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  • (upbeat music)

  • (record scratch)

  • (speaking Korean)

  • (upbeat music)

  • - So a really big part of Korean meals

  • is the act of eating together as a family.

  • In fact, the Korean word for family

  • is "Shikgu," which literally means

  • a group that eats together.

  • So through this meal I thought I would share

  • some of that Korean culture with my friends

  • even though we can't be in the same place right now.

  • All right, (speaking Korean).

  • All right, welcome to day one

  • of cooking with ya boy.

  • So to start things off,

  • I thought we would do the appetizers first.

  • Now, what is the Korean equivalent of an appetizer?

  • Side dishes, or banchan.

  • Now, I'm so positive that none of my friends

  • have had any of these side dishes before,

  • and I'm hoping to just show them

  • that there's more out there

  • than Korean barbecue, or kimchi.

  • All right, so let's get started.

  • Right now I'm gonna embody my inner Korean mom.

  • Every Korean mom spirit out there just give me strength,

  • and we're gonna do that

  • with an OG Korean mom apron.

  • Country cats, baby.

  • Let's get it.

  • All right, so the first side dish we're gonna do

  • is the radish salad.

  • And because I don't feel like

  • cutting all the slices of radish,

  • here's a tip for you.

  • Go into your Korean mother's kitchen

  • and look for these. (chuckles)

  • This is ...

  • It's a thing, all right?

  • (chopping) (upbeat music)

  • Honestly, I'm not too concerned.

  • I feel like these are just side dishes,

  • so I don't think it'd be that hard.

  • (upbeat music)

  • All right, radish salad is complete.

  • Look at this masterpiece.

  • I told y'all.

  • I told y'all the apron is where it's at.

  • All right, so one down, three to go,

  • and it only took me

  • (chuckles) two hours.

  • (laughs)

  • Jesus Christ.

  • (upbeat music)

  • All right, so since I am making kimchi

  • I'm gonna give a call to the person

  • who makes the best kimchi in the world:

  • Mama Kang.

  • (speaking Korean)

  • (laughs)

  • - [Mama Kang] No, no, no, no, no.

  • Sean, listen to me.

  • (beep)

  • (speaking Korean)

  • (laughs)

  • (laughing)

  • (speaking Korean)

  • (laughs)

  • (beep)

  • (speaking Korean)

  • - Bye.

  • (speaking Korean)

  • (groans)

  • I'ma try my best to save it,

  • but work case scenario I'ma tell 'em

  • that this how it's supposed to taste. (chuckles)

  • All right, here it is.

  • (laughs)

  • I really don't think they'll notice.

  • Please don't notice.

  • All right, recipe number three,

  • it is stir fried anchovies.

  • I saved this one towards the end

  • 'cause I thought it was gonna be hard,

  • but I really feel like this might be

  • the easiest one so far.

  • (cheerful music)

  • (sizzling)

  • (popping)

  • Oh (beep).

  • Just dumped the whole thing in by accident.

  • Okay.

  • (cheerful music)

  • (scraping)

  • Gonna go in with the sauce now.

  • (scraping) (sizzling)

  • Honestly, this is looking pretty good.

  • I'ma give it a taste real quick.

  • Yo, that's good.

  • This is my best one yet so far I think.

  • Mm!

  • Fire.

  • That's right.

  • Get at me.

  • All right, I'm on my last one,

  • the braised black beans.

  • It's nine o'clock.

  • Let's just get this over with.

  • (mellow music)

  • All right, I think these beans are about done.

  • Let's give it a check.

  • Oh, that is beautiful.

  • All right, here it is.

  • Gonna hit it with the sesame seeds like this.

  • Oh, sesame bae.

  • All right, so end of day one

  • I am absolutely exhausted.

  • I really thought this was gonna be an easy day.

  • I just spent eight hours making four freakin' side dishes.

  • That's it from me.

  • I'll see you guys tomorrow.

  • (upbeat music)

  • Welcome back.

  • It is day two.

  • Today we're gonna be focusing on

  • the main dish as well as a soup.

  • Korean people love soup.

  • Today I got some bulgogi.

  • So yeah, I'm gonna be making bulgogi

  • as well as kimchi-jjigae, which is basically kimchi stew.

  • You already know we can't cook

  • without our country cats apron.

  • Oh, I look good.

  • Okay.

