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Grilled Eel in Yeosu

October 16, 2014

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Hello ladies and gentlemen. Allow us to present to you some freaking delicious eel. EEL! I barely ever eat eel, and we ate it at an eel restaurant in Yeosu, as part of our Eatyourkimchi Road Trip that we took back in August. Yes, we ate a lot while we were there. It was fantastic. Here’s one of those fantastic places.

Eel isn’t something we eat often. In fact, it’s something we rarely ever eat. I really didn’t have any since my old school told me not to eat it…six years ago. I don’t know why I believed them. I had no reason not to. Similar to how they told me not to drink the tap water in Korea, either. People now tell us that drinking the tap water is ok, but it’s something that’s stuck with me since. Maybe my school was just trolling me, and telling me a bunch of stuff that I didn’t have to worry about? That sounds like something I’d do. Don’t eat the ketchup in Canada! It’ll give you a nosebleed!

Damned shame I don’t eat eel more often. Is it always as good as it is at this place in Yeosu? I doubt it, but I can’t say for sure. Soo Zee was telling us how Yeosu has some of the best seafood in Korea, and Seoul seafood has nothing compared to it. I trust her because of the foodgasms she was having as she was eating everything, not just at this restaurant, but other restaurants we went to.

Interesting side story: in one of the places we ate seafood, we ordered a giant platter of mussels and shrimp and abalone. Soo Zee loves abalone. We’re not to fond of it. Abalone looks like throbbing vaginas. Leigh never had it before, and she asked Soo Zee to try one. Leigh tried it, and didn’t like it at all either. I don’t know anyone apart from Korean people who like abalone. Have you ever tried it, and are you a fan? Yes, this side story isn’t as interesting as I said it was going to be from the first sentence in the paragraph. I just wanted to get the chance to call abalone a throbbing vagina, that’s all.

Anyhow, that’s it for this week. We have some pictures from our food eatings, because we’re really into taking pictures lately. Not many pictures here, but some at least!

We’ve got some extra scenes as well, if you’re interested!

Also, we’re publishing this from the Netherlands, in our last place of stay for our Ooh Euro Nasty Tour. We’re gonna be at Hallyucon on Saturday, and then we’re flying back to Korea on Sunday. Woohoo! Back to normal videos again. Well, we’ll miss Music Monday again, because we’re on a plane, but we should get back to it afterwards!

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  1. I’m at maximum jelly. I’ll just sit here, crying into my diet food…

    5 years ago
  2. Over at the Wall Street Journal’s Korean Realtime Blog, they reference FAPFAP with a headline on Korean Pizza. Check it out:

    http://blogs.wsj.com/korearealtime/2014/10/17/korean-pizza-nightmares-the-cranberry-crust-edition/

    5 years ago
  3. the pictures look amaaazing :-)

    5 years ago
  4. I couldn’t control the salivation watching this FapFap. Eel is one of my favorite seafoods. Mmmm I want go try it there grilled over coals. *drools*

    5 years ago
  5. I promise to eat none of your eel. You can have it all. ;-)

    5 years ago
  6. Oh, korean food. Oh, Simon hobo beard style.

    5 years ago
  7. Simon’s itty-bitty ponytail <3

    5 years ago
  8. Eel is amaaaaaazing, sooooooo scrumptiouuuuuus its sooooo goooood it maaaaakes my woooords draaaag..
    For reals doe, next time you go to Japan or anywhere its available YOU MUST TRY UNAGI, I had my first eel experience unagi style. When I think of eel i just think of unagi, there’s also a salt grilled kind in japanese cuisine too.

    As for abalone, I think culture plays a big part in it. It is considered to be expensive and a delicacy in most parts of Asia and people grow up with that view in mind. When you start to connect big feasts, celebrations, holidays, family dinners, business dinners and expensive events with delicacies such as abalone, that could make it taste much better. Sparrow’s nest and Shark fin soup also come into mind. Meh I don’t think it tastes that great either.

    Kay no more on abalone back to unagi MMMMMMMMMMMMMM

    5 years ago
  9. I’m busy making cookies and brownies for the fanmeet, come hungry! :P I don’t know if you have time on Sunday but I could maybe show you around my hometown, Hoorn which isn’t that far away from Amsterdam. I know a great place for some cheap breakfast, with croissants and cheese! lol.

    5 years ago
    • And by fanmeet, I mean the Hallyucon. Anyway, I’ll be there the whole day since I’m one of the volunteers. Super excited!

      5 years ago
  10. I LOVE EEL. Hell I have a frozen one in my freezer at the moment.

    SImon, the reason they tell you not to eat eel is because most of the time, it’s freshwater eel. Freshwater eel is supposed to come from unclean water where you can get somewhat sick. My mom told me not to eat eel too often. I love it, but I limit my intake of it. Once in a while is okay, just not all the time.

    Abalone is ok. I only eat it at those big Chinese banquets though so everytime I eat it, I forget it’s taste… Honestly though its a million times better than sea cucumber… My bf has never had it, and I tell him how much I dislike sea cucumber.

