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Holy smokes is this stuff ever good! We’ve been eating at Kim Bap Chon Guks for YEARS now, and we just discovered this. No, it’s not a commonplace in all Kim Bap Chon Guks. Some offer it, some don’t. We’ve seen some that offer Gwabeggi (sp?) as well, and others that don’t. This one, though, does offer the Donkatsu Kimbap, and it’s fantastic.

Why so fantastic? Because I don’t like Taco Bell, that’s why. Let me explain: Taco Bell is delicious. I like the taste of it, but I never like the texture. Everything I get just feels like tube meat, tube sauce, tube veggies, tube rice, all in soft wrapping. It feels like mushed baby food. Sure, you can get the hard shell taco, but every time you bit into one it explodes like a dropped windowpane. I like having different textures in my food. Some soft. Some crunch. Taco Bell doesn’t offer that (at least, Korean Taco Bell doesn’t. Maybe different Taco Bells do?). This Donkatsu Kimbap is the perfect combination of textures. It’s perfect, I say. Perfect!

Some of you might be asking why I wolfed down so many Kimbap pieces while Martina was talking. It’s not because I’m selfish and the Kimbap is perfect. The reason why: Survival, that’s why. Not that I needed to do this to survive: it’s just a survival mechanism I came up with while in Korea. See, in Korea, meals are more communal than they are back from what I’m used to. Here, everyone shares food. That makes it difficult to portion things off, right? How do you know how much you should eat as opposed to someone else? There are no rules for this. There are only survival strategies. My strategy: get people talking about a topic they’re passionate about. Hey, my conspiracy theory friend: tell me more about Nazis and how their best scientists got recruited into America. Hey, my spiritualistic friend, tell me more about how Hyuna practices Satanism. Hey, my sports friend: tell me more about the Super Bowl and how this one was the worst ever. All of those topics I have no say in. I just eat all of the foods. And they never notice! They’re so passionate. I’m such a good listener. I’m also a good eater.

In other words, this blog will teach you how to be a jerk with anti social skills.

Lastly, I just want to say that I really hope you liked this video. We loved the editing in it. It was so fun. Leigh edited this one, and it’s her new favorite video ever. It used to be her Hangover Soup video, but this one now takes the cake. It was great, in our eyes. We hope you feel the same!

We’ve got some extra scenes from this week’s video that didn’t make the final cut. Check it out here :D

 

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  1. Melissa

    Where is this place? Just started planning my Korea trip to Seoul this summer! (:

  2. omg looks so good .,… wanting kimbap!!

  3. Judith LB

    Poor Martina, it seems that in every fapfap Simon eats all the food.

  4. topforever91

    Oh Simon and Martina! Are there any kimbap options for vegetarians? I can eat egg though! I would really love to eat kimbap it looks sooooooo good.

  5. Samantha

    Hey Simon & Martina! Could you reveal the exact address of the Kimbap Chonguk you went? I’ve been to so many and I only managed to find one with Donkatsu Kimbap near Yeongdeungpo-gu Office Station :’< Please share the joy with fellow foreigners in Korea! :D

  6. Do we get directions to this one???

  7. Diyanah

    Omg Spudgy at 1:15!!! So cute ^^

  8. RedMangoLover

    Have you tried Charles SutBul Kimbap (찰스숯불김밥)? Sutbul kimbap is similar to donkatsu kimbap, but with delicious charcoal barbecued piggy meat instead. The marinated galbi is so yummy! I recommend the spicy sutbul kimbap (매운숯불김밥) if you want some kick. The spicy and regular versions are both 4,000 won. They also have some tasty dwaeji galbi kimchi jjigae (돼지갈비김치찌개) for 6,000 won as well as a few other dishes. Charles Sutbul Kimbap is a chain like Kimbap Chon Guk except it’s not usually open 24/7. There is one near Hongik University Station, Exit 1. Go out exit 1 and turn right down the KEB street. Keep walking straight about 180m, and cross the street to reach the Flower News side. Walk one building to the right, and you will find Charles Sutbul Kimbap. But wait, there’s more! If you don’t feel like leaving the EYK studio, they deliver. I think the EYK studio should be within their delivery zone. Take a look at the full menu at no1gimbap(dot)co(dot)kr before you call 02-334-1692 to order. Enjoy^^

  9. Irasophia

    Meemers rolling around sexily..i need to rewind martina’s part again cos i got distracted by simon eating..a torture video for hungry people!!hope u will do WANKING soon!!

