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Chinese Lamb Skewers

September 9, 2015

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AWWW YEAH! Can I tell you how excited I was to shoot this video? Yang Gochi, which I’ll just call Lamb Skewers from now on, are one of my favourite things to eat in Korea as of late. Really. If we have the choice between Korean barbecue and lamb, I’m going for the lamb. I’m not sure if I’d make this choice for the rest of my life, because I do love me some regular Korean barbecue, but as of late I’ve been totally in love with these skewers.

I actually remember the first time I ever had these. We met our friends Brian and Whitney in Gangnam one night at a lamb skewer place that’s a pretty popular chain. They have a location of it right beside our studio as well, and hell we didn’t know that at the time or else we wouldn’t have gone all the way out to Gangnam! But that’s not the point. We went out for lamb skewers with Brian and Whitney and their friend Carlos, who is a heavy drinker. Probably the strongest drinker we’ve ever met. He would pound back shots of soju far faster than I was used to. Martina didn’t want to keep up the pace with everyone, so every time we took a shot she pretended to drink it and then dumped it into her glass of water. She never told me, though. I found this out by the end of the night, when we were about to leave the restaurant I thought that I had drank too much, and I needed to drink some water, so I grabbed Martina’s glass and pounded it as a one shot. It happened so quickly, and once I swallowed it all I looked at Martina, whose hand shot up to stop me but I was too fast. I did not have a good morning afterwards, but I still did love my first experience of the lamb skewers and have craved them ever since, just without all the drinking of course.

Anyhow, these are great, and I don’t understand why some of our Korean friends HATE it. Seriously. Some Korean friends like it, but others are repulsed by the taste of it, which they describe as not fresh tasting. Do we just have weird friends or is this a Korean thing? How do you feel about lamb? It’s freaking amazing to us, but maybe we have some weird genetic thing that lets us like the taste of lamb, like how some people can’t stand the taste of cilantro. Maybe?

If you like the taste of lamb, however, and want to go to the location we went to, you can find it at 360-24 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-Gu, Seoul. It’s literally diagonal from our studio, right across from the 7-11. It’s awesome. The people there are super nice, and the eggplant IS GREAT. The best eggplant dish you can get in Korea. In fact, I can’t think of any other time in Korea that I’ve liked the eggplant. But here it’s great, so take that for what it’s worth.

Otherwise, we have some extra scenes as well, so check em out here!

And now back to trying to keep up with our regular schedule! We’re back from Finland now and don’t have any more tour events scheduled for the rest of the year. We have to make a trip at the end of the month but it shouldn’t interfere too much I don’t think!

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  1. Hi,
    You have talked about the Pet Culture in Korea a few times. I would like to know if there is such a thing as ‘Service Dogs’ like they have for blind and deaf people in north america? I live in Canada and you can train and certify your dog as an ‘Assistance Dog’ for things like anxiety, seizures, arthritis and many more physical and mental disabilities. (I even saw a lady on a plane with her certified anxiety dog who had a special blue vest on and everything).
    Do Koreans have these dogs as well? If someone brings there service dog would they be recognized as a service dog and allowed into businesses and restaurants like they are in Canada?

    4 years ago
  2. Ahh lamb I remember the feel of my first taste, I think there was a chorus of heavenly music.

    I guess you guise have not had leg of lamb. Yes thats right, you can have a whole leg of lamb, well at least you can buy one where I live in the states. Seasoned with garlic and thyme (or was it rosemary?), cooked medium rare.

    I wonder what kind of seasonings they use at that place?
    Anyways love the lamb and thanks for the fun video.

    4 years ago
  3. Holy moly, that looks like some glorious meat. I’ve only had lamb a few times, but it was nothing that stuck out in my mind. However, these Lamb Skewers look like something I could get behind. Though one thing I have never seen is a portion of spices to drip your meat in. I’ve only seen dipping sauces, so that was definitely a first for me.

    Random Question: Does anyone know the name of the song at the 2:30 mark?

    4 years ago
  4. The bf is with me right now and he has just seen the video. He’s from Northern China and he loves lamb skewers, or chuarrr (chuan as I like to say with my Southern Chinese accent :P)

    He finds it weird there would be a mechanical turner thing, since most take their time cooking it by hand. But, he has no problems with it. Simon’s way of eating it like a man is the way everyone eats it. He thinks using chopsticks for it isn’t good, especially when chopsticks can cause you to lose the lamb. Though, just don’t eat all of them at once since they are coming straight from the charcoals.

    Bf also says that the price for this restaurant is equivalent to hundreds of chuar. It’s really that cheap in China. Now that I think about it, I want trachea and mantou skewers right now…

    4 years ago
  5. Could you please elaborate a little more on the Eggplant side dish?

