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:

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:

What’s In Your Coffee?

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Bzzzzzzzzzz. You cringe as your alarm blares right beside your ear. You hit snooze to dilly-dally in dreamland a little longer…just 10 more minutes. But after a minute, you abruptly jolt out of bed –half awake, half asleep– after realizing it’s 8:30 AM. Ugh, you woke up late, ONCE again.

You brush your teeth, quickly get dressed, drag yourself to the office, press “start” on the Keurig, and patiently wait for your coffee to spew out of the overused dispenser. You can hear the screeching, death-like sounds of the machine as your cup gets filled with diluted, over-roasted coffee. You take a sip, think about how terrible it tastes, and quietly reevaluate your life as you blankly stare out the window.

I think I’ve been through this scenario way too many times.

If you’re anything like me, you drink around 2 cups a day. That’s 730 cups a year which is equivalent to about 45 gallons. Jeez. Forty-five gallons of shitty coffee. Maybe it’s time to start making good quality coffee. But let’s face it, who has time to transform into a fancy barista every morning??

The amazing thing is, you actually don’t. There’s a way to make delicious coffee EVERY morning in under 10 minutes. You only have to sacrifice one morning alarm snooze to have a better morning!

The Worst Type of Friend

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We all know who they are.

The one who sneaks in back-handed compliments. The one who knowingly dates your crush. The one who blabs your secrets to everyone. The one who gives you the smaller slice of pizza. The one who tells you not to wear that shirt because “it’s ugly”…when it’s objectively pretty flattering.

Let’s take a moment to thank that friend.

Thank you, deceitful, cunning, backstabbing, greedy “friends” for strengthening our judgement and helping us recognize fake from real. Seriously, IDFWU (shoutout to Big Sean).

Most people have several handfuls of “terrible friend” experiences by the time they graduate high school. It’s inevitable and I think all of us can relate…which is kind of a beautiful thing. The silver lining to this is that by the time we grow up, we learn to make quick judgements based on our gut feeling and first impression.

Jae and I talk about our experiences with fake friends while bonding over some delicious Korean cuisine for dinner. We were pretty much in complete food coma by the time this mukbang was over so we hope you guys enjoy! 🙂

NATTO TASTE TEST

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Say hello to our favorite superfood: NATTO!

Jae and I have always been fascinated by Japanese cuisine…especially natto. I remember briefly watching another YouTuber vlogging about eating this slimy, pungent side dish for breakfast. Since then, I’ve been longing to try it out. Lucky for me, Jae grew up eating natto, so I was ecstatic when he suggested we pick some up from our local Korean grocery store!

One problem: there are WAY too many natto brands to even count. Jae and I dumbfoundedly stood in front of the freezer section, shivering our butts off, as we tried to figure out what made each of them different. Of course, this was a total failure since neither of us know Japanese. We just went with our guts….and picked the ones with the prettiest packaging hehe.

Safe to say, we were not disappointed with this natto-picking method. It was love at first bite.

Watch the entire review here:

When Jealousy is a Huge Red Flag in Your Relationship

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No matter how stable a relationship is, there will be times when you or your significant other feels jealous.

A bit of jealousy isn’t always bad. Sometimes it’s healthy. Sometimes it’s blown out of proportion. Sometimes it’s the product of miscommunication. And sometimes it’s a huge red flag.

Jae and I were scrolling through the /r/relationship_advice subreddit last night and a specific post caught our eye. So basically, this dude’s girlfriend makes a new “best friend” who “calms her and makes her happy” all within a week. He’s stuck with the dilemma of trying to compete with her new “best friend” or possibly ending the relationship.

His girlfriend is either intentionally making him jealous or sending a sign she’s not happy with the current relationship. TBH it seems like transparency and communication are nonexistent. Our conclusion: either have some real talk or get out now.

We’d love to hear your thoughts. What do you guys think?

Watch the full video here