  10. kawaii_candie
    kawaii_candie

    nice! i’d really like to try that! you can get maki rolls at the convenience store here in Japan, but there’s not such a big selection… (and natto rolls?!??? ewwww!!!)

    I wonder, does donkatsu actually have meaning in Korean? or is it just borrowed from the Japanese word for the same food which is “tonkatsu”? though even in japanese, “katsu” is a defformation of the word “cutlet” so… not sure who started it anyways…. just wondering!

  11. Saehee Park

    i thought Leigh couldnt eat kimbap because it reminds her of being lonely!!!!!

  12. Daryl Stephenson

    I asked for one of these the other day. Clearly my Korean is more broken than I thought, because I received a kimbab and a 돈까스, happiest mistake ever

  13. Melissa Renee

    Leigh’s editing waa awesome! That flashback of Simon literally stuffing his face was hilarious. His expression was priceless anf the slowmo + music combo was winning. I also really like learning about new kimbap. I really like the idea that you can put just about anything inside. It makes it super personal and is also I think a great thing to make with friends. Anywho! I’m flad you guys are back with regularly scheduled videos. I didn’t know how much I missed them til they were back

  14. Monique

    off topic but RUNNING MAN IS COMING TO AUSTRALIA AT 6:30 TOMORROW in BRISBANE AIRPORT YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH…. oh and lovely video today Simon and Martina :D

  15. Marcella

    You guys are so cute!

  16. I LOVE Tonkatsu(Donkatsu) SOOOOO much! Also, Meemers, in the background being cute. He took my attention away from the video for a bit, sorry guys.
    What is generally the difference in kimbap and sushi? The large amount of ingredients or the thin cut or is there really no difference except the name?

  17. Diana Chen

    Please do a fapfap with Bibimbap!!!

  18. lady_kire
    lady_kire

    I saw the facebook post. Then I said to myself that I want to eat kimbap even though the only place that sells takeout kimbap is in downtown, i only have 1.5 hr until my class, it’s $4 for kimbap, and it only has 1- 2 options (one of them is tuna, and I really dislike tuna)
    I really like Taco Bell, but I only eat it if I’m ever in the US sadly. The closest Taco Bell from my house is…. like 2 hours away off of some highway near some shop in the next city. (I know it exists, but not sure where exactly. Just know the city) There isn’t even a mall one nearby.

    I’ve also had weird dreams of Taco Bell a few times… though I was really craving it that time…

  19. Stephanie

    Pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeee tell me you’ve been jamming to Lip Service’s YumYumYum… donkatsu donkatsu don donkatsu~

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnCAj6ssJj8

    • Lynnette Bates

      What did I just watch….

    • Sunflower

      Wow. I like it. I’m not sure if I love it yet, but I certainly like it. These girls sure know how to rap! And it’s a change from the ultra sexy butt action that’s been going on lately with so many girl groups, which I find kind of boring. I think girls are sexier when they are confident and cool like this. We will have to wait to see if I love it, but thanks for introducing it. :)

  20. Kimbap looks good, but when the weather’s still cold and snowy, you just can’t beat a bowl of spicy chicken & beer ramyun. ‘Tis my own creation, with the broth being made of equal parts chicken stock and dark beer, with a spoonful of goktujjang mixed in. It’s a freakin’ party in your mouth, son!

  21. wanderingdreamer

    Think I’d be more inclined to believe Simon if he hadn’t shoved all the kimbap into his mouth at once…

  22. KaleighBailey

    Pretty sure you mentioned Donkatsu a while ago in your “Vegetarian/Vegan edition”

  23. Man, i just read the title and started drooling…

  24. Natalie Reed

    I’m so glad Leigh is back! I’m glad you have a new favorite video you edited. And if you are ever working on editing a video where the some of the band members’ names are mentioned pick up a few so you can enjoy yummy food (and surprise Simon and Martina).

