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Death Spicy Korean Galbi

June 17, 2015

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Dear Josh and Ollie: remember that video in which you took us for the worst food experience of our entire lives? And I’m not exaggerating when I say that hongeo was actually the worst food experience of my entire life? Well, I remember. Pepperidge Farm remembers! And so, when you sent us an email telling us that you’re in town and you wanted to shoot something with us, I knew that your time of reckoning was upon us.

So we did research on the spiciest food we could find in our area, and found this place that was really close to our studio. Just a few minute walk and we were there. To be honest, before we went there I wasn’t really optimistic. Korean spice is never really spicy for us. We’re pros when it comes to spicy food, and whenever we go somewhere and have Korean people warn us that the food is spicy, we laugh. LAUGH! LAUGH AT THE PUNY SPICE! Sure, we might feel the heat a bit, a bit of warmth and a tingle, but our tastebuds are otherwise dead to Korean spice. You hear me, Korean spice? You’re dead to me.

But this…this was insanely hot.

The people at the restaurant told us that nobody really orders the 100% spice. Most people order it at 30% and can barely handle it. We went balls out. I wanted 120% spice but they didn’t offer that. THANK GOD! This was a bit too painful to endure. I could barely even taste the rest of the food. All I could taste was the years of my life slipping away from me, one sacrificed tastebud at a time, sacrificed to the many-faced god. But we were willing to do it! This meal was a murder-suicide, all justified in the honor of vengeance to get Josh and Ollie back, although this still wasn’t as bad a food experience as the Hongeo. I’d eat this seven times before eating Hongeo once.

But hey. You. I don’t want you to get a bad impression of Galbi-Jim if you’ve never had it before. It’s not usually this spicy. It’s actually really delicious when it’s done well. It’s perhaps one of my favourite Korean dishes. Sweet, tender meat that falls off in soft stewed potatoes and aggghghhhhh it’s lovely. It’s one of those dishes whose taste reminds you of a mother’s love. This place did not have that kind of love. It had hate. Hate and death and fire and damnation!

But it was hilarious to shoot. We all had great laughs. I’m surprised Ollie did so well! I thought he’d bow out, but it was Josh who was sweating up a storm and panicking. Martina was alright. Her pain tolerance is insane, after all. So she burned a bit, but not as much as we burned. Also, I kinda made the mistake of winning that speed round. Because I ate it so quickly, I don’t think I chewed it enough to mute the spice on the way down, and my chest was on fire for the next couple of days. And the poos. Oh Jesus. The poos. Next time, I’ll let someone else win. That…was a bad idea.

Afterwards, we shot a more friendly video with Josh and Ollie on their channel, where we try out some other Old School Korean Candies, similar to our last one. There were many candies that we didn’t try from before, so we were excited to experience those. Check it out in the video below!

We’ve got some extra scenes that didn’t make the final cut. Check em out in the bloopers, if you’re up for some more suffering:

And, lastly, we’ve got some extras for you lovely app users. Oh, you’re not a lovely app user yet? Pick it up, then, on Android and iOS!.

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  1. Hi, i have just came across this video and it makes me want to visit it some time on. Could you tell me the name of the restaurant and how to get there.

    4 years ago
  2. I’d like to recommend that you do Kalbi restaurant featured in June 28 ChosunTV program “Hundred Years’ Restaurants (백년식당)” Ep. 4. It looks like the best tasting kalbi cooked over 연탄 fired drum served in Seoul. People wait in line for 12:00 pm opening, no chairs (eat standing), bring your own rice and kimchi (none offered, customers buy at nearby convenience store). Please!

    4 years ago
  3. “All I could taste was the years of my life slipping away from me, one sacrificed tastebud at a time, sacrificed to the many-faced god.” Simon can get really poetic sometimes, I dig it.

    4 years ago
  4. Martina is so badass!!

    4 years ago
  5. Ollie all of the sudden gave himself a North American accent after the first bite. LOL

    4 years ago
  6. I eat at least a couple Trinidad Scorpion Peppers every day (I grow them). Considering that’s the 3rd hottest pepper in the world, I’m sure the pepper in your video will be child’s play. Where is the restaurant? I want to check it out when I go back to Korea soon.

    4 years ago
  7. I’m just going to come out and say it. Martina, you have some serious balls. You’ve gone beyond brass and steel and now two lumps of adamantium swing between your legs.

