^’

  67. Omg that fish ;D now i’m in train and can’t stop laught. Aigo people think that i’m crazy

  68. HEY! I just realized something: why didn’t I get no hotdamn Chinese fortune cookies? No one even offered!

  69. Anna_R

    Omg you made me miss China so much…..

    • thought that I was the only one :) I lived in Shanghai for one year and I miss it all the time. don’t mind the internet speed going backwards, golden shield, crazy traffic and all the bad stuff. this video made me miss it even more…

  70. For L.A. weather i would not mind windstorms and rainy THUNDER THUNDER THUNDER!!! storms.

  71. SIMON!!! I have the answer to your green bean question :D That deliciousness, which happens to be one of my favorite veggie dishes too, is called 干煸四季豆(gan bian si ji dou), translating literally into dry fried green beans. This is a Sichuan style dish and I have never had it or made it at home since I’m from Guangzhou (land of dimsum), but I found a recipe online for you! http://appetiteforchina.com/recipes/sichuan-dried-fried-green-beans

  72. Ahhhhhh that made me so hungry!! It’s dinner time but the meat won’t be done for another hour and a half. All the dumplings looked amazeballs. Oh and McDonald’s Happy Meals still come in boxes in Australia! Good thing you guys didn’t break the Aussie weather when you came! Seriously – calamity here would be 45-47 celcius and raging bush fires. D:

  73. i cringe when i see you guys taking bites from street food. i read news all the time here in singapore that street food vendors in china uses questionable ingredients, use toxic chemicals or prepare food in unhygienic conditions…

    • We fully prepared ourselves to get diarrhoea before coming to China. We don’t care. Street food in any country is some of the best food. It’s a sin to not try it, Ebola be damned!

    • The whole time I lived in China, I never got sick from the street food :/ the only time I was ill was from eating nasty dumplings at this big tourist place near Tiananmen Square. I only had a few but I was so ill >< lol all my favourite restaurants there probably had terrible hygiene standards but the food was amazing!

  74. KaleighBailey

    I have such a hankering for Dim Sum nowwwwwww and it’s 2:15am in Mississauga at the moment D:

  75. MARTINA. Your blue/pink bag. I MUST HAVE ONE.

  76. lady_kire

    My boyfriend is watching this video and he’s happy looking at all the foods he loves because he’s northern Chinese.

    Martina, I’m Southern Chinese and I hate durian. I don’t mind the smell, but it just tastes bad. Honestly, I’ve yet to meet any non-Chinese person that likes that stuff…

    • I just don’t understand the appeal of Durian. I understand how beer is an acquired taste, for example, but Durian? Is it an acquired taste or do people just like it right away?

      • i am the only one in my family that hates durian. what they like about it was the after taste. i guess u have to try those really good durians if u’re a 1st timer. there are many different grade of durians (or so i have heard) and some tastes bad that even durian lovers wont want to eat.

      • Durian was definitely an acquired taste for me! The first time I tried it, the combination of smell and texture really threw me off but the second time I had it, I started to like the taste and the smell wasn’t as offensive as it was before. And now I totally love this stuff. I would have to say that picking a ripe durian is key; unripe durian isn’t soft enough or fragrant, so it ends up tasting quite bland. Another tip is to try frozen durian, the smell is not as pungent and it tastes like ice cream! I really hope you give durian another try and maybe it would be better to have it in Souther China or better yet, in Malaysia or Singapore where they are originally from! :D

      • Declaimer: I’m writing from past experience and I’m not an expert on durian.

        I don’t think durian is an acquired taste (although some can adapt to the taste eventually, not likely for most but possible). Most people I know who love durian like it on first try, maybe they were born with a particular palate? I’d say that the appeal of durian is its pungent scent and taste (ironic cuz it’s also what repels people away). People are affected differently by durian; love to eat and smell, can eat not smell (not sure), can withstand the smell but not eat, not eat or smell (some cases people will barf), and etc… By the way was the ice cream bar Martina got in china, durian flavored?

    • i am a non-chinese vietnamese person that likes it the smell doesnt bother me i have been brought up by it so me likey :3

      • Emilie

        Almost the same for me but I’m half vietnamese and born in France. My mom made me try some durian here, and I like it. That’s not a common taste and texture but I think it’s quite good althought the fruits brought here in France aren’t as good as what my mom had when she was in Vietnam… She said it taste reaaally good there !

