December 18, 2015
The day has finally come to take the SUPER KING DONKATSU CHAAAAAALLLLEEEENNNGGGEEE! We’ve heard about it for a while now, and had planned on filming this video back in the summer, but the place that we wanted to go to closed, and then we called another place and it closed too, so we gave up on the idea and filmed other things instead. However, last weekend when Nick and Hugh were staying with us we heard Hugh mention that he was going with a friend to do it, and we got super excited to try out the Donkatsu Challenge ourselves.
Well, that excitement quickly faded as soon as I saw the plate. Really, I was so pumped. I had a huge workout the day before, and I usually get really hungry 24 hours after working out, and I need to make myself eat more if I want to get bigger (I need to get bigger), so this was going to be perfect!
But oh god is it ever difficult to eat that much. Now, from what I’ve been told, competitive eaters are usually skinnier, and it’s easier for their stomachs to stretch out because they don’t have a lot of muscle stopping their stomach from expanding. I, on the other hand, consist of NOTHING BUT MUSCLE so I can’t eat that much. Really. I try. I know I need to eat more but I get so full so easily. AH! P.S. I’m sure that muscle-stomach-stretching thing I heard wasn’t true. I’ve seen a really muscular competitive eater as well.
Side note: that ball of rice was ABSURD! The ladies running the place told us that the rice is actually 7-8 people’s worth of rice. That’s nuts! But I think it’s clever as well. I mean, lots of people are going to want to take the challenge because it’s ridiculous and hilarious. Hell I drove for almost an hour just to try it out! And lots of people will blog about it, too. Right behind us were a bunch of Korean guys filming their attempt (you’ll see one of them run away screaming in the bloopers below). Most people won’t be able to finish the whole amount, so they’ll have to pay 15,000 won, which is more than they would spend at the place normally. What a solid business model! If I ran a restaurant like that I’d call it the Hunger Games. BRILLIANT!
Anyhow, back to the donkatsu at this place, it was actually really good! The sauce they had here was unlike most donkatsu sauces. I think they rounded it out with some peanut butter. It was great! Most donkatsu sauces are closer to the sweet and tangy side. I would have liked to have tried the donkatsu without the pressure of eating that much food. The spicy donkatsu, though, was inedible. Seriously the spiciest thing I ate in Korea. I think it might be because I ate a lot of the regular donkatsu without a lot of sauce on it, so it kept on scratching at the roof of my mouth and exfoliating, so when the insane spice hit my raw mouth skin I was in SERIOUS pain. Not a good idea. The ladies running the place said so as well. AND, supposedly, if you want to take on the spicy challenge, you can’t do so unless you’ve eaten something in the day beforehand. The ladies say that if you try it on an empty stomach you’ll get very ill.
If you’d like to try the donkatsu challenge for yourself, the place is called 온정돈까스, and the address is 407-27 Daebang-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul. They have a few more locations, listed here in the flyer:
Lastly, we have some extra scenes, in which Martina tries to eat what I couldn’t finish, and even with her help we both couldn’t finish the plate. Also, you’ll see someone else’s reaction to eating the spicy food. You think we over-reacted? Wait till you see what he does: