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So, we feel kinda unsure about this video now that we filmed and edited it. Similar to how we, long time ago, did a video about banana milk and sausagee (I add the extra e because it’s pronounced “sausage-ee”, and it’s not like a sausage so we won’t call it a sausage), and we didn’t like them. After a while, though, we did change our minds and start to like the very same thing we denounced. Maybe this might be the case for the food we talked about that we didn’t like; maybe in a few years we’ll start liking writhing squid legs, pig anus, and Mer-MAN. Or…maybe not. Side note: if you’re looking for that really old video in which we talked about not liking different Korean drinks, we deleted it. Too many angry Korean netizens were offended by it and we weren’t thick skinned enough back then to not let it affect us. We don’t delete videos anymore! But we do have the old Korean Convince Store raid videos up online! That’s where we complained about Banana milk and other foods we didn’t like, but now like.

Anyhow, one thing we noticed as a major difference between Korean and Western food: I think Western Food likes its food tender, while Korean meat can sometimes be very chewy and rubbery. And when we talk about Korean meat being chewy, we’re not referring to typical cuts of beef, pork, or chicken. We’re talking about different kinds of seafood, or different organs. I remember going to a seafood place in Busan and asking for good sashimi. The fish that they gave me they said was top notch. When I bit into it, my teeth couldn’t go through it. After my teeth bounced off the fish on the third attempt, I decided to fake an emergency phone call and ran out of there. Oh don’t look at me like that! I’m sure you did the same thing before. You put your phone to your ear and say “Hello? What? Really? Oh snap! I’ll be there as fast as I can!” and tell the restaurant/teacher/family member that you have to leave, all the while you hope that they didn’t see the front of your phone and notice that it’s been off the whole time. DON’T TELL ME YOU DIDN’T DO THAT BEFORE!

Back to the point: I’ve never had tough seafood in North America. Every fish I’ve had is ultra tender, soft, flakey, boneless. Just soft, delicious, clean fish-meat. In Korea, I’ve had things that require lots of chewing, and that’s not something I’m that much into, you know? Some people love it, though! We know people who love going out for hway-shick (Korean after-work seafood eating party) and think the seafood there is great. We personally don’t agree. But, give it a few years, and we just might change our minds :D Well, maybe not, because Hway-Shick is something done in Korean companies, which we don’t work for. Though, we technically are a company in Korea now: we won’t be taking our staff out to seafood and soju. More like, convenience store ramen. HEY WE’RE A YOUNG STARTUP WE CAN’T BE ALL LUXURIOUS AT STAFF MEETINGS!

Also, I’d like to say that these experiences of the different food we didn’t like that we mentioned in this video isn’t something you really should worry about it you come to Korea. All of the regular, canonical Korean food is safe and delicious. The two of us, though, are experimental, and always want to try to find new restaurants and order new things to eat. Just today, in fact, we wandered into a restaurant we’ve never been to before and BAM ordered grilled salmon head.

Salmon Head

See this? WE ATE THAT, YO!

Seriously! If this was us pre-Korea days, we wouldn’t have touched that. Now we’re at a restaurant, looking at a menu like “Salmon head? LET’S DO THIS!” Some people might not be as adventurous as us, and if they’re faced with … a fish face, or something else that’s unfamiliar, they might be traumatized. Again: salmon head isn’t something that’s all over the place in Korea, so you don’t have to worry about it. But, if you’re adventurous, you can try something new, and you might just like it. (Side note: we didn’t like it)

Yeah! So, TL;DR about Korean Food We Didn’t Like But Now Like
1) Your tastes change over time, and you might like things you initially didn’t like
2) Don’t be afraid to try new things more than once
3) We ate something that we think might be pig anus

Ok we don’t know what it is. All we know is that it was small, tubular, really really chewy, and smelled something fierce. Our guess is that it was anus. If anyone knows what it actually might have been, please let us know.

Another side note: not really related to the TL;DR, but we were recently referenced in Dazed and Confused. So cool! We talk about Neon Bunny there, which is who the article’s about. But we’re there, in the magazine. Shazaam!

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  1. I’m living in Poland for 9 months, and the times when I’ve been to a restaurant and ordered fish, You get the whole thing too. Except there’s no guts thank goodness! I’m glad I was prepared for that. *past experiences as a little kid when visiting Poland!*
    But yes, it is completely true about how a lot of North Americans can’t tolerate the whole animal. I can just imagine how some of my friends would cringe at the thought!

  2. I’m from California and I’m used to eating a whole fish with the head attached. My mom is from the Philippines and that’s how we eat fish. We also like to roast an entire pig. We call it Lechon. It’s really popular at parties.

  3. Christina

    If you guys ever come to California again, please please please try The Boiling Crab! Maybe it’s just me but I feel like you guys would have a great time there <3

  4. kpopfan123

    Thank you for another great video! :D (too bad I can only watch it in 240 p (;_;) ) P.S: I can’t believe you could eat pig anus > . .)

