Yay! We’re doing a video on Soo Zee’s favorite thing to eat! Soo Zee wasn’t in the video, though, because she went out with friends that night. Pfft! Who doesn’t want to film YouTube vids on a Friday night? Hanging out with friends is overrated! *sobs quietly in the corner*

회, or as we like to spell it, “hweh” isn’t really our favorite Korean food ever. It’s – to understand it basically – Korean sashimi. Raw fish, pulled out of the tanks at the side of the restaurant, chopped and given to you to eat. But it’s very much unlike Japanese Sashimi. They’re using totally different fish with very different textures. While Sashimi is more melt in your mouth buttery scrumptiousness, as you might remember from our Best Sushi in Japan video, Korean raw seafood is a bit more difficult to chew.

Also, 회 is super important to talk about, because it’s such a huge part of Korean corporate culture. It’s, like, THE staff dinner of choice. After work dinners are called 회식 (not necessarily related to the word 회), and very often people go to eat 회 for those dinners. Also, there’s a trend to get ridiculously shitfaced during these after work dinners. We did not do so for this video. Sorry guise! That was for this week’s WANK on Korean Drinking Games. Though, there were a bunch of drunk people around us at the place we went to, like one girl who was trying to reach in the tank herself to pull out a fish.

The place we went to isn’t really a traditional kind of corporate dinner 회 restaurant. It’s in the club district in Hongdae, and all of the tables have chairs. The more corporate 회 restaurants have long tables low to the ground, and people sit on the floor, which – for the life of us – we can’t stand. It’s soooo uncomfortable for us! We’re just not good at it at all! And it’s not good for video, so, err, yeah. That’s why we did the video this way instead.

Also, let’s just talk a bit about the spelling of 회 Supposedly, the Romanization gods have donned their mantles and bequeathed the spelling of “Hoe” for it. Now, does anyone else see a problem with this? English speakers? Do you feel like eating some hoe? Can you imagine writing in your blog afterwards “damn! That hoe was delicious!” How about “my hoe was a bit chewy. Next time I’ll go for it without the sea penis”

Let the endless jokes begin.

So, I refuse to spell 회 as “hoe,” because it doesn’t sound like that in English. “Hweh” or “hweh” would be more appropriate.

Anyhow, for those of you more interested in more info, we translated the menu for you, in case you’re feeling bold and want to go out for 회 on your own. We haven’t tried everything on the menu, but we tried a bunch of things, and talked about our favorite ones in the video. I’m sure, for those of you who tried it, that you have your own preferences, so please share them in the comments and let others know what’s good :D

Squid Menu Translated


Stew Menu Translated

Raw Fish Menu Translated

And, lastly, we’ve got a bunch of scenes that didn’t make the final cut, because WASH YO NAY WASH WASH YO NAY. FO MINIGHS! HWAH!


  1. what the restaurant name called? Wish to visit this place when I´m in Korea ^^

  2. Considering that ammonia is a poisonous household chemical/industrial fertilizer ingredient, I had no idea what you meant when you mentioned it in the context of fish. Did you perchance mean “anemone”(uh-NEM-a-Knee)?

  3. Gamyeon

    Okay now… in this translated menu, which ones are the bad, suspicious, lewd fishes ?

  4. I don’t know if trust you two since you hated my favorite lollipops when you were in México. However, you made me drool all over my keyboard and I want hweh so bad.

  5. Did you notice the drunk guy behind you XD ?

  6. Andara Tisnadisastra

    may i know where is this?

  7. Where is this place?? Does anyone know??

  8. gurl u forgot 2ne1?!

  9. Finally, you guys get back to what you do best: Food. Great video.


  11. How do we get there from Hongdae station? I wanna try it this week! :)

  12. Those penis-looking like (LOL) seafood are called echiuras or spoon worms :D

  13. GoldenAngelFeather

    how could you forget shinee when saying the boy bands with more than three members xD

  14. Ammonia? Don’t you mean anemone?

  15. I’ve always wanted to try one of those live squids but the moment I look at them moving on my dish, I just can’t help but back out.
    Ed of AlaskasHealthySeafood.com

  16. “Also, 회 is super important to talk about, because it’s such a huge part of Korean corporate culture. It’s, like, THE staff dinner of choice. After work dinners are called 회식 (not necessarily related to the word 회), and very often people go to eat 회 for those dinners. Also, there’s a trend to get ridiculously shitfaced during these after work dinners.” If I ever get to work in a company in Korea… I’ll just say I’m sick everytime they want to go to such restaurant XD *nice idea huh?*