  • Let's get to cookin'.

  • (upbeat music)

  • (whirring)

  • Oh sh- ...

  • (laughing)

  • Oh my God.

  • Pry got to cut that out.

  • Okay.

  • (beep)

  • (upbeat music)

  • (rustling)

  • (upbeat music)

  • All right, so I think this is good.

  • We're now gonna move on to the kimchi stew.

  • And lucky for my friends, I will be sacrificing

  • the last of my mom's kimchi

  • in order to feed my friends.

  • (upbeat music)

  • All right, we got the kimchi stew cooking right now.

  • Oh, you see that?

  • Let me just give this a taste real quick.

  • (slurping)

  • (coughs)

  • (beep)

  • All right, so the kimchi stew is cooking.

  • We got our bulgogi out of the fridge.

  • And now, who better to call than my very own grandma?

  • Here we go.

  • I really hope she answers.

  • Grandma.

  • - [Joyce] Hi, baby.

  • - Grandma, let me tell you what I'm doing real quick.

  • So, basically-

  • - [Joyce] Wait, I'm frozen.

  • Wait, let me get on my LTE.

  • - Okay. - Give me a sec.

  • Is it better?

  • - It got significantly worse.

  • - Really?

  • (beep), okay.

  • - That's my grandma who doesn't know

  • how to use technology,

  • but it's okay. (Joyce laughing)

  • I don't know what happened.

  • (laughs)

  • She just hung up.

  • (beep)

  • How have you been feeling during these weird times?

  • - I'm taking it day by day

  • and I'm using this time to

  • really figure out who I want to be

  • and what I want.

  • I tend to forget how much love I'm surrounded by.

  • - Yeah.

  • - You are loved and I hope that we all

  • can get through this together

  • knowing that the only thing we need is love.

  • And I love you.

  • - Thanks, I love you too.

  • - Give yourself a break.

  • Just be yourself, you're more than enough.

  • - Thanks grandma.

  • - Of course.

  • Anytime, baby.

  • - Bye.

  • (laughs)

  • All right, end of day two.

  • I'm not as excited as I was

  • when I first started,

  • but tomorrow's the last day

  • so I just want to finish it up.

  • All right, calling it a night.

  • Adios.

  • (mellow music)

  • Our final day.

  • Today we are doing dessert.

  • The dessert that I picked today is called sikhye,

  • which is basically rice punch.

  • Now, this is definitely not the hardest thing

  • that we've made all week,

  • but it is definitely the most time intensive.

  • So, yeah, let's get to it.

  • (mellow music)

  • Now this has to sit for a few hours,

  • so I'm gonna put a little wrap over it,

  • leave it alone,

  • and then come back when it's ready.

  • All right, so while I'm waiting on that

  • I'm also gonna make some rice because

  • it wouldn't be rice punch without any.

  • So I'm gonna go ahead and wash this,

  • and then I will use my trusty good old rice cooker.

  • My best friend.

  • Don't tell Andrew.

  • (laughs)

  • (mellow music)

  • (clicking)

  • (beeping)

  • (mellow music)

  • All right, now we got our mixture

  • and we got our rice.

  • We're gonna take our bowl and very carefully

  • pour the mixture into the rice.

  • Now I'm gonna take this rice

  • and put it back in the rice cooker,

  • let it ferment for about four hours,

  • and then I'll come back and check it again after that.

  • All right, so I'm gonna open this up,

  • and what we're looking for here

  • is for a few grains of rice to have floated to the top.

  • If there are none floating,

  • that's an issue 'cause it's already 10 o'clock

  • and I don't want to do this anymore.

  • So please, please, please, please.

  • (clicking)

  • Oh snap!

  • Yo, this is pool!

  • Oh my goodness, my hard work has finally paid off.

  • All right, so I transferred the punch to a big pot

  • and now I'm bringing it up to a boil.

  • And in the meantime, I might as well just call this guy.

  • (mellow music)

  • Yo!

  • What are you up to?

  • - I am chillin', man.

  • I was about to play Xbox.

  • What are doing?

  • - Did I tell you what I've been doing this week?

  • - Sleeping.

  • - No.

  • - Okay.

  • I don't know what you've been doing this week then.

  • - That's your only guess, sleeping? (laughs)

  • (beep)

  • - That's dope, bro.

  • I appreciate that.