    <3<3<3<3

  5. Huh… those round things… Are they intestine? I’m not Korean, but we eat intestine that look like that. It’s a long piece cut into small round little circles. They do smell pretty horrendous….

  6. Simon, why do you look off to your left so much? Is something very interesting there?

  7. When will the end of voting for KPOP AWARDS 2012?

  8. Simon, did you caught a cold?
    Your voice sounds sexy! xD
    hahaha

    [random comment is random]
    Greetings from Germany~ :D

  9. What do y’all (excuse my Texas twang) do for buying shoes!? Here in Pyeongtaek, or even when I take the train to Seoul, the largest size I can find is an 8, rarely an 8.5 in US sizes. I wear a 9 and the boyfriend wears a 13! This is so frustrating because I get the big arm X every time I ask the sales person and they sometimes even laugh. O, the life of a big footed person. I have to end up ordering shoes offline from America and have them shipped to Korea. I know you can have shoes specially made, but this is just a major hassle, and I LOVE Korean shoes!

  10. irritablevowel
    irritablevowel

    I just read a really interesting article in the Washington Post about how the overwhelming influence of Samsung has been a key issue in the South Korean presidential campaigns. There have apparently been many corporate shenanigans. I know you guys dislike the campaigning itself (“Who doesn’t?” – Bronco Bama girl) but do you keep up with Korean politics? If you do, as foreigners do you feel comfortable sharing your opinions on Korean current affairs with Koreans, or do you feel like that’s not your business?

  11. Simon and Martina, what do you think about the dog and cat meat industry in not only south korea, but in many counties? Have you ever seen one of these dog/cat market places?

  12. Irena Astono

    Hi! I was just wondering where you get all your funky sound effects from? like when you cracked open that fish XDD. This will help so much, thanks!

  13. shamblingundead

    I was wondering if maybe you could tell us, what you know about “fan death” and if you know anyone who believes this, and also, what you think about it?

  14. Actually when I visit one of your post. The first thing I do is to read your blog, then read the whole lot comments until I gasping for air (because much of them are sooo funny AND NASTY; it’s hard not to clutch my tummy and roll on the floor), after that I go back to watch the video. O my cookies! You always made my day, Simon and Martina. Oh, and of course all of the Nasties too… Heck, because I’m one of them. XD

  15. Nobodyshouldknow!

    Here in the U.A.E we also get like a whole fish and we have to de-bone it and stuff XD lol laughed so hard here.

  16. fyi, perhaps you can give moving squids and octopus another try if you order a plate of just tentacles? The ones without heads are dead. :) Their movement is just random twitching from the stored energy in their muscles, which can be amplified by adding salt. I’d be interested to see your reactions to it since I never tried moving seafood. :DDD

    The ‘anus’ meat is large intestine, and depending on which section of the large intestine, it could have been soaking in more liquidy-sour poop or more solid-bitter poop before it came to your plate. Not really any better than anus other than that its not anus, horray!

  17. questionn!
    what are your thoughts on the supposed illuminati symbolism in kpop and american music? do you think the illuminati and freemason stuff really exist and if the singers are actually a part of the illuminati?

  18. Cathleen

    TL;DR Are there s lot of anti-fans in South Korea and are they as bad as the internet makes them out to be?

  19. Okay this is a question for the tl:dr. U m what were your opinions on the mama performances such as Sistar’s Nasty Alone dance or Super Junior’s Spy performance, compared to their music videos?

  20. yup! those are pig intestines!!its actually very nice to me, but maybe cos our tastes are different?

  21. Oh, and something else… and this is like a basic rule for me and my relationship with food.

    Don’t tell me what it is (liver, heart, tongue *yes, tongue* etc), just give it to me. Or else, I won’t eat it.

  22. “3) We ate something that we think might be pig anus

    Ok we don’t know what it is. All we know is that it was small,
    tubular, really really chewy, and smelled something fierce. Our guess is
    that it was anus.”

    *falls off the chair laughing* Oh, guys… you really cheer up my day xD

    Anyways, yeah… I’ve tried different things food-like and yes, it’s weird and different… sometimes scary but if It’s bad, there’s always a good story to tell when you’re drunk with your friends “Hey, remember the time I ate…?” :D

    It never fails, trust me.

  23. senvillenosutoorii
    senvillenosutoorii

    TLDR question: what’s your general life philosophy? You guys seem so happy and positive about everything, what kind of thoughts lay beyond this sparkling, dazzling joy and crazy creativity? Could you form some kind of 10 EYK Commandments or sth like this and share it with us?^__^

  24. My school loves a good Hway-shik! So far (I have only been here for 4 months!) I have eaten blowfish, hweh (just…raw fish), some kind of traditional mushroom spread (you know, 20 banchan with the main ingredient inside and some way-too-spicy-soup) that has an incredibly strong flavor, and some kind of traditional root vegetable pronounced Do-dok. They can’t ever seem to go to an average restaurant, but I have enjoyed the experience anyway!