    “회” to me it sounds like “hwe”(when you pronounce it… you barely hear the “o”)…. like a duck trying to sound like a vampire XDD *sorry I couldn’t think of anything else*

    Great job!! :D


  17. arent the anatomy-shaped fish-things geoyduk? (pronouced gooey duck)

  18. The “sea penises” lmfao are actually “sea cucumbers”
    I hate them but my mom keeps on making it because they’re actually really good for you because they’re high is protein. But after watching the video and reading the post, SIMON. I CAN’T EVEN BEAR TO LOOK AT THEM ANYMORE WITHOUT BURSTING INTO LAUGHTER.
    Sigh. Deep fried seafood sounds yummy, I want to go to Korea solely for the purpose of food now.

    • 개불 are different from sea cucumbers. 개불 basically look like severed penises and sea cucumbers are different colors and have pricklys and such that stick out of its body. I wouldn’t want to eat either of them…

  19. The “Hwe” in “Hwe Shik (회식)” is not the same Hwe as in the you’re eating. The Hwe in Hwe Shik is for “company / gathering”.


    Also – the fish you mention that are native to Korea are actually universal. The Ocean doesn’t have borders =). The fish you ordered for instance is a Flounder in English.

    • They are actually closer to fluke, or summer flounder, which is common in the east coast of North America.

      reason why Korean-style hwoeh is chewy is because the fish is fresh. If
      you age the fish, 광어 even for several hours, the flesh becomes tender.

      are lots of Japanese style sushi restaurants in Seoul by the way. If
      you don’t like hwoeh, 활어회, there’s no reason to stick with it.

      • Yeah, I’ve heard David Chang (The guy from Momo Fuku) talk about the age of raw fish. He thinks that the best time to eat raw fish is after a few hours – not immediately. The thing about good tasting raw fish = super fresh is a myth. The method of killing the fish is also a factor in the quality of taste.

  20. I’m not sure i understand everything you said ! i was distracted by the couple on your left side behind you.
    Thank you for this FAPFAP even though i’m not really into raw fish (at all)

  21. What’s with the guy in the background with his head down at 6:15?

  22. UP UP AND U-HWEH? OK SORRY FOR THAT. @simonandmartina:disqus I just had to…

  23. AAAND Martina totally swears on camera :))

  24. dammit… indie music and pop music are Not mutually exclusive.

  25. ugh, now i’m super hungry for fish and i live no where near oceans so the sushi isn’t that great.

  26. lol “you want some hoe with that?” xD
    Haha hweh sounds cool anyways.
    Thank you for the translated menu! I know a few Korean restaurants so perhaps I will be adventurous sometime~

  27. Martina missed the perfect opportunity to “Hweh Hweh, Hweh Hweh” T-ara N4 style…

  28. i was watching the bloopers.. at 3:22, i got so distracted by the song that was playing in the background that I didn’t hear what Martina was saying. :’( Gu Family Book OST. Rewind.. selective listening on Martina!

  29. hey it’s your fanmail necklace! :D
    side note those scallops look sosososo yummy (~*_*)~

  30. I’d love to know where this place is. I’m heading to Seoul in 2 months and the last time I was there I tried the local sashimi, yucks! This looks rather good though :)

  31. Awesome! You guys made my mouth to water. :) I’ve never been to a Korean raw seafood restaurant even though I’m a Korean and lived in Korea for over 20 years! lol I would love to try grilled scallop and pen shell! They look really tasty!

  32. thisisjustforfunval

    This was a great FapFap. I was yelling names of groups at you guys during your drinking game.

    I can’t lie though, I couldn’t help but watch that couple behind you guys. Especially when the girl starts rubbing up on the guys arm. I’m easily distracted.


    *fan girl*

  34. AZNLife(a.k.a Wendy)

    If my sister and I went, I think we would end up spending around $100 or more. LOL we eat a lot.

  35. I can’t get over this… Is it seriously called “ammonia”??? Or are you guys actually talking about “anemone”? Either way… as a huge sushi/sashimi fan I HAVE to try this someday. Oh, you guys should take it to the next level and do a wank on eating “live” seafood =P

  36. irritablevowel

    I wasn’t very happy with the hweh I picked for dinner.
    I wasn’t very happy with the hoe I picked for dinner.
    Yes, I think it is very important to go with Simon and Martina’s spelling in order to maintain your reputation in polite company.

