So our first kimchi adventure showed you what it was like when we made Mul Kimchi. This week, we took a trip wayyy out of Seoul all the way over to Gongju, where we were going to make kimchi at a famous Kimchi Factory…BUT FORGET ABOUT THE KIMCHI MAKING!! This adventure was filled with so much craziness that the making of the kimchi didn’t matter as much as the circumstances surrounding it.

So let’s first introduce you to some things you didn’t know about Martina. She is a hard core night owl. She loves to stay up late (which adds to my suspicions of her being a vampire) and is like a stubborn child when it comes to going to bed “on time”. I have to chase her around the house, threaten to take away books, and put her in a headlock in order to pet her bangs which have turned out to be a secret weapon for putting her asleep. Because of this unquenchable desire to stay up late, she’s exhausted in the morning. And so, waking up at 6AM, after going to sleep at 4AM, isn’t going to make Martina happy.

So five of us pile into a van LOADED to the brim with camera equipment, and three of us have to share one seat space in the back of this van. Poor cranky Martina gets suckered into the middle and has nowhere to lean on the whole trip. So, while Simon and our super cool translator Ellie (is that how you spell your name? We never asked!) get to lean against the window and sleep happily, Martina has the ferocious and terrible “nod” sleep for 3 hours. You know the nods, when you’re falling asleep on a bus or subway and your head falls down to your chest and you jerk it back up quickly and periodically wake up going, ‘HUUHH!??”. Yup. That was poor sad Martina.

So after stopping for food and coffee, a little bit of life pumps through Martina’s veins. She gets excited as we arrive in the countryside and start seeing rice paddies and fields of vegetables. As we drive our huge van down a tiny dusty path, we realize we have gone the wrong way, but there is NO WAY to pull a u-turn, so we end up reversing all the way down the street (even though the driver can’t see out the back due to the pile of equipment).

Kimchi Factory

Yes, that is a kitchen sink on top of the kimchi factory. It keeps the roof in place.

We finally arrive at the “Kimchi Factory” only to find a tiny hut being held together with tape. The roof is staying down with an old sink and there is a random leather chair waiting out front. We were all shocked to see that this is the factory, but it turns out the actual factor got damage during the heavy flooding. The owner of the factory failed to tell our producers this fact. They were preeeety pissed off. So, we decided to drive up the street to a beautiful traditional style home to make the kimchi there. We arrive at the house and wait under the shade of the front door. Little did Simon know, someone decided to open up the main gate and look inside. What they didn’t know was a HUGE ANGRY Rottweiler was waiting for us. With our backs to the dog, all we hear is, “GGGRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR” and the two of us turn around slowly to see this monster baring it’s teeth at us a few meters away. Without moving too quickly, Martina slowly reached for the gate and grabbed it shut before the dog jumped at us. 10 minutes later one of the producers strolls on past us to go in the house, but as we yell at him to STOP, he’s already in the yard holding a frozen pose. He looks at the dog, the dog looks at him, and he starts running with his knees to his chest around the house with this dog chasing him. I guess he hoped the fence, because he arrived unscathed…just not through the front gates. We named the dog “Murder Dog” afterwards, and warned people that the murder dog was there, and he would like murder anyone that strayed too close to him.

So we start to wonder why we’re waiting around for so many hours. It turns out, the kimchi factory guy doesn’t have permission to use that house, and so we’re towing a table out to the middle of the street. We finally get set up, only to see that kimchi has been pre-prepared. How can you show how to make kimchi when it’s all ready to go? He planned on showing the marinated leaves and the sauce, and just mixing them together. BAM! That’s now you make kimchi boys and girls! Did I ever tell you my secret recipe for Ranch Bibimbap?

    Step 1: take some ranch.
    Step 2: take some bibimbap.
    Step 3: mix.

Ranch Bibimbap, ladies and gentlemen. This guy tried to pull the same kind of recipe shenanigans for our cooking show. Balls!

So another hour goes by while we wait for him to get all of the ingredients to prepare the sauce so that people can see how this stuff is actually made. Once that’s all ready, we film the episode in the sweltering heat, where Martina got severely burned by the sun. No one warned her that we’d be outside, and so she didn’t have any sunscreen. Poor girl is still peeling to this day. Did you know how much Martina hates the sun? Could be her vampirism coming through again.

By the end of the filming, an old drunk guy walks up to us with a wrench and starts screaming that we don’t have permission to film there. Screaming. We saw spit bubbles flying from his mouth. He had a wonk eye that looked angrily at the guy he was screaming at, and a good eye looking at everyone around him. And he also had a wrench in his hand. Hell. This was not pleasant. After screaming for 10 minutes or so, he finally walks away. Not a fun way to end our filming.