    BTW the mushroom restaurant was BOMB. The soup was too spicy and my co-teacher’s 6 year old choked on a fish bone and threw up what seemed like 2 years worth of rice but hey…never let a little throw-up ruin your restaurant experience I always say. I love my culinary times here!!

  25. JenniferSakraida

    I got a TL;DR question!

    The main plot of Pasta starts with all the female staff being fired. My first reaction to this was LAWSUITS! But how much legal equality do women have in Korea? I have read a few articles in business magazines that mention how women are payed less, have lower positions in businesses, etc. Do women have the right to sue for being fired/not promoted for their sex?

  26. I’m a very picky eater and also live in Jerusalem, Israel where a lot of things aren’t common because they’re not kosher (ie: seafood, pork etc)
    But lately I’ve been trying to keep an open mind and experiment a lot. I had some really pleasant surprises and now I actually like eating! (before I always used to say that if I didn’t need to eat in order to live I probably wouldn’t have bothered at all)
    This is really the only way to go, Kudos to you open-minded lovelies!

  27. Not anus, exactly, but close. It’s large intestine cut widthwise. PS I like your planter. I gotta make me one of those!

  28. Read this article! D**ks for everyone! Guaranteed to make you throw up in your mouth a little :P

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/24/asexual-mao-sugiyama-cooks-serves-own-genitals_n_1543307.html

  29. you guys swallow fish bone ?! please don’t eat them, spit it out…

  30. Mio Mio
    Mio Mio

    I laughed so much lmao I never thought that eating a fish was that hard for someone who never had it whole? In Montenegro we also eat pretty much everything from the fist and you learn to eat around the bones, remove the smaller ones and we don’t really get alarmed by a fish bone lol I remember when my parents were teaching me how to eat catfish and I actually kinda choked and since then never again. Liver is pretty custom here, and a delicacy from both cow and chicken, we also eat sheep meat and tongue and brain, skin of pig and like dried salted pig meat from the him it’s called pershutto (i also spelled that wrong) and hand made meat tubes usually from pig( pig intestines are filled with pig meat) also eel. Oh and when pig fat is melted down for use in cooking, what’s left are čvarci it’s pig fat only fried-looking a bit hard and I personally don’t like it.

  31. LOL @ pig anus :-P I think it’s supposed to be intestines chopped up tho…. which leads to anus in the end I guess…

  32. Minty

    I’was wondering for a Long time …. Did you meet you’re fans sometimes in Korea ? ;) (Even if I don’t live in Korea Bouhouhou…)
    And whatch This ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAy4L7qvhW4

  33. @_@ Ah, Korean food concerns me. I was thinking about trying out teaching English in Korea for a year… but dear I’m afraid I’ll starve. I’m terribly picky in the U.S. as it is ;-;

  34. I was pleasantly eating a Subway sandwich when Simon said “We haven’t had any animal d****”. Suddenly I almost choked on my sub. Cough cough! Nice one.

  35. Mason YK

    Mak-chang (what you referred to as Pig anus) is actually pig intestines..

  36. I guess it depends where in north america you live. In Seattle, we love our seafood. There are plenty of restaurants that serve you whole fish and shellfish. I think the same is true for any coastal city or town.

  37. Aaaah, yes, makchang and gopchang. Makchang is large intestine and gopchang is small intestine, and it’s regional specialty of Daegu, where I live. My students are always like, “TEACHER. YOU MUST TRY MAKCHANG!!!” And I’m just… no. Nope. Uh-uh. Not gonna happen. I’m sorry. I can’t. I’ll try new things, but I can’t eat something that was connected to a butthole. I just can’t. You guys are brave for trying it.

  38. QUESTION FOR MARTINA: Did you watch “Reply 1997″ (응답하라1997)…which broke the Korean cable drama ratings history & got the highest viewership ratings EVER?!!! It’s the best k-drama EVER seriously, if you haven’t watched it yet, go check it out, it’s a must-watch k-drama! ^^

  39. What are some of your favorite korean dramas and actors?? What dramas have you watched so far?? :)

  40. millie102685

    Maybe your pig anus was actually chitterlings?
    I hate them because they smell like ass while being cooked which really turns your stomach before you even try them?
    (I don’t remember how it tastes, most likely blocked the memory.)

  41. I can’t agree more with the 물냉면(Mul-naengmyeon). First time I tried it I was a bit weirded out at the concept of cold noodles. And I wasn’t really okay with the taste on the first try. Soon after I was craving it like none other. I LOVE it now it’s so delicious <3

  42. disqus_OygMoAku1f

    Hi, I am new to Korea. I was really hoping someone could help me find an independent record store in Seoul or near by….or do they even exist in Korea? Please help, I would love to buy some music that is not digital…. shanks!

  43. oh those round thingy is pig’s large intestine not anus :)

    i love how you guys try to eat new stuff :) very adventurous when it comes to food :D

  44. luwilsays_RuI

    animal d? try searching for Soup #5! We have it here in the Philippines but never even tried to dare eat it.

