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Korean Mukbangs and Food Porn Superstars

April 15, 2015

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So, I’m writing this blog post right after filming the 먹방 Mukbang, and I’m done. DONE! It’s time for a nap. How do people eat so much on camera and be awake for so long? Martina surprised me. She’s still got energy to go, but I’m ready to call it a night. I’m not sure if it’s because she eats more than me, or if she eats less than me, but at a slower rate, so it looks like she’s eating more when she isn’t. That’s what I’m gonna say. Or, hell, I just don’t eat a lot.

Anyhow, this video was rather challenging for us to shoot, though it seems simpler than our other TL;DRs, because it’s all one take. My fear in doing videos in one take: if we say something wrong, you can’t fix it. Also this might be a challenge for you to get through. It’s over 30 minutes long of non-stop eating and talking! Can you handle the challenge? CAN YOU!!?? I say pull out your homework, prepare some food to eat, get ready to do some cooking, clean your room, do your ironing, put on makeup, pull out your weights, whatever it is that you to need get done and prepare for this crazy long video!

Now do to our food noming, I’m sure we didn’t get everything spot on in this video. There is one thing that I’m not sure if we emphasized strongly enough: being a famous BJ (still can’t get over that term) is not as easy as just eating on camera, and we said “hey, if you want to pay us $18,000 for five minutes of work, we’ll do it!” but that kinda belittles how hard it is to build an audience. I feel the same way when I read online comments about Pewdiepie from old people who don’t understand YouTube, and they think he’s just a screaming idiot who plays videos games and shits money. The appearance of effortlessness is important, I think, and if he’s convinced those not in the know, then he’s doing his job well, but as YouTubers ourselves, we know that a buttload of work goes into this. And I’d say that a lot of work goes into being a famous BJ as well. A BIG FAMOUS BJ OH MY GOD I CAN’T NOT THINK OF BJ AS BLOWJOB. WHO LET THIS COMPANY USE BJ AS AN ACRONYM!!??

Interestingly, we were approached my Afreeca a while ago to be BIG OL JUICY BJs on their channel, but we refused because back then they didn’t stream worldwide. Since most of you reading this are not in Korea (over 97% of you are) it wouldn’t make sense to put our time into BJing which could result in us neglecting our YouTube videos So, no, we won’t only BJ in Korea. We’d rather BJ ALL OVER THE WORLD. BJs for everyone! By the way, I just went to Afreeca’s page and saw a section for BEST BJ. Plz. Afreeca plz. New name plz.

Otherwise, when it came to this topic, we really thought hard about the appeal of Mukbangs and how we can relate to them. We do a lot of food videos, where we eat on camera, drool over the food, and show you what it’s like. Are we doing Mukbangs, then? Though, I’d say we technically are, I would say that we’re kinda missing the spirit of Mukbang, in that we’re trying to do more to show you a cool place and explain different kinds of food to you, while I feel like Korean Mukbangs are more like Let’s Plays, in a way. I’m not sure, though. If you watch Mukbang, how would you say we’re doing things differently? I feel like we’re more inspired by travel shows by Anthony Bourdaine than we are inspired by live broadcasts, you know?

On that note: how many of you would want to watch a Meemers Mukbang? We’d put a stupid amount of wet food in front of him, turn on the camera, and have him answer your kitty questions. How many times do you like your paws a day, Meemers Oppa? What makes you purr the most, Meemers Oppa? NOTICE ME MEEMERS SENPAI! I think it’ll be a hit.

So yeah, that’s it for our TL;DR on Mukbangs. Let us know if you would watch mukbangs or if you do watch them, who is your favourite BJs. Also let us know if you see the appeal in watching people eat huge amounts of food. And congratulations to you if you managed to get through this whole video.

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  1. I feel like this would be a great way for competitive eaters to make extra money on the side.