  77. Henry_Who

    I feel…. like that was more of a Fap than a Wank… well never thought I’d say that in my life

  78. Wow! Looks almost like an episode of Running Man. Eating Challenge! Walking Survival Challenge! Ride and Survive the tuktuk Challenge! Find the stuff in the Market Challenge! Another Eating Challenge!

    Seriously guise, this Beijing adventure rocks!

      • JessaMay

        I want to upvote CateyChan’s comment… why is there no upvoting… T^T Also- do we have click on subscribe to my replies and comments for every comment we make… ?? Ahhhh new system, so confusing!!! Anyways- I think that you participated in that Transmedia presentation is really interesting- I actually studied this in university as a Cinema and Media major at YorkU, from cybernetic theory and online communities, and took a class on Transmedia Storytelling with Jill Golick who produces online content that’s also aired- essentially there are many types of transmedia available now and I completely agree that there’s this more open dialogue and interaction that I believe will continue to drastically change the way we consume and develop media. In the next 5 years I feel there will be a lot more narrative websites since YouTube has almost concreted itself as a vlogger-type of stylized video. Ahem… In anycase, I hope you don’t mind but I’m just gonna suggest a couple of things I find frustrating/ you might want to consider developing later on with this new commenting system. Love the new look! But…

        1. Upvotes/ downvotes- personally I’m a big fan as it allows the community to not only notice really significant commenters (hey, there’s a lot of upvotes on this one, let’s read this one even though it’s like an essay), makes commenters feel involved when they receive upvotes and like how their comment meant something to someone else, and downvotes can have the community monitor its peers with negative comments reflectively shown how it’s inappropriate to the forum.
        2. The Post Comment button is a bit high and blocks what I’m typing unless I scroll- it’s more of a pet peeve but I think it would be fairly simple to format to move it down a bit… ?
        3. The subscribe to My Replies/ New Comments. I think it’s totally good that someone can choose to subscribe to the comments section- some people find it a hassle to clear their news feed when there are so many replies. Also choosing to follow a comment section for a particular video someone is interested in, like let’s say the dating ones you’ve posted long ago, would easily allow people who are interested follow the comments and keep themselves involved- I think it’s great! However, the Subscribe to My Replies I feel conflicted with. Aside from what I stated above about people being able to choose, I feel that many of the commenters here in particular are here to connect with and easily converse with other Nasties to share experiences. Having to click Subscribe is an extra step that isn’t fixable after clicking Post Comment. I’d like to suggest the following: a) have Subscribe to My Replies an automatic check mark, and can be un-checked if the person does not want to follow replies to their comment and/or b) have an option to Subscribe or to discontinue following My Replies once the comment is posted.

        Sorry for the long comment, especially in reply to a comment you made, but I think the presentation you talked about is really interesting, and as an audience member, you guys are a kind daily source of interaction and the Nasty community helps me feel connected to people with similar interests. You guys always make me laugh, 감사합니다~ (^.^)

        • Nononono! Don’t apologize! We’re working on improving the comment section as much as possible. It’s brand new, and made from scratch, so it’s lacking a lot of functionality. We’re going to keep at it, and hopefully we can get some more stuff added to the section soon!

  79. It’s like 1 in the morning here and I’m craving dim sum…but with the temperature control for food there isn’t any in China. Most people are use to it, the key is to scoop the liquid near the surface rather than spooning the soup from the bottom of the bowl up (if that makes sense). Also the Chinese equivalent for “oppa” would be “ge (哥)” or you can but two “ge’s” together 哥哥.

  80. this makes me want to go to China

    • P.S. I pray you don’t bring bad weather when you come in a few weeks. It’s been in the high 70′s to low 80′s and it’s been really nice (idk what that would be in Celsius). Hopefully you guys don’t bring June gloom and just bring warm, breezy weather

  81. the slogan on the coke can says something like “broken-hearted people, do not listen to slow songs!” but I have no idea what it has to do with anything. Chinese foooood!

  82. sherryn1004

    Oh CALAMITY! please do not bring bad weather to LA, I live here and don’t want to have to face the disaster that will follow your guys’ arrival.