  45. luwilsays_RuI

    fish bones? though here in the Philippines, sea foods are served in its complete form, I seriously can’t take swallowing a fish bone. Usually gets stuck in my throat. It hurts like hell and my throat feels like slashed or stabbed by a sharp substance. Too painful that can bring me to tears at times.

  46. I am also very experimental when it comes to trying new things out. I love trying foods or do activities that people wouldn’t normally do like ttakji or other things that I am learning from watching a lot of Korean shows and stuff. I have a feeling that when I move to Korean ill have fun and enjoy it maybe more than others =)

  47. Congrats on becoming officially a company :)

  48. You guys talk about things you use to not like, but like now. When I was little I remember eating pickled pork skin but I am not so much a meat eater now. Your video made me squirm just thinking about some of the food. When I was little I also saw a pig be beheaded and cut, then saw people eat it (cooked). Ever since then it traumatized me :( Anyways good video you guys :) I should try being more experimental like you guys there’s probably a lot of food I’m missing out on.

  49. momentmaker

    When you guys said you ate mermaids…I was the one who believed it…my brain was literally like,”oh mermaids. They must taste different.” And then i was like,”WAIT A SECOND…”

  50. Simon you have a cold? Your voice is like you’re get it sick!! Take care both of you~~ ^^! btw I have a friend that go for vacation to Korea, I hope she can enjoy strange food and then talk me about her experience.. Thanks for the vid!! I hope you can understand my rare english!

  51. michael milardi

    Wew, in Indonesia we actually really have dish from d**k, called satay torpedo… basically satay is meat skewers (usually from bit of chicken meat or mutton/goat meat) serve with peanut sauce or sweet soy sauce… almost similar with yakitori from japan although kinda different in shape and taste… cause it’s a “skewer” so satay “torpedo” literally is a testicle in a skewer, and usually it is not cut into tiny bit, it serve whole!!! T_T… they said that it worked as strong medicine/aphrodisiac…

    I think the name based on torpedo as the thingy usually shoots form a submarine… kinda creepy and coz of that i cannot think about submarine the same like when i was still a child (and submarine is like one of the coolest thing for 6 y’o me T_T)…… Anyway don’t know about the taste coz i never eat it and i don’t think i will eat it in the future >.<…

  52. i’m an exchange student in thailand and i’ve had a similar umm.. emotion, feelings idk towards thai food. at first i couldn’t stomach anything and everything was too spicy but now i love it all. EXCEPT OUR VERSION OF THAT SAUSAGEE THING!! We have fish balls we put in the noodles and once at lunch i thought it was a pork ball but oh how wrong i was. the minute i put it in my mouth i spit out my noodles and fish ball everywhere…probably my most embarrasing experiance here! oh and often times when you get certain fried chicken or duck they take the entire animal and just chop it up, cook it, and serve it. so you will be casually eating your bird and suddenly you are holding its head in your hands eyes, beak and all. oh and i got pretty good at eating bones, and putting entire pieces of meat in my mouth and spitting out the bone. thais eat everything from bugs to liver to chicken feet and joints to the best fruit in the universe y’all should come to thailand and try the food!! hmm? hmm? okay mai? great see you soon!! ;)

  53. actually here in México it is pretty common to eat a lot of parts of the cow or pig in tacos.. Like, tongue, or intestins, or liver, or eyes, or ears, or the esophagus, the pancreas, the heart, the skin, or a mixed between meet and skin, and even THE UTERUS! .. but i actually can’t remember is the penis too! MAYBE!

  54. actually here in México it is pretty common to eat a lot of parts of the cow or pig in tacos.. Like, tongue, or intestins, or eyes, or ears, skin, or a mixed between meet and skin!

  55. Wow, I never realized how off-putting it was for North Americans to be served whole fish. I guess it’s an Asian thing? Here in the Philippines, if you go to local mid- to lower-tier restaurants, they will serve whole fish. Some people will even eat the head…like, suck at it and eat the eyes. Gah. Whenever my mom would do that it would gross us siblings out.

    And I had a fear of bones sticking in my throat and choking me too! However, there are some fish dishes where eating the bones has become so easy, because the fish are either preserved/salted and/or fried to a crisp so the bones virtually disintegrate in your mouth.

    • Barry Adams

      Yep, for the North Americans who have never experienced being served a whole fish, it is a shock the first time. From my experience, the whole fish thing is mostly an Asian thing.

  56. In Portugal, if the fish fits in a plate or a plater it’ll come whole for you to work on. I think it’s supposed to show how fresh it is and so you can chose what part you want to eat

  57. SNOW!? I live in Illinois and It has barly snowed in 3 years!!! I miss it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  58. I miss banana milk so much! In Sydney it’s really easy to get Korean food and a lot of the Korean snack foods are in the Korean grocery stores, but never banana milk!! It makes me sad.

    I do try a lot of things but I can’t manage things like intestines. Luckily my husband usually saves me in the situations when like a plate of intestines is put in front of me.

