How to Make DANK Cookies

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It seems like I’m constantly changing and transforming into a different version of myself every year, but one thing has stayed consistent throughout my life: my love for salted chocolate chip cookies. So I was ecstatic to find out Jae shares this enthusiasm and love for perfectly baked cookies.

Ah, there’s no better feeling than biting into a warm, crispy yet soft, homemade cookie as you silently people-watch outside in perfect weather (trust me, it’s a lot less creepy than it sounds haha). You can’t really go wrong with a chocolate chip cookie; however, there are marginal differences that can either make you feel like savoring every last bite or a cookie that just makes you feel like a ball of shit. I wanted to find the former.

I made it my mission to find the best recipe and baking technique because I know it will come in handy one day. This recipe is good enough to bribe your friends, cheer up somebody, or maybe even persuade your boyfriend/girlfriend into forgiving you after a fight. Haha.

Here’s what you need:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • sea salt for sprinkling
  • 1 egg and 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 stick) unsalted melted butter
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, beat your melted butter and sugars together.
  3. Add in the egg and mix until combined…then the egg yolk and mix until combined.
  4. Add in the vanilla and mix.
  5. Then, in another bowl, whisk together your flour, baking soda, and salt.
  6. Gradually add it to the sugar mixture and mix until just combined.
  7. Fold in the chopped chocolate.
  8. Spray on oil or butter up your baking sheet before scooping out 2-tablespoon sized balls onto your sheets.
  9. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  10. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until just lightly golden and set.
  11. Cool on the sheets for a few minutes before removing to a rack.

Go check outย Crepes of Wrathย for more info on this recipe! Jae and I also created an instructional video for your entertainment ๐Ÿ™‚

Fast Food Frenzy

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What do you do when your mind says “no” but your heart says “hell yeah”? Jae and I faced this dilemma multiple times (too many to count lol) before finally pulling up to a McDonald’s drive-thru, immediately after our sweaty, productive gym session.

We caved. But you know what? Once in a while, you just need to devour a handful of crispy fries, a box of chicken nuggets, a McGriddle, a Big Mac, and a Sriracha chicken burger. No, it’s not excessive. And yes, I believe it’s good…for your soul ๐Ÿ˜‰

That very first bite of our Big Mac sent a wave of nostalgia and triggered a fond memory of my brother and I fighting over the better toy in our McDonald’s Happy Meals. Ah, those were the good days…when our country wasn’t fixated on childhood obesity and we could eat as many fries and Happy Meals as our little hearts desired. Haha jk.

But I digress, Jae and I actually really enjoyed the classic McDonald’s options and it reminded us of why these fast food chains have been around for so long. Their menu is specifically designed to get us hooked…but I’m not complaining.

Watch us devour their menu and talk about a touchy subject:

How to Make Healthy Ice Cream

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I know what you’re thinking, “Ugh. Not ANOTHER ‘healthy’ recipe that tastes nothing like the real thing.”

I’m not gonna lie, this recipe doesn’t come even CLOSE to Ben & Jerry’s or your favorite brand of chocolate chip cookie dough. But if you’re seriously considering healthier alternatives to your favorite, creamy, mouth-watering ice cream, you should definitely try this out.

Who knew bananas are surprisingly good at imitating the texture and taste of regular ice cream?? The first time I made this, it blew my mind. If you’re not the patient type (*cough* me), the only annoying thing you have to worry about is waiting until the bananas are ripe and completely frozen.

Jae was also extremely surprised at how well these turned out (this means a lot coming from one of the most experienced foodie I know). All you need are these ingredients:

  • Ripe and frozen bananas
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cacao nibs

Some helpful tips:

  • Add in some medjool dates for additional sweetness
  • Don’t let your bananas get TOO ripe if you don’t want a strong banana taste in your ice cream
  • Add in cacao powder for a chocolate flavor
  • Blend until the bananas a completely smooth and creamy (no frozen chunks left behind)

Check out our video here:

How to Make Fluffy Pancakes

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Today we are devouring some fluffy pancakes and Korean pork belly/bacon! Jae and I were beyond excited to film this mukbang because we are huge pancake fans.