    4 years ago
    • I agree with Rmmo25. I have searched high and low for a Korean eggplant dish. Your bajillion side dish video also had an eggplant dish that I MUST MAKE AND EAT!!!!! Also, possibly the boiled, deskinned, yummy looking tomato side dish in that same video? You can’t feed us but you can tell us the actual names in romanized hangul for us!! <3

      4 years ago
  6. AHH thank you for this video! The first time I was in Korea (back in 2012 so idk if it’s still there) I ate at one of these places near 고대 and it was sooo delicious, but I went with two Chinese friends who did all the ordering in Chinese so I had no idea what it was called. They also ordered a bunch of Chinese dishes like eggplant and baby bok choy and this chicken in a very red spicy broth. It wasn’t anything like American Chinese food (which is just all fried and sweet mostly haha) but my Chinese friends said it was really authentic (unlike maybe jjajangmyeon…) and might be more similar to what you guys have had in Toronto. The 고대 area is really great for food and atmosphere, at least when I was there :)

    4 years ago
  7. Another time you guys liked eggplant: in “A Bajillion Korean Side Dishes”, around the 3:00 mark, there’s an eggplant side dish covered in sesame oil or something. =)

    Yeah. Eggplant <3

    4 years ago
  8. Guys, what were you doing in Finland? (just moved to Seoul from there lol). And will definitely check out that lamb joint!

    4 years ago
    • We were there for Tracon, and we explored a bit of Helsinki and Tampere (which we loved, by the way!)

      4 years ago
  9. I didn’t realize until you guys were fighting over the last skewer that you never play Kai Bai Bo for that kind of thing anymore. :/ Although I kind of understand why, since SOME certain Cheater-McCheatersons present can be sore losers…

    4 years ago
  10. T_T I AM SO JELLY!!! I’m planning to travel to S.Korea after Uni and you guys are making me soooo excited for it!! i have a bucket list of all i want to eat and do thanks to you videos!!

    as a side note:

    MY SHOPPING CENTRE HAS A (new?) KOREAN STREET FOOD SHOP!!!!!!!!!!!! SO EXCITED TuT going on monday

    they have dokkboki, pork sausage, that weird squid/fish accordion thingy!!!! > ~ < can't wait

    4 years ago
  11. I’m so happy you guys attached an address for thisssss- I’m definitely hitting this place up as soon as I go on my airbnb2seoul trip (soon! : D October 30th-Nov 3rd). I need to make a map thingie and just bookmark all of the cool eats in Hongdae!

    Also, omg Martina! “I will take a HIT FOR THE TEAM” *drops it*. Ahahahaha!

    4 years ago
    • WOOHOO! I saw your comment and then I checked your avatar. I REMEMBER YOU! Hopefully you’ll like this place as much as we do :D

      4 years ago
  12. You’re making me miss Shanghai so much guys, I swear to god. I used to shuffle out from my dorm to the uni gates at some ridiculous hour at night time to get bbq – they bbq’ed everything… lamb, rice cakes, chicken skin, veggies.. It was so good. But I find the best bbq vendors tend to be in really obscure locations, like on a street corner outside a residential area on the outskirts of the city (that was a gem find).

    I know how good it is! It’s the food I’ve missed over everything else after coming home *sigh*

    4 years ago
  13. I kinda miss the “It’s time for…” :)

    4 years ago
    • Thaaat’s what it was! I thought something felt off when it began, but I couldn’t place it.

      4 years ago
      • Yeah, we were thinking about changing it up a bit, and getting more into bringing you to a place, rather than standing in front of it and presenting it to you, you know? It’s a different vibe we’re going for. Also trying to get into showing the food sooner, without an intro screen. Not sure how I feel about it yet…

        4 years ago
  14. “I love eating meat with you.” That is literally the most romantic thing I’ve heard all week.

    4 years ago
  15. Ooh this reminds me of the Afghan lunch place I go to whenever I go to the Bizaar, basically a huge shopping place in The Netherlands that has some nice eating. In any case, the bbq lamp is really spicy and tender, just overall delicious. Yeah. :)

    4 years ago
  16. Hey there, good to see you back on the schedule :)

    As for the lamb, I consider it my eternal enemy. I’m the only one in our family who can’t stand the smell or taste of lamb. So occasionally i have to suffer through meals with lamb in it. Give me pretty much any other type of meat and I’ll be fine.
    I do really wanna go bbq something right now ^^

    4 years ago
  17. OMG its 4:30 in the morning in New York and you guys are making me so hungry. I wish that had a place like that in NY. You guy should come out with a Eat Your Kimchi food guide to al the cool places to eat at for your fans that travel to Korea. Think about it, I kniw I would buy one.;)

    4 years ago
    • We have actually thought of one. Hmm. Gotta figure out how to do it!

      4 years ago
      • Because of the high turn-over for restaurants it’d be really cool if you could make an interact-able map? Like you guys “bookmark” places and when friends, family or fans visit they can interact with those spots and say “yes this is still here” or “nope, not here” with a time/date stamp on their comment? It seems like the best way to share all the locations you enjoy, while not having to worry about “maintaining” the map.

        LOL, Idk how easy this would be to do though. Just a thought.

        4 years ago
      • Lol, if you are going to do that you can probably make a new one at least every year, considering the turnover rate of restaurants in Korea ^^

        I spent at least 3-4 weeks in total of eating discount because of newly opened restaurants :)

        4 years ago
        • That’s one of the things we’ve considered. Restaurants turn over so quickly that giving a guide to our favourite spots will be tough. Maybe we should just point to areas? I’m not sure…

          4 years ago