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July 19, 2013

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Ladies and gentlemen, Monsoon season has set in, and the weather is ultra-poopy, and we don’t want to go anywhere. So, we’re turtling indoors and trying to keep up with our WANKs and FAPFAPs in this mopey weather. It’s only appropriate, then, to do a video on Chinese Food Delivery. It’s perfect mopey weather food! And delivery guise will drive in any weather. A couple of years ago Korea had its biggest snowstorm in, like, 100 years, and delivery guys drove through it like “wharves.” Nothing will stop them. Hell, there could be a shark-nado and they’d drive through it without blinking to get you your food. Damn, I love me some Korean Delivery.

This food isn’t really Korean, though, and it’s not really Chinese. It’s hard to say which one it’s actually more of. It’s called Chinese food, but it’s not like any Chinese food anyone we know has ever eaten, even when we speak with Chinese people who lived in China. Some people have suggested that Korea’s version of Chinese food is more like food from Northern China, but I have no way of confirming or denying that. All we know is that, even if this isn’t accurately Chinese, we still totally dig it.

Well, Martina’s not too much of a fan of Jajangmyeon. She saw a documentary on it once on cable TV, and supposedly the sauce is made out of a lot of lard and it’s exceptionally unhealthy for you. We sure didn’t feel light and fresh after eating it, that’s for sure. So, Martina’s ability to eat Jajangmyeon has dwindled. I, however, didn’t watch that show, and I can still hoover a bowl of it in an instant. Yay for ignorance!

One thing we’ll say about Chinese food in Korea and how it’s different from the Chinese food we had in Toronto: we really like having Chinese food as leftovers in Toronto. Here, though, Korean Chinese food pretty much degrades very quickly. Leftovers aren’t nearly as delicious. The sauce on the Jajangmyeon by the end of our filming were all super absorbed, and wasn’t nearly as delicious as it was half an hour before.

Anyhow, in the spirit of being more helpful, here’s a translated menu, if you ever feel like ordering Korean Chinese Food Delivery yourself. Woohoo! See, here at Eatyourkimchi, not only do we provide cheesy entertainment, but we’re also mildly informative. Score!

Speaking of cheesy, we’ve got a bunch of bloopers from this week as well. Check em out if you feel like giggling at our dumbness, or if you want to see Martina dance to 2PM’s “ADTOY” :D

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  1. So..this chinese food is the equivalent of taco bell (mexican food) in the usa….lol

    3 years ago
  2. WHY AM I WATCHING THIS???? It’s Ramadan and I’m soooooooooo HUNGGRY!!! :'(

    3 years ago
  3. OMG ALL I COULD SEE WAS THE ADIPOSE!!! AAAARRRRGGGHHH!

    Cutest diet ever! At least until it kills you!

    On a note on topic, I live in the US currently but also lived in the UK. For me, Asian food is my comfort food so I’ve had more than my share of Chinese in various places. Chinese food where I live (in Virginia) is different from Chinese food in NYC which is different from Chinese food in the Midwest. All of it is dramatically different from the Chinese food in the UK. I’ve asked, because I have no shame and will talk to anyone that stands still, and I was told that it has to do with the region of China that the larger number of immigrants in the area are from. So in the UK, I was eating Hong Kong style Chinese food, here locally it is usually Hunan style and in NYC it is Schezwan (I know I butchered that spelling, I’m ashamed). I wonder if that’s part of what is happening in Korea as well as making adjustments for their market’s palette??

    3 years ago
  4. I loved the bloopers. xD Especially when Simon burped and “haduken”‘d Martina with it. Then just said, “Marriage.”
    Massive lawls. ^^

    3 years ago
  5. It’s adorable how Simon seems to cling to his MANbag :) Btw it’s time for finals here and I can sit outside all day learning with friends.. soo peaceful and sunny!!