    5 years ago
  11. Abalone was one of the dishes I didn’t get to try when I was in Korea a while ago. And yes, they do look like throbbing vaginas, I had noticed this myself. So, why would I want to try them? Well, to make some epic food instagram pictures :D
    Now I need to cook some dinner, why do I watch these videos while I’m hungry??

    5 years ago
  12. When Martina said “gooey is grilled” i was like O_o WHAT??? but a second later i got what you meant…haha

    5 years ago
  13. We also eat eel in Portugal, but only in March and April… It’s so freaking good….

    5 years ago
  14. Welcome to the Netherlands! I wish I could see you but I have a prior engagement for an Indian festival (Diwali) in Amstelveen on Saturday :( There’s Indian food and Indian dancing happening so come down this way if you have the time. I’m aware of your severe lack of good Indian food in South Korea!

    Hope you have lots of fun and here’s a forever fan again missing an opportunity to give all of you a cuddle <3

    5 years ago
    • OH MAN! INDIAN FOOD! I haven’t had that in a while. Barrrggghhhlll! I wish. We’re busy all of Saturday, so we can’t come, but thank you for the offer!

      5 years ago
  15. *googles abalone* omg they really do look like throbbimg vaginas

    5 years ago
  16. As usual, another mouth watering episode, thank goodness I sat down with breakfast to watch it! ;) That grilled eel looks super fresh and good.

    To really appreciate seafood, I think it’s best to get it in a port town where it is super fresh. In fact, the only reason to go through the torture of fishing yourself is for the freshest fish ever, it really makes a difference. I watched a tv series with Gordon Ramsay (part of “The F Word”?) where he goes and catches “delicacies” and cooks them fresh on the beach right after catching them and it really helps to understand why people eat some seafood that seems to taste quite yucky once it makes it many miles and days to your own plate. Certainly, if I am eating near a port, I am much more adventurous in my seafood selection. Can’t say I’ve had super-fresh abalone but what I have had, I didn’t like. Was there abalone at that super cool sushi place you guise went to in Japan? I thought there was. I have had eel, it was good. I also had some whole baby eels when I was in Shanghai, they were super-encrusted with so much crunchy spice though that I have no idea whether the eel or the coating was good, certainly, I don’t know if I could have eaten them if they were uncoated and slimy though…..brrr…..

    For some reason, this video seemed short. You guys were so hungry and the food so tasty that there was hardly any banter/conversation, just the sound of noms – LOL! The food p0rn was nice but the photos of it were even nicer.

    Cyber_3 – now appreciating the smokey taste of barbed wire?

    5 years ago
    • I don’t remember it being a part of the sushi restaurant in Japan. I could be wrong, but I remember abalone’s texture being very difficult to chew, and I didn’t have those issues with the sushi :D

      5 years ago
    • Actually, it looks like copper wire, twisted in a chicken wire pattern. No doubt because it conducts heat well and the copper is more sanitary and doesn’t encourage bacteria. I’m not sure what kind of taste it would impart, but it can’t be much, there are copper pots for cooking too.

      5 years ago
  17. Oh the “snake fish” as Hugh calls it!

    5 years ago
  18. I absolutely looooove eel. One of my favourite seafoods but it’s always really expensive where I live (Perth, Australia)… makes me very sad.. and most of the time it aint even fresh fresh :(

    5 years ago
  19. I’ve had abalone after chef-y things were done to it, so I liked it just fine (as one often likes chef-y things).

    5 years ago
  20. how far is this from Seoul? I’m planning on coming to Korea next year and I’m looking for places to go to other the You are here cafe anyways :)

    5 years ago
    • Yeah it takes about five hours by car, four hours by bus or train, and three hours by KTX (fast train). But it takes an hour by plane, and there are direct flights from Seoul’s Gimpo airport to Yeosu multiple times a day so you can make a day trip out of it, but it costs about $170 per person for a roundtrip ticket.

      5 years ago
      • thanks,I m coming for 3 weeks so it’s something to think about.I posted the first time without watching the video.

        5 years ago
    • It’s in Yeosu, and it’s really far from Seoul, sadly. It’s worh the trip, though, for the food!

      5 years ago
    • They said they drove five hours from Seoul to Yeosu.

      5 years ago
  21. I’ve never had abalone before, and as appetizing as a throbbing vagina sounds, not sure if I’ll go out of my way to try it, haha. Really, there just isn’t any good seafood around where I live, that’s more the reason why. That eel looks so delicious though. Goodness, still haven’t learned to not watch these while hungry.

    5 years ago
  22. Amazing Video you guys! BTW Simon is starting to look like the Mandarin from Iron Man 3 ^^…Also not all eels are electric!In fact, electric eels are not actually eels at all. They’re a specific kind of knifefish that lives mainly in bodies of fresh water in South America, such as the Amazon River…..SooooZeee love the picture of you making the face ^^ !

    5 years ago