    1 year ago
  2. I’m really into the nap-bang idea, seriously. I’m sure it would great for people feeling lonely at night or something. The BJ could also read a bedtime story before going to sleep, it could help people having trouble getting to sleep or something. BUT, I think there should be something similar to Mukbang but for people watching TV or a movie alone at home. It might be a bit problematic starting the TV-bang and the tv show at the same time if you’re streaming something, but like, I’m sure it would be all kind of awesome. Someone should design a Twitch/Afreeca-thingy for this

    2 years ago
  3. I loved watching this while downing my bowl of instant noodles. I’m very used to having company while having my meal and having a chat but my husband is out today for lunch. Just happened to stumble on this video (since I have a massive backlog of EYK videos I haven’t watched) and I actually really enjoyed the conversation and I feel like I’m not eating by myself.

    Would totally watch again if you guys did a mukbang or something like this youtube video. :)

    2 years ago
  4. I’m surprised that I finished the whole video, I said to myself that I couldn’t watch it, but at the end the 39 minutes went really fast! About what you said about watching people eat on tv, I actually do feel miserable because I get so hungry, well, more like a whim. I used to watch your live streams and when you opened the boxes full of food I just had to go and buy something to eat for myself because I literally cannot see you eat without feeling hungry and miserable.

    2 years ago
  5. Bob

    I’m glad you did a post and video on mukbangs. I just recently heard about them. I can’t say I get it. I did watch a few – the guy who cooks all his own meals is entertaining in that; it would probably be better if I understood Korean. But if I ever became an inveterate mukbang-watcher, I don’t think I’d readily admit it…

    2 years ago
  6. I’m so happy you guys finally did this video! I was telling co-workers and friends of mine last year about mukbangs and how that was what I wanted to do, too! XD They convinced me it would fail, since its not already popular in the US… And I can’t register an account on afreeca.tv due to being international…or, well, that was the case a year ago. I HAVE TWO SUGGESTIONS! WE MAKE OUR OWN EQUIVALENT WEBSITE FOR OUTSIDE KOREA, OR MAYBE YOU GAIZ CAN DO MUKBANG ON YOUR LIVE CHATS?! :D You do pretty much all the other stuff besides eating in those videos, right?? :3 I would totally join in and I think everyone else would have fun too! You could eat the food we sent you as gifts! ^^

    2 years ago
  7. Do you guys work across from YG Studios??? :o

    2 years ago
    • No. We work across from a design studio, which I’m assuming Papa YG contracts to do his construction stuff. I think the building across the street is entirely owned by him as well.

      2 years ago
  8. Anthony Bourdain is really cool. He inspires me on where to travel and what to eat. I’ve become more adventurous because of his influence.

    2 years ago
  9. you could have made so much money with your fapfaps. so sad.

    2 years ago
  10. No guns … is that on TV or something? I mean, there are gun video’s all over YouTube and I’ve seen groups like 2ne1 used guns in their MV’s (I am the best).

    2 years ago
    • Also in BTS’ ‘We Are Bulletproof’ and and MBLAQ song (I think it was called ‘This is War’).

      2 years ago
  11. I got hungry while watching the video and the next day went out and had deep fried squid at the local Korean restaurant. They have a new cook, he is from North Korea and I can taste the difference in the dishes he makes and how he makes them. Short version: more ginger and some kind of different tart that doesn’t seem to be citrus or vinegar but must be… somehow.

    Random thought: I wonder if mukbangs were the inspiration for the show Let’s Eat and the sequel.

    2 years ago
  12. I have a question!! I will be in Korea this summer and was wondering what are some of the things you can do in Korea over the summer? What is best recommended if you are traveling alone ( i know this isn’t normal in Korea)?! And i hear it is very humid and how mosquitos are everywhere but is this true? What is the weather like? Thanks!

    2 years ago
  13. I have to say that from a Western perspective (or at least from my perspective), mukbangs generate attention because there presently seems to be a lot of guilt associated with the food we eat, either from a health or ethical perspective. “Meat is bad/cruel! Dairy is bad/cruel! Sugar is the new poison! Salt is bloating!” Raw, vegan, and paleo diets in America seem to be more popular than ever. The sight of these usually young and waifish Koreans in mukbangs enjoying unbelievable portions of food without repercussions is both slightly grotesque and fascinating. I am captivated by these videos, not because I wish to live vicariously through them when they eat or need virtual company when I have meals, but because in a weird way, they refute the fat-shaming exercise-inducing can’t-eat-that culture of today. With myself and everybody around me partaking in some sort of diet, mukbangs are oddly satisfying in the same way that watching cyst-popping videos is satisfying — there is a feeling of release instead of constraint.