    3 years ago
  6. Oh, and to comment on the food, it’s not like the stuff you see in Toronto is real Chinese food either. (General Gao’s Chicken, which is actually General Tso’s Chicken, was invented in Brooklyn.) However, even in Canada they have a Chinese population that remains doggedly authentic in their cuisine, so a non-Chinese food tourist can shop around for the right places. (Usually all-Chinese clientele, all-Chinese menu… look for the right signs.) In homogeneous Korea… not so much. So they don’t have anything else to compare it to. I kinda feel sorry, except I don’t, really, as Korean-Chinese food stands pretty well on its own. I even cooked up my own Jajangmyeon! (Next mission: Tangsuyuk!)

    3 years ago
  7. Dammit, Simon, you JUST had to get in that “YT banned in China” jab, didn’t you?! As a Nasty moving to China, I find it just a bit frustrating that not only can’t I get access to EYK goodness, but even Simon himself seems to jus’ don’ curr. Now you’re obligated to upload your ENTIRE library to Youku and Tudou. I’ll even help you…

    Now if you did a Wonderful Adventure Now China sometime next year (while I’m there), I’ll not only not hate Simon, I’ll even love you forever!

    3 years ago
    • Hey dear! You CAN access Youtube in China! Get a VPN service on your computer and it’ll make it so you can access youtube and facebook and pretty much everything. So so soooo very useful. Or go on Tudou, which is China’s youtube equivalent. (I’m living in HK but I have Chinese friends and they have all sorts of ways to get around the governmental internet blocks.)

      3 years ago
    • OOH!! I’m moving too to china and i was wondering how i’m going to live without my daily fix of youtube goodness!!

      3 years ago
  8. As a Chinese Canadian. I think I’ll try to explain the difference in the food. So um. Chinese fast food isn’t really proper Chinese food, it’s been westernized and grease-i-fied. And Chinese fast food is more Hong Kong/Canto food (I’m trying my best, I’m from Beijing and mando so yeah, I don’t know how to explain it and I’m not really that knowledgeable about it..)

    OKAY. If you go to a Chinese Restaurant and the owner is from mainland China, you’ll find more “traditional” (I’m using traditional loosely) dishes. Plus it depends on where they’re from. A lot of restaurants have been slightly westernized as well. I know there’s sweet and sour pork here (which is has had food colouring added so it’s bright orange… and I still consider it Chinese fast food) but yeah. I think Korea’s version looks healthier lol. Jjangmeon is Chinese food and I’ve had it all my (short) life. But it is more of a home dish because it’s really messy to eat and I’ve never seen a restaurant serve it. However, when I went back to China, a few noodle shops will have it, but those restaurants are more of the random pop-up kind. But like your blog post suggested, these dishes are more from Northern China (well. I’m pretty sure Beijing is north so uh. yeah.) And traditionally, the black bean paste is fried in lard, but because China has more vegetable oil now then when jjangmeon (in Chinese : zhajiangmian, literally fried sauce noodles) the sauce isn’t that pig fatty anymore~

    Mandu is just “dumplings” in Canada. And we normally boil them and sometimes we might go with the fry/steaming (we do both in the same pot) but they’re call pot stickers if we do fry them (so they’re basically gyozas)

    That was my amateur ramble on food. And like @107c11d23760568bf41c692705836e34:disqus said, Chinese town is more HongKong town xD

    If you guys ever come back to Toronto, I’ll invite you over for homemade Chinese food and show you these great places for more traditional Chinese food :D

    3 years ago
  9. Jajangmyeon exists in china as chinese food.

    I’m chinese and i ate black bean noodles my whole life. I bet the taste must be different and is made differently but we have it. My mom likes to make them ^_^
    But it looks more appetizing than this delivery food though.
    We also often eat it with thin sliced cucumbers ^_^

    3 years ago
  10. We definitely have Jajangmyeon in Northern China, and with almost the exact pronunciation in Mandarin Chinese.

