Yes, the title sounds lame, but the video’s not lame ok? OK! Look, this was cool and we wanted to share it. How else were we gonna do it? A Kpop Music Monday? Maybe a FAPFAP, but we didn’t really want to do a video on this place, though it’s a good restaurant. It’s yummy and all, but Seollongtang makes for a rather boring video. What would we do for the food porn shots? Here’s milky white broth dripping from the spoon in slow motion? Doesn’t matter! Point is, we’re sharing what we found at this restaurant on our Open the Happy channel.

You might also remember how we mentioned in our last TL;DR on How Korea Changed Us, we were a bit weirded out by the handling of utensils when we first came to Korea. We usually put them on napkins if we’re provided with napkins, or we otherwise directly put them on the table without any concern for oncoming diarrhoea. That’s something we couldn’t do comfortably when we first came to Korea, but now we’re over it. It would have been cool if we saw these placemat thingies when we first came! Well, it’s still cool now, which is why we’re sharing it. Yay! Put the spoon in the spoon outline. Chopsticks in the chopstick outline. Simple enough, yet so satisfying. Or is that just the OCD speaking in me?

This video maybe boring for some people, but it’s something we’re not used to seeing in Toronto. Or maybe it’s commonplace in Toronto now? We haven’t lived there for five years. Hell: five years. That’s quite a while. I feel like it’s odd for us to talk about what Toronto’s like, because we haven’t been there in a while. Or has it stayed the same. I know Korea develops rapidly; same for Toronto? I wouldn’t necessarily say so.

POINT IS: this is cool to us, and we hope you found it cool, too :D Though we’ve been living in Korea for majority of our adult life, and we’re quite used to it, we still want to look at things through the eyes of someone who just got here, you know? Rather than just be numbed to all the cool, little things, because we’ve experienced them so much.

Yeah! That’s it for this. Carry on now!

  1. I need something like that for special holidays and birthdays at my house, when my Mom asks me to set the table nicely and I NEVER know where to put the utensils. Does the fork go on the left or right? Does the spoon or the knife go closer to the plate? Why are there three different forks?! Is that a spork?! UUUWAAH! Would be so much easier to have napkins with little outlines!

    I also at first thought that adorable little bib was an apron and I got excited cause we wear aprons at work (I work in a dusty warehouse) and I was about to search on amazon for a new apron with a bowtie on it.I might just go look anyway. O.o DUN NUN NUN NUN NUN NUN~!

  2. Shining Inheritance! Woot woot!

  3. Thanks for sharing. As a graphic designer I find things like that really cute and inspiring on a design level. Plus how can one not put the utensils correctly in the designated dotted outlined area. It’s just begging for it to be done.

  4. lol. From the title, I thought it would be some major utensil lining up, just like in those old Victorian theme movies where you use a specific spoon for a specific dish.

    But that still is interesting.

    Maybe if there are places that taste good but don’t have good food porn shots, you can maybe do a collab for all of the different places with their different food and menus and do a FAPFAP from there?

  5. It IS cool. Thx for sharing. :)

  6. They have these in the US, mostly in family-oriented restaurants on kids’ placemats.

  7. I think you should always show us the little things. the little things are what make up the whole.

  8. But that paper place-mat was crooked, it should have been straight like the lines on the table and the spoon was crooked, what is this world coming too!!!

  9. haha, thats SOOOO cute!! ^^
    How do you ask for a apron in korean ?? :)
    naaasty hugs from Jessica, Norway.
    BTW congratz on the 5th anniversary in Korea :D !! can’t believe that you guys have lived ther for so long! Hope you live many more good and happy years there ^^

  10. I could never be able to use the outline placemat comfortably since I’d have to make sure the spoon and chopsticks are perfectly centered in the outline….><

  11. lmao! My 9 year old son, Orion, says “It was open the short happy” :) very cute!

  12. I wish a restaurant around here would do that. To me it shows they are thinking about the customer more than when they just wrap everything together in a napkin bundle.

  13. u guys should make Wonderful Treasure Find videos again! :D

  14. This something Korea should export to the world…… really I get so confuse with the 3 forks 3/2 knives and 3/2 spoons, in some restaurant… And Simon wasn’t OCD he was just putting things in its proper place…. there is a big difference…

  15. I love the little bow on the bib…apron..errr whatever it is :)

  16. I love it when a vid feel so natural that it seems like we’re having lunch with you guys :D

  17. aaawww that little bow on the apron/bib is so cuuuuute!!!
    i think this was cool!!
    you should name a segment random…stuff…..or something….and then just post short little videos like this when you find something cool but isn’t enough for a whole actual segment!! (i think i make sense??)

  18. Come on guys. Didn’t you know it was CDO not OCD? Alphabetical order is a very important. But otherwise, I think I’d do better without the placemat. I’d feel compelled to keep the utensils on their outlines.

  19. Wow! I wasn’t expecting any videos from Simon and Martina on a Tuesday but I got a cute little one! Bonus! :3

  20. I love that little bib thing with the bowtie. Super cute.

  21. There wasn’t even any food and I still now want to eat.

  22. You guys just stole a minute and a half of my life. It’s ok though, I forgive you :)
    (really though, that was just lame. The best part is that you _thought_ that was cool.)

  23. have you been to a restaurant that has the little wooden block with actual indentions in it to place your spoon and chopsticks? So much cooler. I’ve only seen it at the traditional Korean food places though. Go eat traditional korean food, it’s not like anything else, definately something you should try if you’re in Korea.

  24. Shinsang Seolangtang!!! YESSS!!! Even though their seolangtang rocks, I go there for the kimchi! YUMMM!! Thanks for giving me an idea for what I should eat for dinner. Open 24 hours baby!

  25. Too funny! Nice bib!!! ^_^

    • -stares at display pic- Hellooooooooooo Kitty… me-ow, baby.

      Oh right, and the video is cool. I totally understand the OCD thing, I do it ALL THE TIME. It just needs to line up, you know?

  26. its not called ocd its putting things in its place (shifts eyes)

  27. Haha very interesting. I didn’t see the outlines when I first watched it, so I had to go back and then I got excited. Seriously that would be so cool if it was here. Hawaii, I demand things like this! Also can I say that that is a cool apron. Bow ties make everything cool

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