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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.

    2 years 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

    3 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. :)

    3 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.

    3 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…

    3 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! ^^

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

    3 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.

      3 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.

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

    3 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).

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

      3 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.

    3 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!

    3 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.

    3 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.

    3 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.

    3 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.

    3 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!

    3 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

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

    3 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.

      3 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.

    3 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?

      3 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.

    3 years ago