Ok, so this isn’t really fully a TL;DR on Korean culture and might not be fully relevant to you, but some people might be interested in different food lifestyles in Korea. You can get by eating Korean food just fine. It’s lovely and delicious, but you might be interested in trying a different lifestyle, for different dietary purposes, like our own. We’ve found Korean food to be a bit too…carb-heavy, and that lead to us getting a little softer than usual. We told you that we dropped carbs to lose weight, so here are more of the specifics on how we got by.

We mentioned two key phrases that got us by: Bap Baeh-Jusayo “No rice, please” and “Hwang-Jay Diet-uh” which is…you know, I’m not too sure what hwang-jae means. Diet-uh means diet, that much I know, but Hwang-jae? Not sure. I just learned that phrase and it worked perfectly well when we’re at restaurants and trying to avoid carbs.

We also took a lot more responsibility in preparing our own food, primarily for the low carb purposes, but also because we’re just trying to eat healthier ingredients as well. White sugar and white flour are great tasting, but not all too great for your body. So we started using different sugars like Xylotol, for example. We use a lot of flax seed, chia seeds, coconut flour and coconut oil, almond flour, protein powder, textured vegetable protein, and such. These products aren’t easy to find in Korea, and when we do find some of them, they’re RIDICULOUSLY overpriced. So we order lots of stuff online.

Also, yes, I know there’s lots of debates about what ingredients are good or not. Some ingredients seem healthy, but then one blog will say that they’re not healthy, and another blog will say something else. The point is, we’re trying to avoid foods and ingredients that we know aren’t all too great, you know? So much food is so processed, and you just don’t know how good it is for you. Sure, some people might eat it and be healthy tanks. For us, though, we’re feeling a lot healthier and more energized after taking more control over what we eat and what ingredients go into our foods.

We talked about our spinach smoothie, which is more of a lumpy, and it sounds gross, but we actually REALLY LIKE IT! When Martina was last in Canada, she went to an alternative food course, and learned some cool recipes, the spinach smoothie being one of them:

Healthy Green Breakfast Lumpy


1 whole organic apple chopped (if non-organic peel it first)
1 lemon chopped (peeled but not seeded)
1 large handful of spinach chopped
6 additional leaves of sturdy greens (ex: kale, collard greens)
1 heaping tsp of peeled fresh ginger
3 cups of cold water


1. Dump all of it into the blender and blend on maximum speed until no longer super chunky.
2. Drink it immediately or seal it in an airtight container for one day.
3. Feel like a better person because you drank down a bunch of healthy green slop

Another thing we’ve started doing is something that we heard about a lot before but were too hesitant to try. I think the English word for it is “exercise” or something like that. People go to these rooms called “gyms” and they lift and push heavy things, or they walk on the spot on machines that let them walk without going anywhere. It sounds silly, and we refused to do it for the vast majority of our married life, but over the past couple of months we’ve given in and tried it out. It’s not that bad, you know? We feel like we’re looking better than before, and our bodies are getting somewhat tighter, and we can see and feel muscles that we didn’t know existed before. It’s weird.

After the gym we make protein shakes:

Berry Soymilk Protein Shake (For One Person)


1 (200ml) juice-cartoon of chilled Yonsei Soymilk
1 scoop of unflavoured natural Whey Protien powder (Now Foods)
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp raw cacoa powder
2 heaping tbsp berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or a mix is fine)

Additional Options:

1 tbsp of honey/sugar (if the smoothie is too dull tasting for you)
2-3 ice cubes to make it less thick
1 banana (very carby but makes it more delicious if you don’t care about carbs)
1/4 cup of cool brewed coffee (adds your morning kick)


1. Put all the ingredients into a blender and stir. Let it sit for 1 minute for the chia seeds to expand.
2. Blend on maximum power! VROOM VROOM!
3. Drink it all. It’s easier to drink it in one shot.
4. Yell at the person next to you “BRO YOU EVEN LIFT?!”

Some of you follow us on Twitter. If you don’t, you should! We do cool things on Twitter, like last night when it was 3AM and we made coconut pancakes. We made a Vine video for it. Here’s our recipe for it:

Low Carb Coconut Pancakes


1/2 cup coconut flour
3 tbsp coconut sugar Xylitol (or normal sugar)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt


6 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup milk (or almond milk if you want)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Additional oil for the pan


1. In a large bowl, whisk together coconut flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla extract, and slowly add the melted butter.
3. Add the egg mixture to the coconut flour mixture and stir well to combine. Let it rest for 1 minute until the coconut flour absorbs the liquid.
4.Heat a large frying pan over medium high heat and brush with vegetable oil. Most important part: SMALL pancakes or they will fall apart when you flip them! I use about two big tablespoons of batter onto the frying pan and spread into a circle.
5. Cook until bottom is golden brown and top is set around the edges. Flip carefully and continue to cook until second side is golden brown. Remove from pan and keep warm in tin foil plate or on baking sheet in oven (170c).
6. Eat them mofos any time of day. It’s better really late at night, when you feel like a crazy person for making pancakes at 3AM.

Ok, last recipe we’re going to share, because this seems like a crazy ass long post about recipes, and I’m sure it’s going to be hella sucky to read. This last recipe here is for pizzas we make on our own, and they’re freaking delicious and we like them more than other pizzas we get. Yes, it could be because our standards of pizza have really degraded from being in Korea for so long, and good pizza is hard to come by here, but I’d like to not think that. This pizza, to us, is delicious, and healthy, so give it a shot!

Low Carb Pizza Crust


1/2 cup flax meal
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup almond flour
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp oregano or Italian spice mix
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs


1. Mix everything but the eggs in a bowl.
2. Add the 2 eggs and stir until a dough forms. I find using my hands are a lot easier to use than a spoon or whisk.
3. Using parchment or a silicon pad on a cookie sheet, flatten the dough to the thickness you want. You can use a cookie roller but you need to grease it. I use my hands to just press and spread it thin.
4. Bake at 350 degree (F) oven for 12 minutes.
5. Remove from the oven, add pre-cooked* toppings, and then return to the oven. Use the grill setting until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown, 2-5 minutes.
6. Eat that pizza and look at the person next to you and be like “I KNOW RIGHT? THIS IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN IT SHOULD BE!”

Side Notes:

*I cook chicken breast cubed with eggplant while the crust cooks. I also make homemade tomato sauce with garlic and I drain the excess liquid so the crust doesn’t get soggy. In order of operation I do tomato sauce, shredded cheese, chicken and eggplant and crumbled feta cubes. After the pizza comes out I use the drained liquid and pour it onto since the crust is very crispy and dry.

Ok, that’s it. It’s a lot more information than we thought we’d be sharing about our lives and how we’re trying to live healthier.

  1. Howdy Martina and Simon!

    I have a question relating to eating to eat in Korea. specifically, how easy would it be for someone with wheat and lactose sensitivities/allergies be able to find food or eat out?


  2. Thank you Martina lol im on a diet and I need some healthy sweet stuff lol.. im not too fond about the spinach thingy im a picky child but ill try it….

    By the way i wanted to ask What diets do they use in Korea and how obsessed they are about fitness and losing weight …

  3. I would like to know what are those pouches of like medicine/juice that shown in some dramas that people use to keep the health or manage fertility issues, etc. Are they natural medicine? Are they expensive? Have you ever tried them?

  4. Paleo and gluten-free diets are nonsense. There is nothing wrong with gluten, its just that some people cannot digest it, but if you aren’t gluten sensitive or allergic and can process gluten there is nothing wrong with eating gluten. Eating gluten free will not make you lose weight, its just that you will not be able to eat a lot of high carb foods hence fewer calories and losing weight. Paleo diets are even more ridiculous because our digestive systems have changed so much, trying to eat the way people did that long ago will make you sick. There is nothing superior in health or nutrients in any Paleo diet.