    In Chinese, it literally means “Fried(ja) Sauced (jang) Noodle (myeon)”. This name came as the black sauce/thick gravy is usually made from deep frying (use a bit more cooking oil than pan-frying) the soya bean paste (fermented to dark brown color, and it’s not from black bean i guess), and some may add a little pork fats in the frying process to improve the taste (This is the traditional way). And mostly importantly, minced or diced pork are added to the black sauce. So if Korean Jajangmyeon is like Macaroni Cheese, the Chinese version is more of a spaghetti with meat sauce. And there will be more boiled/raw striped vegetables served. The Chinese version’s sauce is as thick as the Korean’s, but some may be more oily. Having been eating home-cooked Chinese Jajangmyeong for 20 years, when I first knew about the Korean version as a kid, I even doubted if it was originally adopted from the Chinese cuisine. But I guess, they probably just have been sharing their appreciation for the noodle dish since hundreds of years ago. But in today’s China, a more common version of Jajangmyeon is one with more minced meat and very watery sauce, which is closer to other minced pork noodle delicacies from other parts of China, not really original to the Northern style.

    For the second dish, it’s like something the Chinese will cook at home, pan-frying vegetables and meat strips. No fixed combinations though, most likely using the vegetables that are in season. The little bun is called “Hua (Flower) Juan (Twist)” and Korean called it “꽃 bun”, again, pretty close! Different from the smooth surface of the usual bun, the dough is twisted (well i guess, very randomly and some may look like flowers after steaming, but the Korean’s look pretty ‘neat’ ..haha) before steaming, just a different presentation of … a bun. I saw my mom and grandma making Chinese “꽃 bun” countless times at home. I really know this.

    “탕수육” = “tang cu rou” in Chinese, Tang(Sugar=> sweet) Cu(Vinegar=>sour) Rou(Meat), it basically explains what the sauce is supposed to be made of. We have this dish in restaurants, and so as in most Chinese homes. We may prefer to have stewed pork at home and order this in restaurants because of the difficulty of making a nice sauce from mixing sugar and vinegar. It does require some cooking skill and frying big pork dice is kind of troublesome as well. However, today’s restaurants use ketchup and sugar instead of vinegar to reduce the hassle and improve the taste, thus the color tend to be bright red, while some others adding chili sauce. But again, the original sugar-vinegar taste is definitely irreplaceable.

    Chinese Mandu is boiled (at least in most of the Northern China), steamed dumpling should be strictly called as “siew mai”. I know Cantonese dim sum siew mai looks way different. But trust me, I ate the Northern Chinese “siew mai” with a different way of wrapping than the boiled dumpling as a child. They called it “Siew Mai” but no sure if it still exists in China today.

    Spring Rolls are common in almost every part of China as much as I know :p.

    And, there are 8 main cuisines in China due to the vast geographic/climatic difference. People invented different ways of cooking and processing the same or even the same combinations of ingredients. And they all called their cuisine CHINESE FOOD. I believe Canada used to have more Cantonese immigrants from Hong Kong, and like most of the Southeast Asian Chinese population, their idea of Chinese food is Cantonese/ Hokkien/ Hainanese Food. So I don’t know, maybe some Chinatown in Canada is more like “Cantontown”? And the tastes vary and change over time. With the geographic proximity to the Northeastern China, Korean cuisine could just be part of Northern Chinese Cuisine, buy with the extraordinary Kimchi and more!! :p

    Lastly, love FAPFAP, please have more episodes! I’m putting all these on the list of must-trys when I visit Seoul!! :D

    3 years ago
    • 炸酱面!

      3 years ago
    • agree about the cantontown comment about chinese food, and i would extend that to ‘in western countries in general’, they always seemed to be part of the first major wave to arrive in alot of western places and settled down to cook food so that became the chinese food de rigueur even though its just one of a plethora of cuisines

      for america, the ‘greasy chinese food’ you read about in endless books or hear about on tv shows when people want to get delicious take out, the accents/language you hear whenever theres a scene set in chinatown or a chinese restaurant, even just the common names for chinese food bandied about(like lo mein, egg foo yung), for the better part all of that is distinctly cantonese

      alot of food descriptions didnt much sense to me being a singaporean chinese until i went to hongkong and taiwan as a kid and suddenly everything clicked, all the grease/foodnames ever described was suddenly there in a plate in front of me everywhere, and then living in london it was much the same, the number of canton type places far outweighs any other chinese cuisine, the supermarkets stocks lean extremely towards cantonese sauces as well (as in we might have the same name for a certain sauce across chinese populations anywhere in the world but boy we know even those can be miles apart, ja jiang mian being a good example),travelling through europe and always trying to pop in a chinese meal or at least observe what kind of chinese restaurants there were in the city, same same same. more and more nowadays there are more people who arent cantonese running alot of the restaurants in london though, but the food remains cantonesebiased i guess because of its established popularity and familiarity to the british.

