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Chinese Convenience Store Raid!

June 20, 2014

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Hello everybody!

Wow! Feels like it’s been forever since we’ve put up a video, even though it’s not even been a week. We’re just used to putting up videos almost every day. We are shooting lots of videos while we’re here in LA, though. We’ve got some fun stuff already filmed.

We filmed this video right after we came back from our Trip to Beijing. We brought back a bunch of snacks that we found at a Chinese Convenience Store. We had no idea what most of these things are. Scallop Adductors? I never even heard the word “adductor” before. I thought it was someone who kidnaps scallops. And the chicken leg? We thought it was gonna be chicken leg FLAVORED something, like flavoured chips, not an actual leg. I’m not even sure if it’s chicken. Is it duck? Beijing people: let us know!

Otherwise, we’re totally amazed at how great the first three things on the list were. The scallops were delicious. The chicken/duck was yummy. The chips weren’t great, but they grew on me. The juice though…oh god…the juice. Just…not for us. Did we drink it wrong, perhaps? Are we supposed to cut it with something else, like water or juice or strong vodka? We’re not sure. They both just had a very chalky taste to them. Maybe that’s more suitable to the palette over there? Or maybe we just got two bizarre flavours that don’t represent most juices. I don’t know.

Also worth mentioning is that we went to a 7/11, rather than a non-franchise Chinese Convenience store. We’d have loved to, if we saw one, but there weren’t any in the area we were in, which I’m assuming was more touristy than other areas. I’d have loved to have gone to a more local one, though, and just grabbed a bunch of stuff we had no idea about. That’s the best way to experience stuff! I know some people are amazed that we can do that, and they’re much more comfortable going to safe places they understand, but – hey – what’s the worse that can happen? Upset stomach? Diarrhoea? So what?! The experience of eating something really out of your comfort zone results in so many stories you can tell to so many different friends. The story is more important than the digestive experience, IMO. No?

I’ll stop philosophizing about traveling and whatnot and get back to the silly: we’ve got some bloopers and deleted scenes as well. We tried some gumballs, but they were surprisingly delicious, so we didn’t have much to say apart from YUM! But you can check that out and a bit more in the bloopers:

Lastly, we’re here in LA now for a few more days. Right now we’re hanging out at Jen FrmHeadToToe’s place and writing this in her living room. We’re filming a couple of videos with her todaye, and we’re filming some more videos tomorrow with some other cool YouTubers you might know, so stay tuned for those in the future by clicking on this pretty button below right here:

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  1. Simon is making me hungry for chips. I like prawn chips and seaweed chips but, they bean paste chips looked so good. I drink a lot of mineral waters, and I think the sea salt lemonade would not have bothered me much! I would try it. Also I love Spudgy’s crazy nom face. [email protected]@~

    2 years ago
  2. Major props for trying that chicken! The gelatinous quality would’ve scared me off. The scallop things look promising though!

    2 years ago
  3. just wondering: how do they sell chicken/duck in a packet without it going off? -i ask the serious questions-

    2 years ago
  4. The coconut balls must taste like Raffaello, right? The coconut Ferrero Rocher. They’re delicious.

    2 years ago
  5. The adductor muscle of the scallop, which is actually a bivalve mollusk, is the round white thing that arrives on your plate every time you order “scallops” at a restaurant. I suspect this is because “scallop” is shorter and more pleasant sounding than if you saw “scallop adductor muscle” on the menu!

    2 years ago
  6. Spudgy being a sasaeng during the whole video, especially when you ate the chicken leg :) I’ll try to find these things in the Chinese convenience store and then try them for myself :)

    2 years ago
  7. These types of FapFaps are best when you are making each other eat or drink terrible food. Now, I have to go spend money on my shrink to find out if I’m terrible for liking it.

    2 years ago
    • Just your garden variety Schadenfreude, nothing to worry about.