    You don’t need a gimmick to lose weight, just lower your sugar/carb intake to a healthy level (no carb isn’t good for you either), make sure you are getting enough vitamins and protein and do some exercise. The issue is finding filling foods with low carbs and for most people find AFFORDABLE foods. It is more tricky in Korea for sure but hey, seems lots of people are on diets and I’ve heard of diet restaurants that have no rice and sell lots of chicken breast and sweet potatoes with cherry tomatoes-type meals. Don’t know how affordable they are.

    Point is please don’t stress trying to keep to some ridiculous gimmick diet. This is more a general comment because I don’t think Simon and Martina are doing anything wrong, just a general comment about some of these fad diets I see going around.

    • lady_kire

      I agree. During the summer, I worked at a place where we sold 100% free range, 100% organic hot dogs with weird toppings. There weren’t any hormones or preservatives, but in order to bind the hot dogs we have to infuse the dogs with gluten. It is still a very healthy hot dog, but it needs the gluten. The buns we sold also had like 1% gluten. 99% was potato flour, but it had to be there.

      The number of people on gluten-free diets got me grouchy. I had some people who were legitimately allergic to gluten and some who weren’t. The one’s who were allergic ate veggie dogs because the vegetarian ones were made of soy. Also, they’d avoid the bread and just have a dog with veggies or chili.

      But the ones who wern’t ate the regular hot dog with the bun…I just couldnt understand that. If you aren’t allergic to gluten, then eat the food. A lot of products have gluten in them. Even soy sauce. Gluten isn’t going to hurt you.

      I learnt from a coworker that gluten sensitivity is really recent. This is mainly because of more junk food and the more junk you eat, the more your system adapts to gluten. If you eat too much junk food that has gluten then yes, your system may have a negative effect, such as digestion issues.

      I had one customer that was Paleo. They said they had a day off from that diet… still don’t understand why… They were healthy looking, but still didn’t understand them…

  5. Hey Martina, i wanted to ask where do you get your goji berries from? I really want to get my hands on some but haven’t been able to find any place that has them.

  6. Hello, I am planning on moving with my fiancee to Korea soon. He is a Korean citizen over there but I am a U.S citizen. We are not entirely sure yet if we are just visiting or if we will just end up staying there. I am currently finishing up my schooling to be a teacher. So I wont be working in Korea unless I have too. So I wont have to apply for a work visa or anything like that. My question is: how long can you stay in Korea on just your passport alone before you have to actually apply for a visa?
    A future Korean Wife.

  7. Hey!!

    Thank you so much for introducing me to the Healthy Green Lumpy! I always wanted to try out a green smoothie type of thing, but never got myself to do it. I always thought they probably tasted horribly gross.

    I was so amazed to try this one and finding out that it does not taste green AT ALL! It tastes like a super yum lemon smoothie. It’s also my first time using ginger and, unless you can handle it, don’t put raw ginger in your mouth! :P Haha.

    Thank you!

  8. Just tried your green breakfast lumpy! It looked gross but was actually really refreshing. Thanks y’all! ^^

  9. Hey guys,
    since you were talking about eating and dieting I wanted to ask if you had any personal experience or knnow someone who tried the “One meal a day” diet? Heard it was kind of a big deal in Korea.

  10. Dear Simon and Martina,

    Are there hotels in Korea? I know it seems like a stupid question but i’ve never heard of hotels in Korea. Like if I were to visit Korea, where would I stay?

  11. Can you post how you make your tomato sauce?

  12. Thank you for the recipes! Where did you end up finding these kinds of recipes from?

  13. Thanks for including recipes in your blog post! I can’t wait to try out the pizza crust. My family loves to cook pizza on the barbeque, so I’m curious to see how this crust will do.

    Do you guys have access to alternative foods like sunflower oil? My nephew is allergic to soy, so my family has swapped to a lot of alternatives for butter, vegetable oil, etc. because of his allergy. Sunflower oil seems to work well for cooking, though I’m unsure as to whether or not it makes the cooking healthier lol.

  14. Have you noticed other differences besides your weight since you started this diet? (like clearer skin, etc)

  15. My question: What do the average Korean think about Koreaboos? What do you think about Koreaboos and people who go like “OPPAR IS AN ANGEL. OPPAR DIDN’T MEAN IT”

  16. Haha, Quinoa and it’s hard to pronounce name. Keen-wah. I laughed when Martina said Kinona.

  17. Simon & Martina,

    Could you recommend some low-carb convenience store drinks here in Korea? Besides mineral water?

  18. I have a question that’s been bothering me ever since I started thinking about teaching English in South Korea. Even in America, I have trouble getting days off from work for non-Christian holidays (Being Jewish, I am forbidden to earn money on days like Passover, Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashannah, etc.) I have heard that South Korea is very tolerant toward other religions, but what about when it comes to taking days off from work? Also, do you know anything about the synagogue that was built in Seoul last year?

  19. I have a question that’s been bothering me ever since I started thinking about teaching English in South Korea. Even in America, I have trouble getting days off from work for non-Christian holidays. (Being Jewish, I am forbidden to earn money on days like Passover, Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashannah, etc.) I have heard that South Korea is very tolerant toward other religions, but what about when it comes to taking days off from work? Also, do you know anything about the synagogue that was built in Seoul last year?

  20. Oooh, some of these really sound good! Thanks for sharing the recipes, Martina!

  21. Deb

    Ayo guise! TL;DR question here:
    How viral do viral songs/videos get in Korea? You know, songs like Somebody That I Used To Know, Party Rock Anthem, Call Me Maybe etc etc, and videos like Bed Intruder, Annoying Orange, Harlem Shake, and what not. I’m really curious about it because Korea has this huge internet culture but at the same time it seems like they don’t really get involve with Youtube and stuff. Thanks!!

    Deb from Singapore ^^

  22. Where can I find coconut flour! Also I had no idea about the soy milk having so much sugar! IM changing today, thanks!

  23. Good video and everything, but I was just like “bahahahaha Rob Ford comment”

  24. This is really interesting, thank you for sharing all of the information.
    I agree with you that I think different peoples bodies digest foods differently. Considering my heritage I actually digest rice better than I do other things, so when I was in Korea for my study abroad program I actually wound up losing a lot of weight. I think that also had to do with how much walking I was doing too, but I know the food helped as well. Less fried food and over-processed food as well.
    I definitely want to try some of these recipes y’all posted, especially the pancakes and pizza crust.
    Thank you both so much!

  25. my parents eat a similar veggie smoothie! they call it the glowing green smoothie. I personally think it’s somewhat nasty. ^_^ that’s great you guys are being healthier! I know how hard it is. good job guise!

  26. Wow! First mention of Gluten/wheat free! I am a coeliac so this is a very important topic for me! PLEASE talk about how allergies are dealt with in restaurants and food labels. Would someone dairy or gluten free have a difficult time? All the bloggers talk about vegetarians but never allergy sufferers. Thanks :)

  27. Hey Simon and Martina,

    What do you think about this?:


    Do you think this affects other SM groups as well? Honestly i’m really worried…is it true?


    Laura from Amsterdam

  28. LinZi

    Oh, I have a question for a TL;DR that sort of relates to this: Doctors, Illness, Hospitals, etc.

    Like the lovely Martina, I have a chronic health condition (sniff)… I used to travel and stay in India a lot when I was younger, but now I am finding the health care there is not doing it for my health stuff. My only experience of health care in Korea has been through Kdramas… which is a lot of fancy rich people hospitals… so I am sure not very accurate.

    Also I noticed in Kdramas a lot of times people get rushed off to the HOSPITAL (not the doctor’s office) for things where I would say… “go rest and drink some water” for here… is that all kdrama or do people use hospitals more than N. America (of course you crazy Canadians have nice universal healthcare… unlike us poor pathetic Americans.. sniff sniff). Speaking of that, does Korea have any kind of government provided health services?

