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How to Cut the Perfect Watermelon

July 23, 2013

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Ok, so this is a random video we’re putting up on our Open the Happy Channel, because this totally blows our freaking minds. Soo Zee, as you know, works with us here at Eatyourkimchi, and she does a lot of awesome things around the studio. One of the best things she does, though, is cut a goddamned watermelon. It blows our mind how good she is at cutting watermelon. Yes, this sounds like a simple thing to be amazed about, but we’re very easily amused people, so when we saw how she would cut the watermelon we would stop all of our work and talk about its awesomeness for the next half hour.

Leigh, though, told us that supposedly this is the standard way to cut watermelon in Asia, and that all of her Asian friends cut watermelon this way. Asian people of Eatyourkimchi: is this true? And, if so, why have you kept this secret from us Westerners for so long? Our methods of cutting watermelon are so barbaric.

1 TAKE BIG KNIFE
2 CUT BIG WATERMELON PIECE FROM RED TO RIND
3 EAT PIECE THAT IS TOO BIG FOR MOUTH, MAKING MESSES EVERYWHERE LIKE BARBARIAN
4 WIPE WATERMELON FACE WITH BACK OF HAND, LIKE BARBARIAN

Did you just keep the secret from us to be amused, oh ye Watermelon Magicians?

Well no longer! Soo Zee has agreed to share her secret voodoo with us, and we are sharing it with the rest of the world, and making it a better place for all of mankind.

And, in a related note, here’s our old Open the Happy video on Watermelon Holders in Korea, brought to you by the Watermelon Deities of this fine country. What’s next: watermelon de-seeders?

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  1. Thank you! I was beginning to think I was the only one!

    3 years ago
  2. soo cool, I’m going to try this once I get home, we have a watermelon sitting on our counter just waiting to be eaten<3 YOUR AWESOME SOO ZEE!!!

    3 years ago
  3. I’m definitely not Asian and I cut my watermelon neither like you described nor how you showed in the video (which is a very cool way btw)

    Either I just cut them into small pieces by cutting it at a 90° angle, then separating the red from the rind and cutting it further, into small pieces.
    Or, for many people and no need of a fork I cut a piece like in the video, only thinner, out of the whole melon and instead of stopping at the rind when cutting at 90° angles, cutting it all the way through into small “triangles” that you can easily eat while holding them in your hands, by the rind, without getting your hands too dirty and without them being too big to fit in your mouth resulting in melon juice all over your face *g*

    But Soo Zee’s cutting skills are indeed quite impressive! I’ll definitely try this some time.

    3 years ago
  4. They’re not genetically engineered.

    A special method of pollination is used to make them sterile and therefore they don’t produce seeds. There’s nothing more special about them than any other fruit that has different kinds, like the many types of apples for example, though it’s a different process.

    3 years ago
  5. no need for a de-seeder! There’re seedless watermelons now!

    I cut watermelons in a similar fashion but I first cut them into slices and then slice them into cubes the same way Soo Zee is doing here… Which seems like a wash of time now that I’ve seen THIS!

    3 years ago
  6. I wish we could see more videos of Open the happy

    3 years ago
  7. But the seed are fun to spit at people :-

    3 years ago
  8. I’ve eaten a lot of watermelon in China with Chinese people but I’ve never seen this way of cutting it! I guess my family are Chinese barbarians

    3 years ago
  9. seedless watermelons are genetically altered, so most Koreans prefer the natural seeded ones…they think any genetically altered food is bad for your health (which, technically, is true compared to non-gmo foods)

    3 years ago
  10. omg amazing i love this. serious Korean’s and just Asian people in general have the most amazing ways of doing stuff and making life easier. so many people cut it in to slices but cubes make the world go round. yah yah

    3 years ago
  11. Yep, w asians cut our fruit like this. Not only watermelon, other melons, but also our mango’s ^^
    i thought westerners used to cut them like this too! :P I thought everyone cut their fruit like this, well seems like not, only asians do xD

    3 years ago
  12. i was kinda disappointed, because i thought she was going to cut a whole watermelon into big portions first then into smaller pieces. still, it was an awesome way to cut watermelons, i’ll try it when i have the chance

    3 years ago
  13. Oh yeah we have it here in Korea too although strangely people don’t seem to prefer seedless ones..

    3 years ago
  14. OoooooK I’ve been a barbaric Asian until this very moment………But still I shall be barbarian for I love sticky juice dripping off my hands and face!!

    I’M NOT BARBARIC, I’M EXOTIC!

    3 years ago
  15. I hope SooZee never cuts herself while doing that. I was on the edge of my seat with worry watching her work the knife towards herself.
    It is a very cool method though. I will have to give it a try. My dad’s birthday is this week, so maybe I will pick up a watermelon for that gathering.

    3 years ago
  16. I don’t eat or prepare watermelons but I somehow already knew about this way of cutting watermelons. Strange. :S

    3 years ago
  17. that’s the way i cut melons! i like watermelon in small triangles, including crust, so you can hold the piece and you won’t get dirty.

    3 years ago
  18. I’m going to buy a watermelon tomorrow and try this new way of cutting it!

    3 years ago
  19. Yeah. My mom and gram always cut watermelons like this…..
    Honestly speaking….. I never knew there was a different way of cutting watermelons…..
    “””>.>

    3 years ago
  20. I’m asian and i didn’t even know this existed O.O

    3 years ago
  21. P.S: You guise are teasing us with the “click to watch” button aren’t you? it doesn’t work :(…. in fact it hasn’t worked for a while now… *sigh* youtube

    3 years ago
    • Hmmm they work for me. Just make sure your annotations are on and that you click on the video box. I always catch myself clicking on the words “click to watch” before I remember to move my cursor onto the box. D’oh!