  25. Miho2552

    You should do a video on useful Korean phrases (i.e. ordering food, asking how much something is, etc.) that you guys use often in Korea or phrases/words you wish you new when you first moved there. It seems like Martina has a pretty functional grasp on the basics; I think it would be a really interesting video. On a side note, I feel like you guys may have already done a video like that, in which case, never mind, keep up the good work! **cheesy smile/thumbs up combo** haha

  26. thisisjustforfunval
    thisisjustforfunval

    I’m salivating at my desk, desiring some kimbap now! Why do I watch FAPFAP’s while at work? The closest place that sales kimbap is on the other side of town, a 20-30 minute trip from where I work. >_<

    And if I already didn't think Taco Bell was disgusting your description made it 1000 times less appealing now. Since I live on the border with Mexico I'll just eat real Mexican food, Taco Bell is in no way shape or form real food…uhm real Mexican food. :-P

    Poor Leigh, she's going to have to take a kpop 101 class to learn idols names if she ever wants to eat during FAPFAP's.

  27. Lily Snape

    Simon, I’m judging you harshly right now, judging!! Meemer’s stole the show, btw. This does look really good though.

  28. Where is this located?

  29. Jade Leane

    I DEMAND HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE VIDEO!! pleasepleaseplease !!

  30. Cassie (Yeobomg)

    Oh, I love donkatsu kimbap! It’s a shame not all kimbap places have it because it’s one of the best kinds. probably also one of the worst for you haha

  31. Winifred Hwang

    Is Meemers a belly cat? Or is it his no-no zone? Because I feel like Meemer’s belly fur is faceplant worthy.

    Also, Taco Bell. Have you tried their Dorito taco?! (Is that just an American thing?) Or their stuffed nacho?! That stuff isn’t tubey! It’s so wrong, but so right.

  32. yanagiba yusuke22
    yanagiba yusuke22

    im distruct by the fat guy laying down behind both of u in ur home

  33. Cyber_3
    Cyber_3

    Whoo! Glad I baked some banana bread before watching this because that loooks deeeeeelicious! I’m not usually a fan of cooked meats in my rice/seaweed rolls but you’ve convinced me to try to branch out my tastes.

    If this is Leigh’s favourite editing/video, I would be interested to know why? Not because I disagree with you, but I would be interested in knowing which elements you are most proud of. I did like the editing but everyone was soooo hungry that there wasn’t enough time for a good pause for sexy food p0rn T_T. Next time buy more, take home leftovers for laterz ;)

  34. I love that Dr. Meemersworth is laying on the floor like: Dude, you guys need to stop being so lovey dovey and pet me. You see my belly??? Pet it!!! Silly Meemers, it’s a FAPFAP and you weren’t invited…?

    I love Kimbap. I am allergic to most sea-food so I have to ask for mine to be made without fish cake, crab meat and anything else that came from the sea. The ahjuma who makes them for me at first thought I was nuts but when I explained to her that I’d end up in a hospital, I think she got the point… Don’t eat too much or you will become sick and never want to look at Kimbap again, ever, or at least for a long time.

    Simon is a piggy who love Kimbap! Poor Martina and Leigh, Simon is Kimbap Nazi… NO KIMBAP FOR YOU!!

  35. PunkyPrincess92
    PunkyPrincess92

    i was just like o_O at Simon stuffing his face!!! ahahaha
    *drool* food looks so delicious though!!

  36. Sara Suzanne Berg

    I don’t know why I find it funny, but my co-worker is also in love with this type of kimbap and it used to be all she ever ordered for dinner (for like her first 3 months here in Korea, that IS all she ate for dinner actually… lol)
    she branches out now and occasionally will get other things, but. yeah. It’s a good ‘safe’ guess for unknowing foreigners I guess!
    (i prefer cheese and egg [kaelemarli?] kimbap.)

  37. Saehee Park

    No one can look this comfortable and lazy but Meemers

  38. Laras Swania

    does even “basic” kimbap has ham or spam? bc i don’t eat pork, so maybe i have to tell them not to put ham and spam in it?