  37. when martina was talking about something in the bloopers i wasn’t listening i was just singing along to Gu Family Book OST playing in the BG

  38. anybody else find themselves watching the couple behind Martina at random moments throughout the video?

  39. seeing the menu it’s not that cheap. avg item is like 15000 won = $14.

  40. Hello . Can you tell me how much it cost you for the Hweh :) thanks

  41. truthfully, i couldn’t stop staring at Simon’s glasses the entire time you guys were talking about HWEH…but i was listening so that’s good, right? lol anyway Simon and Martina, could you guys post your favourite vegan Korean foods? that would be so cool. thanks!!

  42. You could always try kinilaw/kilawin, which is raw fish marinated in vinegar/lemon juice with chili and onion.

  43. The romanization of Korean words is notirously (or not notoriously enough) quirky and imprecise. (I mean, there is no R in Park Bom’s name, nor there is an L in Lee Min Ho’s. Why, romanization, why!?)

    • Even though their names are.. “Bak Bom and Yi Min Ho” according to Revised Romanization of Korean, the use their names Park and Lee. Because those are family names.

  44. My sister and I are going to Korea this summer.
    Should we really try some raw fish? I would definitely try it here in Germany,
    but is it save enough over there or would it just be recommendable in this exact restaurant?
    Hope someone can help us :)

  45. Diana Cristina Munteanu

    hey guys just wanted to say that you kept saying sushimi but it’s actually sashimi :D

  46. That ammonia thingy is pronounced like Mung-Gae and written as 멍개. And yes, it is an acquired taste. Very much so.

  47. Hey, something is funky with your video sound for the last few uploads, it keeps jumping between speakers on my mac retina. doesn’t do this with iTunes, and not on your previous videos. just FYI

  48. :O I love squid and scallops. I’m not really a fish fan when I still need to get rid of the bones but other wise I do like it.
    What I also like is smoked fish like salmon and eel. But I also like raw haring with unions but not many people like it.

    I also like fried fish and squid especially with a though around it. ^_^

    I liked to see this but I’m wondering now I see like living fish that get served after killing it.
    Does Korea also serve fish that is still alive like some of the other Asian countries has?

  49. Omona! Is that the theme for Gu Family Book in the background?! Oh God, that ending. SEASON TWO ARRRGGHH SO MANY FEELINGS CURSE YOU HWEH PLAAAAAAAACE!

    • YES. I started singing along when I heard it~ (ALL THE FEELS)
      I just imagine when I go to Korea I’ll be singing along to everything :>

  50. Oh you can eat those noodles, only they don’t have distinctive tastes ;P Some restaurants serve those noodles drenched in mayo and corns as ban-chan, which means side dish, and I like it!

  51. You guys dont give directions to these places that you guys go to anymore D: It would be nice please. And telling us how much you guys spent.

  52. WHY am I torturing myself watching S&M having Hweh 3:00 in the morning? I’m going there tomorrow, Nothing can stop me.

  53. Hilda B

    I would order everything with shrimps and squid in it. Because I learned from Japan – squid is delicious.

  54. that looks so tasty.

  55. I made myself something to eat on purpose this time, so I wouldn’t die of jealousy of your yummy food I’ll never get here in Norway! Well… Fail. Leftover potato salad, why you no yummy like the fishies?? When I go to SK I’ll eat hweh and sing the Gollum song! *Hrm* Nice video as always :)

  56. I want to eat fish like that one day, so fresh.

  57. Lol Martina dropped the F-bomb at 1:10 in the bloopers XD
    Am I the only one who noticed that? o.o

  58. FYI – a lot of your more mature audiences don’t mind the cussing. If anything, it makes you more relateable and “human” instead of internet celebs. ;)

  59. PunkyPrincess92

    i REALLY want to eat seafood like that!!! T_T i hate watching you guise eat delicious looking food!!! (but of course i love it as well!!)

    random comment i wanna make…..i’ve learnt about quite a lot of fish and their names thanks to Animal Crossing haha!! (i freakin’ hate you sea bass!!!)

  60. OMG Batoost spotted! (heard) in the bloopers at 1:01-1:05. I’m pretty sure that Will you be alright?

    haha I thought I was the only who couldn’t click on the translated menus.