We’re not talking about your everyday, flimsy, soggy, fluff-less pancakes you find at your average all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet or fast food joint. Why are pancakes so easy to screw up and what can we do to save these beauties??

I grew up eating flimsy, lifeless pancakes so I only recently discovered how crispy, fluffy, subtly sweet, and satisfying they could be. Ahem, thank you Jae :). We figured we couldn’t go wrong with a Japanese pancake mix because we’ve had a great experience so far (shoutout to our favorite natto brands). It was a safe and delicious decision.

These pancakes were pretty fluffy out of the box, but if you want to make your pancakes even FLUFFIER here are some tips:

  1. Don’t over mix the batter…this can make your pancakes tough. It’s best to stop mixing when there are small lumps.
  2. Wait to flip until you see bubbles in your pancake.
  3. Separate and beat egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Fold in the egg whites right before cooking and after mixing in your other ingredients.

Here’s the full video of us eating Japanese pancakes with Korean bacon:

Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask Review

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Do you want to wake up with hydrated skin every single morning? Well you just landed on the right review!

I don’t have a complicated night time routine like most women do. I’ve also never followed through with the 10-step Korean skin care routine. I do, however, love effective skin care products.

Jae and I recently stepped into a Sephora and started testing out every product that caught our eye. Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask was one of them! The scent itself will make you want to purchase it on the spot. The pink, gel-like, watermelon-scented night time mask was love at first sight. It seemed to work immediately on our palms, so we decided to take this baby home.

It’s safe to say, we have no regrets spending $45 on this product.

It glides on extremely smoothly and there’s no sticky residue left over on your face after application. I have pretty oily skin so I’m super cautious of these types of products. If I use the wrong product, I wake up with a pound of oil on my face. It was a pleasant surprise when I found out that this product didn’t make me feel like a slimy monster in the morning.

Here’s a full review of the product (spoiler alert* there’s a very special model featured in this video and his name starts with a J haha):

 

Reimagining Tofu

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I want to introduce you to one of my favorite dishes: soondooboo. Soondooboo is a popular, soup-based, Korean tofu dish that will change your life.

As a kid, I’ve always felt bleh about tofu. I just found it extremely bland and unappetizing, but I’ve grown to appreciate it after tasting my way through a breadth of cuisines. Tofu can be extremely plain or unquestionably delicious depending on how you prepare it because it absorbs the flavors surrounding it.

Soondooboo is the prime example of this. The silky tofu effortlessly marinates around a thick, mild to spicy broth consisting of seafood, mushroom, meat, or vegetables. It’s consistency and flavor adapts to the broth surrounding it, which creates a delectable experience as you shove spoonfuls into your mouth.

It’s pretty clear I love this dish. Some people consider fried chicken, mashed potatoes, chocolate or fries as their comfort food. Soondooboo beats all of these dishes without a doubt in my book. There’s no better feeling than eating a piping hot bowl of soondooboo on a rainy day.

Jae and I talk about out pet peeves at the gym and relationship troubles as we share this delicious dish. Here’s a full video:

The Best Part About Street Food

ddytthumbFrom fishcakes to different meats, there’s something so comforting about street food that elicits childhood memories. If you grew up in any Asian country, you know exactly what I mean.

Maybe it’s the way the freshly cooked sweet potato (another type of street food in Korea) warms up your body as you walk down a busy sidewalk in the middle of winter. Maybe it was your favorite place to eat with your friends after classes. Either way, street food has become a staple for busy workers, students, tourists, pedestrians, and basically anyone with access to these popular food carts.

It was inevitable that Jae and I talked about our childhood as we cooked up some delicious ddukboki, a traditional Korean street food. Jae and his friends grew up eating this dish from busy food carts after school. He was delighted to find out how easy it was to remake this at home.

Here’s a full video of us rambling on about weird childhood stories while stuffing our faces with ddukboki ๐Ÿ™‚