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  • Yours looks like a meal.

  • Mine literally looks like a mom that was frantic in the morning that, just like, took everything out of a package, and like throw it on a plate.

  • That doesn't look that great.

  • No.

  • Hi, I'm Lauren, and I'm representing Korea.

  • I'm Nate, I'm representing America.

  • I'm Emily.

  • I'm representing the United States of America today.

  • I'm Inseong, I'm representing Korea.

  • And today we're swapping school lunches.

  • Growing up, school lunches were kind of gross.

  • It certainly wasn't gourmet.

  • There was a lot of microwave pizza, french fries, chips.

  • Just like the movies?

  • Literally just like the movies.

  • Gotcha.

  • Korean school lunches we're very healthy.

  • They always had kimchi, like some kind of meat.

  • Kids had better food at school than sometimes at their house.

  • It's very much the opposite in my experience.

  • Well, I'm pretty hungry.

  • I'm starving.

  • -Great. -Yeah, let's swap-a-roo.

  • -Here's America. - Oh.

  • I just love that.

  • I think that's an UnCrustable.

  • I've definitely seen that on some sort of television show before.

  • Oh, wow.

  • Oh, that looks great.

  • -You're lunch looks fantastic. -I got you this too.

  • What is that?

  • Did you watch "To All the Boys I've Ever Loved"?

  • -Of course I have! -Yeah, yeah.

  • That is why it's worth the hype.

  • As you can see, we've got sugar.

  • There's the sugar in here, sugar in there, sugar in there.

  • This is like quite literally what the pizza would look like.

  • Is that a bagel bite?

  • -Essentially, yeah. -Okay, yeah.

  • It's like dough with some shit on it.

  • The salad has ranch, and then there's a side of extra ranch on the side.

  • Some corn, as you can see.

  • That doesn't look that bad, honestly.

  • It's alright.

  • We got some, like, fruit peaches it looks like that have been soaking in syrup, probably for, like, a couple of months.

  • Some wet carrots that were also probably soaking in some juices for a couple of months.

  • Have you ever had one of these?

  • Yeah, I love UnCrustables.

  • Okay, so you know. You do?

  • So, typically in a Korean lunch we have the white rice, the soup, and, like, the pun chun which can include, like, vegetables, or meat basically.

  • Eggs mixed in with some vegetables, and then more vegetables, and then some meat.

  • And we have some pun chun over here.

  • Looks like some marinated cucumbers.

  • Looks like hunu moi, which is kind of like bean sprouts.

  • -Yeah. -Yeah, bean sprouts.

  • And we got some carrots going on here, and it looks like we got some gyoza.

  • We got some shrimp, fried shrimp, and I believe it's like a fried dumpling.

  • And then, this is miyeok-guk combined with some fish in there too.

  • What's miyeok-guk?

  • Miyeok-guk is, like, a seaweed soup.

  • Oh.

  • A lot of people eat it when it's their birthday.

  • And my birthday is coming up soon, so...

  • And it looks like we have doenjang-guk here.

  • It's like the staple Korean soup.

  • And then you got yakuruto, which is like a sweet little drink.

  • So, your sugar comes in like a tiny, little container, and ours comes in like a bread pouch.

  • -Oh, mine looks so good, oh. -Wait.

  • Hey, I'm not hating on pizza.

  • You're so lucky.

  • Oh boy!

  • So excited.

  • Should we cheers?

  • -Absolutely. -Okay, lets do it.

  • This is an event.

  • -Hold on, let me get my -Yep, take your time.

  • -It's a little spongy. -It's a little spongy.

  • Alright.

  • -Enjoy! -Cheers, thank you.

  • Oh, this is really good.

  • That will go really well with this.

  • With the UnCrustable?

  • I do actually like UnCrustables.

  • Healthy.

  • I mean, I'm not mad at it. Cheese and bread.

  • It's okay, like its not bad.

  • If I was like a starving child, I would not be mad at this.

  • I'm interested in this birthday soup.

  • It's got, like, a kick to it.

  • Yeah, okay.