    2 years ago
  14. I have to say from a Western perspective (or at least from my perspective), mukbangs generate attention because there presently seems to be a lot of guilt associated with the food we eat, either from a health or ethical perspective. “Meat is bad/cruel! Dairy is bad/cruel! Sugar is the new poison! Salt is bloating!” Raw, vegan, and paleo diets in America seem to be more popular than ever. The sight of these usually young and waifish Koreans in mukbangs enjoying unbelievable portions of food without repercussions is both slightly grotesque and fascinating. I am captivated by these videos, not because I wish to live vicariously through them when they eat or need virtual company when I have meals, but because in a weird way, they refute the fat-shaming exercise-inducing can’t-eat-that culture of today. With myself and everybody around me partaking in some sort of diet, mukbangs are oddly satisfying in the same way that watching cyst-popping videos is satisfying — there is a feeling of release instead of constraint.

    2 years ago
  15. Hi!

    I have a question that would help me a lot for my seminar paper: I wonder how students in Korea mark the end of their high school education? e.g. in Croatia high school seniors spend their last day (or last three days) of high school celebrating in a way where each class is different from another. There are classes where all students have the same shirt with their own message, and in some classes students dress up in different characters (e.g. smurfs), and then after the graduation day each school organizes fancy dinner for their students.

    2 years ago
  16. I’ve been hearing lots about Mukbangs lately. I think a Spudgy Mukbang would rock! He’d help you make short work of all that food, and you could have him do request dances without feeling to guilty.

    2 years ago
  17. TL;DR Question: How are eating disorders approached/treated in South Korea? Do schools teach about this kind of stuff or not? Are there treatments for these types of body dysmorphic disorders? Also if a person does have an eating disorder and someone else finds out about it, are there ways to get help for the person? How are eating disorders seen in households? (because I have met parents of anorexic students who encourage their kid to eat less in order to lose weight…disgusting) Thanks!

    2 years ago
  18. MLE

    Don;t know if you’ve seen this or if someone else has already linked this, but I actually learnt about mukbang recently from this short documentary that was on my recommended feed.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wjXJL6ZwLk

    It’s pretty interesting and yes, some do burp on camera haha

    2 years ago
  19. Can anyone recommend any good Mukbangs to watch please? Except for Simon and Martina’s obviously! :)

    2 years ago
    • There’s a guy I watch regularly called 밴쯔 (Banzz I think is how he spells it in english?). It’s sometimes nice to have something just going on in the background while I draw in my fantastic eyebrows in the morning.

      2 years ago
  20. Well, here’s the dilemma. Watching Meemers Oppa eat? Of course. I would eat my tuna along with him, just like we were on a real date – purrfection.

    Buuuut, I do like to nap. And for a kitty that sleeps pretty much 16 hours a day, and nearly always just after tuna time, I am just a little concerned I may fall asleep. Because I know my Meemers Oppa does like his food… it’s how he has built his catly physique after all.

    So if I may so humbly suggest nap bang? Curling up with my Meemers Oppa, purr-haps in a different location each day, for a good hour or twelve would be bliss. Bonus is I get to sleep on the human’s keyboard – and with good cause! Now there’s a channel I could really get into.

    2 years ago
    • =^ㅅ^= I think what it really comes down to, is do I like eating or sleeping more? This is a dilemma I think all cats can agree with. Not to mention, the more food I eat, the more I want to sleep. Wait. I just thought of another purrfect idea! What about a Push Bang where my human places objects on the table and I push them off slowly for hours?