  59. kittenlover

    this might seem like a topic you shouldnt talk much about but does korea have womenly things ( for example pads, razors, etc.). i was just wondering.

    • anne947

      lol yea they do.. its pretty much the same as in North America so there probably won’t be much to talk about. umm kpop idols advertise them? I’ve seen snsd advertise pads before XD

    • AnMei Lee

      If you use tampons though you may have trouble finding them :) At least in China they are basically impossible to find (except perhaps in Shanghai or Beijing?), and if you do they’ll look stupidly expensive next to everything else~ I would imaaagine South Korea it may be similar, anyone know? In any case you’re best to switch to pads if you dont already use them, the amount of different brands they have is astounding… Another famous foreigner problem over here is the lack of deodorant, so I’d stock up before coming~

    • I haven’t gone yet, but in the school’s handout (SCH University) they’ve sent to those who were accepted to go (that’s me! I go in the spring) it said that ” Tampons: Feminine napkins are preferred over tampons by Korean women. While feminine napkins are available with a wide variety, tampons are very expensive (and the boxes usually only contain around 8) and nearly impossible to find. If you prefer to tampons, bring a sufficient supply from home. ” So in this area, I guess it’s up to your preference.

  60. Michelle

    Haha yeah, it seems Asia in general likes to make use of everything. I’m from the US, but I live in an area with a LOT of Asians so I’ve been to plenty of restaurants that serve pig intestines or cow penis. I find chicken feet particularly delicious. Of course, whenever I tell my non-Asian friends things like that they’re like, “That’s disgusting! Why would you eat that?!”

    I always find the videos involving your North-American-meets-Asian experiences really interesting. I find myself relating to both since my parents are immigrants so I have that Asian influence but I also grew up in America, so yeah. I will eat organs, tough meat, seafood that stares into your soul, but I still like my shrimp shelled and fish deboned (mostly because it’s more convenient) and…I really don’t think I’ll ever eat pig anus or live octopus/squid. XD

  61. If there’s anything I still can’t eat, no matter how many times I’ve tried since childhood, it’s sundae. When my mom, sister, and I would go shopping when we were kids, we’d always stop at this meat shop and get this meat platter that included sundae. My sister loved (still loves) it so she’d get to eat most of it while I nom’d on the ham hock. I hated sundae back then, and I still can’t bring myself to eat it now. D:

  62. Caitlin S.

    Ahahaha just to tell you, that small, tubular thing you probably ate at a meat-grilling restaurant is the small (or large) intestines. ^^ They taste pretty good if you cook them right. You have to cook it for a long time after it like shrivels up…. yeah… not what you guys thought it was XD

  63. Nazaret

    lmaooo I love the Super Junior fur hat reference at the end :)

  64. I was a vegetarian since birth until I came to Korea. I now love 막창 and 곱창!! But I think they really should just be eaten as 안주, not really a meal on its own.
    Have you tried dog, yet? I must say… It’s not tasty.

  65. My question is the following :) : What are some big ways South Korea has changed in the past ten years or few decades, and what are some areas that it is expected to keep changing in (i.e. immigration, change in government, more foreigners/waegukin living in Korea, etc.)?

  66. permanentlyconfuddled

    Erm do people in N. America not eat liver or heart or kidney?
    In the UK we still eat that stuff…. pretty sure mainland Europe do as well…. can get them in any butchers and lots of restaurants and pubs serve steak and kidney pies or liver and bacon.
    Though I do have a lot of friends who won’t eat organs or some animals like rabbit. I think it depends on how you are brought up. My family all eat and like all that sort of stuff. But when I mentioned one of my favourite foods was rabbit stew to one of my friends in primary school when I was like 9, she freaked and cried and I got told off by my teacher…. (she had a pet rabbit).
    So…. not sure what I was trying to say. But we have that fear over fish bones as well though we do get served whole fish occasionally. I suppose it depends where you eat.

  67. In the south (US) some people eat pig intestines (chitlins). I used to eat it alll the time when I was a kid~

  68. bigbangfosho
    bigbangfosho

    I think people who grow up with asian surroundings grow to like seafood as a whole. My parents describe seafood with this flavor/word. I don’t know what its translation is in english, but in Chinese, it sounds like “xian”. Basically it’s like a really strong seafood flavor, and for asians, it defines what seafood tastes like. I wasn’t born in asia, so I don’t really like the taste.

    Apparently for my parents, eating the seafood as a whole preserves its flavor.

  69. emily235

    I had a little bit of trouble liking kimchi. Maybe I shouldn’t go to Korea -.-”

  70. Anthony Bourdain went to Korea and ate chicken anus. It was funny! Korea was too much for him!

  71. Katherine

    회식 doesn’t actually mean seafood eating party! seafood is a popular choice, but the word itself means after-work dinner – hway means company and sik means food. also, makchang is the large intestine of a pig :D
    also, have you guys tried hong-eo (홍어)? it’s my favorite fish of all time :D

  72. I live in Canada, woot!, and one of the strangest foods I’ve tried is Black Bear meat. Yes that’s right, I ate a bear. It was interesting, it tasted kinda like roast beef plus lots of other meat flavors. It was delicious.