  39. Akira Miyashi

    And Meemers lounges sexily in the background.

  40. Crystal

    Guuuuuhhhh that looks SO GOOD!
    Have you ever had unagi in Japan? It’s basically eel that’s usually served with an AMAAAAZING sauce. If you’re a fan of tonkatsu/donkatsu, you might like it too–you could check it out when you come to Japan next! There’s a reasonably priced version of unagi-don (unagi over rice) at a chain restaurant called Suki-ya :)

  41. marimari

    Love the editing! Awesome job Leigh! Hahaha Simon salivating and eating everything XD Poor Leigh needs to brush up on her Kpop idol names before FAP FAPs or else she will keep getting tortured :( But then again we wouldn’t get S&M’s awesome nasty clues hahaha

    • Diana Facundo

      Seriously, Leigh needs to write down a list of kpop group members before leaving the studio… a girl gotta eat sometimes…. awesome editing!
      BTW: any indie playlist on the near future?… i miss those artsy fartsy videos.. get Leigh and/or Ryan to work on a list, I liked their groups recommendations….

  42. What is the name of those triangle rice-seaweed-tuna/meat/smth things they sell in 7/11? I ate some when I was in Seoul. They were amazing! But I can’t remember the name. >.<
    P.S. Your #1 fan from Lithuania checking in ;P

  43. AnnaKonda

    I thought tonkatsu was a Japanese word/food. I wonder where it originated?

  44. Martina , did you cut your bang by your ownself ??

  45. Small Yeti
    Small Yeti

    When will I learn never to watch these segments on an empty stomach…

  46. uuuuuuuUUUUUUAAAAAAAAAAAAGH you made me hungry! It’s 2:30 in the morning and i should go to sleep but now I’m huuuuuuungrrrryyyyyy >.<

  47. Cinnamon

    LOOOL I’m so sorry i keep hearing “Donk(ey) As(s) Kimbap” instead of Donkatsu kimbap~!!! hahahahahahah
    Can’t stop replaying ittttt

  48. Always fapfap on my fast day q-q why?! Why?!

  49. riaglitta

    Love randomly waking up at 5 am and unable to get back to sleep, checking online and woo, look, another S&M video funtime! Yay :)

  50. Gotta love how you guys torture Leigh xD But geez you people, 6 dollars? How freaking rich are you?! I mean, that’s enough to get me a whole… Well… Nothing, actually. Hrm.

    Nice tactic by the way, Simon. I’m using that from now on. Being the youngest in a family of 5 with two older brothers means that whenever we have meals that are placed in the centre of the table and shared I get noooothing and end up starving afterwards :( It’s a cruel, cruel world. But you guys have me salivating – I haven’t had breakfast yet! Time to go raid the fridge. Da nananananana naaaa~

    On a final note, I was cracking up at your face, Martina, when Simon was trying to explain what Donkatsu is. It was as if you were staring at the Kimbap going “Dammit man! Speed up the process so that I can EAT this deliciousness!” Plus, I’m in LOVE with your bag!!

  51. xdeathknightx

    At the start in the corner, Meemers was like “no it is time for sleepytimes, tone it down humans” ;) And then as he notices he is on camera he goes for the sexy pose. You vogue little Meemers, you vogue your heart out!

    And Simon was a little piggie stuffing his facehole with the food! With me he would be lucky, I am a vegetarian so I wouldn’t eat that one anyway ;)

    • They make vegetarian Kimbap as well, which is also delicious. It just doesn’t have the crunch that I like :D

      • xdeathknightx

        Then it is settled, Simon will eat all the Donkatsu Kimbap, I will eat all the vegetarian Kimbap ;)

        • Small Yeti
          Small Yeti

          I feel like I should greet you fellow veggie person, just because with the exception of me and my hubby no one else I know is a veggie! Totally respect that people like eating meat. I’m not a crusading veggie, all people who eat meat are evil, type of vegetarian at all (especially as I ate meat until I hit 29) but veggie food is super delicious also and it’s sometimes nice to see other veggies on the boards!