      the only country i would consider western that i havent experienced this in however is AUSTRALIA!! where you guys are going!! unbelievable east asian food no matter which city i was in, not only is there a much more even variety of different chinese/eastasian cuisines, to put in a non pc way, everything i had was generally unfucked with, thai food tasted like it was from thailand, malaysian like it was from malaysia etc. maybe it has to do with proximity to asia i dunno

      3 years ago
    • Such a helpful post, thank you!

      3 years ago
    • Thanks for explaining this. I always wondered this because I keep reading how it is really a Chinese dish. And Simon and Martina, in the US, the closest we get to Jajangmyeon in Chinese food places are black bean stir-frys. I am fairly certain it is the same black bean paste that is used in Jajangmyeon. Except less is used, and isn’t such a thick sauce. I know I make “healthier” versions of Jajangmyeon by basically omitting the oils to thin down the paste and use broth or soju instead. The paste is so strong I really don’t notice much of a difference.

      3 years ago
    • Yes…. Real chinese 炸酱面 is one of my favourite dish ever…
      I used to have it like once a week lolz…

      3 years ago
    • Oh gosh I was typing up a comment explaining this… I’ll still finish and post it ^^

      3 years ago
  11. hahaha.. i was watching this at 12am (I’m from Malaysia) because tomorrow I’ll be fasting.. and everytime I watch FAPFAPs my SUPER HUNGRY MODE will be activated.. BTW, Simon, I’m sorry but I was watching this in PLAYLIST MODE!!! and I laughed so hard on the video on How to Order Korean Delivery because a) Simon looks so young and b) his phone call which sound so weird and awkward.. oh my stomach *wipes tears*

    3 years ago
  12. I’ve only ever had tangsuyuk in Korean restaurants xD You guys are specialllll~

    3 years ago
  13. Wait, the delivery guy comes in, sets the table for you, and even afterwards picks up the dirty dishes? That`s just awesome!!! Btw is the delivery much more expensive than eating in the restaurant?

    Coffee Prince!!! Loved that drama :)

    3 years ago
  14. This made my homemade strawberry. walnut, brown sugar steel cut oatmeal taste so bland. I shouldn’t watch fapfap’s while eating, well, any meal of the day.

    And I tend to read, hear, see things a bit off so I keep reading monsoon as mongoose and on your tweet mongoosing. Unless Korea has a mongoosing season then I read it correctly. My constant misinterpretation of the world leads to some very hilarious moments in life.

    3 years ago
  15. Definitely Korean take of Chinese food. I mean, They exist, and are similar, i.e. stir fried vegetables, they serve it with vegetables of the season, but in Korea they make the sauce thicker, as in they add more starch on their sauce, the sweet ans sour pork is also similar, and jjjajangmyun,well it exists, more runny, and more savoury, is like Korea tends to sweeten their savoury food, and their noodles are bulkier. What’s funny is that, korean make their korean version of chinese food,not knowing that food of their own are much more similar to proper chinese food, like for example, their mandu is the same as chhinese cao zi, japchae is like chinese vegetable stir fry. I dont know if I made my point. >___<

    3 years ago
    • Totally get your point. Actually, Korean Chinese is more like Americanized Chinese food, the stuff that you’d get outside of the Chinatowns.

      3 years ago
  16. My hubby and I did home delivery in Korea too and the 짜짱면 made us sick later… Or maybe it was the 탕수육 but either way it was really dodgy~ I can totally relate.

    3 years ago
    • It’s more likely that 탕수육 was the dodge one. Oftentimes they use low quality cut or scrap meat to make the fry. And they make the fries in batches, maybe once a week.

      With 짜짱면, if the noodle goes wrong, anyone can tell immediately.