    I am wondering though… how comprehensive is Korean health care? When/why/how often do people actually go to the doctor? How is the cost and any government programs? What’s a REAL hospital like inside? (Though hopefully you guyse haven’t had to go to one). What about complimentary care/food/etc? Is that commonly used by “mainstream” docs in addition to throwing some meds at you?

  29. LinZi

    Ok, whoot whoot. Thanks for sharing this. I am currently trying to do what you guyse are already accomplishing (sigh dramatically) but unfortunately my partner in crime is on the TOO think side rather than on the “Let’s diet together!” side… so I am in this alone. Boo hoo. Sadness. But I need encouragement. So it was nice to see your video and what you guyse have been doing/eating.

  30. Thanks for the video Simon and Martina!
    Oh my gosh the rice thing >o< . I don't think me and my dad can go on a diet involving so little rice (or any carbs really), it's to the point that we joke around that the day we run out of rice in our house is the day the world is ending. I think my mom would be happy to get rid of all of that rice though.

  31. YES MARTINA THANK YOU FOR THE RECIPES FINALLY IVE BEEN BEGGING FOR LIKE NEARLY A YEAR SINCE THE OTHER WEIGHT LOSS TLDR. I’ve been drinking alot of “green smoothies” recently and I actually find them quite delicious now xD Use banana (like 1/2 a banana per one large handful of greens) so it’ll basically mask the taste C: DEFINITELY WILL TRY OUT THE PANCAKES. And then I’ll work up the will power to finally start Atkins cuz I’ve been wimping out since I’ve broken it like 2 times already OTL

  32. I heard that bullying is a serious problem in Korean schools, and I was just wondering what did you guys do to deal with that when you were still teaching there?

  33. Ironic that I’m watching this while making crock pot mac ‘n’ cheese. Hehh…

    Thanks for sharing some recipes — the pizza crust sounds great! I’m going to try it for sure, since I’m out of premade crusts anyway.

  34. Dear Martina and Simon

    I assume that in Korea most people are slim and healthy due to their diet (You know eating a lot of healthy things like sea food, fish and sea weed and of course RICEEE –>cause you obviously can´t live without rice) But I would be really interesting to know if poeple in Korea do a lot of sport and if that´s the case what the most popular sports are. Additionally to that it would be great if you could tell us about traditional sports like for example taekwondo. I don´t know if taekwondo is that popular in Korea but here in Austria there are more and more people interested in it.

    -from a fellow NASTY :S) –> that´s a smiley with a moustache ^^

  35. Dear Simon and Martina

    I was wondering, if you haven’t already, I’d you talk about Korea’s trash slash recycling thing. I went to Korea a while ago and our uncle let us stay in an officetel, however, when we were taking out our trash, there were like a thousand bins and we didn’t know where to put just regular trash in, so we put it in a bucket that said TRASH or something like that, but the. The security dude came out and was like no no, don’t put your trash in there and stuff and I didn’t understand the rest so he left and we cried because we didn’t know what to do ( well, we didn’t cry cry, well, my family didn’t, I Didn’t either). So our uncle just said he’ll just take out when we leave so I don’t understand it and I’m sad.
    If you have touched on this topic, please direct me because I am so confused because my family wants us to go back there soon and I just don’t know anymore T.T.

  36. This might be a stupid qustion, but what site does Martina say she gets her ingredients from? I’ve played it back a couple times, and for the life of me can’t quite catch it! Love the post btw, just the boost I needed (getting bored of eating the same old stuff everyday… never did I believe I could be having pizza and not have to feel guilty afterwards!) <3

  37. Oh man, this is a really interesting post, but I must admit I got a bit sidetracked once you mentioned chia seeds. Are the chia seeds that you eat a variation of those that are used for growing fantastic green hair on those clay molds? Ya know, CH-CH-CH-CHIA!

  38. Funny, I was watching the video thinking “Oh there is nothing crazy about what they eat!” But then again I am a big health food nut. I totally understand you guys, eating healthy and working out change the way you think “normal” should feel. There has been plenty of times where I go on a three day junk food craze, and I feel just icky and regretful afterwards. It is like someone hit a slow button.

    I would love to see your recipes! I probably couldn’t do many of them since I am a pescetarian but i still like seeing what people do. (or maybe modify them)

  39. Hello Simon and Martina!
    I just wanna ask, is Korean a hard language to learn? well, im ‘tryna’ learn Korean at der moment but its clearly that im failing. T^T do u have any ~NaStY~ tips or tricks to learning Korean? THANK U~

  40. Banbanbana

    Dear Simon and Martina,

    I loved reading all the recipes and hearing you guys talk about them, and I love the sound of the coconut pancakes and really want to try them, but does it work with almond flour? I’m just curious since I’m allergic to coconut…. I was hoping that it would turn out just as yummy to do that, and if you guys had tried it?

  41. Jordan

    So I don’t know if anybody answered you for this already, but I’ll post it anyway. I asked my Korean friend what the meaning of 황제 was. She says it means emperor and that when you say “황제 다이어트” it is actually referring to a meat-only diet. The reason it is called the emperor diet is because a meat-only diet seems less harsh compared to other kinds of diets, in other words, it’s a luxury diet. So that would be why people stop badgering you to eat rice after you say it, because they believe you are on a meat-only diet!

    As for what else you could say to get people off of your backs, if you wanted to be more accurate with things, there are a few things you could try. She said that there are no diets in Korea that cut out rice, so you can’t simply say you’re on a specific type of diet. She suggest the best ways (if you didn’t want to continue saying you’re on a meat-only diet) would be to say you cannot digest rice well(1), you can’t eat carbs(2) or that your doctor told you you can’t eat white rice(3). Because you are foreigners, people are less likely to question you about it, although it will still sound strange to them.

    (1) “밥을 소화를 잘 못 시키겠어서 밥은 안 주셔도 돼요”

    (2) “탄수화물을 먹으면 안 돼서요”

    (3) “건강 상의 문제로 흰쌀밥은 의사가 먹지 말래요”

    I say try them out and see what reactions you get as compared to the “황제 다이어트” and just go with whatever works best for you out of the four. I hope I helped!!

  42. okay, this is going to sound dumb but…..I got all excited when I saw your recipes. I can’t handle flours made from grains (yup, my body is weird) and I really miss breads. I mean, carrots and apples are cool and all, but who wants to eat them constantly?? but now I can finally eat pizza and pancakes again YES!!! THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU! I AM SO FREAK’N SICK OF RAW CARROTS!! so….um….errr…if you posted more alternative flour recipes…you know…that would be really cool and all….just say’n…..

  43. Dear Martina and Simon ……………love u guyss u both rock ……..love ur show
    How is the religion in the Korea?
    like is there any Muslim go to mosques and christian go to church and more .
    if it is there so please tell me.

  44. bigbangfosho

    Please share more recipes! I’m trying to do a low carb diet, but as an asian, rice has been an essential, and living in America, bread and pizza are so hard to be without. So i really really love the recipes you have on this post.

  45. Howdy!
    I heard a lot of talk about coconut flour, sugar, etc… but nothing about coconut milk. I’m a bit of a lover and I was wondering if it’s easily accessible in Korea as it’s especially popular in Thai dishes?

  46. My friend (who is here in Korea with me) is deathly allergic to flax seed..:(

  47. hehe I loved the Will Smith jiggae poster :)

  48. For mini pizzas. Replace crust with eggplant basically. I usually replace pizza sauce with salsa (though I know you can’t get the real stuff sadly) to mix things up. It’s pretty amazing: http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=294062 (awesome site too). Also for ice cream try out the one ingredient ice cream using bananas. http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-creamy-ice-cream-w-93414 Haven’t tried the others at the end, but I plan too! Going to try out the Lumpy at some point so thanks! Also way to go cause this “in-progress” part can seem like it never ends.