    • JessaMay

      Lol- well I don’t think they brought anything in particular to Singapore? Maybe it’s places that usually snow that they bring extreme cold or extreme heat to mess with the locals?? XD

  83. That food looks sooo good! To be honest, even though I’m interested in traveling throughout Asia, I had never really wanted to go to Beijing. This video definitely changes my opinion!! Oh, and did you find out the name of the food Simon had around 9:13 in the video? I think I had something similar in Taiwan but I never knew the name!

    Also, was that some Katamari music you were singing in the rickshaw??

  84. Also, is their a reply post limit? Because sometimes I can’t reply to people! ;n;

  85. Woooaaah! It looks so pretty! :’) I love the fact that you guys not only inform people about Korean culture but also about other cultures as well. May as well call you “EYE” (pronounced “i”)… Eat Your EVERYTHING! (Srsly doe guise, this food looked so delicious :O)

  86. Geez you guys just made me so hungry out of nowhere. I love how you guys try to find the everyday-life sort of culture in Beijing. It reminded me of how I always had the urge to leave my tour group and just explore the normal and less show-offish places in the cities in China. Also, beautiful pictures!

  87. Moochoochan

    Yumyumyumyum these videos always make me want food. Quite honestly I can’t say I’ve ever had authentic Chinese food, I always grew up on authentic thai/veit/khmer food from my mom…sigh curse this small town I live in. ALSO Can’t wait to see you guys in California at summit!! Crossing my fingers for a disaster-less trip hopefully no wild fire/earth quake/sharknado incidents will occur. >,<

  88. This is making me crave Dim Sum D: and it’s 12am here! If you guys ever come to New York, I wouldn’t be mad if you brought a freak snowstorm, then I’d get a snow day from work and go see you guys! :)
    Martina, it looks like you were eating a zongzi, the glutonious rice wrapped in bamboo leaves; perhaps the sweet kind. Growing up I always like the savory ones my grandmother makes~ There was a entire holiday dedicated to eating that recently.

  89. I’m am kind of extremely terrified that you guys will bring all of us in LA a big ass earthquake….

  90. Noel

    I totally endorse your habit of going to foreign countries and skipping the sites to eat, as long as you get lots of gorgeous food porn shots for us! :)

  91. First, greatly appreciated “love is the moment” moment. Second, that restaurant/garden/lantern filled room makes me think a fairy home/garden. It’s so pretty. Glad you are back safe and sound. :)

  92. Hahahahaha, Fish singing EXO’s MAMA!!!
    OMG!! The Food, I kill for eating there…
    I guess now you are the new gods of weather!!

  93. Akira-Miyashi

    I wanna go traveling with you guise….so much fun~ :3

  94. Plasmajay

    I couldn’t help noticing how Simon had a bit of stubble. I wonder how he would look with a full out beard and mustache.

    DOTHRAKI MAN WARRIOR HAS MAN HAIR ON MANLY WARRIOR FACE.

  95. eatallthefoods

    I thought I was the only one who got excited about food on overseas trips! That’s one of the main reasons I’m coming to Seoul next month. I really understand where you’re coming from, guys.

  96. KATHyphenTUN

    Why must I always watch these right before bed! I’m so hungry now T.T
    I think I’m going to have to sneak over to my boyfriends place to get some dumplings now! At least this time it’s food I have access too! :D

    also, that goldfish had me laughing for a good 5 mins… I may be over tired XD

  97. thisisjustforfunval

    NOOOO!!!! WHY?! That song!! I didn’t even watch Heirs past two episodes and yet you torture me with it. See, that spot between my ear and my brain. It’s stuck right there and won’t go away. :(

    Onto the food. *drools* It all looks so damn delicious. I want to eat my screen. The duck looked amazing.

    BTW, is it wrong that I laughed my ass off at Simon burning his mouth a second time, even after attempting to cool it down?

    Glad you guys had an amazing trip to Beijing and were brave enough to the heat. It was 104ºF here today (which Google says is 40ºC) It’s been between 104ºF and 109ºF all week. It’s going no where soon. That’s summer for us but not this early on, not this early on at all. I fear July.

    • thisisjustforfunval

      *brave enough to face the heat

    • I will bring 50 degree weather for you!