    • irritablevowel
      irritablevowel

      I feel like I really want this to continue. Like, “I ate a bear, chopped down a tree with my bare hands and caught fish with my teeth all while riding a mountain lion.”

  73. 막창 (makchang) is not anus but large intestine :) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Makchang_gui oh and have you tried chicken gizzards? (닭똥집)

  74. i always eat fish like that xDD and im from a mexican background lol i like it cus the meat is so soft and tender and jucy hehe i dont eat the head and i take out all the bones .. i’m a pro at that now.

  75. Anna Smitz

    Now I kinda understand, why my friends are so fussy about seafood and other animals.
    Guess, growing up in an asian family, makes you forget, that a complete fish is only normal for you.

    Thanks for the very cheerful TLDR with cute sound effects.

  76. TL;DR ALTERNATIVE FUTURE QUESTION!!: Before coming to Korea and getting swept up in its awesomeness, what were you two planning to do with your careers and future?

  77. Rebekah

    have you guys tried silkworms called http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beondegi ? My parents eat this stuff and it’s really nasty.. I could never get myself to eat this stuff.

  78. one of the funniest TL;DR’s EVAR! i would try everything once, except the buttholes, or supposed buttholes. seriously, i’m still catching my breath, and coughing, possibly suffocating from laughter! can’t wait for more categories tomorrow! and whatever FAPFAP/WANK you guys have planned! be careful of getting sick! its finals week and i am not in the best shape myself, so…have a nice day!

  79. If any angry netizens try to be mean and not let S&M express themselves, I feel as though a swarm of Nasties will just rise up like a big….nasty….tsunami…..im ruining this idea…but yea, you can say what you want…was my point…

  80. “And when we talk about Korean meat being chewy, we’re not referring to typical cuts of beef, pork, or chicken. ”

    Beef, pork, chicken, MMMMM.

  81. Sandeul Baro

    what if you don’t eat meat other than chicken?? is there places that will tell you if this is pork, cow, lamb, ect..??? I mean I don’t like to be picky n all but I’ll feel bad if i sit there n keep asking the waiter or counter person what everything is/ has in it…i feel like I would make people mad… -_______________-”

  82. KATHyphenTUN
    KATHyphenTUN

    Hahaha all I could think about the whole time was your story about the pig fat (i think that’s what it was) with you guys faking the emergency to run away and then they nicely packed up the food for you to take home!!…. (and then you ‘forgot’ it at a public phone booth)….. XD that story killed me i was laughing so hard!!! this video did not disappoint as well! I was laugh pretty hard! great job guys!

  83. This was hilarious!! I almost choked on my goldfish for laughing!

  84. Is it bad that I was watching this while eating potato fries and now I really, really, really want some octopus…. in takoyaki form??

  85. I rmbr when I visited my cousin in Florida when we were both 5 and his 11 year old sister started saying things like “look at the shrimp you’re eating! it’s looking at you, judging you for killing it and devouring it” and i was like “pfft idgaf, NYAMNYAMNYAM” but i heard to this day (i’m 19 now lol) he still doesn’t eat shrimp. LOLZ

  86. Enjoying the fact that you guys have put out sooo many videos this week! I really missed you guys~~ And I really appreciate it!

  87. BakaBabo

    I don’t know about pig buttholes, but liver is really good. I’m kinda surprised that liver is considered to be exotic in America.

    • There’s a dish called foie gras- fat duck/ goose liver, that’s supposed to be really good that you can get in Canada. It’s a considered a French dish though, not Canadian, so yea it is considered exotic/ foreign. And like they said, we don’t eat anything except the meat- no organs(no intestines, and definitely no heart!). The only thing I would call an exception is Black pudding,aka blood sausage which I typically eat around Christmas.

  88. Should not have watched this in the library. Best part was the chef sprinkling **** in food.

  89. JustDense

    I think my food taste works on the exact opposite way from you guise ahaha. Everytime I see fish completely deboned, without head and it’s skin, it feels like it wasn’t fish, same with the shrimps. I’m so used to peel off the skin and chop the head, that if I see shrimp broth with peeled ones, it’s like someone took all the fun away from eating it haha.
    But what can you do about it when you come from a coastal city. Seafood is always tasty.
    Also, my granny always cooks chicken broth with the legs, heart, liver, kidneys and sometimes the lungs included. They’re usually given to her dogs, but I personally like the taste (specially the heart).

