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Squid Lollipops

March 12, 2015

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Ok, so we’ve seen this around a lot lately, and we had to try it out. Our friends Nic and Hugh showed us a picture of this and we were like…NO, that can’t be good. It must be tough or impossible to eat but we kept seeing these giant squid lollipops floating around the street of Hongdae. We weren’t going to film this on the weekend, because the lineup to this place is freaking crazy, and – to be honest – I don’t really trust what Korean people line up for. A lot of the places that we waited in long lines for were exceptionally mediocre, but I think they might have gotten good publicity somewhere, somehow, so people think it’s all the rage to go there. Also, in Noksapyeong, (which is the established foreigner neighbourhood in Seoul) located near the US Army base, there are giant freaking lineups for Churros. Seriously: churros. WHO WOULD WAIT IN LINE THAT LONG FOR CHURROS? THEY’RE JUST CHURROS!!! And I’ve actually never ever seen a foreigner in the churros line, either. I’ve only seen Korean people there. We’re not saying churros are bad, but if you go to the everyone-knows-this-is-a-foreigner-food-neighbourhood why would you wait in line for something that has no foreigners nearby whatsoever??? I’m just saying, I’m not going for Chinese food in Toronto’s Chinatown at the only restaurant with no Chinese people eating in it. But maybe that’s just our logic.

So, I was a bit skeptical about this place, but boy was I wrong. THIS PLACE IS AWESOME! I, being Simon, very rarely like Korean squid while Martina is a squid eating fiend. I often find it overcooked, especially in soups. In street food it’s hit and miss, but more often than not I find it a bit too tough. I never eat it raw because it’s not my thing. But this was the right balance in between. Perfectly cooked. They’ve got timers to beep when the squid is ready. It’s a science, man, and it’s delicious science. It’s a delicious lollipop squid science.

There isn’t a lot for you to choose from, though. This place is pretty much one step up from street food, in that it’s got its own shop, but it’s still street food at heart, similar to our Hoddeok video. In fact, it’s located on the same busy Parking Lot street in Hongdae! You can get three different flavours: plain, spicy, and sweet onion. We did the first two, and the spicy one is definitely our favourite, though the plain one is still pretty delicious. The plain one is 6,000 won, while the flavoured ones are 7,000 won, which seems like a bit of a ripoff to charge an extra 1,000 won for some flavoured powder that they sprinkle on, to be honest. Also the outside batter isn’t a heavy deep fried batter, it’s really just a light smattering of whatever crispy flour managed to hang on during the deep frying and the yummy seasoning sprinkled on top enhances the squid. It’s actually a really thick pieces of squid so while the legs are pretty crispy the squid body remains really soft and moist. Our only regret is that we went on the coldest and windiest day this week and our squid got cold so fast. But still delicious.

If you want to try this place out while you’re in Hongdae, it’s right on the main bustling Parking Lot Street, very close to our studio as well. For those of you that know Hongdae well, it’s on the corner near the big dog that helps his master sell cotton candy. You know what we’re talking about. If you’re unfamiliar with Hongdae, we included a map leading you from Hongdae Station (aka Hongik University Station) exit 9. It’s called 오짱익스프레스 in Korean but they write Ozzang Express on the store sign in English so keep your eyes peeled for this little place!

Ozzang Express Map

Otherwise, we’ve got some extra scenes from this week’s video as well, if you’re in the mood for some extra lols. SQUID ON A STINK! I blame the cold weather for freezing my lips.

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  1. 맛있다!!!

    5 years ago
  2. soooo Yummy!!! -wipes drool off of mouth- wish i could have some now!!

    5 years ago
  3. Oh wow. I love regular squid in a bag, but it never occurred to me to deep fried the dang things. Wish they sold those over here! They look so good!

    5 years ago
  4. Martina wins at squid impressions, I think simon was more cuttlefish than squid!

    5 years ago
  5. I know the video was about squid on a stick (I will definitely try it if I ever get the chance), but by the end I was distracted trying to decide which was cuter: Meemer’s meow or Simon giving Martina love in the bloopers. Either way, I got the dose of super cuteness I needed today. :P

    5 years ago
  6. Apologies, I usually like you’re eating adventures but this made me cringe so much. While I am truly happy you guys were able to share & appreciate this, I still have ethical issues with eating squid. Let me preface this by saying yes I will eat meat, chicken, fish, pork & pretty along with other delicious varieties of protein sources as long as it’s not something I find ethically questionable.

