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Korean Food We Didn’t Like But Now Love

December 6, 2012

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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. 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.)?

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

    3 years ago
  3. 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.

    3 years ago
  4. I had a little bit of trouble liking kimchi. Maybe I shouldn’t go to Korea -.-“

    3 years ago
  5. 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.

    3 years ago
    • 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.”

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

    3 years ago
    • I love gizzards. They are pretty much home food where I am from. I guess my country and Korea have a lot in common when it comes to food.

      3 years ago
  7. 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!

    3 years ago
  8. 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.

    3 years ago
  9. 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.

    3 years ago
  10. 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?

    3 years ago
  11. 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.

    3 years ago
  12. 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…

    3 years ago
  13. 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… -_______________-“

    3 years ago
  14. 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!

    3 years ago
  15. This was hilarious!! I almost choked on my goldfish for laughing!

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

    3 years ago
  17. 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

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

    3 years ago
  19. 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.

    3 years ago
    • 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.

      3 years ago
  20. Should not have watched this in the library. Best part was the chef sprinkling **** in food.

    3 years ago
    • I was watching this in the library too, everyone studying around me stopped and looked at the crazy girl trying not to laugh but failing badly.

      3 years ago
  21. 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).

    3 years ago
  22. 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

    3 years ago
  23. 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.

    3 years ago
  24. well i do like your eyes and martina’s too

    3 years ago
  25. 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

    3 years ago
    • hm, sometimes at bbq’s for weddings or big family events we’ve had a whole pig (no organs though). The pig would be on a spit with the typical apple in its mouth

      3 years ago
      • Oh boy !! isn’t it really big ? I think it’s scarier than a whole fish, :) .

        3 years ago
        • Sometimes yes, somtimes, unfortunately, I think they use a pig that’s pretty young… T^T and yea, I was terrified as a kid. My dad chased my with it’s head once… T^T

          3 years ago
  26. 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?

    3 years ago
  27. 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!

    3 years ago
  28. wait… so i was eating anus with soju this whole time??!!!!!

    3 years ago
  29. I can’t wait to go to Korea and eat the delicious korean foods EVERYDAY!

    can’t waaaiiiiitttt!!!

    3 years ago
  30. 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)

    3 years ago
    • 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.

      3 years ago
      • Highfive on being vegetarian! whoot whoot :3 And yeaaa I saw Simon and Martina’s video about the Loving Hut! The food looks amazing and well I guess meat is not THAT bad after all…. :D

        3 years ago
  31. 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

    3 years ago
  32. JTL

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

    3 years ago
    • Yeah, by the time we got round to editing it the video was already long, so we cut it out. Basically, for two minutes we said “yes, they came to Korea and liked the food” :D

      3 years ago
  33. 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.

    3 years ago
    • 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!

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

      3 years ago
    • 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.

      3 years ago
      • 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. -_-

        3 years ago
        • 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!

          3 years ago
        • 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.

          3 years ago
  34. Ps. Welcome back, we missed you. Are things going OK back home?

    3 years ago
  35. 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.

    3 years ago
  36. ohhh please post images/video of the snow! spudgy snow time fun? :D

    3 years ago
  37. 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

    3 years ago
    • 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.

      3 years ago
      • You use companions? Pfft! I conjure dual dremora lords then prance around while they destroy everything in sight :D

        3 years ago
        • Lol, no, I’m too badness to need a companion to do my fighting for me :P Maybe you got me confused with someone else? The only time I used one was as a sacrifice to Boethiah – that darn housecarl was always creeping around my house and eating all my food anyway.

          3 years ago
        • Ah! I misread “compulsion” as “companion.” My bad!

          3 years ago
    • finally can ride dragons in the new dragonborn DLC!!

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

    3 years ago
  39. 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.

    3 years ago
    • 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! :)

      3 years ago
  40. Head bones insides! That’s where the deliciousness is!! Nom nom nom

    3 years ago
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