December 6, 2012
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.
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!