      2 years ago
  21. I’m not going to lie, I love watching people eat food. It’s been a weird habit since I was a kid. I remember being yelled at by my siblings to stop looking at them. It also might be why I love watching anything you guys do with food. Personally I find it super satisfying to watch, I have no way of eating all this food so It’s nice to watch. (And it just looks so good and watching people enjoy it just makes me happy).

    Would I pay for it? I don;t think so.

    2 years ago
  22. I’ve realized that although I like watching shows about food I don’t like watching people eat lots of food. I am extremely sensitive to the sounds of chewing and I think I would end up just feeling sick to my stomach if I would watch those types of shows. I actually had to stop watching this video because the sound of food consumption mixed with talking just was too much for me.

    2 years ago
  23. So here’s what mukbangs have in common from around the world:

    -Food porn–a very very big thing in general, on instagram(everyone jokes “nobody wants to see what you just ate) but ironically it’s among the most-searched things. Porn indicates that this is a “fantasy” i.e. “Oh I’d love to eat that much food” or “I’d love to eat a ton of delicious takeaways right now.” but you can’t. You’re on a diet, or you’re broke, or you’d never be able to finish it, and in Korea where you’ve mentioned diet culture is rather pervasive, I imagine the “Oh I’d love to eat that.” living vicariously is part of it.

    -Cooking Shows. One guy cooks his meals–and is a budding chef, so there’s some of that too. “Oh awesome I should try this recipe later.” Same reason why cooking shows are so popular in the US, and Honestly, I’d rather watch someone cook a meal and then eat it, because then I get to pick up their techniques and possibly copy them later.

    But what was mentioned in another journalism piece on mukbangs was this–Korea has a food culture–you mention it as well–that focuses highly on the communal aspect. Simon doesn’t find mukbangs appealing because he has a wife to eat with. But what if you live alone? What if you don’t have many friends or your friends are always busy? Then you can go to a restaurant, and eat alone, or you can eat at home with a someone who you know you like–that’s why mukbangs build viewership. It’s basically “hey, I like this person, and now I no longer eat alone.” The eating a ton or eating fast food is common for videos on youtube(competitive eating) and the “do something cute for 200 balloons” already exists on various websites elsewhere in the internet.

    But I totally understand Simon’s confusion for this. He’s never wanted or needed anything like this in his life, and when he was single it was well before twitch/the advent of the internet.

    2 years ago
  24. I saw a vice documentary about mukbangs so I was curious and tried to see what one was like. No matter which one I watched, they all ate while smacking their lips and making loud chewing noises while chewing with their mouths open and talking at the same time. I think in South Korea that is part of eating the food deliciously, but to me it’s disgusting and rude. So there’s that cultural difference, I suppose.

    2 years ago
  25. A smoking gun is like being caught red-handed. It’s the “best” piece of evidence, like if someone gets killed and they find someone a street over with a smoking gun, you know that they were the shooter.

    2 years ago
  26. this is off topic but i cant help my self! i keep on looking at martina’s perfect bangs it looks so nice!!!!! argh~!

    2 years ago
  27. ok that was oddly interesting? BUT I GOT SO huNGRY OMG. also petition for meemers mukbang please and thank you

    2 years ago
  28. I know this is out of this topic,but do you guys in Korea have black friday, or any events like this. THANKS!

    2 years ago
  29. After watching this…I kind of get the appeal to watching them? It really gives you a sense of closeness with the people eating, probably because eating with someone is such a familial, close gesture. I mean, at least in American culture, you don’t usually share a meal with strangers. Especially with you guys just chatting, it really felt like chatting with friends over a meal.

    2 years ago
  30. Did you see the Funny or Die video called “What’s Eating Steven Yuen?” where Steven Yuen decides to go to Korea and do mukbang? It’s pretty funny.

    2 years ago
    • Yeah! I saw a bit of it, but not the whole thing. I like where he doesn’t know what she’s saying :D

      2 years ago
  31. i think this is the first time you did a food video that you didn’t make Leigh eat something nasty. :)

    2 years ago
  32. Since this was a fairly long video, I watched it in stages before and after lunch. The part I watched before lunch made me progressively more and more hungry. I think I ate lunch half an hour earlier than usual. The part I watched after lunch made me feel really full. I was actually getting a little uncomfortable when Simon was full until he gave up eating.