  • You have this for your birthday?

  • Yeah.

  • That's delicious.

  • I'm going to try some of this vegetable medley.

  • Going in my belly.

  • What did I tell you?

  • If I could eat one thing for the rest of my life...

  • Would it be that?

  • It might be.

  • You said this is fried chicken?

  • Yeah.

  • That's a bit more my speed.

  • That's a bit more American style.

  • We got fruit dipped in lot of, I think, syrup or something.

  • Have a peach yet?

  • You know, I probably should.

  • What's your hesitation?

  • -No, I'm not. -Oh, okay.

  • -No, I'm not, I'm not. -Okay, okay.

  • Cheese?

  • I know what cheese tastes like.

  • I'm not really sure what I'm eating.

  • -Yeah. -Is it a peach?

  • Are you sure its a peach?

  • I think so.

  • I was confident, and now I'm less.

  • It just tastes like solidified, like...

  • - Sugar. - Sugar, yeah.

  • This fried chicken's [is] really good.

  • I like it.

  • Is this, like, also considered, like, a healthy thing?

  • Because it feels kind of, like, greasy.

  • That's our little cheat.

  • -This is the cheat? -Cheat food.

  • Okay, I think you guys have, like, one food that's the cheat food, and then everything else is pretty healthy.

  • And we have, like, one thing that's pretty healthy, and everything else is kind of the cheat food.

  • What's healthy here?

  • -The carrots. -Oh, okay.

  • I feel like I'm complaining a lot.

  • -You're not complaining, -I'm not! I'm not hating.

  • You're saying what you are experiencing.

  • And it just so happens to be a little bit worse than what I'm experiencing.

  • Oh my, look at my carrot, and look at, like, your carrot.

  • I know, ew, I'm so sorry.

  • And this egg.

  • Its like egg rolled.

  • Yeah, its like a little omelet that gets prepared for you.

  • And then, what about the vegetables?

  • Yeah, what did you say these were?

  • That's spinach.

  • Spinach?

  • -Oh, wow, okay. -Yeah.

  • Wait, you guys get spinach for lunch?

  • Go to get...

  • What is this one called again?

  • This is the Jeon, the meat Jeon.

  • Wait, I just saw the cross section.

  • It looks so good.

  • I would be so much healthier as a person if this is what I was eating when I was a child.

  • You have these at your school?

  • We we're spoiled as children.

  • Damn.

  • Damn.

  • I would be like energized, I'd be empowered, I'd have a great day after this.

  • Alright, soup time.

  • That's a big chunk.

  • Wow.

  • That's really good.

  • I've never had a soup that tastes like that.

  • I think this is like bean paste soup.

  • I've never had this before.

  • Here we go.

  • -Is it good? -Oh.

  • And you're getting your probiotics, so...

  • Good, good.

  • Would you like a sip?

  • I feel bad.

  • -Thank you. -Yeah, please.

  • Oh my gosh.

  • Oh my gosh, I can't stand watching you suffer like this.

  • I haven't had this in a hot minute.

  • Finish it.

  • -Finish it? -Yeah.

  • My childhood is literally in this.

  • -It's really good. -Like in this bottle.

  • Yeah.

  • Good job on trying all of the food.

  • Oh yeah, it was great!

  • I didn't know that's like the standard of food.

  • -Yeah. -Yeah.

  • Yeah, like little banchans and stuff, like the side dishes.

  • What are they called?

  • Banchan.

  • I think the American term is slop.

  • It's a slop of salad, and a slop of carrots.

  • Yeah, I've seen that in movies.

  • Korean lunch is incredible.

  • What a lunch!

  • What a lunch!

  • I wish that our lunches were a little bit better.

  • I think they are getting better now, but I wish, when I was a kid, I had eaten better.

  • I would probably not change anything about my childhood after that meal, but I love pizza and I love peaches, and I'm not going to complain if I did grow up here.

  • But you didn't.

  • But I did not, no.

  • Because I would.

  • Hey, better late than never.

  • Mid 20s is a perfect time to just do it all over again.

Yours looks like a meal.

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