Mukbang: The South Korean Craze of Watching People Eat

My friend Keith in Berlin tipped me off to this episode of Munchies about the South Korean craze called Mukbang.  Basically, people log on to their phones, tablets or computers to watch BJ’s (yes that’s what they are called), a BJ is a person who performs the act of eating (the more I write the worse this is sounding) for people to watch, usually in huge quantities.

Like with any form of celebrity and performance there is intrigue, competition, fans, and money at stake.  There is also potential huge weight gain, as one of the things that seems to be favored isn’t just eating, it’s gorging yourself on massive quantities of food.

I sort of wanted to stick my finger down my throat after this video.

It’s nearly 30 minutes long but once you start to watch trust me you will find it hard to stop.

Once you have finished watching it please, first thing, write your reaction in the comments.

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I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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2 Responses to Mukbang: The South Korean Craze of Watching People Eat

  1. Leslie-Anne says:

    My reaction is Yuck! But I have to admit that I did not watch the video. I know it seems judgy but I have to preserve my brain cells for the things I do like 🙂 , like reading interesting blogs.

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