So, I’m experiencing something very new with the writing of this blog post. We kinda over-prepared for this video. Not as in, we had everything that we were gonna say planned out. I mean, we’re constantly worried that we’re gonna have some project pop up out of the blue (as projects always do) that might make us have to miss a video upload date, like we did often in 2013 when we were traveling, so we decided to be ultra-proactive this year and try to film a lot of stuff in advance. This video was filmed very much in advance. Like, over a month ago in advance. That’s not a bad thing in terms of getting a video done on time. I really like how this video turned out, in fact. The Man Chest Hair Nest is definitely my favorite part. My problem now is that I usually write the blog posts soon after filming the video, so everything’s fresh in my mind and I can comment more on the things that happened behind the scenes. But, umm, this is from so long ago now that my memories of the day are a bit faded. And so, now I’m at the blog post writing time like, errrp.

So let me try to write some stuff that I remember:

1) This stuff was definitely too sweet for me. The pumpkin stuff was our favourite of the two. Maybe the sweet one will taste less beany than the regular one? Not sure. I do remember seeing lots of people still eating Patbingsu even though it was cold outside, which makes me miss Patbingsu now.
2) The Ddeok in hot juk softens to the point of having a booger-like texture. Not my favorite way of eating Ddeok. I’m not sure how other people feel about it. Have you eaten this before? What are your thoughts on it?
3) We met a really nice guy on the way to filming this. He was a student at Yonsei. I’m sorry that we forgot your name. You had a nice new Yonsei jacket on, though!
4) This place made copious vats of the Pat Juk. They had a giant freaking pot that you could probably stand in, and it was full of this stuff. The chef behind the counter put in his gigantic bucket for a ladle and would scoop out lots and put them in plastic containers, I’m assuming for take out purposes.
5) There’s one scene in here in which we say that Leigh got the Kpop-quiz answer too quickly. That’s from a video we filmed and didn’t publish yet. It was filmed on the same day, in fact. Did we mention how we filmed lots of videos? Anyhow, we just edited this one first, because the other video we filmed was of a place that, umm, wasn’t really the best.
6) We have bloopers, as always!


Anyhow, I’d write more, but one of those pop up projects just popped up. By the time this is published we’ll have finished filming something with one of our favourite artists. Woot! They should be here in 20 minutes! I gotta prep the studio for them now. Make sure you click on this pretty button below right here so you don’t miss out on the video when it comes. Yay!

  1. The green stuff is shaved ice flavored with green tea powder.

  2. It looks so nice. We have a similar dish in Vietnamese culture its called chè đậu đỏ. I have this from time to time in my suburb. It’s around $3 and almost every restaurant and some sweets shops will sell this.

  3. Omg Martina that coat is super adorable!

  4. Can you put the person’s name who wrote the blog post at the end? I always end up reading it in a mixture of everyone’s voice XD (I assume Simon writes most of them anyway)

  5. I want someone to open a korean porridge restaurant and call it, “The Juk Box”. I just really want that to happen. “Juk Joint” is another possibility. Somebody make it so!

  6. um… why not write the blog post after you’ve filmed the pre-filmed video? Keep it in a word processing document. Then when you need it, BAAAM! it’s there! Then you don’t have to try to remember. You can always add in some stuff when you’re ready to publish.

    Anyways, LOVE the editing! The cut-aways were amusing (not really the content so much as the fact that it was like this weird scene shoved into ‘normal’ scenes) and the bird’s nest had me laughing so hard!

  7. Is there not gonna be a liveblog this week? :( I just noticed that there isn’t one scheduled :( x x x

  8. In Cantonese Chinese, we call soup/porridge “jook” which kinda sounds like juk. I find that a lot of Korean words sound like Chinese words (e.g. yang – goat). Why is that?

  9. Bah this looks so good! As unappetizing as some of your descriptions were this sounds right up my alley (^_^”) Also your coat, Martina, is awesome. Always liked the collar + hood but couldn’t find anything like it.

  10. did anyone else noticed the girl in the background judging Simon and Martina. She was just looking at them like wtf????

  11. Literally MINUTES before I heard Martina say “Girls don’t fart”, I read George Takei’s most recent (at time of posting) tweet

  12. As a person that doesn’t eat red meat, I’ve come to love most kinds of beans (because that is usually my substitute in chili and stuff). After watching this I REALLY want to try it!! I looks so good!! I dont understand how you couldn’t do sexy porn shots of these dishes.

  13. That 팥빙수 looks amazing! Glutinous rice balls, green tea, and adzuki beans

  14. That pat totally looks delicious! I tried to make my own just recently, and failed SO HARD. It ended up being a watery and savory mess…

  15. Omnomnomnom! Can’t wait to eat lots and lots of patbingsu. I’m pretty sure though I would have preferred the pumpkin one in this video ^^

  16. This looks simlar to the Cantonese tong shui aka “sugar water” because both are soup like and sweet

  17. This is totally off the food topic (hmm or is it? ^_~) but on topic with pop up things you are filming, weren’t you guys maybe, possibly, by chance going to interview Royal Pirates? I vaguely remember a tweet about that.

    As for the Pat Juk, I would probably try it cause I give all food a chance but seeing that I’m not a fan of beans or sweet food that isn’t a dessert I’m not very sure that I would like it.

    I lol’ed WAY too much at the birds nesting in Simon’s chest hair. I love that it continued throughout the whole video.

  18. i dont know if you guise had red bean soup, its superb and its warming and perfect for chilly days. my mom usually just boil it in water and add brown sugar. u probably can find better/fancier red bean soup recipe online.