    I agree with Simon, if I was on a calorie restricted diet, there’s no way I would be able to watch. If I’m hungry and I have to listen to someone eat I actually get really annoyed. Also, I’m the kind of person who has to eat regularly and on time. I can’t skip meals, or snack instead of eating real food without feeling sick.

    The video did have the feel of eating with friends. On the one hand, Simon ate the way I’d normally eat. Stuff your face, talk when you have to, repeat. When I go out to eat with friends, my side of the table gets pretty quiet. On the other hand, Martina was really good at this. She was giving the right level of talking and eating to make it seem like a fun time out with friends. Maybe it’s just that I desperately need to go out to eat with a girl? I don’t know.

    Will I watch Simon and Martina eat on video? Apparently, I just did. I’m not really of the balloon sending mentality though. I would much prefer to take them for nom nom noms in person if they came to LA.

    2 years ago
  33. DEEZ NUTS.

    2 years ago
  34. I’ve only seen few mukbangs that were covered in youtuber reactions on the Fine bros, and a news report of them. My bf showed it to me.
    I don’t seriously care that these people are eating more food than any person. That doesn’t disgust me. It’s usually the piggy like slurping. I sometimes slurp with noodles, but I am trained to not act like a pig when eating. Some of these BJs make awful slurpy noises. Jeez who makes slurping sounds eating fried chicken? Eat like normal people…

    Here’s the thing, yes I am planning to make a youtube show that has elements of mukbang. It would have me eating in front of a camera with moderate amounts of food. However, I wouldn’t eat large amounts of food though. That’s just asking for pain. I do want to bring my reactions of tasting instant noodle brands and other weird foods on camera though. (I have ideas for the Fire Noodles…) But at the same time, I want to combine the way how food travel shows have the host discuss about the food. Like explain the texture and why it tastes bad.

    2 years ago
  35. Vice did a good story on this “trend”
    http://munchies.vice.com/videos/munchies-presents-mukbang

    2 years ago
  36. More Rose, please. :)

    2 years ago
  37. Hey guys, can i ask you something?
    I’ve always wanted to study in other country and even stay to live abroad (i am from south america, i speak 3 languages spanish, french and english and im learning japanese and korean too) Lately i’ve felt like korea might be the one but…im a bit concerned about some stuff in some blogs that i have read °∆°)// and i would like to know if its really worth it?, like what kind of people might really like korea? Some advice maybe…
    Thanks for the awesome work you do, really.
    Love Eat your kimchi ^^

    2 years ago
  38. Wow, Martina is a PRO! Since the sting ray video, right? You can eat! hahahah If one day guise visit Brazil, sign me up for lunch/dinner, anytime! hahahah

    Mukbang, I don’t watch per se. But some food test on youtube. Like your WTF, but for food itens.

    2 years ago
  39. Funny story: I watched this while eating my personal take on Martina’s Jjajangmyeon recipe (well it wasn’t quite jjajangmyeon since I used black bean and garlic sauce as I just couldn’t find Chunjang, and replaced the pork with beef. But still!)

    As for my opinion on Mukbang: I don’t know, to be honest. Yours was fun to watch and it really felt like I was having diner with friends/relatives, and you kept the amount of food within reasonable quantites. At the same time, I’m a bit concerned by the (huge) amount of food that seems to be consumed in these programmes.

    Anyways. I think I’m more interested in seing people talk about food (Yay for FapFaps!) than just eating on camera^^

    2 years ago
  40. I think you should do another one where Simon gets to eat his two cakes and Marina eats her 5 bowls of ramen. #pleasenofoodsoundsinthemike

    2 years ago
  41. I actually watched this video while I was having dinner. (but I finished my food at the 9 minute mark..) I enjoyed this! But to be honest I like watching -anything- while I’m eating. I usually put up an episode of a series I like. Aren’t FAPFAPs your take on Mukbang? It’s basically the same (just not live, not as long and less food coma inducing)

    2 years ago
  42. oh yeah!!! ..I was waiting for that pepsi pop xD .. I like how Martina eat .. and i like this thing “Mukbang” … I will give you a tons of balloons :3

    2 years ago
  43. I had a really upset stomach all day today but after watching you guys eat, somehow, i feel better :D
    the magic of mukbang :D

    2 years ago
  44. Oh man I watched the whole video snuggled up in my bed. Oops the video was a half hour long. I’m gonna be late for work. And there’s a blizzard going on out side! Ummmmm. Nope still Gonna finish it .