      2 years ago
  8. Nice try!
    I am Hongkongese… All of them are not new for me. But I may not try the chicken leg since I don’t know how it is processed…

    *Smoked Chicken Leg*
    Yes, Chicken leg. You can also put the whole silver bag into boil water for a while so that you can enjoy it hot. (jelly will be melted and you will find it is chicken juice)
    *Wax Gourd Grass Jelly (from Taiwan)*
    It’s great for me, perhaps you may not feel comfort to the Chinese medicine taste.
    Wax Gourd = Winter Melon, Grass Jelly = Herbal Jelly. Both are to clear internal heat.
    Both wax gourd tea and grass jelly are really really great for me. You can find them easily in Taiwan.
    Shake before drink so that you can eat the jelly.
    Herbal Jelly is a dessert with syrup / evaporated milk / fruit / ice. I have it in my fridge now.
    *Lily Bulb and Papaya Milk (from Hong Kong)*
    Lily bulb – root (corm) of lily flower, a kind of Chinese medicine to heal and prevent cough.
    It should taste good too… just papaya milk. (It is said papaya milk can help boosting your bust)
    This should be no preservatives and should keep in fridge, drink within 2 days(?should check the bottle)
    Both drinks are common, really common, I swear they are not strange and weird things…
    *Preserved Mint Plums*
    Dried whole plum, preserved with salt and sugar. It tastes salty, sour and sweet (different kinds of preserved plums may taste quite differently)
    Preserved plums are very tradition snack, common in Chinese society and also Japan.
    You just put it in your mouth like having hard candy. Taste your saliva that diluting the plum. Eat the flesh when it is soften, but keep sucking it will have the taste lasting longer.
    They
    1. make you feel less thirsty, cause it stimulates you to produce more saliva. You will feel water sweet after you taste a plum!!!
    2. make you feel better after taking bitter Chinese medicine or herbal tea.
    3. are long-lasting snacks that you can taste one for an hour or more.
    I swear again they are not strange and weird things… It is very traditional Chinese snack and many elderly like it like chewing gum. But I understand you may not feel good for the first time.

    2 years ago
    • Wow! Thank you for this information. I hope Simon and/or Martina don’t get the poopies from drinking, possibly, spoiled papaya milk.

      2 years ago
  9. The tennis balls are good and really juicy but you barely can blow any baloons and taste is gone after realy short time :c

    2 years ago
    • Literally, in ANY other context other than responding to this video… these are the ravings of a lunatic.

      2 years ago
    • “Iii don’t think you’re reeeaaady fo this jeeelly~” it got stuck in my head, thanks Simon -___-

      2 years ago
  10. Whoa, those are some weird flavour choices! I find it interesting that there was so much smoked/preserved meat at a convenience store but I guess it’s definitely healthier than chips? Any idea if the meat was more expensive than the other snacks? It would be interesting to know for next time. Also, it might be a good public service to mention if any of these *do* send you running for the toilet in the blog :P.

    I totally agree with user:Rose on the editing, it was exceptionally seamless this time. I also liked the split screens, they really jazzed up the presentation. Spudgy was great in the video, I am glad that he was having such a perky day ^_^v viva la Spudgy!

    2 years ago
  11. oh wow that chicken looked scary to eat!!
    aw Spudgy’s so cu~te staring at you guys!

    2 years ago
  12. Spudgy is adooorrabbllee!!! I would love to see more action of The Spuuuudgeh :)

    Also, whoever edits your videos deserves an olympic gold medal in editing – the timing recently is just amazing, and the effects are so detailed! Very impressed, you always do the best quality videos. Have you ever been interested in film making?

    2 years ago
  13. If you have something to say, say it – I’d love to hear it.

    2 years ago
  14. Fully distracted by Spudgy puppy on first attempt to watch this video!

    2 years ago
  15. YAY JEN! And those foods look really good :P I have a question on a completely unrelated topic though: What are your guys thoughts on SM Entertainment (and related agencies) releasing all this dating news this past year? Do you think it was revealed at “convenient times” or do you think it was just uncovered by super sleuths? I would really like to know your opinions on the topic.

    2 years ago
  16. I went to China last year (Hangzhou, to be precise) and my friends and I bought a lot of Lay’s which flavors not available in my country. However, the memorable ones were the cucumber, little tomato and lemon flavors (all of them labeled as “cool & refreshing” and do have that cool sensation when you taste the seasonings). Does this kind of Lay’s sold in Korea (and in Canada) too? Because I have never seen this kind of chips before I went to China.

    2 years ago
    • Way back in a distant time known at the 1980’s, when Hostess Chips was still a thing, they tried a line of fruit flavoured chips. I can only remember the grape flavour. Failed miserably.

      2 years ago
    • I have a friend who’s half Taiwanese and she brought snacks with her after her last visit in Taiwan. She bought ore’s with blueberry ice cream flavor and they also left a ‘refreshing taste’ in your mouth after eating it. It was like you brushed your teeth with cookie-flavored toothpaste. Weird experience haha. Was it also like that, with the chips?