  19. This is a Chinese dessert too, called hong dou tang (hong (red) dou (bean) tang (soup)). My dad makes it and likes to put dates in it too–I grew up on it and I HATE IT!!! It’s a too starchy for me and savory even with added sugar, probably owing to the properties of the bean itself.

    On the other hand, lu dou tang (lu (green) dou (bean) tang (soup)) is one of my favorite childhood desserts my dad would make. Probably cuz he put buttloads of sugar in it, but it doesn’t feel as cloying in your mouth and the beans themselves are more neutral. Maybe they have that in Korea too? Not sure what it would be called though!

  20. You had me at “red bean”! <3

    Also, I'm ashamed to say I would have failed the K-pop test. Once I found out what it was I went, "Ooooh, of course!" but while Martina was humming it, I was drawing a blank.

  21. Man, even though I ate this time, now I totally feel like making soup! Is what you showed in the video a “Korean pumpkin” because it looks hella like a buttercup squash to me…..which is what I make my squash soup with, sweet and spicy – and oh so delicious! Red beans are okay but…..a whole bowl does sound like something to get rid of a cold. A bowl of maple baked beans? Sure! A bowl of chili? Awesome! A bowl of chocolate pudding? Great! A bowl of red bean soup? Er…..kind of too heavy after about 5 bites but I don’t know why. Like if someone gave you just a bowl of the tapioca “bubbles” from bubble tea on their own.

    I really like the style of the 2014 FAPFAPs of making Leigh answer kpop trivia, it was nice that you made it easy for her here but I didn’t hear her answer….”Nobody” by Wonder Girls? The chest-nest (mrow! chestness! katness! what?;) ) was hilarious! Was there anything in the ddeok or were they plain? Does having the ddeok in a soup make it more filling or help to tone down the strong flavour of the red beans, or is it just for presentation? And why, why is there a shot in the bloopers with Martina’s hair completely different and wearing the cat beanie? Did you film it later?

    Cyber_3 – feeling better and back on the ‘netz after a 2 week long virus that makes you feel like an angry drunk….:P

    My Squash Soup recipe:
    In a soup pot, fry 1 chopped medium onion, 1/4 cup grated ginger, and 2 peeled, cored, and chopped golden delicious apples in butter until softened. Add 3 peeled, deseeded, and coarsely chopped squash (2 butternut and 1 buttercup or any variation) and brown a little with the rest in the pot. Add 1.5L of chicken stock to cover and 1.5 cups of apple cider or juice to the pot. Add 1/2 to 3/4 cup of brown sugar, 5Tbsp salt, 3Tbsp pepper, 1.5Tbsp paprika, 1 Tbsp cinnamon, 1Tbsp ground cumin, and 0.5Tbsp red pepper flakes (spice measurements are approximate). Simmer until tender. Use a mixmaster, blender, or moulli to puree soup to your preferred consistency (I like mine a little chunky) and then add 1.5 cups of whipping cream and bring back to soft boil for 1 minute. Makes approximately 10 big soup bowls of delicious soup – really great with strong cheese on the side, like a bourbon stilton.

    • Awwwwwww! {warm snuuuglly feelz} To be honest, I really am proud of you guise for taking so much initiative this year and really going whole hog into getting things done. I think that it has really improved your health and humour, and certainly the videos. You’ve never been better and giving up was the furthest thing in my mind. Sorry if I caused any concern, it just seemed weird/conceited to post about it ^_^;;;;;

      While I had positive things to say on all your videos in the last while, after accidentally ripping a tech support person a new one via e-mail over something minor, I decided it was better not to post anything significant while I was in angry-drunk-lynch-mob-mode. It was a damned weird virus in that you didn’t feel all that bad physically if you didn’t move around much but whoa – your mental state was cracked due to fever! My son had it first, then me. I feel bad that I didn’t understand his weird contrary attitude while he had it, I’m going to be ultra-patient of pretty much everyone in my neighbourhood for the next month or so.

      Cyber_3 – heeeeyyyyyy, {smells the air} didn’t you film this last month? ;)

  22. ahaha The Lord of the Brass Bowls!!
    mmm…Pumpkin soup!!
    Martina singing LOTR was good!

  23. Oh red beans in Korea…. a constant disappointment to me. “Oh what is this? Chocolate? Yum I love chocolate, let me have a bite….. oh…. it’s red bean”.

    Actually they are okay…. I don’t mind them, I just prefer chocolate.

  24. Red beans and me don’t go well together….I’ve got a really bad experience with it from camp. *shudders*

  25. Never had red bean porridge but I had the normal juk in Seoul… I had a fever/flu when I was in Seoul so I went the Korean way and ate some juk! We actually went to the same place (chain restaurant in Hongdae) twice because it was so delicious! Not sure did it help my flu but I miss it! ;A; (great option for those who don’t really like spicy foods… like me)
    Also, Martina I loooove the colour of your coat! :D

  26. Chest hair, Kevin approves. I find it weird that even though I’m super picky with food I always get hungry when I watch your fapfaps.

  27. I find that whenever my mom makes pat-juk, she makes a GIGANTIC pot of it (haha pot/pat xD) and expects me to eat it all. I can barely eat a whole bowl without getting overwhelmed by the beaniness. Also, Simon, please watch Kuroko no Basket. You will LURVES it! :D :D :D :D

  28. nooooo sweet red beans of doooommmmmm [they’re a major staple of japanese confections and i can’t stand them ;A;]

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