        • xdeathknightx

          No problem, I am the same. All my friends still eat meat, my parents still eat meat etc. It is just my brothers and I who are vegetarian/vegan. Just have to get through all the jokes of “hey you also want a piece of sausage?” “haha never heard that one before” ;)
          Although for me it has been longer, I went full vegetarian when I was 15 so it has been about 17 years since I last ate meat. So I don’t even really know what it tastes like anymore :)

        • Small Yeti
          Small Yeti

          That joke is genuinely universal – I get it as well!! I’ve been veggie seven years now and I really love it. I totally get what you mean about the taste but the thing that always stays with me is the texture of meat, which completely turns my stomach now. I never thought that would happen and I really don’t like the smell of cooked meat either which I thought would be the one thing that would make me crave meat, like bacon sandwiches or something, but no, genuinely happy not to eat it.

          Out of interest, do you get any pressure to eat meat? Like I said I really don’t have any issue with anyone eating meat because everyone has the right to chose what they put in their mouth and what works for me may not work for someone else. However, having this stance I am continually surprised by how many people take really serious issue with me not eating meat. Actually my normally absolutely genuinely lovely father in law took such issue that six years ago he diced up pepperoni, put it in “vegetarian” pasta (he knew we’d been veggie for over a year at that point) and fed it to us because he thought we a) wouldn’t notice and b) it wouldn’t do us any harm. I wouldn’t mind but I always offer to bring food because I don’t want to put anyone to any trouble!

          I understand if maybe someone doesn’t understand why we may chose to be veggie, I’ll happily chat with anyone about any aspect of it (especially nutrition because I love cooking and put a lot of thought into making sure we eat, deliciously, well and healthily) but I always find it strange that if I was so strongly saying that them eating meat was wrong and stupid and they should definitely go veggie and trying to trick them into eating things they did not want to eat (which several people have tried to do to us) they would rightly be really, really cross with me but yet they think it’s fine to do that to me. Sometimes I get frustrated that being veggie isn’t me disapproving of their choices, which are right for them. but I wish they would respect mine, which are right for me.

        • xdeathknightx

          Oh I have the same, I can be hungry and walk past the meat section in the supermarket where they grill meat or chicken and basically feel nothing. Even things like sliced meat just look weird to me and not really like food.

          And I get no pressure to eat meat, my parents have supported me since I was 15 and have always made vegetarian meals for me. Now I live on my own but when I visit they still make sure everything is vegetarian. And never really had problems with people taking issues with me not eating meat. Sure when I was in Japan I had to explain what vegetarian meant and sometimes taking the meat out of my food because they just didn’t understand. (and is something I am used to, back in the day when you asked for vegetarian bahmi you would at some point find where they got tired of picking out the ham and just left it in). But usually people just want to know why and that is about it.
          The only “problems” I had was in Japan people not understanding what you do and do not eat (and that was mainly because I didn’t want to eat alone instead of with the group I was with, I could have used my app to look for vegetarian or vegetarian friendly restaurants all the time but a lot of times that would have meant eating alone. In regular restaurants it is hard for them to understand because people call themselves vegetarian but eat all kinds of different things), or people who don’t know or forget you are vegetarian and don’t bring any snacks you can eat.

          Usually people to me are like “oh yeah you are right about that but sorry I like eating meat too much”, for some reason they feel like they should apologise haha. So I usually just tell them that it was my choice and that what they do is their choice.

        • Small Yeti
          Small Yeti

          I get the exact same apologies and saying they like meat too much as well! It’s really interesting chatting to another veggie about people’s reactions.

          I’m so happy that you have people being supportive. To be fair my Mum has always been lovely and supportive and cooks us fab veggie meals. My Dad, bless him, I don’t think has noticed!!! OK that’s probably not fair but he makes me giggle because he always looks surprised when we are chatting about veggie recipes.

          Also my best friend is funny because she has always been staunchly anti vegetarian (she used to think it was unhealthy) and she comes over (or I go to hers) once a week and I cook us a meal (she doesn’t cook) and it took her three months before she realised I had stopped cooking meat and then she said she loved the food. A good veggie meal means you don’t feel like you are missing anything from your plate I think.