      2 years ago
      • Yeah, I am from Indonesia and we also have that kind of oreo (they also come up with orange ice cream flavor with that mentioned refreshing taste oAo, weird isn’t it? XD). I like that because that is sweet, therefore it gives you ice cream-like aftertaste (but still kinda weird).
        The Lay’s I found in China also has the same refreshing taste, but instead of sweet it was salty and sour. It was like eating potato chips-flavored toothpaste. But still delicious though, you should try it someday.

        2 years ago
  17. OMG I remember those watermelon gum candy things! I haven’t had those since I was a kid. Looking forward to your collabs!

    2 years ago
  18. I imagine the scallop adductor and the chicken leg were processed like crazy so they wouldn’t spoil or need refrigeration.

    I always like trying new snacks, though fun seeing the shop clerk’s or people in line looking at your purchases. Sometimes it’s “This is really good.” or “You are brave!”. Other times I get a warning “this might be too exotic for you, unless you eat this kind of thing already.” Worst is when the shop clerk doesn’t know what it is and you get a WTF look and cringe as they look at the package.

    2 years ago
  19. I laughed so hard omg I’m dying!

    2 years ago
  20. I love Jen’s vids. Can’t wait to see what you guys do! There are so many Youtubers in town already. My brain is going to melt during vidcon. I might need to find a coffee shop for breaks.

    2 years ago
  21. It’s extremely hilarious to see you guys eat those snacks cos I actually know how those taste
    So like a when you show a snack I am like WOHOHOJOHOHOHO (you know that ‘evil’ sound effects that you guys make) THEY ARE IN FOR THAT
    It’s so amusing for me
    ESP when you took out those preserved plums

    2 years ago
    • Hah! That *does* sound hilarious! I wonder if that’s how care package senders thing sometimes too? I can’t think of any bad tasting Canadian snacks to send them though……;)

      2 years ago
  22. Dogs love fish!

    2 years ago
  23. I really love when you guys do stuff like this! I am always too afraid to try a lot of different foods because I’m scared I may not like them. My rule of thumb is to look at what is it in it and if I like most or all of those ingredients alone, then I will try it.(thanks mom!) So I love watching OTHER people be adventurous!
    Also – you guys are such a great couple and I love watching the two of you interact!

    2 years ago
  24. I loved eating those preserved plums as a kid. We couldn’t really afford lollies so it was the next best thing!

    2 years ago
  25. Martina, I will pay you to come do my make up, Simon I will pay you to get me past Kingdom Hearts. Alice in Wonderland has issues. As for the video, I love that you test out the food before I do lol, now I know what not to eat when I go to Beijing.

    2 years ago
  26. Next time I go to Montgomery, I’m gonna check if any of that stuff is there… Thanks to you guys, Every time I go to a place that has foreign type foods and drinks, I buy some to try..(Most of it has been sadness, however.)

    BTW, Simon and Martina, have the two of you tried an Aloe drink? If not you should, i know it’s good for you and me and my friends bought one to try and we all say not bad, strange taste. And it was really strange.

    2 years ago
  27. the packaged meat is chicken i think, then again my chinese has deteriorated so don’t take my word for that. Grass jelly+ plums= childhood memories :D you guys should try “chun pui mui preserved plums” there’s actual flesh instead of a pit and it’s sweeter .

    2 years ago
  28. I’m kinda confused looking at the times on some of these comments… cuz right now for me it’s June 19, but I see “June 20” everywhere! Time zones are confusing LOL. Anyways, I’m always surprised by your guy’s courage to eat so much weird foreign food. I’d NEVER be able to do that! :P

    2 years ago
    • I think it’s because we set the site’s time to Korean time, so even though it’s 9PM on the 19th for us here in LA, it’s a lot later in Korea :D

      2 years ago
  29. The chicken leg was a new one for me.

    But you completely whiffed on the good convenience store drinks from China. Maybe you were going for the strange, but there are some amazing drinks:
    almond milk (Kinda tastes like sweet coconut milk)
    Grass Jelly Drink
    Apple Sidra (it’s like apple soda)
    Jianlibao (do they still have this one? I wonder)
    Pineapple soda (loved it when I was there)
    Wong Lo Kat Herbal Tea (don’t know what it is, but lots of internet folk talk about it)

    2 years ago
  30. I should definitely waited until tomorrow to watch this because seeing delicious coconut candy at midnight is torturous.