  49. Hi Simon and Martina,

    Here in Canada (where I live), you don’t see a large amount of stray cats and dogs in your garden or on the streets. People seem to be really aware of animal rights and care, so things would usually get reported quickly. However, when I’m in China, I see families of stray animals (cats especially) hungry all the time in the garden of my apartment. I travel a lot, but no matter where I go, uncontrollable amounts of pets/stray animals roam through the streets and residential areas. What I’m curious about, is how aware are people in Korea when they see stray cats and dogs. Do they call the shelter? Or do they usually ignore them? My friend China wants to adopt this homeless, but adorable kitten that’s in front of her apartment all the time, but she wasn’t sure it’s a good idea to just take him/her in. Can you two kind of elaborate on this topic a bit?


  50. Hi Simon and Martina,
    Here in Canada (where I live), you don’t see a large amount of stray cats and dogs in your garden or on the streets. People seem to be really aware of animal rights and care, so things would usually get reported quickly. However, when I’m in China, I see families of stray animals (cats especially) hungry all the time in the garden of my apartment. I travel a lot, but no matter where I go, uncontrollable amounts of pets/stray animals roam through the streets and residential areas. What I’m curious about, is how aware are people in Korea when they see stray cats and dogs. Do they call the shelter? Or do they usually ignore them? My friend China wants to adopt this homeless, but adorable kitten that’s in front of her apartment all the time, but she’s not sure it’s a good idea to just take him/her in. Can you two kind of elaborate on this topic a bit?


  51. What was the name of the store you order from? You can find these health food items sometimes in health stores in Europe but they can be expensive..

  52. Hello Simon, and Martina
    I have rewound and replay the video several times but I can not seem to catch the site you use to order your flours.

  53. This might have been asked before, but Simon have you started wearing bb cream for the videos or is your face just flawless and shiny and healthy looking on its own? If so, I HAVE ALL THE JEALOUSY IN THE WORLD.

  54. TLTR Question:

    How is the culture around Taekwondo and/or Hapkido in Korea? Do the majority of koreans usually practice martial arts? or at leats do they know th basic? It is commun to learn it since a young age? or it’s like similar to “western” and you start like “extracurricular activity” as other sports?

    I ‘ve read this same question a couple of time here and I find it really interesting, so I’m supporting it !

  55. Mmmmmm!!! I can’t wait to try those coconut pancakes! And that piza crust sounds awesome!

  56. I need to try that pizza crust it sounds really tasty.

  57. Martina! I am really happy you seem better!

  58. PunkyPrincess92

    ahahah this reminds me of my mom!!
    she thinks none of us at home are full up if we don’t eat rice for one day!! and we’re all like ‘mom…you raised us in England…we’re used to not eating rice for every meal!’

  59. Thanks Simon and Martina for inspiring me to re-think my food choices. Since seeing your video about losing weight, I now only drink water. I actually feel so much better giving up soda products.

    After giving up soda, I debated on my next lifestyle and I started the “lost it” program 5 weeks ago and have started to see the weigh come off. One of the things I noticed in the US, most people tend to over eat. Since I started the program I noticed how much calories I use to over eat by watching how much food I’ve consume. I now make and pack my own lunch or dinner for
    work with small snacks of fruits or nuts.

    Thanks again Simon and Martina for giving me the little push I needed to also make a lifestyle change in my diet. Here’s to us in maintaining out lifestyle choices … “FIGHTING!!!!”

  60. I think everyone use kilos except for north americans, at least in europe we use kg. and I think in Asia (and that includes Korea) they use Kilos,too. Pounds are difficult for me xD

    • In UK they use both systems on the products you buy, but people mostly use the pounds system when talking about measures and what not. So annoying! I…just don’t get this system either haha.

      • At least it’s a bit reasonable but the battle cm vs inch… why do they use inchs?

        BTW, my name is Carmen, too ^-^

        • Hi Carmen! :)
          Inches, yards and miles, pounds, lbs and all the like, after 3 years in UK, I still use a convertor kkk

        • LinZi

          I work in healthcare in the U.S. and we use metric measurements, celsius, etc at work…. so I know the proper weight of a newborn baby in kg, the normal temp of a newborn in celsius, but the normal weight for adults and their temp in farhenhiet. (omg I can’t even spell it… murrrrgh). Then a parent will ask.. “what was my baby’s weight today?” and I am all befullded because it is WAY to hard to convert from KG to pounds and ounces. Ugh Ounces. Why why why. I wish America would just just off the metric cliff

        • I can’t tell you why the US choose not to use the SI system (especially considering how much I use it as a USA science major) but I can tell you why we haven’t changed it. Status quo. Everything would have to be completely redone from highway signs to food labels. It would be an extremely hard change to implement and many people would be unhappy.

      • LinZi

        my friend from the UK always talked about weight in stones… which is even more mind boggling than KG.. :P

        • Oh yeah…those stones too… why on earth!? Stones have different weights to begin with…there’s an international unit system for a reason…

    • I’m Canadian and I kind of just alternate xD I use pounds when talking about like… a pound of potatoes or something, but, I use kg when talking about someone’s weight. That might just be me thought…

    • Actually, the whole world except for North America uses the metric system. ^^

  61. so I see that you guys are into smoothies! I had a roommate my freshman year who was HUGE on green smoothies. One that we cam up with together is the following: (one person serving)
    handfull of spinach leaves
    1 green kiwi
    half a banana
    and a 1/4 to 1/2 cup soy milk( unsweetened)
    blend and taa daa~! It’s really delicious^^
    I need to start making more smoothies again since it’s getting hot here in Texas~

  62. Is is possible to find almond milk or hemp milk in Korea instead of Soy?

  63. re: eating rice, you can do what i do: make a mix of 1/2 white rice and 1/2 brown rice (or just use brown rice!), and for every part of the white/brown rice mix that you cook, add an equal part of quinoa! so for example, if i want to cook a cup of grains in my rice cooker, i’ll cook 1/2 cup of the white/brown rice mix and 1/2 cup of quinoa. i wash them together and cook them with the same amount of water as if i were cooking a full cup of rice. it’s delicious and satisfying in a way that eating quinoa by itself isn’t – for some reason, i need to have at least a little rice with my dinner every night, and replacing half of it with quinoa has definitely helped out my diet!

  64. I would love to see Open The Happy cooking videos

  65. Thank god my body knows how to take in rice =P I don’t think I could ever live without it *-*

  66. I got hungry even though I was eating while watching this…. AAAND that also caused me to barely hear anything x)

  67. Xylitol has nothing inherent to do with coconuts though it could be made from coconut byproducts. It’s a sugar alcohol derived from Xylose (a wood sugar). The most common sources of xylose are corn cob and sugarcane bagasse which means xylitol is a byproduct of the byproducts of the corn-syrup and cane sugar industries. It is highly toxic to dogs and like all sugar alcohols can cause severe intestinal discomfort in people. It’s not coconut sugar.

  68. Good tips + good laughs = TLDR

  69. Guys, can you do a language segment? Seriously, I’m learning so much from you – like banchan, gugsu, soju, makkoli, e-mart (haha) – but a lot of the time you say stuff really quickly, or just gloss over it. You did a video a while ago about stringing together phrases, that would be awesome as a segment!

  70. you all should try Almond milk ,, so good you can make it yourself too

  71. I’ve seen crack heads cook (I was working in a harmreduction shelter in canada). It’s moreso they tweak out and leave the stove/oven on. Pretty scary! But they moreso don’t cook, usually crack fills them up.

    I don’t cut rice out of my diet, I do more of a Dash – low fat, high fiber, lots of veg, low sodium diet, which has worked well for me. Is brown rice an option at restaurants? How about low sodium?