    4 years ago
  8. What’s the name of the restaurant?

    4 years ago
  9. That food looks AMAZING! Could you post a recipe? Even if it’s just approximate?

    4 years ago
    • Sure!
      1 pound beef rib
      3 cups Satan’s Sweat
      3 cup magma of Mordor

      Mix all ingredients in the center of a red dwarf star for 300 years. Serve immediately.

      4 years ago
  10. This kind of reminds me the time my family went out for Fried Conch and found this tiny lil restaurant ran out of a lady’s home and she’s like try the curry sauce…it’s spicy. Before we could get the sauce though, she made us dip the tip of a tooth pick in it just to see if we could handle it before she would let us have the sauce.

    4 years ago
  11. I love how the camera pans to you guise just chillin and then pans of Josh and Ollie feeling tortured :D

    4 years ago
  12. I want spicy food now…. I wonder how spicy it is? I usually put like 2 heaping tablespoons of Gochuchang in my bibimbap to get it as spicy as I want it.

    I wonder if this is more spicy than gochuchang, aw I want to try this! I need to plan a trip to Korea. What is the name of this place?

    4 years ago
    • Yes, this is definitely more spicy than gochujang. Gochujang isn’t even spicy for us anymore. I could use it as body lotion and feel fine :D

      4 years ago
  13. Simon, the song you’re looking for is ‘I Will Remember You’ by Sarah McLachlan. :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSz16ngdsG0

    4 years ago
  14. Oh gosh, the shot of all of you coming out of the restaurant at the end, with the music… amazing. Seriously, you guys do really great stuff with music in your videos.
    I think you’re supposed to drink milk rather than water to ameliorate the spicy burn, right? Or is that just an urban legend?

    4 years ago
  15. I don’t know what restaurants you will be visiting in New York but I hope if you get a chance, you find a Duff’s. The one I went to was in Buffalo, NY but there is also one in Niagara Falls, NY. They are a wings restaurant that has a large choice of spiciness (I feel like I’m not saying this correctly). When I went, I was stupid enough to try both their suicide sauce and death sauce. The pain I felt was like nothing else. My mouth physically hurt for about a half hour and it burned going down. My stomach hurt for just about as long and it wasn’t like a little tummy ache, it was like I swallowed fire and it kept burning in my stomach. I imagine you won’t be passing through any of those spots (well, not on land anyway) which is unfortunate. I would love to know how it compares to Korean spiciness.

    4 years ago
  16. prepare you’re anus? lol. the reactions between simon/martina and the other 2 were so different it was like watching 2 different videos. was that really $6? that’s crazy. I can barely eat at mcdonalds for $6. I’m going to weigh 300 pounds after my vacation.

    4 years ago
  17. unrelated to this particular video, but lately when I click on the video at the top of posts nothing happens, I have to look it up directly on youtube, the videos further down in the text start playing when I click them, but not the main one at the top, is this just me?

    4 years ago
    • WEBMISTRESS ROSE TO THE RESCUE

      4 years ago
    • Yeah, I’ve been trying to fix it, but I can’t from Bali. I don’t know why. Every time I try to edit the blog post from here, I get a security warning, and it deletes all my changes. Once I’m at the airport later today it might be possible to change, I hope! AH!!! The internet here is so bad!

      4 years ago
    • Same here. The place holder box, that lays over the video, just disappeared when click, not returning the video, like normal.

      4 years ago
    • I have never had this problem before but did today with this particular video. I double checked, for EYK, all of my ad blocks and pop-up blockers are disabled so that isn’t the problem. Did yours just disappear after you clicked on it?

      4 years ago
    • i had the same prob with this one

      4 years ago
  18. Oh man, I kinda envy you guys. I haven’t been able to eat anything spicier than regular Ddeokbokki after a baaad case of gastritis I had in high school. And you made this look DELICIOUS, despite the sweating and panicking.
    So did the Soju actually help with the spiciness or did it just make everything worse for your insides?

    4 years ago
  19. OMG go Martina go Martina. I knew you could do it. Its so crazy how you bet three guys eating such spice food and they say women aren’t strong. The food looked so good too, you can’t really tell how spice it is. You are a roll model to us all. One day I hope to have your ability to accomplish what you have done.

    4 years ago