February 23, 2011
Back on Valentine’s Day, Simon was on SBS Morning Wide with a few other bloggers and talking about Korean food. We were discussing a couple of different things about food in Korea, trying to promote it, and – more so – trying to show that non-Koreans actually like Korean Street Food.
Now, I might be wrong about this, because things were translated to me very rapidly, so I’m worried that some things were lost in translation. Anyhow, they were saying how Seoul is worried about it’s image to foreigners and tourists, and so it wants to clean up the street food vendors. They want to give them all standardized carts and make them look ultra sterile and sanitary. Supposedly foreigners are afraid of eating street food because it looks dirty, and they think less of Korea because of the street food stalls, and so Korea wants to change that. Is that right? If not, I’m sorry for the rant that’s about to follow:
We freaking love Korean Street Food. We loved it when we first came here, we loved it when we did an entire Street Food Wonderfulness video, and we loved it when we did a video about it with Arirang TV. We still love it now. Part of why we like it, apart from the awesomeness of the food, is the awesomeness of the stalls themselves. There’s a coziness to them, a comfort, that we love. You go into a tent that’s all rickety, with steam fogging the plastic windows, with weird stuff you’ve never seen before, and that’s part of the appeal of it. Part of the appeal is the pleasure in finding the awesome hole in the wall, outside of the personality-less mass food chains. Talk to one of your friends in Korea about their favorite places to eat, and lots of them will tell you about this place that’s hidden off somewhere that’s run by a cool ajumma, or something along those lines. They won’t tell you about Bennigans.
Part of the appeal is also in the fact that it feels foreign. Korea is developing so rapidly. Bucheon is a lot more developed now compared to when we first came here almost three years ago. New buildings are popping up, and old stores are being overrun by coffee shop chains side by side by side. It’s becoming a city, standardized and overflowing, and it’s losing, slowly, its original charm.
Bah. I don’t know. All I can say is that I don’t like the idea of the street food stalls becoming standardized. On another note, we also try Royal Cuisine from a Swiss Chef in that video. Question is: did you recognize the place we were in? It’s the same place where we filmed Running Man with Nichkhun. Yeah! On another side note – and this one made me laugh big time – I’d like to thank the girl at 0:45 in the video. We were talking with the guy from the show, and were explaining our blogs to him. He seemed really bored, like “yeah yeah yeah hurry up so we can go on with the show”, until the girl at 0:45 walked up to Simon and said hi, and said she watches our videos. Bam! The guy didn’t seem bored anymore. Ha! So, if you’re the girl at 0:45 seconds and you’re reading this, thanks so much!
Anyhow, that’s it for now. Do check out the other bloggers in the video, namely Roboseyo, Stafford, and Joe. They’re cool peeps, who you might recognize from our other videos, like Running Man and the KBS Morning Show. Hooray for foreign bloggers on TV!