We were supposed to film two episodes in Gongju, but our experience with the first episode was so bad that we didn’t bother filming the second. We just packed our stuff and left. Ah well. It made for a fun story to tell, though!

And, pffft, don’t ask for the recipe for this kimchi. It wasn’t really all too good. It was really, really salty. Uncomfortably salty. Just…just not a good kimchi to try. Our other experiences in our other episodes were great, though, and you’ll see the videos to those as well. This, though, we’d like to forget.

  1. so it seems like u guys were also shooting the video for a TV show? is that correct? on what chennel does it air? and will u guys ever put them up on youtube or on this blog?

  2. Wow. What a shame. I’ve lived in Gong-Ju for more than 10 years. But I’ve never been there. And I just knew there is a Kimchi factory, just a few miles away from my house. I’d like visit there and taste kimchi which looks so good. FYI, Gong-Ju is actually famous for “Chestnut” in South Korea. And the city was a capital city long years ago. You can see fortress and king’s toom.

  3. THEY SEE ME ROLLIN!!!!! wow … this makes me kinda happy to make kimchi with my dongsaeng!

  4. “…. Riding dirty!”  im unable to express in words how much i laughed!

    wow, that was a veeeery stressfull episode, but im glad you guys did it cause it was also funny as hell.
    Simons face when he tried the kimchi and Martina’s “moring death glare” were priceless!

  5. Ellie kind of looks like Jessica from SNSD, really pretty girl. Awesome episode, guys! Martina’s hair looks almost neon pink in the sun. Simon, your reaction to the salty kimchi is priceless:P

  6. I really loved this video Simon and Martina! Please keep doing these videos, even if u have to get up early it was worth it! I enjoy seeing the different areas in Korea! Thanks Again!!

  7. * note 

    but it turns out the actual factor got damage during the heavy

    simon and martina you spelt ‘factor’ above ^ instead of ‘factory’

  8. Hahhahaahhah im pissing myself laughing xD this is so hilarious xD the chef is just like ahhahahaha xD hes a legend ahhaha 

  9. Riding dirty! Simon that was the best part! and ofcourse the simon cam…
    MARTINA i just wanna say i feel your pain… ;)

  10. ROFLMFAO! HE HAD A WRENCH?! Dude, he was gonna whack you guys, hardcore.

  11. i am lyk martina O.O i also like staying up late and i end up napping in school cos i sleep for 2-4 hours XD 

  12. Every cool story should have the phrase “Murder Dog” in it.  Lol!

  13. Oh wow, so much stress!  That dog sounds scary, as well as the dude with the wrench.  I watched your video first before reading this and I would never have guessed that you had that much difficulty shooting because you guys looked so happy and cheerful.  But at least now you’ll always have an interesting story to tell someone when they ask you about your trip to Gongju :)

  14. please don’t tell me you actually EAT ranch bibimbap… That is probably the grossest thing I’ve ever heard of…

  15. That sounds like it just plain sucked. LOLOL it’s like “Camping with Simon and Martina!” goes terribly wrong. aww -patpat- just think of the all the reese’s cups that will soon be pouring out of your p.o. box.

  16.  Oh man, the whole story XDD so much happened compared to the video but nonetheless I still find the video amusing :) I feel your pain Martina, like you I’m definitely a nightowl/vampire too (I don’t like staying in the sun either XD) so it’s very unfortunate for me that I have to wake up at 5am for three days during a week for school T.T I die D: The dog part of the story sounded so intense! Like Jurassic park facing a T-Rex moment XD Hope you recover for your sunburn! ^^

  17. thats purrrty terrible. i wouldn’t ever come to my senses and trying to be calm after such a day. nice job guys. crazy experience.

  18. Hehe ^^ It looks like watching Family Outing! ^^ It looks really hot in Korea..in my town it’s already +12 – +15.. but today and tomorrow it around +24! ^^
    Oh! I know that game with leafs! When I were a child I were plaing this game with my friends! ^^
    and Martina u look so “happy” in the early morning ^^

  19. It’s interesting to see that it’s still so hot in September.

  20. Great adventure!!! you really make me feel I’m in Korea! I can’t wait for more adventures! By the way, it was SO interesting to see Martina grumpy, kinda surreal, hahaha!!!