  72. Why not just buy a juicer? Check out the movie “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” and http://www.rebootwithjoe.com it tastes waaaay better juiced!

  73. LongClawTiger

    TLDR idea: Do you think you could have Leigh do a segment on student life in Korea? I am curious to know about the differences between American schools and Korean schools from the student’s point of view.

    • I am also very curious about student life! I know you two didn’t o to college there but I guess you could ask around? Is it true that it is a lot more “hardcore” than in North America? I’m debating going to college in Korea and I just want to make sure the school system wouldn’t be too much for my American self to handle! Thanks so much for all of the videos! You guys are so funny and I find myself looking forward to Mondays and Wednesdays every week!

  74. Thank you, thank you, thank you! As someone who’s looking into teaching in Korea in the near future and is trying to maintain a healthier lifestyle, this will definitely help. Question, however… Is there such things as English-speaking gyms over there? Is it hard to get a membership and/or are there any major differences between the North American standards and Korean standards for gyms?

  75. LongClawTiger

    As a person who is always struggling with the weight battle, it is always nice to hear from others who are fighting the same fight and winning. The fact that this ties in with other things I am interested in gets me really excited to go out and try some new things. Thank you guys sooo much and I can’t wait to try out some of these recipes. :)
    Oh and if nobody else said it, 1 kilogram = 2.2 pounds Martina.

  76. Rob Ford! Woot Woot!

  77. Could you guys please post the website you order the special foods you mentioned? Thanks, I didn’t really understand the name of the site Martina said in the video….irb? aeherb?

  78. 안 녕 친구

    I have a question that I can not seem to answer on my own. Why when I look up info on Korean actors and actresses do they give their blood type? This has been bugging me for some time, I hope you guys can help me. Hope you guys had a great Thursday and happy almost TGIF ^_^

  79. LOL well, I pretty much survive only on an Asian diet due to severe food allergies :( Rice just happens to be for me anyway, one of the least allergenic foods I can consume without fear of becoming sick. I even have to take rice derived vitamins. Also, I recently had to have coronary artery surgery due to blockage and my Dr’s all love that most Asian diets use far smaller amounts of meat proteins than most Westerners are use to consuming. I guess I’m used to it because I’ve been eating Asian foods most of my adult life. I keep saying most because well, there are exceptions of course, but I find that its far easier for me to survive on this diet. One hard part was giving up like soba noodles, I loved those delish filling but mostly wheat noodles after having to give up gluten as well. AND the Asian diet has almost no dairy, which is my biggest allergy that I almost died from as a baby because I am actually allergic to the protein in cows milk, not the sugar ((lactose intolerant (the sugar in cows milk)) I know this all sounds horrible but actually with so many wonderful Asian foods, I am never bored or missing anything! I LOVE my Asian diet! ^^

  80. I’m so excited to try these recipes this weekend! Thanks for sharing. Maybe I’ll send you some of my recipes one day! :)

  81. Question, not enough for a tldr, but just wondering: When I was in Korea (Incheon) it seemed like nobody local drank the tap water, and I was told many times not to drink it (idk what they thought would happen to me. Daehan min-guk’s Revenge was what I assumed) though cooking with it was apparently ok. However, a couple of fellow teachers told me they drank it all the time without a problem. What do you think? I may go back someday so I’m interested to know: do you drink the water out of the tap? Have you heard rumors? Any brave friends imbibing on the daily?

    And for the record, I’d love to see cooking videos on Open the Happy :)

    • They talked about this in one of their earlier videos, actually! I can’t remember exactly, but I think it’s because Seoul is so populated, the sewage systems aren’t amazing, something like that.

    • I’m pretty sure it’s like that when you’re a foreigner in every country. When you’re new to a country you’re not supposed to drink the local water because it can make you very sick (something to do with the quality of water, not exactly sure). You can do things like cook with it because it gets your body slowly used to the water in your system. Eventually you can drink it, but I’m not sure how long it takes.
      Hope this helps. :)

    • It’s because there are different bacteria in the water than what your body is used to. Locals acquire a natural immunity, and if you have a strong immune system then you’ll probably be fine. That being said, if you DON’T have a great immune system or are particularly susceptible for some reason, then you’ll end up getting very sick- sick enough not to keep down water- and that’s when you’re in trouble. There is no way to tell whether local tap water will make you sick unless you try it; having been there and done that, I REALLY don’t recommend taking your chances! I’ve never been so miserably sick in my entire life. As a type 1 diabetic, I run into this issue whenever we travel overseas. If you end up getting very sick in a foreign country, it’s important to know the numbers of your local embassy or medical center. For example, when this happened to me in Russia, we called the American Embassy, and they were able to redirect our call to the American Medical Center, and from there we were able to arrange for an ambulance. The best way to avoid getting ill is to eat well-cooked food (rather than, say, salad) and drink bottled water.

  82. just saying that carbs arnt bad for you. ur body still NEEDS carbs.

    • Veggies can get you close to your required carbs, if you choose the right ones. I think the issue is how some bodies process starchy carbs. In some places, like Puerto Rico, they also eat a lot of rice, but typically have vinegar with it, since vinegar will prevent or halt the conversion of rice to stored sugar. I’ve gotten in the habit of taking some Apple Cider Vinegar pills before pasta and rice base dinners, but I know eventually, I should cut out more of the pasta. The rice doesn’t spike my blood sugar as much.

  83. I would love to see cooking videos on open the happy! I love that you substitute wheat with other flours, because I can’t eat gluten at all and after researching a lot about it I found out that it’s really unhealthy to eat it even if you don’t have problems with it. I’ve heard from people who can eat wheat and stuff that when they stopped eating it they didn’t feel bloated anymore and their overall health improved :)

  84. If you can get permission you guys should go for a wank in a Korean gym. I think it’d be awesome to see some of the differences, and you guys could talk about things like memberships, fees, how easy they are to come by, general quality etc etc.

  85. I noticed in your berry smoothie recipe you mentioned “cool brewed coffee”. Are you talking about coffee brewed with cold water, or hot water brewed coffee that has been cooled?

  86. AoiHitomi

    Hey! I do eat cereals with no milk! lol

    I don’t like the texture of soft and wet cereals..ugh.. XD I’m a weird person, I know… lol

    Greetings from Spain ;)

  87. Nicole

    LOVE!! And especially love the Rob Ford shout out ha ha ha ha ha!

  88. ._. When I was still living at home all I ate was basically white rice; I guess my body’s used to it because I was suuuuper thin. I weighed 90-100 lbs! Then I left and had all the french fries and pizza I could eat in college. :( Boy, that was a mistake.

  89. Why not make your own almond milk too? :) The recipes I’ve come across are all fairly similar and seem easy enough. Something like this; http://thekindcook.com/almond-milk-recipe/

  90. Those are quite cool (and appetizing *drools*) recipes. My mom is also a health buff and cooks really healthy food for us almost everyday. We are fed rice everyday but it’s organic red/brown rice with quinoa seeds which is pretty good for people trying out a healthy lifestyle. My younger brother used to be really round (almost 60kg) before my mom changed to healthy cooking and now he’s around 49kg.

  91. This is fantastic you guys; thank you!

  92. Cara Rose

    please PLEASE tell me you’ve watched Portlandia!?! “oh the cocoa, cocao…Kocowa?”
    you sound like you are from Oregon <3 [yes, this is a compliment]
    *Don't know if you use it already, but Agave is a great natural sweetener. We use applesauce too, (keeps cakes and coffee cakes moist)
    * Spinach, banana, peach & yogurt makes a great smoothie XD
    *I ALSO use my bullet grinder! mostly for making meat rubs [grilled pork and beef....mmm, delicious meats]

    absolutely loved this video guise!!! and hey Bob's Red Mill: also from Orygen!