    2 years ago
  45. Martina absolutely killed that Mukbang! She’s a hardcore sloppy BJ star in the making! She could do a mukbang, follow it up with a gymbang and then a gangbang (broadcasting herself shopping in Gangnam, of course). Simon, on the other hand…that was pretty weak, bro. That Dothraki moniker is in serious question after this.

    I’ve always enjoyed watching people eat for a number of reasons so it’s pretty interesting to see this Mukbang phenomenon take off. I haven’t actually watched one though I’ve heard of them, but maybe I could get into them if the right people do it for a Western audience. **coughMARTINAcough**

    My personal rationale and thoughts:

    I’m really into health, nutrition and bodybuilding so I’m always curious as to what people are putting into their bodies. (Insert crude S&M joke. Heheh. Insert… S&M… Sorry, everyone.) I follow a bunch of Youtube fitness channels and the most in-demand videos are probably the ones where the Youtubers show what they’re eating. If you guys went ahead and did Mukbang/Gymbang combos, it would make perfect sense since that’s what about 80% of Youtube fitness videos consist of: eating/working out. Nutrition is such an integral part of fitness so the heavy focus on eating is no-brainer, but for me, this curiosity into people’s diets also extends to celebrities, attractive people and individuals of talent in any field. It’s like my hunter-gatherer brain instinctively believes that by emulating successful people’s behavior, even their diets, I can achieve similar results.

    Another reason: vicarious pleasure. As Martina alluded to in the video, I think there are a lot of people who fantasize themselves as the person on-screen eating the food for one reason or another. And for a lot of dieters, the best way to satiate their cravings is to watch food porn. That’s definitely the case for me. I guess it could be considered mental masturbation with the sexy time explosion occurring in one’s psyche. Of course, people are different and not everyone reacts the same way e.g. Simon. Now that I think about it, the insane pressure to remain thin in South Korea could possibly be driving part of this Mukbang trend.

    Moral of the story: MOAR MUKTINA.

    2 years ago
    • I’d love to be knowledgeable enough to do gym/fitness videos, but we’re too busy trying to nursing and trying to prevent injuries at the gym to be able to do any cool exercises of value to viewers. Though we do go to the gym often, our sessions look more like Phsyio than Broscience :D

      Or, I could be wrong. Maybe people would be interested in that. I haven’t watched a lot of YouTube fitness videos. The only types of gym videos I’ve seen are of ridiculously fit people doing ridiculously fit things, while we’re here trying to keep our shoulders from popping out :/

      2 years ago
      • Yeah, I can understand where you’re coming from. I’ve been rehabilitating some major muscle imbalances/injuries for years while simultaneously trying to put on lean mass and only recently did I finally get over the hump. FINALLY! I would’ve been hesitant to show myself struggling to do proper form with light weights had I been running a conventional fitness channel during that time. But you guys are far from conventional and fitness is just a side hobby, not your bread and butter with your certified bro credentials on the line.

        I think people would love to see more of the elusive Stawskis in their natural habitat. I can see you guys doing your own little spin on things like a gym WANK with fun games, an Open the Happy vlog or a new lifestyle mini-series. BDSM (Bodybuilding Dummies Simon & Martina), anyone? :D

        2 years ago
    • Wow I kind-of feel you on this. I was trying to think why I find mukbangs so hard to watch compared to other food related things I like (what I ate blog posts, restaurant reviews, fapfaps, food travel shows, etc) And one reason is that I can’t stand livechats. Various donation “bonuses” offer livechats and I always think “that isn’t a donation perk… where will I get the time?”

