December 24, 2015
It’s almost Christmas! Woohoo! The first thing I think of watching when it’s Christmas time is Die Hard. Second thing is Elf. Third thing: Mr. Bean’s Christmas special. “Christmas socks!” Ah, it’s so old, but I still find it funny to this day. And I mention Mr Bean now, because it reminds me of the episode in which he orders Beef Tartar and then tries to hide it because he’s grossed out. I hope you don’t feel that way about this video! Hey: 육회 “Youk-hway” aka Raw Korean Beef is freaking delicious, and – hands down – our favorite way to eat Korean Beef.
Now I (Simon) don’t think it was until doing this video that it really dawned on me how different the Korean palette is to mine, not in terms of flavors, but in terms of textures. I’ve always had an issue with Hweh, raw fish, in Korea. Some of it I really like, particularly the scallops, but the kinds of fish that our Korean friends like I can’t get into. They’re always so…chewy. Martina has gotten into it, but I hate it when my meat is tough. I want to bite through the meat in one bite, and have my teeth touch. I don’t want resistance. I found the same thing with Korean beef as well. I’ve tried it so many times, both in cheap and really expensive ways, and I never really got into it. The flavour of the beef is yummy, it’s just the texture I don’t enjoy. When we decided to film this video, though, and we started reading more about Korean Beef, we read how Korean people prefer the Korean breed of beef because it has a good amount of chewiness to it. It also makes sense because a lot of Korean people say that they enjoy the cartilage part of a fish or chewing on the little nubble of bone in pork BBQ. For me, it’s a deal breaker, but I guess it’s desirable here. So interesting how cultures differ regarding their desire for meat texture!
So now I’m wondering, is this just a Korea thing, or is this a Simon-is-weird thing? Martina’s totally ok with some of the raw fish I don’t like, and she loves Korean beef as well. But she also loves all meat so I don’t think she counts as a fair judge.
How do you feel about your meat? Should it be soft like Kobe beef, or should it have a light toughness to it, a bit of resistance? Not an overcooked toughness, but more a type of chewiness?
Well, that’s it for this week’s FAPFAP but WE HAVE A HOMEMADE EGGNOG VIDEO COMING OUT TOMORROW JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS! YAAAAA!!! Which is why we’re publishing this video earlier than usual. Christmas and New Years always throw our schedule off. We have some bloopers from this week’s video as well, including our encounter with a car that shouldn’t be driving on the sidewalk: yay!