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

  2. the bestest two dorks EVAR!

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

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

  5. “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


  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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)

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

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

  11. 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!

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

  13. 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*

  15. 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.

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

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

  18. 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

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

  20. 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 :)

  21. 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!!!)

  22. 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

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

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. It’s the same way for me..

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

  28. 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.

  29. 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

  30. That’s because we’re going to crazy loud places! ^^ If we didn’t have those little clip on mics, you wouldn’t hear us AT ALL! Crazy Korean night life!

  31. I know! The camera got bumped on it’s tripod by the people behind us and the server, it was a VERY tight space. Plus, it was actually really dark so we had the ISO cranked and the focus range was very shalloooowww! Garh sorry!

  32. 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

  33. 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!!

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

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

  36. 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?

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