      I’ve always had homecooked meals, and when people are shocked I cook dinner daily (yes everyday, Monday through Sunday, with leftovers sprinkled in from time to time) and only eat out like 2-4 times a month and that is including lunches, dinners, and snacks. So I find myself asking “normal” people what they eat all the time. And on the flip side, as a vegan I am constantly being asked what I eat other than fruits and veggies (answer a whole lot) As a vegan I find myself increasingly uninterested in seeing people eat certain foods (like chicken, meats, etc, it just isn’t something I think about anymore)

      You mention being curious about what healthy people eat and reading what some body builders eat- I might not want to watch that. Tonight I eat a boiled unseasoned chicken breast with steamed veggies. DESSERT?! Pre-weighted pringles. lol I know not everyone eats that way. I am pretty health conscious myself.

      2 years ago
      • Haha yeah, bodybuilding and optimal health can be mutually exclusive at times, especially when it involves drugs, junk food or starvation; that’s why I specifically listed both health and nutrition separately from it. I’m well aware of the fact that many in the bodybuilding community are still in the Dark Ages when it comes to those issues. That said, I do currently utilize the IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) approach not because of ignorance or lack of willpower but because of the difficulty of eating/digesting so many calories.

        For example, yesterday I had a protein shake and Scottish oats with organic ghee, strawberries and stevia for breakfast, and homemade lamb tripe curry with bok choy and brown rice for lunch. Dinner? Waffles, fudge-covered sugar wafers, slices of mozzarella cheese and peanuts. That’s what happens with a daily regimen of 4,300 calories, suboptimal meal planning and a strict budget. If I had replaced all that with organic fair trade quinoa, kale and hemp oil, my food/toilet paper bills would be through the roof, not to mention all the gas and indigestion! :O I could see myself reverting back to vegetarianism later on in life though; I used to be ovo-lacto with the occasional seafood during my teenage years.

        Btw, Martina Sagwabum… Satisfaction, I have the right tactics…

        2 years ago
    • Forgot to mention: in my “travels” across the internet I’ve come across actual American food porn and “fattening porn”, I guess you could call it, where both men and women are paid not only to eat copious amounts of food on-camera, but also to gain a specific amount of weight over a period of time. Never actually watched any of it (or haaave I?) but it appears to be in the same vein as mukbangs except it’s underground and the content is more explicit.

      2 years ago
  46. Meemers mukbangs!! Yes please!!!! <3

    2 years ago
  47. I would love to see a Meemers one with you talking about dramas and mangas!!! I would hate to watch one without eating, because whenever I watch Korean Dramas and they eat something I get sooooo hungry!!!

    2 years ago
  48. Usi

    Someone is using Marimekko napkins. I never thought I would see people using them hence the price :D.

    2 years ago
  49. Martina, you could totally pull the 먹방 off! and talk about make-up and Sailor Moon :)

    2 years ago
  50. You guise should keep making more of these Mukbangs. Why not make it a new catagory mixing fapfaps and live chats. The whole reason I subsribed to your youtube channel was because I like food and I saw your sushi episode. After that I watched more and more of your videos, so I’d love to see you guys try making these videos more often. ;)

    2 years ago
  51. I found a 먹방 on youtube once by chance, and it didn’t appeal to me whatsoever. Maybe it’s because I don’t understand Korean enough to listen to someone talk for an hour while eating food. If it were you guys, I’d be watching because I love watching you guys. Unknown people speaking with a language I don’t understand is not interesting to me. On the other hand, I would probably watch them if I could understand just a little bit more Korean. I think it’s another good way to practice your language skills (the listening comprehension see) to watch things that interest you. But I’m still not good enough to be doing that haha.
    ps. now I’m craving Korean food and I live very far from good Korean restaurants =___=

    2 years ago
  52. Oh my gosh, I had no idea you got my Ask on your Tumblr about this. Thank you so much for covering it, I wasn’t sure if you had answered something like this before or not so I sent the Ask under Anonymous.