  93. Is there Any chia seed here in korea? and rawa cacao? or i need to buy them online?

  94. When you talked about that non rice thing it reminded me about me when I was in the US. I ordered breakfast but said “no eggs please” the waiter was sooooo chocked… And the rest of my time on that hotel I was known as “miss no eggs”…. it was kinda sad… But I got more potatoes instead xD

    But I am sure going to try those recipes you shared, it sound soooo good :D

  95. :O I were reading trough those recipes and I saw organic apple. (Well this is how it is in the Netherlands)

    But organic/biological apples(fruit) aren’t as organic as some people think.

    Someone that I know is allergic to organic and non organic apples (fruit) in the supermarkets.
    But if he gets an apple from the tree in his own garden he doesn’t have this allergic reaction.
    Well because of this I found out that the organic and the non organic apples (fruit) in stores still get sprayed with poison.

    Maybe the organic apples (fruit) get less sprayed with poison but it still get sprayed on it.

    Or at least that is here in the Netherlands but I think it’s not only the Netherlands.

    • Very often regular apples get sprayed with preservatives and thick layers of beeswax and insecticide to make them look prettier and to make them last longer, a special type of growing hormones are also sprayed on these apples. organic apples are also sprayed with insecticide, but not with preservatives and wax. The organic apples are also sprayed but with less intense insecticide and no preservatives and beeswax. seems like my science fair project finally paid of…

      • :O Interesting… I did think there was a difference in it but now I finally know. ^_^
        But it still get sprayed that was the point that I where trying to say. ^_^

  96. Rob Ford won’t notice if you’re in Toronto. He’s too busy eliminating all evidence of his crackhead ways and crackhead friends.

  97. Hey guys I don’t know if you have heard of this but you can replace rice with grated cauliflower all you have to do is grate it and then microwave it till it gets doughy in texture but cook it with no water.

    From Ayla

  98. about your diets: did you have any carb cheat days though? or have you guys maintained this perfectly?

  99. omg the lowcarb pizza recipe made me drool(in my mind) as i read, i definitely want to try, i wonder if coconut flower and almond flower are easy to come by in NoFrills.. hmm..

  100. juice-cartoon ke ke ke ke

  101. Dana

    i’m into the low carb thing now as well, but i really feel like i’m eating too much meat and fat. if you guys put up recipe videos it would be great if you could focus on veggie options – that would be interesting! there’s only so much grilled meat a woman can handle…

  102. I’m on Dukan diet and I have the same problem with potatoes which you guise have with rice. When I say “I don’t want potatoes. Only meat and salad” everybody stares at me and tries place potatoes on my plate . Especially my grandma. And everyday she comes to my room and leaves some cookies on my desk. It’s very hard to be on diet if you live with family…

  103. I’m reading a book about a German who moved to Korea and she says that you have to face a lot of hostility when you are a vegetarian in Korea. Is that true? She says eating meat has a lot to do with companionship.

    • Hostility? I doubt it — there are a lot of Buddhists in Korea, and many of them are vegetarians. But there are a lot of regular Koreans who just don’t understand the concept (kind of like Americans in the 1980s … or Spaniards today), so it can be tricky, especially for broths and sauces that aren’t obviously meat, but often contain meat for flavor.

  104. IMPORTANT NOTE: Soy-based foods like soy milk are a no-no for pregnant women. They contain phytoestrogens (plant estrogens) which do bad things to little boys.

  105. At first I didn’t understand why you said you were avoiding carbs to lose weight. In France we usually try to avoid fat to do so because 1 g of carb or protein is only 4 kcal while 1 g of fat is 9 kcal. We are also making a difference between simple carbohydrates (sugar, candy, soda) and complex carbohydrates (rice, bread, pasta) because the simple ones are absorbed faster and tend to be degraded in lipids. So we don’t avoid all the carbs.
    It’s really interesting to see how people deal with food in different countries!

    • I learned in school that carbohydrates end up becoming fats if stored for too long. Simon and Martina aren’t exactly very physically active, plus their bodies don’t digest carbs very well like they said in the video. It’s more of how physically active you are and how your body digests carbs.

      My teacher also said it’s not always the calories. You could be eating a lot of calories from vegetables and meat and complex carbs, but they’re all good for your health at the end of the day. Idk, I somewhat agree with her.

      Still it’s pretty interesting how people do deal with diets in different countries. Since I grew up eating rice, it’s not that much of a problem for me it is for them. ^^

    • Really interesting! Where I live the focus is on good fat vs bad fat. Low fat diets were the rage many years ago but now they fell out of trend because “they” discovered that some fats are healthy for you.

      I think the key point to say to someone who wants to eat healthy no matter where they lived is to eat less processed foods. The closer it is to nature, the best it is for us.

    • I think that why you’re losing weight is also an important factor, no matter where you are. My dietician helps me to lay out a diet very similar to what FrenchDorito describes, and for similar reasons- it’s a healthier way to lose/avoid weight (and I get the same reasoning from doctors about simple carbs vs. complex carbs, by the way.) I’m a diabetic, so this is just routine for me. Most of my friends without chronic health conditions, however, just want to lose a lot of weight quickly! When you stop eating carbs entirely, it forces your body to draw on it’s fat reserves (so you lose weight) but this also places a lot of strain on important body organs.

  106. Hey guys! I was SUPER curious what “Hwang-jae” meant too, so I asked my husband (he’s Korean, it’s unbelievably convenient for these situations haha) and he said “Hwang-jae Diet-uh” means you’re on a REALLY big diet. Just so’s you know ^^*

    • And strangely, it also has another meaning, the “Atkins” diet. If you say Atkins, some people don’t know, but if you say “hwang-jae” they’re like, “OH AT-KIN-SU!” I don’t get it. Hahaha!

      • hahaha nice

        Oh and since you’re grinding your own almond flour (*cough* hippies *cough cough*) does it not also stand to reason that you should start grinding you’re own coconut flour? :P

      • Hwang-jae (황제) means emperor in Korean, so hwang-jae diet means that you eat like kings. Meat used to be expensive treat only for special occasions in Korea and only the very rich could afford to have it on every meal (even milk and eggs used to be a bit of delicacies). So the idea of satiating oneself with meat on all meals seems possible only if you were a king, and that’s why the Atkins diet got the nickname hwang-jae diet, which probably became more popular because it carries immediate meaning to Korean people, unlike Atkins which is just a difficult-to-pronounce foreign word.

  107. YAY! Kudos to you both for eating healthier! You both look amazing! :)

    Martina, please record your whole Quinoa medley and put it up in your store. I’d buy it :p For the record, I can’t freaking pronounce it either. I keep saying “kee-noh-ah.”

    A friend had once emailed me an article stating the top 10 things we should stop eating, and white rice was one of them. I was pretty good with the rest of the list, but white rice is staple food here. When I told my friend, she did say that Asians for some reason are better able to digest rice. Something in our physiological makeup or something. That would explain some Koreans who believe that eating white rice will make you lose weight. Or in their case, not make them gain weight. It’s bizarre.

  108. I don’t mind eating rice (it doesn’t seem to affect me like you guys) but I just have an issue with how much rice they usually give you! I’m usually good after a half a cup.

  109. Hello my fellow Canadian people’s living a broad, I want to share my favourite healthy pizza recipe with you to help you get even naaaaastier! http://www.eatingbirdfood.com/2012/09/healthy-pizza-with-a-cauliflower-crust/ Easy peezy and super yummy. Enjoy :3

    • I’ve also made cauliflower bread and pizza crust but honestly, finding cauliflower in Korea is surprisingly difficult! My two local grocery stores don’t sell ANY so I have to go to the expensive department store just to buy a half cut head of slightly rotten cauliflower. :(

  110. first-you both look great–your skin is glowing. You talked about coconut sugar, or Xylitol –it’s poisonous for animals–but I give my dog bits of coconut sometimes–so I’d better check and make sure it’s okay for her. >< So glad you mentioned that. The pizza crust sounds really good, too.