    2 years ago
  31. I love when you do these videos, they’re so entertaining^^ I think adductors are something to do with tendons? All I know is I had adductor tendinitis in both my thumbs earlier this year, but I don’t think scallops have tendons, do they? Aren’t they just little blobs? (Vegetarian since age 5, Kosher since always, clearly I have no real world experience with scallops, haha)

    2 years ago
    • Adductors are a muscle at the hip. Not sure where on a scallop though. lol

      2 years ago
  32. Hehe when I saw you pull out the dried plums I was already anticipating your reactions, it’s definitely an acquired taste! Its called Huamei(China)/Li Hing Mui(Hawaii, from Li Hing powder) and I think its somewhat of an elderly food, I always got it from my grandparents. You suck on it and gnaw on it then spit the pit out. Think of it as a weird fruit candy.

    I’m salivating a bit from the scallops, the smaller the scallops the sweeter they are mmmmmm…

    2 years ago
  33. My parents actually love drinking that wax gourd drink for some reason! They say it tastes sweet to them, but to me it tastes like sadness! Don’t know if you tried White Rabbit Cream Candies before, but those are one of my favorite Chinese snacks :)

    2 years ago
  34. I am very surprised that it wasn’t all just sadness, but those plums I think are Li hing mui or that’s what they’re called here in Hawaii. I personally don’t care for them, but I am picky as hell. I feel like I shouldn’t be so happy when I recognize something.

    2 years ago
    • Do you know what those plums are and how you’re supposed to eat them? I have no clue!

      2 years ago
      • Like SUPPIECHAN369, I eat the skin off. I like this snack a lot because it lasts long since it takes a long time to eat each piece!

        2 years ago
        • I forgot to mention I’m from Hawaii, where I think a lot of people enjoy this snack

          2 years ago
      • Yea you basically suck on them, and when it softens, you just eat the skin. I like them quite a lot, but it can be an acquired taste. I have also heard of people putting a couple of them in a cup of hot water and drinking the water that way — I suppose it’s almost like a flavored tea in a way?

        2 years ago
      • My parents would always give me those plums to suck on whenever I got seasick or carsick. For some reason it works! There are some that are super sour >.<

        2 years ago
      • You basically suck on them…i don’t know how else to put it. You don’t chew or try to pull the flesh off. Well, at least that’s how I eat them. They’re awesome for car sickness imo

        2 years ago
  35. “AWW, BALLS.” – Simon Stawski, 2014

    Just wondering, does Spudgy bark a lot more than we see in the videos? I’ve only seen him bark once before when you “came back home”. He also seems to bark a lot when in the vicinity of snacks…

    2 years ago
    • Those barks in the video we’re added in. He’s very silent otherwise, except for when we ask him to go outside, or if someone is at the door. Basically he just barks at doors.

      2 years ago
  36. The dried plum pit thing is something that’s commonly eaten in all sorts of varieties across China! You don’t bite or peel it; you just let it sit in your mouth and suck on it for the flavor.
    I’m really surprised – in a good way – that you guys are trying out all of these convenience store foods for us to see! I do have to admit that Chinese store food can get really bizarre, and a lot of foreigners opt out of it. I do want to point out, though, that anything with the blue S logo somewhere on the packaging will indicate that it’s been through a screening process and that it’s been deemed safe for consumption. There shouldn’t be any issues with food poisoning, but upset palettes is something else entirely! :)

    2 years ago
  37. I feel like I’ve seen a lot of the processed snacks before including the scallop snack but the drinks and duck/chicken are new to me. ovo (Also the Spudgy photobomb was great, lol.)

    2 years ago
  38. i have no idea what is a wax gourd, but the chinese text says “winter melon grass/herbal jelly drink”. we actually have winter melon tea and grass jelly drink here in singapore, have not tried a combination of both though…

    2 years ago
  39. Thanks guys for the laugh. I couldn’t help but question why Suzy gave the scissors to Simon and the knife to Martina given Martina’s tendency to accidentally hurt herself with sharp objects.

    2 years ago
  40. I am GENUINELY surprised that y’all ate that chicken leg/duck thing. I was cringing the whole time. You guise must have iron stomachs or something. :/ That, or just brave. Very, very brave.

    2 years ago
    • Our stomachs aren’t all too iron. We just don’t mind suffering the consequences for a good food experience :)

      2 years ago
      • Oh, I am pretty sure that that wasn’t duck. Duck meat, especially the legs, is usually quite dark and denser in comparison.

        2 years ago
      • u_u I see. Brave it is then. Lol! I wish I had that same mindset.

        2 years ago