  90. Um, I could be wrong, but did Martina say similarily?
    O.o
    Well, I’m not gonna be one to judge lol, I haven’t even gotten to Korea yet(it’s what I’m studying at school) and my English is already starting to suck. >.<
    But I totally get the thing you were saying about the shrimp and the fish. My mom was born on an island in the Pacific, so she eats shrimp whole with the shell and tail and everything, and she eats every part of the fish(well, except the scales, but I don't think anyone eats those…) I used to think it was really weird and bad for her, but I actually started trying them about 2 years ago, and now that's how I eat them too! I think people would be surprised what they like or don't mind eating if they tried food outside their comfort zone :)

  91. I actually did do the emergency call before. It was at a restaurant in Paris ( a noodle restaurant) and I was sooo hungry, but the food was just… terrible. And I eat almost everything no matter what, but I still couldn”t eat that.. I kind of felt bad, but if everybody does it once in their life, then I dont have to feel guilty anymore!! woohoo xD

  92. Here in Britain I can find all kinds of weird organ food xD And entire fish, and entire prawns. I think I first ripped up a prawn when I was like, five years old LOL however live seafood and anus is pretty hard come by.

  93. Oriane Yia

    that’s funny because here, in France, well maybe it’s just at my own home but, i always eat (not on my own obviously ) a whole fish (head and tail included) or whole shrimp or even whole pig (no, just kidding for this one). i don’t usually see shelled shrimp in my plate

  94. what does banana milk taste like? like, is it really sweet? i’ve always wondered
    also, as someone who really cannot eat fish (as in one bite makes me feel stomach sick), is it going to be hard to eat out at restaurants or from street vendors?

    • Crystal

      Banana milk is really sweet. Like banana candy or banana ice cream. I personally love it. They have blueberry milk too! You can easily avoid eating fish in South Korea. They eat lots of pork, chicken and beef, too. The street vendors serve up all kinds of deliciousness. Just don’t get the pressed fish cake (but it doesn’t taste that much like fish, so who knows, you might like it).

  95. I would never get used to the fish bones! When I was about 4 I had a fish bone get stuck in my throat…. Now I’m super anxious. Still love fish though!

  96. wait… so i was eating anus with soju this whole time??!!!!!

  97. theicecrumbs

    aaaw. i just realized how i missed you guys. it felt like ages since you last posted a tl;dr. i’m glad you’re back and i hope your grandpa’s doing well, martina. :)

    that d*ck food for everyone bit is hilariously gross. and that anus-looking thing! is that anus, really? all this time i was innocently referring to it as an octopus part but certainly not its anus! you have destroyed my world free of anus food! hahaha!

  98. I had similar experience with kimchi the first time, it was just too spicy, but I gave another chance and now I love it especially fried with rice

  99. I can’t wait to go to Korea and eat the delicious korean foods EVERYDAY!

    can’t waaaiiiiitttt!!!

  100. chochii

    I’m really curious as to how to eat this things, like, how are you supposed to do it?

    Anyways, Simon sounds sick, maybe the flu? take care guys!

  101. You guys are so brave for trying all those crazy foods! I doubt I’d even get the guts to eat live squids and.. ahem… well.. pig buttholes… :] I wonder if I’ll go to Korea I’ll turn into a major meat eater (considering the fact that I’m vegetarian)

    • I live in Seoul and was a vegetarian at home. In Korea I have to eat meat when I go out with people or else you will have no social life. At home, it’s super easy being vegetarian and plus meat is expensive! I really miss vegetarian food but there are heaps of Indian and other asian styled food here that’s vegetarian. Also there’s a Vegan restautant called the Loving Hut. Best vegetarian food I had and it’s Korean styled and spicy. noms.

  102. PunkyPrincess92
    PunkyPrincess92

    banana milk!!!! Taemin’s favourite!!!! i want some!!!!
    hahaha you guys talking about trying food you don’t like at first couple of times, sounds like me and songs!!! if i don’t like a song then i try and listen to it again later to see if it actually is a good song!! sometimes it works…sometimes it just doesn’t!
    at home i will never eat a fish head cos i just find it so creepy to look at!!! like it’s dead, but it’s still staring at me!!! and especially when i see it’s teeth!! my parents however eat it with ease!!
    “how do you do it Super Junior?”….O_o

  103. It’s fun to try something new. And when one happens to like it, it could be the best food experience in a long while. My fathers wife is Thai, and she happens to like me a lot because I want to try everything when it comes to food! (Except blood, I won’t eat anything containing blood.. Does a lot of food contain blood in Korea? I know Sundae does)

  104. Salmon head is wonderful :3 i like the eyes and the cheek meat. mmmmm.

  105. There was a third part you guys didnt answer: “Have your parents ever tried Korean food and what do they think about t?

  106. In Jordan, there is a restaurant that serves sheep testicles. Yeah, I wasn’t brave enough to try that. Maybe someday!

  107. You should do a fapfap on how to eat these weird foods, like a whole fish… I’m from Barrie, Canada lol so none of that here.

    • I agree! I think I got whole fish from my grandmother when I was a kid, but I don’t remember how to eat it anymore. And all those other foods. I feel like I would stare at a bowl of Korean food, confused as to how I was supposed to go about eating it.