    This looked fun! Never really was a fan of sashimi though so don’t know how much I would like Hweh :P

  61. Akira Miyashi

    On a totally unrelated note: I love your dress Martina! It’s so pretty. :)
    Something related: No hweh for me. I’m a vegetarian.

  62. Gu Family Book OST song “Best Wishes To You” by The One in the background of the bloopers. Oh yeah! I love that song right now.

  63. Any time I click on the menu pictures it just redirects back to the blog post… :(

  64. And I’ve gotta say it. You said MORE THAN three members. TTS has three members. You should have said more than or equal to.


  65. I think it´s so said for those fish,you can still see them swimming and a few minutes later you can have them on a plate :S luckily I don’t like fish!

  66. FapFap, Wank AND TLDR all in one week?

    You spoil us!

  67. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1zTAroiycA contains the moving octopus and squid thing simon and martina don’t like XD

  68. Koreans love chewy food. That’s why fresh sashimi is preferred in Korea. The fresher the fish is the more chewy hwoeh is. It’s sort of like preferring your pasta al dente over soft. I happen to be a Korean who prefers the Japanese style of aging sashimi so that the flesh becomes softer but I am definitely in the tiny minority.

  69. The akward moment when you are allergic to all mollusks and crustaceans :(

  70. Thank you guys for the translated menus! I always wished you guys did that at other places you went to. Please continue to do that!
    The servings seem to be really big. Did you order the large size for all three, or were some small? I don’t eat very much so one worry I have when it comes to going out is being able to eat it all because I hate wasting food.

  71. Hweh looks like it would sound like a barfing noise o_0. But hoe sounds even worse. “Mom, can we eat some hoe?” “Sure thing! Let’s got to the Hoe Resteraunt!”

  72. the picture is 100×100 and squinting my eyes does not help… >,<
    is this an error?…please put up a bigger picture :/

  73. Hilda B

    Yaaaay… Thanks guise….. for the translated menu…

  74. Shelley Beh

    I enjoyed this FAPFAP. Hoe/Hweh is one of the things I really wanna try when I go to Korea. I’m game to try lots of new raw seafoods.

  75. Only on EYK would one hear penis fish. Ooo you so nasty! I found spinning penis fish: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUNniZwuCio …I don’t even…why did I google penis fish?!

  76. Hmmm yum yum porn food lol .

  77. Amihellou

    Watched all three videos and now I wanna eat sushi >.<
    I'm glad that I'm in Japan right now, but where I can get sushi at 1am ?!?! Maybe I have to sleep and then go eat sushi at the morning… But I really want it now TT^TT

  78. TT.TT I don’t like the fishes looking at me. I would not be able to eat there with teh live fishes lookign at me, I would feel horriable and if one happened to stare at me i just know he would be like “Murderer how could you!!! I trusted youuuuuuu~”

    but other than that it looks good, although i do have an overwhelming urge to poke that pile of white fish and see if it Jiggles like Jello.
    Also that last one you mentioned which i forgot the name already…..no, just no. do not ruin Sprite like that.

  79. Martina! At 3:56 in the vid, you do what I call the “happy food dance,” too! Whenever I eat food I like, I find myself rocking back and forth unconsciously… as if my body is so happy to be consuming so delicious, it cannot contain itself :D

  80. the penis looking fish is literally the penis fish : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urechis_unicinctus popular in Korea, not so much anywhere else.

  81. I was so scared you guys were going to Noryangjin cos I had the worst experience there! Although the food (WHY DIDN’T YOU GUYS GET ABALONEEEEE) was good, the people were not.. Will try Marine Boy the next time I’m in Seoul! :)

  82. So Orange Caramel, U-Beat and Tities have more than 3 members now? I must have missed something… :-p

    I think what you’re referring to as sea penis is sea cucumber. Sea cucumbers are really dick-faced.

    • I’m pretty sure in Eat Your Kimchi’s own interview of uBEAT they said Kevin wasn’t actually a member he was just featuring. Martina you lost right out of the gate! Simon shouldn’t have taken that shot!!

  83. The first menu picture (stew) won’t open. It says something like 504 Gateway or some shiz like that :3

  84. typo… says girl bands on the screen when you’re doing boy bands XD

  85. LongClawTiger

    Those portions look huge! I remember you guys talking about portions being a lot smaller in korea. Is each of those dishes meant to serve a whole party?

  86. your audio has worsen this few weeks

  87. something weird with the video here in your page its blurry even on HD setting but via yt it was good is it just me this happing too?

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