      3 years ago
      • I thought the annotations “button” was reserved for subtitles only (the links usually appeared before without pressing the button) thanks! :)

        3 years ago
        • You’re welcome :) YouTube keeps going through and changing so many things I know that it’s messed with some of my settings. You can set it so annotations turns on automatically in your YouTube settings. If the annotations is already checked then YouTube has just gone insane as pre usual then. XD

          Lol and yeah until I started watching EYK I thought it was just for subtitles or peoples comments. Then I found EYK and that they used it to link to their videos or videos in the kpop charts :)

          3 years ago
        • so ka…^^

          3 years ago
  22. When I saw Soo Zee cut the watermelon in the “Ran Away From Home” WANK or what ever it was called I was inspired to try it myself. It was miraculous. And now that I see how she did it, I’m happy to find I did it the same way. Will only ever cut watermelon that way.

    3 years ago
  23. “Leigh, though, told us that supposedly this is the standard way to cut watermelon in Asia, and that all of her Asian friends cut watermelon this way. Asian people of Eatyourkimchi: is this true? And, if so, why have you kept this secret from us Westerners for so long? Our methods of cutting watermelon are so barbaric.

    1 TAKE BIG KNIFE
    2 CUT BIG WATERMELON PIECE FROM RED TO RIND
    3 EAT PIECE THAT IS TOO BIG FOR MOUTH, MAKING MESSES EVERYWHERE LIKE BARBARIAN
    4 WIPE WATERMELON FACE WITH BACK OF HAND, LIKE BARBARIAN

    Did you just keep the secret from us to be amused, oh ye Watermelon Magicians?” uhm…. I like to cut it in small pieces and then clear out the seeds cause I don’t like spitting out the seeds and getting spit all over *yuk*… I didn’t cut it the way Soo Zee did though… I recently found out that Korean people cut their watermelon differently but didn’t know exactly how they do it… Thanks Soo Zee! :)

    ♥♥♥♥♥♥

    3 years ago
  24. that is cool!!!
    hhmm…as an asian i don’t cut watermelons that way, but the way i do cut it is normal and not barbaric as you guys have said! bu~t that’s how i cut my mangos!!!

    3 years ago
  25. Wait, how were you cutting watermelons previously ._. ???? It must be an Asian thing, lol. My parents cut watermelon that way and all my friends are Asian so I assumed everyone cut watermelon that way.

    3 years ago
  26. It’s better to cut downwards last so you don’t have to worry about any of the chunks falling off :)

    3 years ago
  27. Last week while I was in Japan I found out that it’s bad manners to blow your nose in public, so my friends and me (because of allergic issues) had to go all the time to the restroom to do it. There is anything like that, that is considerated good manners in America, but in Korea is considerated rude?

    3 years ago
    • But isn’t it also very awkward to be getting up and going to the bathroom so much?

      3 years ago
    • It’s considered to be somewhat dirty, but not only do I personally think their “Let’s put on a mask, so no one can see the snot running down our noses!” strategy is really gross, I also found that Japanese people will not call you out on anything. Not only because you’re foreign, which was my theory when I first came to Japan, but because they could embarrass you and that would be embarrassing for them too. Logic. So BLOW YOUR NOSE!

      3 years ago
  28. Open the Watermelon Happies :D

    3 years ago
  29. So cool!!! But if you’re a pig like me, just cut it in half and scoop it with a spoon until you have only a bowl of skin left XD

    3 years ago
    • i actually did that once, with my sister many years ago. we each ate a half as a meal. lets not discuss how our poop looks like after that

      3 years ago
  30. Never knew it was an asian thing hahahaha

    3 years ago
  31. We do this with mangos as well ;)

    3 years ago
    • If you don’t mind me asking… how do you do that with mangos??

      3 years ago
      • Cut the cheeks off without peeling it, then cut it in a grid pattern on the flesh side without cutting through the peel. After this, push the peel-side so that the flesh side opens up. You can cut the flesh off in perfect cubes then!
        Hope that helps! ^_^

        3 years ago
        • Thank you so much!! that’s brilliant!! XD

          3 years ago
        • I don’t even cut off the cubes and get the whole thing in may face……that is, if I’m alone :D
          Mango Sarang~~

          3 years ago
    • my mom does that with mangoes too and press/fold up the flesh part

      3 years ago
  32. I cut mango that way! Never thought of cutting watermelon like that though.

    3 years ago
  33. Bec

    I have always cut my water melon like that too xD

    3 years ago
  34. IT ALL MAKES SENSE NOW! I shall transform from barbaric Norwegian viking to awesome fancypants Asian watermelon cutter! Although I still think I’ll eat too much watermelon in one go…

    3 years ago
  35. I’ve never seen people cut watermelons like that… And everyone I know doesn’t cut it like that either! xD They cut in in um, triangular shapes.. Next time my parents by a watermelon, I’m gonna cut it like this!! :D
    PS. Say thanks to SooZee for me :D

    3 years ago
  36. Watermelons are ,like, 60c a kilo in Australia in the summer and yet I STILL have not thought about doing it like that!! I must wait for summer again!

    3 years ago
  37. Yep, can vouch for that. My mom always cut watermelon like that. Indonesian living in HK. My aunty in hk cuts it like that too. I guess it’s asian certified :D

    3 years ago
  38. I’m Indonesian, but I never cut this wayyyy!!
    Thanks for your idea, eat your watermelons!

    3 years ago
  39. yep, we cut mangos in a similar way too, so we won’t need utensils to eat them :)

    3 years ago
  40. Yuppp. Thats asian watermelon cutting.

    3 years ago
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