      • I live in Texas so there’s not much Korean food, but my
        brother found this little Korean area near Fort Worth so we decided to go there
        for lunch one day. We walked in and I felt like we had somehow been transported
        to Korea. No one even spoke English. I didn’t know what to do so after we sat
        down and the waitress came over I remembered MBLAQ’s Bibimbap song from Hello
        Baby so I just looked the waitress in the eye and was like “ehm,
        bibimbap?” Luckily she understood and brought it out, but it came with
        this little bowl of rice and this big bowl of a bunch of stuff and several
        little bowls filled with a bunch of other stuff and I had absolutely no idea
        how to eat it, so I just started to eat everything separately. I heard giggling
        and I look over and the waitress and her friends were laughing at me, and this
        ahjuma sitting at a table near us just looked at us and shook his head. It was
        so embarrassing. I swore that the next time I ate Korean food I would take an
        actual Korean with me so they could show me how to eat. -_-

        • ha! Yeah I went to a Korean restaurant near where I live, but luckily at the time I had a South Korean room mate who went with me. She ordered and showed me how to eat the meal we got, but that was apparently pretty easy. For that meal, you were supposed to eat the side dishes kind of separately, and the main dish you just mixed all together and ate. No one spoke English there, and I tried to communicate with the little bit of Korean I knew. I was so nervous though that I don’t remember the names of what we ordered, so if I go back I’m not sure what to order again, or what Korean words you are supposed to say for paying, and getting more side dishes, and other stuff. I should have taken notes.

        • Aubrielle Ford

          I live in TX and if you’re ever near Carrollton off the Bush tollway there’s an Hmart w/ an indoor food court (and kimchi bar! *drool*) and there’s some restaurants around outside too. Plano has Asia World Mart that has a food court next door w/ a Korean stall (my Korean mother-in-law approved of this one, it’s really good) and various other vendors too. There’s also a Ranch 99 that has at least one Korean restaurant around it and there’s supposed to be an Hmart coming in Plano too. Hope you’re able to try if you’re in the area!

    • We did a FAPFAP on eating whole fish! :P yayyyyyyy Barrie!

    • If you have any Chinatowns (like, full of immigrant Chinese people) nearby, walk into a Chinese restaurant and order a fish :) you’ll get one if they’re authentic!

  108. Ps. Welcome back, we missed you. Are things going OK back home?

  109. I used to not like Makchang or any type of intestines or stomach but I’ve grown to really like it. I previously really hated because of a bad childhood experience where i got a dirty one. I think the key to makchang is to go to a more famous place where they really clean them, which in turn makes them more comfortably to eat. I recommend Pal Ja Mak Chang (팔자막창), Hongdae Branch is owned by HAHA,Gangnam Branch is owned by Gary from Leesang and if you ever go to Busan the branch in Seomyeon Is owned by DJ DOC.

  110. Eli from U-Kiss on a tv program ate what looked like your pig anus, and I think he said it was intestines. I could be wrong though.

    My mother, who grew up in the Philippines, always said that if you ate fish bones one of them would get stick in the lining in your throat and you would choke and DIE!!! So I’ve always been too afraid to eat them.

  111. Oh please be confident about this video! I loved it so much. Plus, you made me laugh out loud in the library. Again.

    • I think there will be some criticism- but that’s to be expected. Most critics are bombarded by hateful comments, simply because of a comment that crtiqued ‘ok, so that wasn’t that good’. But I agree, there will be so many more people who will love this video than hate it!

  112. Isabel Ruby
    Isabel Ruby

    ohhh please post images/video of the snow! spudgy snow time fun? :D

  113. Catherine

    so much EYK this week! i’m a very happy nasty. our favorite bloggers are working so hard for us! thanks! ^^

  114. Head bones insides! That’s where the deliciousness is!! Nom nom nom

  115. Oh your Skyrim nerd-out moment made me so happy! ^.^
    Seriously, though, dragon bones, soooooo heavy.

    • We discussed the benefits of a fish bone armour, but we realized the plus-side of the lightness would out weigh the crappiness of having the protection of wearing a wet paper bag.

      • Heh. I love heavy armor. It looks cool and works well. It always makes me sad that Guild Wars won’t let me equip my necromancer with some freaking awesome armor. Instead she has to wear cloth. She might as well be wearing a wet paper bag! :)

    • Also, I’ve put enhancements on my armor to boost my carry weight, so it doesn’t bother me that much anymore. Plus I made an ultra smithing set which lets me upgrade the bajesus out of my other sets, so I’m not carrying around all too many dragon bones in the end :D

      • finally can ride dragons in the new dragonborn DLC!!

      • It got to the point where when a dragon flew down to attack me as I was wandering around minding my own business, I would just be seriously annoyed that I’d have to lug its stupid bones around with me, totally ruining my plans to loot the dungeon I’d been heading toward. I have a compulsion to pick up everything I find, even if I don’t need the money anymore, so I couldn’t make myself leave them behind. My second time through the game I knew that I didn’t actually need that many to make dragon armor, so I just bought the cheap Whiterun house right away, stashed some bones there for future smithing, and sold all the rest for a hefty early game profit.

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