          However, my boss (and some of my colleagues) really dislikes me being veggie and I find it quite difficult if we are taking client’s out for dinner and he puts pressure on me to eat meat (very testosterone based clientele usually all want steak) as do some of our clients. I never do and never would but I sometimes find it a little awkward because I like to be polite and not draw attention to myself at these things. He gives me tons of grief whenever he checks out my lunch. Again, lovely, lovely man so I find it really strange he has such a thing about it.

          My in laws totally didn’t understand it but my sister and brother in law have asked a lot of questions and are very respectful about it now.

          The more recent I have met people (or the newer the info that I am veggie is to them because I don’t wave a banner around declaring it so sometimes it hasn’t come up for years) the more they seem to take issue with it. I find people mellow a bit over time.

          I was going to say I was surprised about Japan because I love Japanese food but then I thought about all the fish. Totally get the whole what you do and don’t eat thing as well. Gelatine and stock being the two biggest sources of confusion for some people, which is understandable because I wouldn’t have known when I was a veggie either!

        • xdeathknightx

          Well I don’t know your boss so I can’t really pick his brain but he might be afraid that it might scare clients? If you had a few averse reactions to it in your social circles he might be afraid a potential client or client might be weirded out. But that is just me throwing out a suggestion with no basis in fact.

          And to be honest you can find enough vegetarian restaurants in Japan, especially the big cities (more than enough Indian restaurants and sushi restaurants usually have vegetarian options) because there were enough options in my HappyCow app (lists restaurants in your neighbourhood that are vegetarian or vegetarian friendly). But it would mean having to eat alone for lunch and dinner. And I chose to just risk it and go with the group. So at times I had to pick the meat out, at times it would just be stuff like pizza or something simple, sometimes you would be able to get a good meal and just eat it and sometimes I had to make due with just a salad. If there had been more vegetarians in the group you could at least go out with one or more people for vegetarian food. I just didn’t feel like eating alone. Also because afterwards we usually went out for drinks so that would mean that we would had to meet up somewhere or I had to go look around for them. So I just chose to stay with the group which made it a bit harder. Had I travelled alone it would have been easy to go to solely vegetarian or vegetarian friendly restaurants. In Kyoto you can even go, albeit pretty expensive, eat with buddhist monks who are completely vegetarian. So don’t take my experience of Japan as definitive. Just regular chains or your mom and pop restaurants might have troubles but the big cities will have more than enough vegetarian options.

          And yeah people who dislike vegetarian food have to try a good vegetarian dish without being told it is vegetarian. If you tell them it is vegetarian they usually say “oh I miss the meat in this” or if you used tofu or something to replace the meat you will hear “oh it just doesn’t taste as good as meat”. Don’t tell them and quite a lot of people will never be able to tell that they just had a vegetarian meal.

        • Small Yeti
          Small Yeti

          No, I don’t know why he doesn’t like it but it’s not that. I’ve worked at the same place for a lot of years now and because we’re quite a niche business we know all our client’s as friends as well as clients (I am really lucky I work somewhere really nice). I think he just thinks I should be eating meat. It’s OK it doesn’t upset me, I just wondered if you ever encountered anything like that.

          With regards to people eating veggie food and not realising it, there is a brilliant restaurant where I live who only serve veggie food but don’t advertise it. They base their advertising on the fact it is Indian food (correction it is amazingly delicious Indian food) and I was chatting with the owner a while back and she said the number of people who ate there regularly and didn’t twig there was no meat until they had done multiple visits was huge.

          I’m hungry talking about that place now! Have a lovely weekend and nice chatting with you!

      • I was under the impression that Kimbap WAS generally vegetarian? I always thought it was like vegetable sushi or something. No? I’m wrong? Ok… I’ll return to my cave, then.

        • Well, most of the ones we had meat. Tuna Kimbap, Modum Kimbap. You know…there are many more Kimbap kinds out there, so maybe the majority of them are vegetarian but we just never ordered them? Hmm…

        • Alice Liu

          The kimbaps that I see the most in Korean markets (location: Los Angeles, CA) are the beef and burdock root, if not just the burdock root, so maybe that’s where it comes from? I know a lot of people just eat the basic fillings like egg + all the veggies so maybe that’s where it comes from..

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