    • Xylitol is not coconut sugar. it’s a sugar alcohol made from the wood sugar Xylose. Odds are if you are in the states, any xylitol you get will be made from corn cobs or sugarcane bagasse (the byproducts of corn-syrup and cane sugar respectively)..

  111. THANK YOU! I’m on pretty much the same diet/lifestyle as you guise and I’m moving to Cheonan in July/August! EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS VIDEO IS AMAZING! You guise are my heros.

    • Great timing! :D I’d check over iherb.com before you head over here and see if they have what you need. Otherwise, prepare to pack a lot in your suitcase!

      • WILL DO. But speaking of packing things in suitcases, I plan on being in Korea longer than just a year and was wanting to ship books and a few other things to myself, is there anything that you guise use that’s cheaper than FEDEX or USPS?

  112. OMG I died at 7:22. Thanks, Simon.

  113. Everytime i think of dieting and/or eating healthy i get depressed T~T I love my Mexican food too much…

  114. Do cooking tutorials for your recipes, that’ll be a really great way for people to see it step-by-step (and more encouraging to make it ourselves that way :D)

  115. LOL Rob Ford.

  116. Nicole Parrillo

    Your diet seems like way too much work for me… lol idk how you do it, but I’m happy for you guys! You both are looking great!

  117. You guys have mentioned your creepy room that is off the kitchen in your
    studio, why is it creepy? What happened in there? I am super curious even though you have mentioned in only a few times.

  118. I really really hope you make some Open the Happy videos about your recipes! Or, you know, tips and tricks to cook things in a low carb way. My doctor recently DEMANDED I change to a low carb diet but I’m really new to cooking. I had no idea you could replace sugar and flour with other stuff! Martina! Please show me more! I’ll gladly be your padawan cooker! (As opposed to padawan learner… Hehe… Ok, sorry for the nerd reference.) My point is! I would really enjoy and appreciate some videos like that. Thanks again for the recipes, guys! <3

    • As long as I can do the whole video talking like Yoda. Haha! “Annoying, not at all, it will be.” But I’m feeling encouraged now to toss up a couple cooking videos! :D

      • It is interesting that you use “coconut xylitol”. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol, not an actual sugar like what you get from the coconut, so your body doesn’t digest it the same. Actual coconut sugar is sucrose. Do you get a brand where they hydrogenate coconut sucrose? I wonder if it tastes different from my cane sugar xylitol, because I know coconut sugar is tastier than white sugar. I will have to go hunting at my health food stores if you confirm this exists

      • looking forward to them^^

  119. Try adding lemon juice to your pan fried/grilled meats if you don’t know what else to do with it. It’s already flavorful. I learned this tip from my roommate friend. She is an awesome cook. You don’t need sugar, but maybe (and I mean maybe) a little salt, and you may like the taste! I know I did. :)

  120. and now i’m hungry at 1:30am.

  121. Nice. Thanks for the info. Everything sounds really yummy!

  122. Something Simon might enjoy on pizza- my mom likes to make homeade pizzas, and mixes Masterpiece BBQ sauce with Hidden Valley Ranch, uses that as her base sauce and puts chopped grilled chicken, tomatoes, and whatever other veggies she can find in the fridge on top! Very tasty!

  123. Dear S&M, I have a request please. I’m allergic to coconut, and while the recipes sound great, I can’t really have them…. I want to eat healthily, but many healthier recipes call for something coconutty. Do you have any recipes that don’t have coconut in them that are good? Please, and thank you! ~ Nasty from Minnesota, moving to Canada within a year.

    • You can probably use Almond or other gluten free flours, instead of coconut flour. With coconut sugar, I’d say substitute with honey or agave. I use agave nectar for it’s low hypoglycemic response, but somethings you definitely want honey for.

  124. Thanks for all those recipes!! That pizza sounds delicious!! Feta cheese YUMMMMMM!!! I must try all those recipes! :D

    By the way, how do you correctly make almond powder? When I tried grinding almonds in a blender they were too moist and became clumpy rather than powdery… :/

  125. Thank you for the recipes! I’m definitely going to try to make some of that.

  126. Rob Ford joke. I approve. :)


  128. Excellent! I really appreciate you guys sharing the recipes… they will come in handy when we move to Korea next year.

    Oh man…. the rice thing…. I just can’t eat much white rice. It does not like my insides. My husband had to sit down with his parents (when we were first visiting) and explain about how I will eat small amounts of rice and I will eat no rice for breakfast. NO RICE FOR BREAKFAST!!! OMGGGG!!! But it’s healthy! But it’s not a meal without rice!…. Actually his parents were really understanding, it’s just usually other people who try to force it. When we are in Korea and with his parents for lunch and dinner his mother just gives me a small amount of rice and for breakfast I have a cup of tea she puts out some fruit for me.

    I’m always thankful about how understanding they are. On TV one time there was a french girl who married into a Korean family and the mother-in-law was complaining to the cameras about how she wouldn’t eat rice for breakfast and was actually really upset about her daughter-in-law not eating the rice. My mother-in-law was watching and like, “She shouldn’t force it on her daughter-in-law, it’s hard for them to eat rice.” So yeah, I love my mother-in-law.

    It is really hard when we are just visiting Korea because all our family and friends want to feed us. It’s like going from one Christmas dinner to another. So we always gain weight when we visit. Hopefully once we move there we’ll be able to maintain healthier living.

    The other contradictory thing I found, when I first met my husband’s family a few years ago. Everyone comments on your personal appearance. So things that were said about me were “She’s skinny, she’s tall. That’s good.” In Australia I’d be shocked at some of the comments, but it’s Korea, so just different. So there was a lot of approval because I was skinny from my husband’s parents and extended family. So I passed that test BUT then I was also expected to “eat well”. I really did my best and stuffed myself to please everyone. BUT eating that much of course adds up and weight is gained. Perhaps it’s a clash of old views and new. Modern desire to be skinny, but an older focus on eating well AND the pressure from older people to eat a lot. It’s difficult when everyone is watching you and making note of how much you eat! haha.

  129. HAHAA.. i see you throwing shade at mayor Rob Ford.

    Low-carb coconut pancakes sound yum. totally trying the recipe after my exams :)

  130. I love the whole Atkins/Paleo thing. Any time you can eat steak, bacon, and/or cheese and call it a “diet” is fine by me. A personal favorite — making no-lasagna lasagna. Basically, just a big tub of tomato sauce, cheese, and meat. Yummy.

    Is baking powder necessary in your recipe for the pancake and pizza crust? :)

    • I’ve left out the baking powder for the pizza crust when we were hardcore on our diets and I didn’t notice a big difference. The coconut pancakes will still work but won’t be puffy. Oh also, if you have xanthan gum it’s a great no-carb substitute for thickening things and gelling them together but it doesn’t do the fluffy lifting that baking powder would do. Hope this helps!

  132. ~!Bandit!~

    WOW! its great to hear you guys have found something that works for you! I have IBS which makes it hard for me to eat like I used to and I have had to find alternatives, so I know how hard it is. Keep up the good work!

  133. What are the websites that you order from? i’m worried about not being able to find the things i like wen I move to Korea in a few weeks..

    • I order from iherb.com and they’ve worked really well for us. As long as you’re under a certain weight, it’s $4.00 to ship to Korea! WOOHOO! I ship flours, protein powder, grains and it’s been super quick. Under 1 week!!!

  134. Cassie

    I’ve been having issues viewing your videos ;___; They keep giving me error messages. this one, and all of the singapore ones….