      Also, is it just me, or does Chinese and Korean cuisine not really care about temperature control? They just give it to you, piping hot, but not actually ready to eat. They want you to stare at it for a while so you can feel sad while you wait for it to finally get to an edible temperature.

      • thisisjustforfunval

        I’ve survived 46ºC, bring on your 50! I kid, please don’t. The sun might succeed in finally turning me to ash.

        Seriously though, what is with the scolding hot Korean foods? The first time I had galbi tang I thought I’d never be able to have a spoonful. I’d never received such a hot bowl of soup in my life. I kept eating the side dishes and rice, while longingly looking at my bowl of soup. A brand you hot dish I can understand but singeing food man, that really is just to get some funny YouTube videos. They need to invest in some food thermometers.

        • JessaMay

          At least you know the food is cooked… ? And I lived in Brazil and my host city was the most humid place in Brazil aside from the Amazon rainforest- it would be so hot, there was a solid week we had temperatures that didn’t drop below 40C- cold showers were a blessing but as soon as I would turn the water off a wave of heat would just crush me… Needless to say, once the temperature dropped to 25C I was wearing sweaters…

  98. The words on the coke can says:”Sad people, don’t listen to slow songs”.

  99. Most epic FapFap in all FapFap’s (even if you guys arent billing this as a FapFap).

    SO MUCH FOODIE GOODNESS. I’m drooling all over my keyboard.

  100. I really miss Beijing! Would you guys ever move there or is the pollution too much?

    • I know we felt really sick from the pollution. If that was just a bad day, and if things are usually better, then I’d be ok with Beijing. If it gets worse than what we experienced, then I don’t think we’d survive.

      • I think there are good days and bad.I lost my voice once when the pollution was particularly bad.

        There’s an app that measures air quailty every day (air qulity China), I guess you could just hang out inside on the bad days.

        You guys should check out the Hyperloop.It’s a dream come true for travelers.It will be able to get you across the world in a matter of hours. About two hours from Korea to Canida.

  101. 28ºC is breaking heat? Aw, that’s cute. lol Maybe because I live in Brazil and that’s the average spring/summer temperature and it’s not that hot.
    Anyway, all that food porn!!! I’m craving chinese food now. It’s 1 AM and I need some dumplings.
    Great videos as always. :D

  102. WAIT NOOOOO… I HOPE THERE ISN’T ANY HEAT WHEN YOU GUYS COME TO LA. It’s been really nice lately. I kind of saw some June gloom today. :3 it was beautiful, beats all the heat.

  103. hapa_girl

    Well I really hope my parents come home soon because I am hungry now. Where you guys were looked really cool. But dem cars trying to kill you tho. Not cool. Wow 40 degrees, that’s *goes to google because American* GODDAMN THAT HOT! Jesus, does mother nature like to be a complete douche nozzle to you when you travel? I bitch when it was 90 degrees. I’m like really spoiled when it comes to non-changing weather.

  104. I love you guys!! I like watching you explore! So please on your other adventures continue to film.

    Oh and “oppa” is “gege” (like guh-guh) in Chinese (at least in a general way they bother mean older brother)

    • Guh guh? That’s awesome! “GUH GUH! BUY ME ICE CREAM!”

      • Guh guh is correct but as far as i know(im sgpn chinese) theres no practice anywhere of using names like that other than to a direct relative, immediate older sister, younger bro kind of thing, if its used as a term of respect for someone outside your family, only one word is used, simon ge, martina jie(gee-yeah), the whole oppa unnie aegyo flirting thing doesnt exist in chinese culture, if someone uses ge ge on someone whos not their older brother, general consensus is gross wtf lol

        • Haha yeah I didn’t really think it was used in the same way. Unless we’re talking about k-pop groups in China (EXO M and SJ M both use Gege when talking to each other in Chinese).

  105. Why am I watching this while on a diet???

  106. Well…you survived Beijing, congrats. You appear to have found some pretty nice places to eat, congrats. But….did anyone remark on how Simon looked as if He just stepped out of a Public Bath? Mongolia next??

  107. bethaniedanielle

    awes.. i love the little fishy.. >(*o*)<

  108. So when my friends or family go and visit foreign/far away places, I tend to wish people:

    “I hope you eat many new and delicious things!”

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