      3 years ago
  17. I am so excited you guys did this video I’ve wanted to try Jajangmyeon, but it is sold no where in my area of no wheres ville Utah except one restaurant only 2 nights a week. which I always seem to miss those nights. :( you made me want to try it so much more :(

    3 years ago
    • And dang it Martina I just finally got A.D.T.O.Y out of my head for the first time since it came out why! why is it stuck in my head again. I love that song to much I don’t want to get sick of it. but its in my head all day. all night. all day . all night. I think about you that’s all I do.

      3 years ago
  18. How’s the Italian food these days? First time, I was in Korea it tasted of a can, Second time, I found this great restaurant in an old school house with REAL ITALIAN FOOD (Few customers, but GLORIOUS! Sadly, I’m told gone…). Third time, I was taken to a popular place where the food was bastardized into some Korean Fusion nightmare. (Pizza crust should not be black or covered in sesame, and what was with the butter pickles on the side Korea? Chicken Marsala is not Jajangmyeon with Chicken. AHHHH!!!) With the semi-recent drama “Pasta” have they redeemed themselves among us other garlic eaters?

    3 years ago
  19. I’m pretty sure all the chinese people are telling you this right now, but there is a dish that sounds a lot like jjajangmyeon, called zha jiang mian. It looks nothing like jjajangmyeon except that it’s brown. And noodles. But it’s basically pork and some sauces. It’s a dish traditional to the northern part of china, like Beijing and stuff, but since I’m from more southern China, I don’t eat zha jiang mian that much. I know that it isn’t black bean, it isn’t that greasy, and the sauces are slightly more orange.

    3 years ago
  20. Just to clarify a mistake in this vid. Chinese people CAN watch youtube. If the Chinese government are experts in blocking sites, Chinese people are experts on finding alternative routs to get to their favourite sites.

    However, stupid foreigners who have never been to China can NOT get to their favourite sites.

    Oh, and there is http://www.tudou.com which can explain low Chinese traffic on youtube.

    3 years ago
    • Sorry, didn’t mean to look as if I was hating, but I was in a really bad hurry when I typed that and didn’t get the time to reread what I wrote. My point was however, that the Chinese government (though they try), usually end up blocking visitors from accessing their blogs, home newspapers, youtube, facebooks etc, while a Chinese person who is interested in accessing these sites is usually more well informed on how you can access what you want.

      I am sadly not the most knowledgable person when it comes to finding good proxys to access blocked sites, but some proxys claim to be China proof. Since it has been a few years since I studied in China I am not well updated on the matter. Also, thumbs up for the responses to this post who seem to know more than I do.

      And once more, all you crazy nasties. I did not mean anything bad, I just wanted to inform that there was an error in this video.

      3 years ago
  21. the Chinese version of jjajangmyeon that I’ve had has a browner sauce and it’s saltier than Korean jjajangmyeon. like whereas jjajangmyeon in Korea is kind of sweeter(?) and the Chinese equivalent is more savoury

    3 years ago
  22. I want to buy the same shoulder/gunbag thing for my brothers birthday. Where can I find it?

    3 years ago
  23. Ho Lee Chow in the Hamilton is the closest thing to Chinese you are used to in Canada and the US. ~25,000 won/person on average.

    3 years ago
  24. Chinese food in NYC is just as oily and the sauces just as thick as the ones in the Korean fusion takes Chinese food :P my boyfriend and I, we usually order a big portion of General Tso’s Chicken with white rice and they give us 2 pieces of steamed broccoli with it. It’s so heavy that that is enough for both of us. Oh, the sauce is always really sweet, but the level of sweetness and the thickness and even the color (reddish or brown) differ from neighborhood. WEIRD!

    Martina you are always very cute (I find myself speaking like you and making the silly faces you make only to find out I look scary…) but the first few moves of the ADTOY booty shake you just look like those old Chinese ladies who dance together in parks. sry.

    Simon, I appreciate your clothing style (loooove your t-shirt collection), but please take that bag of, looks like you’re wearing those masochist’s straps…

    I’m hungry….going for some cereal :P

    3 years ago
    • But it originated in America and not China, so… it’s not actual Chinese food, but American-Chinese food.