  135. Please do recipe videos on Open the Happy because it would help SO much for not only people living in Korea but University students like me… who plan to travel to Korea eventually :)

  136. Does coconut flour and sugar actually taste like coconut? I’ve grown up in a household with someone who’s very allergic to coconut and as a result we never eat it. I have no idea if I’m also allergic or not but I do know that I can’t stand the taste or smell of coconut. That lumpy “smoothie” sounds kinda good xD

    • I also would love to know about the coconut flour and sugar myself since my dad and I have some sort of allergy to coconut stuffs (except for coconut water) XD

  137. What’s the website you use to order from? I couldn’t understand the name in the video. Thanks!

  138. Simon & Martina,

    How did you transition to Korea money-wise. Like banks, and just making sure you have the cash that you need. I know you could use a credit card and that will probably help the most, but did you transition to a brink and mortar bank in Korea?

    I wish to move there one day…but want to spend a few months there during late summer / fall this year to make sure I can transition good enough that I don’t have to worry about minutiae details.

    Any other tips would be appreciated!

    – Christopher -

  139. this is awesome, i usually cant be bothered with baking but im moving out and have a load of flour left over for some reason, want to use it up making cookies or cakes and am looking for healthy/more convenient substitutes, only thing im missing for recipes right now is sugar which i havent bought yet

    could you give a list of substitutes for sugar since you said white sugar is unhealthy? iv googled it but it just seems really confusing with so many being liquids and then not giving instructions on how to balance the rest of the liquids in the recipe. what are your favorite recommendations and how do you balance the recipe for them? thanks! or a good weblink would be much appreciated too

    • If you think you can’t handle the liquidness of even the proportions (because 1 cup of white sugar doesn’t equals 1 cup of other sweeteners) you can always buy granulated evaporated cane juice. Or any other not refined cane juice. Good luck!

  140. You know I agree with you guys trying to eat healthier but a lot of the healthy products much more expensive then say a bag of chips or something off the dollar menu at McDonalds. Sadly fast food is cheap and greasy…..

  141. Dear Simon and Martina,

    I’ll admit that Korean dramas have made me think that to be considered successful in Korea you need to earn a lot of money and be a fancy rich person. But is that really true? I guess what I’m asking is how important is wealth and money in Korea?


    Paige K. from Oregon (pronounced Or-I-Gin)

    • is that gin as in hick way of saying a”gain” or as in the alcohol?
      Because you’re currently making me question my way of pronouncing Oregon with your pronunciation key
      ~An Illinoisan (The S is silent. I’m currently in South Carolina, and I find it crazy there are all these people from my own country that don’t realize it)

      • The alcohol! :D Plus, the S is silent…? Well, you also made me question my pronunciation…. Good one.

        • WOW Thanks! I’ve been wondering all my life how to pronounce it! hahaha. I find that I usually say it the right way when I’m talking about the state, but I pronounce it like Or-gone only when I say the game Oregon Trail haha

        • It’s a good thing you usually don’t usually say Or-gone, because that will get you killed in Oregon.Well, maybe not killed… but people will give you some nasty stink eyes if you do!

        • hahahaha yeah I would think so! I guess there’s not many ways people would mess up saying Minnesota so none of us will give stink eyes. Unless you make fun of our dialects and say “ya know” all the time hahaha

        • Hmm… I might be guilty of this, just a little, so I’d like to apologize for my actions and promise that I’ll never do it again. But, do people really say the “ya know” thing, or is that just a lie?

        • It depends on how north you go. I live near the cities so I don’t really hear it that often. But every now and again my friends or I will say something that just sounds really Minnesotan.

        • lol. Thanks for the honesty ;D
          Yeah, as Kalley said it depends on where you are. I’m from the cities too so it’s not very common here. But there are times I’ll at a grocery store and I come across someone with a REALLY Minnesotan dialect haha. But, honestly, I think we do say “ya know” more than the average American…lol.

        • Oh wow. My life has just drastically changed. I never knew.
          At least I’m not one of those people who mispronounces Nevada. I hate that almost as much as I hate hearing Illi-noise.

      • Illinoisan here too! And I’m down in Florida, and no one says it right… they all pronounce the ‘s’ too T^T

        • It’s like really, you didn’t learn that in elementary school?
          And what about the news? I once met a girl who was doing a project where she acted as a newscaster, kept up with the news and filmed herself. I heard “Illi-noise” five times in one video. I’ve never heard a newscaster say it wrong, so why did she? D:

        • Kaitlin Beranek

          Right?! I thought every kid had to learn states and capitals in elementary school! Also, down here in FL, it’s called “primary school” which confused me at first xD And ugh, I’ve heard it once or twice on the news, but generally they get it right.. dkhjfs;d Illinoisproblems

      • i feel lucky to be a texan now as its pronounce how it’s spelled (phonetics ftw!)

      • Yes!!! I’m from North Carolina and go to college in SC. How do people not know how to say that!

      • My grandma always used to say that there is no “noise” in Illinois :) I’m a Chicago baby :)

        • My eldest sister lives there! I really want to follow her after college haha

    • Going off of you question: Is there really such a gap in wealthy and non wealthy as the Dramas seem to show? Do wealthy Koreans really think they can’t be around poorer Koreans? Do wealthy Koreans really have guys in suits that will hunt down their children and drag them back home if needed?

    • …I always thought it was pronounced Or-gan. Becuase everytime i hear it, it is pronounced Or-gan…..But i have learned not to trust how anything is pronounced in alabama, being that i say water like wor-dder.

      I an very interested now.

    • it makes me laugh that you added a pronunciation guide for Oregon. I’m from the Pacific Northwest, so when people mispronounce state and city names (no one ever gets Spokane right /sigh), I’m just like, “what are you doing, say it like it’s spelled!” lol

  142. Hi GUYS!! I’m curious about something… how likely is it to meet a korean celebrity in korea? i ask because i notice a lot of celebrities open up their own restaurants and variety shows (like running man and infinity challenge) that shoot outdoors and have audience participation.

    • Depends on what you mean by the word “celebrity” because that’s very subjective. We’ve seen some really pretty Korean girls, with an entourage of people around them, and photographers taking snaps of them, and we look over and say “who the f**k is that?”

      And then there are people who you see who don’t have an entourage and we recognize. So…yeah!

  143. For the past month and a half, I’ve actually taken steps to cut down (Not eliminate) my carb intake, and (along with moderate exercise, mostly super-epic dance parties) have lost 10 lbs! I’m hoping to continue my weight loss, so I’m glad you posted some of your recipes. Thanks Simon and Martina!

  144. It’s actually not hwang-jae, but hyeon-jae 현재. It means presently ^___^ so “I’m presently dieting” :D Hope that helps! And thank you for the tips!

    • Actually, I think they might be talking about the 황제다이어트 “The Emperor Diet,” which is the Korean term for the Atkins Diet (or something to that effect — lots of meat, basically).

    • Oh but hwang-jae diet does make sense too! Hwang-jae means emperor in Korean and non-carb-protein-based diet’s named after an emperor who only ate meat to stay in shape:)

  145. Simon you went too far with the poop it out! XD

  146. Well, I don’t like cooking
    (I have my Mom, whatcha wanna say to meh?),
    and I don’t like exercising
    (Have tried it for 2 months, stopped for a while because of the Moslem’s fast, didn’t have any thought to start again),
    so, having these recipes that only needs to be mixed is like heaven to me.
    Thanks guys XD

  147. Haha love that you also have recipes in your blog post!

  148. Thank you so much for this post! I am going to Korea in August and I was really worried that I would finally gain the infamous “Freshmen 15″ (but I am a junior at university) lol I hope to visit the legendary EYK Office too :DD

  149. glad to hear you guys have found something that works for you! that’s one of the hardest parts about losing weight, imo. that and dedication to the gym (being lazy is so much more convenient! lol)


    eating your kimchi is quite healthy too, no?

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