Note – the “real” portion of the video starts at 10 minutes.
Several years ago, an online streaming service started in South Korea named AfreecaTV. The service caught on like wildfire with the inception of mokbang (먹방) – which is essentially an eating show. South Koreans would order a ton of food, eat it on camera, and interact with folks on the Interwebs.
The kind folks at AfreecaTV invited me down to their studio on Monday to participate in a mokbang event. Dubbed The Hunger Games, participants were tasked with completing missions while consuming bowls of buldalk bokeum myeong, or spicy noodles.
Being a lover of spice, I had no problem with the noodles and loved every bite. With each bowl rocking 425 calories, I knew I needed to enter the event on an empty stomach. In fact, what I ate on the show amounted to my only caloric intake that day.
The missions were pretty tame, except at the end, when I was tasked with essentially emptying in a whole bottle of mayo into the noodles. That, as Eddie Murphy would say, “be nasty.”
Like I said, I had a blast and have decided to continue to do event. Some of the things I’d like to do is take the iPad out and about and do eating shows in traditional markets and try other things. so if you’re interested in food – be sure to follow me at AfreecaTV for live events.