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How to Play Korean Drinking Games

June 26, 2013


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It’s about that time we talked about Korean Drinking Games. You need to learn them! You don’t necessarily have to use them to drink alcohol. You can do these with soda or water or whatever, but – of course – you can also do them with alcohol. Or, at least, you can understand what the people around you at the bars are doing, if you see people flicking things all of a sudden.

The cap flicking game, the high-low game, Baskin Robbins 31, and Sam-Yuk-Gu are the games we talked about in this video, and I think we did a fairly decent job of explaining them, considering how much we were drinking while filming. As soon as we got to dalki, though, we were totally freaking cooked. Soo Zee had lost too many rounds and suffered too many punishment shots. Then she tried to explain THE MOST COMPLICATED DRINKING GAME in a less-than-sober state. Seriously, we STILL don’t even know how to play this game.

The idea behind it is basic enough: someone calls out your fruit and a number, and you, without breaking the rhythm, have to say your name THAT number of times. When you start saying your name, though, in the clapping, is confusing. Do we say it at the beginning of the clapping cycle, or do we count that number backwards from the end? We asked the waiter, and he just said yes to everything. I think he was more like “my job ain’t to tell you how to play games!” and just tried to get away as quickly as possible. Or he could have been freaked out that Leigh was the one speaking to him rather than Soo Zee? Maybe he was nervous in front of the cameras? I don’t know. I’m sure some of you are just gonna be like “WHO CAREZ?! CUTE KOREAN BOY ON CAMERAAAHHH!!!” I know you. I can see what you’re thinking even if you don’t say it. OOOH you so Nasty!

If you do know the Korean drinking game that we butchered so terribly, here are some common two syllable fruit names in Korean that are best for this game!

Apple 사과 (sa-gwa)
Strawberry 딸기 (ddal-gee)
Mango 망고 (Man-go)
Lemon 레몬 (rae-mon)
Kiwi fruit 키위 (key-wee)
Cherry 체리 (chae-ree)
Grape 포도 (poe-doe)
Watermelon 수박 (sue-bak)
Pomegranate 석류 (seok-ryu)
Melon 멜론 (mel-ron)
Grapefruit 자몽 (jah-mong)

Anyhow, the place that we played those drinking games is awesome. We’re not sure if what we said about it in the video is true, but we heard a couple of people mention it. Papa YG supposedly owns the entire building across the street from us, and that restaurant is on the bottom floor. It’s a really cool place with a fun vibe, especially on the weekends, in which we often see people drunkenly dancing to the music blaring. And it goes on all night. Last weekend we stayed up till 6:00AM, after the sun rose, and when we walked past it to get our taxi home we saw people STILL there. Hell, I’m writing this blog post at 4:00AM on a Monday night as Music Monday exports, and I see people there now…ON A MONDAY NIGHT!

Otherwise, we were really happy to do another video with Leigh and Soo Zee. They totally feel like part of the Eatyourkimchi Nasty family now, and I hope you’re ok with seeing them in these videos. We’ve got something big planned this weekend for the lot of us, and we’re going to be doing more videos with them for that as well. Yay! We even bought mics for them so they can be mic’ed up, too! So next time, you’ll be able to hear them all a lot better :D

Also, sorry that this didn’t come out on Thursday. We filmed it on Wednesday night, after Martina got her voice back, and then the project got corrupted right when it was finished and had to be entirely rebuilt. YARGH! Video editing can be so frustrating sometimes.

Otherwise, we’ve got a few bloopers and extra scenes from the night. Check em out if you feel like a few more laughs:



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