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And now for something completely different: The Mukbang Eating Show

It’s Sesame Instant Noodles time! (aka 대파 송송 계란 탁~ [[참깨라면 –or– “Green onion Song Tak”). The Mukbang Eating show is not really about cooking but, like it says, about eating; eating the whole hotpot with much slurping and smacking of the lips. The primary reason for the show is to watch food cooked and consumed in Korea by a nice young man and his mother (See the point around 7:50 when he politely offers his mom first go at a particularly tasty bit of kimchee.)

You laugh but this particular show has pulled more than three and a half million views in the last year. It’s also a reminder that different cultures have different customs when it comes to eating and politely expressing pleasure in your meal. This is an example of that but only kimchees were harmed in making it. Elsewhere on Youtube, there’s an eating show built around a whole roast camel courtesy of The Food (“Ooooooooooooooh!”) Ranger, but I’ll spare you that**. In the meantime, I think I know what I’ll be having for dinner.

[** On second thought I’ll save you the YouTube search.]

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  • BillH January 23, 2020, 9:55 AM

    East Asia and the Western Pacific are the only non-iron curtain areas I missed in my travels of yore. And, I’ve never missed missing them.

  • Roger.45 January 23, 2020, 10:23 AM

    Was that a deleted scene from, “Animal House”?

  • captflee January 23, 2020, 10:34 AM

    Different means of politely expressing enjoyment, indeed… I still chuckle recalling a long ago dinner at a tony Hongers eatery when my elegant and tiny date emitted a belch, rivaling a ship’s whistle in intensity, that would put to shame any such effort made by any of the 300 lb. bubbas of my acquaintance, and thought nothing of it.

  • captflee January 23, 2020, 10:40 AM

    Oh, and nice Python allusion! RIP Terry Jones, and ave atque vale!

  • Jack January 23, 2020, 10:48 AM

    My younger brother has a left wing girl friend and she’d feel right at home with those two. Watching her eat is actually more disgusting though.

  • ghostsniper January 23, 2020, 12:17 PM

    “Watching her eat is actually more disgusting though.”
    The only thing worse than watching food go in is watching food come out.
    Waaay too much emphasis on food in this country, and it shows.

  • Auntie Analogue January 23, 2020, 3:25 PM

    Makes you wonder if there really is “always room for Jell-O!”

  • jwm January 23, 2020, 4:01 PM

    Japanese food: Yummy! Let’s go.
    Chinese food: OK, but just OK.
    Thai food: ehhh. Once in a blue moon.
    Korean food: nasty. Take me to Jack-in-the-Box instead.


  • OneGuy January 24, 2020, 8:45 AM

    Many years ago I worked with a man whose wife was Korean. He would bring a small jar of Kimsee to work. When he opened it the air would be permeated with a powerful odor and my sinuses would actually make noise as they cleared or closed (I’m not sure which).

  • Jack January 24, 2020, 11:19 AM

    The vid of the Koreans wolfing down their chow without a breath reminded me of the dining scene in Play It Again, Sam.