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 😉

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:

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:

How to Make Fall-Off-the-Bone Short Ribs in Half the Cooking Time

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ATTENTION TO ALL LAZY COOKS! We have a solution.

Instant Pot.

How amazing is it that we can now have an amazing meal after two hours of just doing NOTHING? You can spend that time reading, watching reruns of The Office, walking your dog, or even participating in that yoga class you’ve always wanted to attend. Now you don’t have to focus all of your energy to the kitchen, praying you don’t burn down the house. You have better things to do.

This is why I’m in love with my Instant Pot. It never wastes my time, finishes what it promises, and is ALWAYS dependable. Who doesn’t want a best friend like that? If you’re a meat-lover, you can have fall-off-the-bone, super tender, and juicy meat in half the time you used to need!

Jae and I were hungry af and decided to throw this together for an amazing dinner. We were so delighted to find out our Instant Pot worked it’s magic on these short ribs. Here’s what you need to do to have the best short ribs of your life.

Ingredients:

  • 8 short ribs
  • 1 white onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 cups of Brussel sprouts
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • A container of thyme
  • Red wine

Directions:

  1. Sauté the onion and garlic in olive oil for about 10 minutes
  2. Place the cooked onion and garlic in a different pot
  3. Place ribs into the same pan and brown it on all sides
  4. Flip the ribs bone down
  5. Cover the ribs in red wine and reduce with pan cover on
  6. While the red wine is reducing, sauté the Brussel sprouts for 10 minutes
  7. Place all ingredients into your Instant Pot (ribs first)
  8. Cook for 35 minutes (on manual), high pressure and let it natural release (~40 minutes)

It turned out amazing and we can prove it to you guys through our video:

What the Slime?

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What in the world is slime? These slime videos have gone viral the past year and we have no idea why. There are hundreds (maybe even thousands) of slime videos out in the YouTube world!

Supposedly, these slimes help with anxiety, relieve stress, and relax people. I’m not sure if that’s true; it’s probably the same reason why people play with stress balls. It’s weirdly sensual and one of those things you can’t stop watching. We honestly just felt extremely confused while watching people squish and mold their slime for 10 minutes straight.

So of course, we had to give it a try.

After making it, I think we finally understand why people have been (or are) obsessed with slime. Honestly, we really can’t deny the fact that the slime was strangely satisfying to poke, squish, and play with.

We’re pretty late on hopping on this trend, but if you’re really bored and live near any Target, Walmart, Michael’s etc. it’s a great DIY to kill some time.

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What you need:

  • Contact solution with Sodium Tetraborate (Borax)
  • Baking soda
  • Elmers glue
  • Food dye

Mix everything together and you’re done! Here’s a video of us almost failing at making slime:

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! 🙂