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Raw Korean Beef

December 24, 2015

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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!

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  1. In Poland we also eat raw beef, it’s called “tatar” (steak tartare in English?) ^^

    4 years ago
  2. YOU GUYS!!! I NEED NEW VIDEO’S ! :(

    4 years ago
  3. This actually looks good.

    4 years ago
  4. Where did you guys go to get this?? I really want to try it!

    4 years ago
  5. Oli

    I guess I’m okay with chewy beef; I don’t like my meat too tough. Not sure if I could eat much raw beef though. ><

    4 years ago
  6. Just found out about you guys, i totally support you no matter what you decide.
    i am totally fine with the meat being chewy, as long as its soft and not too slimy, may have to try this out- neohuideul-eul salang!

    4 years ago
  7. So … when you guys finally move to Japan, what are you going to change about the site? I mean, the food and culture themes are going to be a bit different. I don’t imagine Kimchee is going to be really relevant.

    4 years ago
  8. I am 100% with Simon on this one. I hate it when meat is chewy. I cut away the fat because I will not eat it if there’s a lot of fat on it since fat is so chewy.

    4 years ago
  9. Ha Merry Toronto Christmas! Drake getting disappointed with the lack of love….

    4 years ago
  10. The best meat should be soft, I am not into chewy meat. The idea of chewy on cartilage is just horrible to me.

    4 years ago
  11. If you like this try the chicken sashimi when you get to Japan. One of the many things my Japanese friends fed me for the “will he eat it” fun, I liked it.

    4 years ago
  12. Aw yeah! Raw meat is really delicious. I enjoy tartar lots and lots (meat and fish (like salmon)). Funny story: today with a friend we were discussing how you couldn’t find steak in Korea and when he found a place where they did, well they were always well done and he likes his kinda “bleu”-ish (so it’s almost raw, you put it in the pan, flip it once or twice and that’s almost all the cooking it will get). Is it possible to get the address of this restaurant so we can go and try it? I’d really love to taste what korean meat is like, even if it’ll cost me =’).

    4 years ago
  13. the freeze it first like they do for sushi/raw fish. that kills anything bad in it.

    4 years ago
  14. Yuck, gag me with a dead sea worms.

    4 years ago
  15. I have eaten plenty of raw fish and I had that lightly seared / mostly raw chicken in Japan, but I’ve never tried raw beef. I wonder if I can get raw lamb anywhere around here.

    4 years ago
  16. I never thought about texture till you mentioned it. Typically with beef dishes I don’t mind if it’s chewy or tough since I love beef jerky. I can eat beef in pretty much any form. On the other hand Fish or chicken I tend to be a little more anal about.

    4 years ago
  17. It’s kind of funny that you would mention the Mr. Bean episode where he’s hiding all the raw meat ’cause I was totally thinking of that while I was watching this! I would be that person that hides the raw beef in my napkin and pretended that I was enjoying it. On another note, I totally get the not liking chewy meat thing. I should be able to bite through my food (unless it’s candy). If it takes more than a few seconds to chew than I start to get gaggy. I feel the same way about other foods too though. I had some noodles once that it was like trying to eat rubber. Of course than I start thinking about it and everything goes downhill from there. Texture is very very important in a food. Anyhow, Merry Christmas to you guys and I look forward to your food adventures in Japan!

    4 years ago
  18. “Best I Ever Had” is a song by Drake (well the version you were singing):
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGt4DOl411o

    I think there is a country/rock version by Gary Allan…yeah here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4Hk6qDgQjA

    4 years ago
  19. You guys have been mumbling about this since at least last week, so I’m going to go ahead and suggest that MAYBE the song you’re thinking of is SNSD’s “Bump It.” There’s a part in the second bridge where Yoona or someone in the background goes “…so bad, baby…I ever had, baby…” That might not be it. That might be a fool’s errand. But maybe.

    Also I lol’d at the YouTube comments. Simon & Martina: “This meat is totally safe! We have never gotten sick from this meat.” Comments: “BUT WON’T YOU GET SICK”

    4 years ago
  20. So I was watching watching the bloopers and the sound was so off cause of my laggy internet that when Martina was talking simons voice was comeing out. No excuse my while I go hide in the back room at work and roflol! Soo funny.

    4 years ago
  21. I don’t know if it’s entirely a cultural preference thing on liking or disliking chewy meat. I grew up kind of poor and when we had steaks or whatever (in the US), sometimes they were a cheaper cut that was chewy. That texture really doesn’t bother me, and in a way I find it kind of satisfying. That’s for beef though. I wonder how I’d do with the chewier Korean raw fish (hue? hway?)… The way I eat raw fish has always been sushi or poke or something like that, so they are always very soft. That texture and flavor combo really might throw me off. But chewy beef? Send it my way!

    4 years ago
  22. What cut of beef is the raw beef dish? It looked really good.

    4 years ago
  23. Now we know why you’re really moving to Japan. It’s for the BEEF. Lol

    4 years ago
  24. This reminds me raw mutton(goat meat!!) dish which my mom makes it in India.she mix the meat with green garlic, peanut oil & it has to be put aside for 1-2 hours.As per my mom, The heat of green garlic suppose to make the meat tender so our human stomach can digest it. :)

    4 years ago
  25. I want to try this raw beef. Wonder how it’ll taste…

    Beef is something where I’m losing my taste for it. My mom says that my taste buds might be like my grandma’s because she doesn’t eat beef because of the taste. I don’t really know if it’s my tastebuds or the way the beef is being cooked. Not that I really mind since beef prices went up here in Canada, and it means it’ll be cheaper to eat the other meats.

    4 years ago
  26. I love Martina’s glasses! But those meat prices are similar in the US…or at least where I live.

    4 years ago
    • Whoa! Where do you live? I’ve lived now in the midatlantic, south, and midwest–I’ve never seen meat that pricey in the US. You can’t beat the cheap and amazing quality of meat in the midwest!

      4 years ago
      • I guess it also depends on where you get it from. I don’t know where a local butcher is, so I have to go to a certain supermarket for quality meat, and it is pricey. I live in the southeast. Now you make me want to go to the midwest: For the meat (also tourist attractions xD)!

        4 years ago
  27. What’s the name of this place???

    4 years ago
    • I…don’t know. It’s located above the grocery store close to our home. But raw beef is served in many places :D

      4 years ago