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The Best Korean Barbecue in the World

June 11, 2015

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Bold statement, yes? The Best Korean Barbecue in the World is what we’re claiming here with this video. And though you can say that there’s no way to gauge this, that we haven’t had them all, that the taste is very subjective, let me say this: we have been living in Korea for over seven years, and have been eating Korean Barbecue very often, more than most people, I’d say. And, without a doubt, the food we’re showing you today is the best Korean Barbecue I have ever had in my life, and Martina, Leigh, and Soo Zee all agree.

If you remember the video we did on What is Kobe Beef, and how I claimed that was the best beef I’ve ever had in my life, this is definitely the best pork I’ve ever had. The bigger question is this: what would I rather eat: Kobe Beef or Jeju Pork. Any guesses? I’ll still go with the Kobe Beef. That’s just meat on another level. While I’ve had really good Korean Barbecue before, if I don’t go with Jeju Pork I’ll still be content in finding something not too far off, but Kobe Beef is as far from regular beef as Otoro Sushi is from canned tuna.

Though, don’t let that convince you into thinking that Jeju Black Pork isn’t worth eating. It’s still awe inspiring, still moan-inducing. It’s juicy and flavourful on a very different level than a lot of barbecue you can get in Seoul. We have a favourite Hanjeongsal place that we go to all the way in Bucheon if we ever have a hankering for that cut of meat. We’ve had Hanjeongsal in many other places. Juju Black Pork Hanjeongsal, though: blows it out of the water.

Now, we couldn’t get any clear answer as to what makes Jeju Black Pork that much different than other pork. I remember when we first had it years ago when we went to Jeju together (and snuck backstage with Kpop idols), we were told that Jeju Black Pork tastes different because it eats human turds, and that somehow makes it taste different. We then read that it was false, and that they don’t do that anymore since the 70s, supposedly. The owner of the restaurant we ate at didn’t really give us any solid answers, either. He said that because Jeju is cleaner than Seoul, and because they invest a lot of money in R&D for them they taste better, but that’s so vague! I wanted an answer similar to the Kobe Beef one: are the pigs massaged in wine, or do they listen to classical music when they sleep? I don’t know! I can say, though, that when Korea tries to make food taste better, they do a damned good job at it. Korean fruit, though it’s stupid expensive, tastes so much better than Canadian fruit. I guess this is the same answer. It’s just not shrouded in any useful mythology, sadly. You can see what the owner said in a bonus clip on our app. Hmmm…

If you’d like to go to this place as well (and, trust me, you do) then you can find them here. It’s called 해오름식당, and the address is 제주특별자치도 제주시 노형동 1047-2. You can find map directions here.

We’ve got some extra scenes from the day. Unfortunately, we didn’t take as many pictures this time as we usually do, so no photo gallery now. I looked through all of our pictures from the day of shooting and realized that we had nothing. We just ate food and moaned and forgot to take pics. Ha!

Lastly, we can’t do a lot of responding to comments at the moment because we’re at the airport. WE’RE GOING TO BALI! It’s our eight year anniversary coming up, and we’re gonna go to Bali for the first time ever. So, our apologies if we’re a little weak on our internet game this week. We’ve prepared videos in advance so we won’t miss out on any. We’re just not sure how the wifi is going to be at our place. EEP!

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  1. Hi everyone! I am NEW here hehehe… Anyone can help me to check what’s the opening hour for this delicious black pork restaurant? Going to Jeju soon… Would appreciate your help!! Thank you!

    4 years ago
  2. Buzzfeed did a bit on Korean side dishes.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=14&v=R-uJviYD2T4

    4 years ago
  3. Strangely enough, I found the most adorable part of this FAPFAP was Leigh’s gasp of anticipation at the realization that she was going to get delicious food fed to her without having to answer a skill-testing question.

    4 years ago
  4. Note to self..Never watch the Food Adventures while youre hungry :D

    4 years ago
  5. I now crave pork belly….. Too bad a majority of Korean bbq here don’t serve it…

    4 years ago
  6. You guys really can’t be watched by dieters :'(

    4 years ago
  7. I would have never put Trois Gymnopedies and bbq pig eating together, but it works.

    4 years ago
  8. I was just watching a documentary about three chefs who went to Jeju to get feces fed black pork.
    I’ll see if I can find it again, it was on Hulu, but they definitely were still doing the feces feeding, and the family that was raising the pigs had a full toilet outside that just had a hole straight to the pig pen down under.

    The pigs were fed that from birth and wouldn’t eat anything else, not even any “treats” normal pigs would enjoy.

    4 years ago
  9. Dat booty dat booty~ ( lol the waiters big but takes up half the screen)

    4 years ago
  10. When you all are having a slowmo foodgasm and the Hallelujah Chorus is playing, I know the lyrics are king of kings, lord of lords, etc., but because of the video subject matter, I heard Pig of piiiiiigs, and Pork of poooooorks… >.< You know Handel knows what's up!
    Congrats on your 8th anniversary! Post lots on Bali when you come back please! I'm going there in October so I would love to see stuff from a trusted source!
    You guys are always a treat to watch! Stay Nasty!

    4 years ago
  11. So…how bad were the meat sweats afterwards? :P

    (jealous like whoa…that looked so good goddamn)

    4 years ago
  12. OMG you guys are making me so hungry. How do you always find the greatest places with the greatest food. Give me some PLEASE. I’ll trad you the Cheese Puffs for some pork how does that sound good to you?…guys…..guys.lol

    4 years ago