    With squids & cephalopod, there’s an extensive history of 500+ Mya (or 500+ million years) of developmental evolution (all cephalopods are color blind but that’s meager in comparison to having cartilaginous internal structures to allow for better maneuverability & floatation, tentacles they spread out & spin in flat fan formation -think submersible vessels that use fans like submarines – for mobility & often used for depth perception/exploration/tool use/grasping/swimming/climbing/crawling/hanging, higher senses developed to detect chemicals/sound/gravitational fluctuation, water jet propulsion that can allow them to flee dangerous situations & can shoot them up to 50 ft in the air, complex camouflage through chromatophores/expelled ink smokescreens.) & intelligence (higher brain function, self-awareness, a nervous system so evolved it’s been been effectively beneficial in human neurophysiology studies, a higher understanding of social interaction within their own species as well as others, strategic tactics used in self preservation. For example there was a cephalopod that was given shrimp, found a bad piece, crawled out of the tank, went across the hallway to the office of the the human who dispensed said offending piece, tossed it on their desk, promptly returning to the previously mentioned tank to finish the remainder of it’s meal, a reward of expediently & successfully solving comprehensive puzzles. Others have also been observed to produce decoys of themselves made of mucus within ink smokescreens called pseudomorphs, to fool predators into attacking the “copy” instead of themselves.)

    Clearly I find no logic in hunting (to extinction for some) & killing them for a snack when there are more available historically farmed & easily bred lower species. The same can be said for many other intelligent, singularly unique, & evolutionary complex animals including anthophilas (bees), cetaceans (dolphins, whales), some artiodactyls (deer, stag, fawns, moose, llamas, antelopes, goats, camels, giraffes, hippos), equines (horses, zebras, donkeys), some chordates like stomatopods (mantis shrimp), xiphosures (horseshoe crabs), pinnipeds (seals, walruses), testudines (turtles), elasmobranchiies (sharks, skates, manta rays), avids like corvids (ravens, crows) & some neognaths (doves, songbirds, hummingbirds, penguins, owls, parrots, falcons, storks, pigeons, flamingos, hawks, eagles, cockatiels), sirenides (dugongs, manatees),canines (dogs, wolves, foxes, coyotes) felines (big cats, domesticated coats) & primates (gorillas, chimpanzees) and a big “NOPE” to humans. Not to mention that most of the aforementioned species are observationally fascinating, like the sparkling enope or firefly squid & cuttlefish.

    TL:DR – My opinion is not a condemnation of others preferences (you do you boo), but if it is ethically compromising, I just won’t eat it. Period.

    Looking forward to the next outing, hopefully something I won’t have issue, with but you never can tell, can ya?

    5 years ago
    • I do have issues with the “You shouldn’t eat this animal because it’s smart” argument. (Are the lives of less intelligent animals not as valuable then? By this logic, is it less immoral to hurt a dog than an elephant?) However, squid and octopi are animals that, even before I became vegetarian, I flat out could not bring myself to eat. I’m studying abroad in Japan currently, and I’ve been offered octopus a few times, and I just…can’t do it. Even to be polite, I can’t eat it. Doesn’t help that they’re often served in a way that allows you to still see what it looked like, which triggers my already weirdly high empathy. At least beef and pork don’t look like cows and pigs.
      Glad Simon and Martina enjoyed themselves, but that’s not something I ever plan on eating.

      5 years ago
  7. Just more proof that just about anything battered and fried is tasty.

    5 years ago
  8. in my country … it is common to pay a bunch of people to fill a new store so it will look like that lots of people like what they sell .. I’m Indonesian

    5 years ago
  9. That squid kiss…sue the people that steals that ridiculous kiss for their drama!!!

    5 years ago
  10. Yes, the squid on a stick is amazing. I first discovered them at Ultra Music Fest in Jamsil last spring and fell in love. Never saw then again until a couple months ago in Hongdae. I get one every time I go to Hongdae.

    5 years ago
  11. DD

    I’m currently in New York and usually squid here is too chewy to bite. Calamari here is kinda close to fresh squid at korea and I’m actually using it for replacing squid at hotpot and pancake. Err.. I am really longing korean seafood: 젓갈, 꽃게, 오징어 etc. Probably this is the right season to eat 쭈꾸미 ( small octopus ), Spring Namul and strawberry. …. Strawberry!!!!! Erh…

    5 years ago
    • calamari and squid are the same thing….

      5 years ago
      • DD

        Ohhhhh ..I confused. So, maybe the market treat the squid in wrong way since I’m around Atlantic Ocean. When I wrote” Calamari”, I thought about 한치: It is a kind of mid size pencil squid that only exist in east Pacific ocean from Korea to Australia. It has separate name and term from usual squid in Chinese/Korean. It is very soft and very transparent than usual squid.

        5 years ago
  12. Anyone who knows me is aware of my undying aversion to seafood. However, I have appreciated in the past, granted that it’s very well cooked and seasoned. I don’t mind the taste, but when it’s not cooked enough for my taste, the texture makes the hair stand on my neck. Ew.
    But these look pretty tasty. Or maybe it’s the fried bit.
    This makes me crave deep-fried food…

    5 years ago
  13. Eating squid here in Spain is so normal that I keep forgetting that in North America it is not really a thing lol
    Here its pretty common to eat squids fried like the ones on the video but instead they are tiny baby squids, so you order in a restaurant a plate of these squids to share in the middle of the table with everyone and you eat like 3 little squids with one mouthful so its a lot more krispy ;)

    Here is a photo:
    http://www.vamonosdetapas.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/tapetacarmen_punt_valencia.jpg

    5 years ago
  14. I thought we had agreed to No More Close Ups of Simon Chewing?!?!

    5 years ago
    • No such agreement has been made, nor will it be made. Closer shots of an open chewing mouth to come, twice as often, henceforth!

      5 years ago
  15. At 3:59–I see you random waving guy! Hi, haha!
    And do you really get used to squid? Squid isn’t really a thing here in the US, and I’ve only tried to eat it a few times, but could never actually do it because it was so tough and rubbery…

    5 years ago
  16. That looks SO good! * Q * I was practically drooling during that xD
    And I think Martina’s squid moves were a lot better! Simon’s looked like awkward swimming xD

    5 years ago
  17. lmao that place has been there for a while. i used to walk past it all the time last semester. they have some pretty fire slushies. there’s also another one in sinchon across from the uplex.

    5 years ago
  18. is available in other places or just this 1 store?

    5 years ago
  19. I love seafood. I have developed no fear or care about eating seafood considered banned in some countries. It looks good and I don’t care if it was just caught. Except for sea cucumber. You can’t pay me to eat that.

    The night market in Richmond has a stall that sells a whole grilled squid. But every time my bf and I go, it’s sold out… someone is eating our deliciousness…. Last year they had the weird cone ice cream that was a huge thing in Korea. Maybe this year they’ll have this?

    5 years ago
  20. This would fit right in at the Minnesota state fair except that’s squid and we’re land locked in the middle of the U.S. with limited access to fresh sea food

    5 years ago
  21. Thanks a lot Simon and Martina. Now I’m hungry and I can’t have it. I wonder what they use to make it spicy and what temperature they cook the squid at.
    +1 vote for Martina’s squid.

    5 years ago
  22. I’m visiting seoul this week and I’m staying in Hongdae. I’ve walked past that place like 5 times I went to the tiny moly next to it today. Lol I guess I’ll have to eat lunch there tomorrow.

    5 years ago
  23. That looks so good and reminds me of a giant version of Chinese salt and pepper squid. I would totally eat that!

    5 years ago
  24. If it’s deep fried and on a stick, more often than not you’re going to get something tasty.

    I love me some squid, and I definitely appreciate fine tentacle food porn. No apologies needed.

    5 years ago
  25. For some reason I really find squids to be rather horror-inducing animals that fried tentacle texture made me almost throw up lmao

    5 years ago
  26. Two things I will treasure forever:

    1. The sight of Simon’s baffled face with bits of squid sticking out of it like demented walrus tusks at the 1:48 mark.

    2. Martina’s “oh no, this is my life now” expression at the 3:34 mark during their Lady & the Tramp attempt.

    5 years ago
  27. i liked martina’s squid moves :p

    5 years ago
  28. Oh my glob.
    I am not a fan of squid BUT I wouldn’t mind trying this!!

    5 years ago
  29. At first glance it looks like deep fried facehugger.. Oh the horrors!

    5 years ago
  30. Whoa, ₩6,000 for a squid? That is no longer odeng or hoddeok level street food.
    That is dynamic gourmet fusion food right there.
    If I had seen squid priced that high before watching this video I would have walked right past that place without a second glance.
    But now I have to go try it. Yummmmm

    5 years ago
    • Well, it’s for a loooooot of squid. The sticks are huge, and definitely enough for one person to eat (and in some cases, probably too much) so I don’t find it to be too expensive :D

      5 years ago
  31. hahah glad you guys tried it!

    5 years ago
  32. So, I just have to say: Martina! You are só cute! I love your hair and its pinkness! <3 And now I wanna eat some squid.

    5 years ago