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!

  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. 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. 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 > . .)


  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

    [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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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


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

  30. 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. 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. 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! ^^

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