    2 years ago
    • Whoops. This is what happens when I reply before I hit play on the video. Didn’t know someone had beaten me to asking about Mukbangs. Lmao

      2 years ago
  53. Now I’m hungry. I’m also feeling very desperate for non-dining hall food. I am so sick of dining hall food, and I want “real” food. I loved this video, but it also made me sad because I can’t wait to go back home and get some good food. Now to go try and find something that might satisfy my desire for “real” food.

    2 years ago
  54. I was just about to say that the Fine Brothers did “Youtubers react to Mukbang” and I really wish you were in this episode since you have a lot to say regarding this topic – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SG5WcKr4_m0
    I hope you will meet these guys one day.

    2 years ago
  55. Fine Bros did a youtubers react to mukbang which was quite hilarious. I will watch yours later when I have more time :)

    2 years ago
  56. Mia

    I think what I’m worried about, as a soon-to-be-dietitian (who loves you guys, ahhh!) is that there’s some serious disordered eating going on here, like binge eating. As far as how people are staying so thin, it could be that they do have a high metabolism, but I wonder if behind the scenes, a bulimia situation is going on? Don’t get me wrong, I love me some food, but I’m just worried!

    2 years ago
    • I wouldn’t be surprised if maybe they don’t eat anything except on camera (on days they are shooting) But I have to agree there is something weird going on. Whether it be that the food isn’t 100% real ie really low calorie foods made to look like something else. They do things like this all the time for TV shows. Like a skinny female actress isn’t really going to eat a burger over and over again on camera, so they make fake burgers, and fake buns. I am sure some of this isn’t true, since some video clips look like they are just doing take out. And uh… bulimia seems like another viable option.

      BUT I can say I know some people who have really fast metabolisms that probably could eat this much everyday and stay really thin. They had rock hard abs not because they worked out but because they just had such little fat. They didn’t eat healthfully either, mostly eating candy, cookies, fried foods, and lots of soda. I know my husband has a hard time keeping weight. In school he was constantly complaining how he kept loosing weight, and one of his biggest concern with my cooking was how filling a vegan diet would be. For the record he has GAINED weight on a vegan diet. But that is partially because I take some care in loading his food with extra calories. Maybe these people have hyperthyroid problems?

      Side note- I can get the idea of watching this if you are eating alone, but only if it was like this video. Some of the videos I was of mukbangs are just people eating mostly. I don’t want that. I want to hear something, it makes it feel a little more like a conversation, if that makes sense? I mean I already turn something on to watch when I am eating alone anyways.

      2 years ago
    • I totally agree with you. There are many great things about sharing your joy and interest in food, but the fact that it’s so much of the food consumed at one time can experienced/stimulate something wrong for some people with food issues. I also think about the whole capitalism feeling to it (a bit complex, sorry) – Look at all the food I am now eating, AND I get money for it!

      2 years ago
  57. oh gawd! I go by my middle name, Rose, so half way through I thought Martina was trying to feed meeeeeee!! ohmnomnoms ^_^

    2 years ago
    • I GO BY MY MIDDLE NAME TOO! You also know the struggle of people always asking why your first name doesn’t match :’)

      2 years ago
  58. Well yes. What to say, haha! I find it interesting when you guys talk. and I love korean food. So, I would watch EYK mukbang again (And the Meems!). But a regular one? No. It’s something about it that makes me feel weird. I always get jealous of the food you are eating though, so instead of reading for my exam now I will go out and buy food. Curses.

    2 years ago
  59. So… When will you open your afreecaTV channel?

    2 years ago
  60. This was aweeesome! Very funny and very mouthwatering^^ You should do no-edit type videos once in a while! I’ve seen a couple of YouTubers do them and it’s really refreshing to see them so ‘raw’ and real :)

    2 years ago
  61. oh my goodness, I’m so hungry now! I like how you didn’t edit out the ‘mistakes’ in the video, your conversation was so funny!

    2 years ago
    • I’m glad you like it! I feel so icky not tightening up a video, though. It’s so…uncomfortable for me. AHHHH!!!

      2 years ago