  21. hahaha it wasn’t that salty!! :P lol then you rub it on that plant hahaha i would of done the same

    but this is awesome can’t wait for your next adventure!! :D

  22. Great adventure!!! :D Gotta admit, the story is funnier than the video… (except for the ridin’ dirty bit, lols). Even if it’s an awesome outing or a terrible, TERRIBLE one where everything planned can go awfully wrong, they still leave you with precious and treasured memories and stories that will last a lifetime. It sucks that you had to go all the way to Gongju to taste some salty kimchi, but the story makes up for it. Eagerly awaiting for the next! :D

  23. Nice! Love to see that you guys are getting more famous haha How about introducing to us the crew of this cooking show? I want to know more about the Chef, Ellie(?) the cute translater girl and all the others. =D

  24. SIMON! WHY YOU NO PROOFREAD! (sooooo many typos today)   but i forgive you, all the bad things happening to you in one day XD

  25. XD Oh Simon! I love how you had to sing “Ridin’ Dirty” as the ajisshi was backing the pimpin’ tractor up! Also! Martina! Although you gave the evil death glare and had to wake up early, HOW CAN YOU STILL BE SO PRETTY WITHOUT MAKEUP!!!!!?? D: Im soooo jealous! But it also makes me happy to know I’m not the only one who jumps around and sings random songs as i go places :) Thanks for the video guys! I look forward to next one! Do you know where your going to go next?

  26. LOL I’m so glad I came back to read through this .. the description was funnier than the video ;P  Sorry you guise had such a rough time .. BUT .. doesn’t it make for great story fodder :D .. soo .. Martina .. whatcha reading??  I’m a night owl too and its time to make a trip to the book store .. I need some recommendations!

    • I usually read a couple books at once because I just read way too quickly. I just finished The Hungry Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins (loved it) and also ripped through “The Psychopath Test” by Jon Ronson. Very cool journalist/documentation about psychopaths and the science that studies them. The never ending book series I’m currently reading is a series that I read a lonnng time ago. It’s a fantasy/adventure novel by Robert Jordan called “The Wheel of Time” and it’s a million books long. Actually, around 13-14. And I’m also re-reading “Game of Thrones” which I read years and years ago. *phew* 
      Anything you recommend?

      •  I have to recommend the City of Ember series by Jeanne DuPrau, it is technically considered a children’s series, (it was in the youth/teen section of my library) but I think it’s good for all ages, I read the first two and enjoyed them all find and dandy, but nobody told me that the third one is actually a prequel to the first one and it threw me off and I ended up, regretfully, not reading it or the forth and final one.

        I am horrible at summarizing so I will just link the Jeanne DuPrau website so you can get proper summaries of all four books the order in which they were published (which isn’t how they read) http://www.jeanneduprau.com/books.shtml

      • I gave up on the wheel of time! He was still writing and I had to stop! I love Raymond E. Feist, his Riftwar series and the Empire Trilogy are awesome!

      • I love the Wheel of Time saga! I read it years and years ago and thinking about it now is making me want to go read it again :) I’m a huge fantasy freak. I just finished re-reading Queen of the Damned because it had been so long and I needed an Anne Rice fix :) I just ordered Please Look After Mom, the translated version of the Korean novel .. it looked interesting and thanks to you, Simon and JiHoo sunbae, I’m fascinated by Korean culture. Heck I even started writing fan fiction because of you guys and discovered an addiction to writing I never knew I had .. don’t you feel powerful? Guess I really have to send you candy now :D
        Have you read Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series? Those are really good too, esp. if you liked Jordan.

      • THe last book of the Wheel of Time should be out soon

        As for R.R.Martin, I gave up on his Song of Ice and Fire half way through book 4

      • Hey Martina :)

        I don’t mean to butt-in ^^… But have you tried Robin Hobb’s Farseer Trilogy?

        Also, thanks for yet another awesome episode ^_^

  27. You guys just could not win for losing!!  It seems like every time I have to wake up early my days end up cruddy as well… maybe it’s an early wake up conspiracy?

  28. Aww didn’t you film the drunk guy? :p

  29. Simon’s DAIRY cam? I know you guys had a bad day filming but.. that’s inexcusable!

    Big hugs tho!

  30. Ouch! Not a fun day at the countryside.It sucks when I try a new restaurant and the experience doesnt turn out to be good. You guys drove more than a hundred miles only to get attacked by Murder Dog, eat extra salty food and then get threatened by a crazy old man! You have my deepest sympathies.

    BTW, this has no relation to this video, but can someone tell me when Brown Eyed Girls are making their comeback? I saw some articles about the teaser being out, but no date as to when the whole MV would be out

    • But the memories were sooo worth it! I’d take a crappy day with hilarious memories over a boring normal day.  Except for the sunburn…let’s leave that out because you can see it in EVERY video I’ve done since then. :( Oh and I heard the comeback is this month. YAY BEG!

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