      3 years ago
    • general tsao’s chicken is american food… not chinese @@

      3 years ago
  25. This makes me super hungry now. :( But yay because now I know more about teh foods and ordering them!
    You know, thanks to you guys the only Korean words I know are food words. XD

    3 years ago
  26. Somewhat out of context…
    Is the ostrich now part of the EYK inside jokes?

    3 years ago
    • Lol, see last weeks’s WANK about their trip to an island. Where they took a train ride and saw ostriches that Simon wanted to punch.

      3 years ago
  27. Zhajiangmian, of which jjajangmyeon is a variation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhajiangmian. :) I’ve seen that dish on menus at Toronto & Markham restaurants that specialize in Northern Chinese cuisine.

    3 years ago
  28. I wonder what would happen if you tried ordering korean chinese food in chinese.

    if i ever come to korea i should try that.

    3 years ago
  29. Where did you get your shoulder bag from Simon? I must have one!

    3 years ago
  30. I’m so hungry now. Leftover bulgogi time!

    Simon, what is that you’re wearing? It looks like an awesome cross between a fanny pack and a gun holster. Or something.

    3 years ago
  31. Did I see something related to WTF on the whiteboard? Could this be the return of Wonderful Treasure Find?

    3 years ago
  32. ahaha pervert cam!!!
    wish it would rain in England!! i don’t like the heat!!
    i love that scene from Coffee Prince!!!
    yay i knew jajjangmyeon fact #2!!!

    i’m fasting for Ramadhan now! but i don’t mind watching these videos!!
    but i did tell myself not to watch Man vs Food!!

    3 years ago
  33. Love this, very jealous of the fact that u can just leave the bowls and everything outside ur door. Random thing is that my boy and I just went out for chinese here too, so its funny to come home to a video about chinese food, even if its so different to what we get here. Btw Martina u look so pretty in this video, love how long ur hair is getting. Ps. Super excited u guys are coming to Aus. :-D I’ll be there!

    3 years ago
  34. mel

    There is Jajangmyeon in chinese food too..just that it’s comes with a different sauce, brown with minced meat and taste peanut-ish and it’s “cleaner”. haha! =p

    We have that fried pork thingy in Singapore too…we call it sweet and sour pork. I have never tried the korean version but from the video it seems like they are quite similar but the visual is slightly difference. In Singapore they usually have it in mixed rice stores (rice + sides scooped onto the rice) which you guys had at Lau Pat Sat months ago! hahahaha…unfortunately I don’t think Simon chose it.

    I AM SO HUNGRY NAO!

    3 years ago
  35. I have no idea how rain is mopey weather. I LOVE rain. Actually I could use some right now… -melting into a puddle at this desk-

    Ugh. Sun and blue skies. I hate it…

    3 years ago
  36. Never ever eaten this in Hong Kong nor have I ever eaten this in China. There are equivalents but they look completely different. The Sweet & Sour Pork is the most popular Chinese Food Order for foreigners though.

    3 years ago
  37. Next time I’m in Korea, I will happily cook an authentic meal for you and EYK staff reminiscent of Chinese food in Toronto. Level up – won’t even bring the sauces but use local ingredients.

    3 years ago
  38. Why bother calling? There’s an app for that! @Yogiyo_Korea

    3 years ago
    • Errr…whuuuut? Where is this app? I must have it.

      3 years ago
      • For ios: bit.ly/Mld2Vp
        For Android: bit.ly/NATGMG

        3 years ago
        • Cool, that’s like the Korean equivalent of the Seamless and GrubHub apps we have here in the states!

          3 years ago
        • Hahah, you are awesome and for some reason disqus is making it look like I downvoted you. Why disqus, why!!

          3 years ago
  39. Martina’s butt dance LOL!

    3 years ago
    • Let’s see Martina dance to Bestie’s debut song :p I know it’s not possible but I wish they could review that video… to say my bf loves that video would be a HUGE understatement….

      3 years ago
  40. yay 1st comment!
    can’t watch the video at work but will watch it later :D

    3 years ago