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Soondubu Jigae

December 14, 2012


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FAPFAP Time! (If you’re new to Eatyourkimchi, FAPFAP means “Food Adventure Program For Awesome People). We go eat Korean Food, and you’re awesome people, so we make these videos for you!

Anyhow, let’s start off by apologizing if we seem a little zoned out in this video. We filmed it right after we came back from Nova Scotia. We were severely jetlagged, but didn’t want to give into it and fall asleep, because then our schedules would be messed up. We’re firm believers in trying to adjust to the time zone ASAP. If you give in to naps and your sleepiness without a struggle, it’ll take you longer to reacclimatize yourself. So, we tried to film a FAPFAP in our disoriented state. Kind of like our first video in Korea ever!

This is back when we first arrived in Korea, 4.5 years ago, right off the plane, we went to the same Soondubu Jigae chain. The one in this old video was in Bucheon. We were surprised to see that there’s a chain close to our new apartment, because we’ve never seen it anywhere else. Awesome! Anyhow, long story short, sorry if we were a bit off our game in this video. We’re not jet lagged anymore so we should be more bubbly in our next FAPFAP videos.

So, now that we’ve talked about jet lag and our theory behind how to beat it and how it applies to this video, how about we talk about the food? Soondubu jigae is great! We love this stuff. We knew about it before we came to Korea back when we’d go to Korean food restaurants in Canada, and it’s a lot better here than it is from the places we had it in Canada. Now, that might seem like an obvious statement, because the food’s always better in the country of origin, but it’s not the case with all Korean food. To this day, still, the best Mul Naeng Myeon I’ve ever had was in Toronto. No joke. Haven’t found one that delicious to this day.

Soondubu Jigae is literally just soft (Soon) tofu (djbu) soup/stew (jigae). What you add to it afterwards is what makes it distinct from place to place. This Soondubu chain, though, offers a bunch of different flavours of Soondubu Jigae, like Kimchi, Mandu, Curry, Seafood, etc. We’ve tried a bunch of them. Yes, the curry one sounds gross, in theory. Curry and soft tofu? Blegh! But it’s actually really, really delicious. It’s our second favorite one on the menu. The Ham and Cheese one is definitely our favorite, even though, really, it’s just spam and processed cheese. On their own, we don’t really like Spam and processed cheese. In this soup, though: baaarggghhhhhhh *drool* SO DELICIOUS!

Also, it’s not really Spam. Spam is, like, a luxury item, supposedly. We keep on using the word Spam to represent that fake meat mush-loaf in a can, which is like calling all tissue Kleenex. Yes, Kleenex is a very popular brand of tissue, but it’s not synonymous with all tissues, just like Spam is not synonymous with all fake mea mush-loaf in a can. There are cheap versions of Spam. Yes! Spam can get cheaper than it actually is! I’m not sure how it can actually get any cheaper, but supposedly it can. Side note: people actually give away Spam box sets as gifts during Korea’s biggest holidays. Now, it’s not like THE BEST GIFT TO GIVE. There are lots of different things you can give someone for Chuseok and Seollal. Spam gift sets is just one of them. All I know is, if a friend gave me Spam for Christmas, we probably wouldn’t be friends for much longer. HA NO I’M JOKING! It’s the thought that counts, not the gift. Yeah. That’s it.

And, on that note, we’ve got bloopers for this week’s video as well. Not hilarious bloopers, but extra scenes and mistakes that didn’t make it into the final video. Blame the sleepiness. Yargh!



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