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:

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 🙂

 

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!

How to Blend Up An Amazing Antioxidant Smoothie

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Is anybody looking for a dose of antioxidants?

What in the world are antioxidants anyways, and why are they such a vital part of our lives? Without having to dust off my old chemistry textbook, antioxidants bind with naturally occurring free radicals which can cause cell damage. Basically, antioxidants can prevent disease and aging.

I know, I know, you’re probably yawning by now. I don’t mean to lecture, and I’m not a professional nutritionist, but don’t worry. It get’s a lot better from here. You’ll be able to make this smoothie recipe in less than the time it took to read that paragraph!

Jae and I love our berries…and basically any other fruit (especially frozen grapes…but that’s another story). So we decided to share one of our easiest, and tastiest smoothie recipes!

What you need:

  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Greek yogurt
  • Coconut milk

Directions:

BLEND AWAYYYYYYY

To see a full clip of this recipe, here’s our new smoothie video:

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! 🙂

Are Dating Apps for Creeps?

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That’s what I asked myself before signing up for Coffee Meets Bagel five months ago. But it actually turned out to be the best decision of my life.

Before we dive into today’s topic, I want to welcome you to our very first Mukbang episode! If you don’t know what it is, here’s a definition.

Jae and I recently discovered some magical, make-it-yourself, Korean bread/pastry at our local asian grocery store and we were blown away by its chewy, crispy deliciousness. Basically, these sesame balls complete our lives.

What you need:

  • Huge bowl
  • One egg
  • 70 mL of water

Directions:

  1. Throw everything into the huge bowl and mix your heart out
  2. Roll out the dough into small balls
  3. Spray the balls with water for thicker and crispier crust (or skip if you’re not into that)
  4. Bake it in the oven at 360 degrees for 30 minutes

They’re extremely easy to make and are the perfect snack to munch on while talking about how we met on CMB (Coffee Meets Bagel).

Watch the full story here: