Korean Food in Tokyo, Japan | Trying Cheese Dakgalbi & Bingsu in Koreatown

Korean Food in Tokyo, Japan | Trying Cheese Dakgalbi & Bingsu in Koreatown

Well good afternoon guys. After so many days of heavy rains and grey
skies, the weather has suddenly decided it is going to be scorching hot and humid. Yeah. So here we are out in Koreatown. We figured if it is already hot let’s go have
some hot spicy food, so Sam suggested Cheese Dakgalbi (닭갈비) which is a Korean dish
which I don’t think I’ve ever had before. Not that I can remember but I mean it has
lots of cheese so it has to be good. So yeah it is a meal where we’re going to
turn up the heat. I hope you guys enjoy it. So how can you tell we’ve arrived in Koreatown? I have a few clues for you guys. First up K-Pop music is blasting. Also, so many Korean makeup stores selling
Korean cosmetics. Of course lots of Korean restaurants and that
is exactly what we are looking for. It is airconditioned. Wonderful. So here we have it. We’re going to have the cheese dakgalbi (닭갈비)
with the Bokkumbap which is going to be a fried rice cooked at the very end. With all of the cheese that is leftover from
this. Well aren’t you happy to be in an airconditioned
space Sam? That is like a godsend seriously. I was melting outside today. Absolutely melting. And it is cool because they’ve already brought
the heating element. The cooking element here. Yeah. Which the dakgalbi (닭갈비) will be cooked
on. Waiting a little bit. And they also brought us the banchan. They did. So we have four different things. It is really cool and in very much Korean
style check out this guys. Sliding utensil drawer. Yeah, if you ever can’t find the chopsticks
and the spoons yes just feel around the table to see if there is a drawer. Yeah, exactly that is really good tip. Alright Mister so this was your idea. Yes, it has arrived and it is sizzling hot
guys. Look at it you can actually see the bubbles. The delicious bubbles forming. Cheese. Sauce bubbles. Yeah the sauce is bubbling and the cheese
is bubbling. So let me tell you what we are having. We’re having Dakgalbi and this is a very popular
dish with university students in Korea. You can see why it has kind of a communal
type of atmosphere where you are just like eating off of a pan. And what you have in Dalkgalbi. Dalk means chicken and galbi is like a kind
of barbecue. So if you take a look down here you’ve got
your chicken obviously. And then you also have your cabbage and other
ingredients. Onions. There is a spicy red. Onions. Spicy red gochujang sauce which is made with
red pepper. And it is typically sweet. You’ve got the bubbling cheese in the middle. Oh man. And then you also have items over here such
as rice cakes. So basically this is the exact same thing
from side to side. Yeah, it is a double portion. It is a double portion. It is enough for two of us. So yeah we’re just waiting for it to cook
and yeah it is steaming right before our eyes guys. You look very happy to be eating this. I’m so happy. So they are coming to move around the cheese. Look at that. Ooey gooeyness. Woah. You basically have a blob of melted cheese
here. This is pretty awesome. And it looked like mozzerella and cheddar. A mix of both. Arigatosimas. Oh yeah. Argh. Guys and one more thing I wanted to mention,
and this is just like a random fact I have from when I was living in Korea. Is that this is from Chuncheon. It is famous to come from Chuncheon in South
Korea. Time to dig in. Time to dig in. Alright. It is time to dig in. I’m so excited. Yeah. I’m going to grab. Bubbling goodness. I don’t even know what to grab. Should I start with veggies? Yeah, go for the veggies and mix it with that
cheese. So let’s get some cabbage and onions. Nice cheesy bite. Look at that. Wow. It is just strings of cheese. We’ve got these little plates. You know it would probably be a good idea
to grab our spoons and like scoop it out so we’re not burning ourselves. Urgh. It is hot. Hot? But so good. Is it so good? Yeah. I just love all of the flavors like that gochujang
sauce. Yeah. It is like super spicy but it is also sweet
and then you have it mixing with the cheese. Yeah. And it is just wonderful. Wonderful flavors. I feel like this is really clearing my sinuses
and my throat. It is probably going to flush out my system
as well. Um but yeah this is really nice. Good selection Sam. I wasn’t too keen at the beginning like oh
we’re going to have melted cheese. That is right. You’ve never tried this before. Uh uh. This is something that we didn’t have together
in Korea which is pretty incredible because we really sampled a lot of different Korean
foods when we lived there. And also when we traveled there. Wow, this is hot. And look at the cheese. It is like bubbling warm. Oh yeah. It is like super bubbling. It is like foaming almost. It is. It really is. Alright the moment I’ve been waiting for. Time to try it. And I am going to start off with a rice cake. Tteok. Rice cake. Just look at that. Taking it for a big swim. And I’m almost scared to put it in my mouth
because the cheese looks like so piping hot. And tteok is not to be confused with dak. No, tteok is a rice cake. Dak is chicken. Even though it sounds like duck. How is that? Oh my goodness that bubbling cheese just makes
it. And I love how the rice cake has been cooked
a little bit so it is a little bit crispy on the outside. Chewy and ooey gooey in the middle and like
you said that sauce that gochujang sauce is sweet and spicy. The contrast is just phenomenal. Mmmhmm. It is like if we’re going to be sweating today
being out in the city we may as well be sweating in a restaurant eating delicious food. That is right and there is this expression
that one of my Korean friends once told me. He said in the summertime you fight with fire
with fire so you fight the heat of the sun with the heat of the spicy dish. Nice. And you sweat it all out. Apparently, it is supposed to be healthy. I’m not entirely sure of that logic but we’ll
go with it. So I’m also going to try the rice cakes. Found one so I’m just rolling it around in
the cheese. Taking it for a swim. I want to make sure I’m not missing out on
the cheese. Yeah, I think there is enough for about five
people. We could use about three other friends to
help us out. I know if you’re like lactose intolerant could
you imagine coming here. No, I cannot imagine it at the moment. And I’m just going to break this into little
pieces. Yes. So I don’t burn my mouth because this is like
really starchy rice you know? One thing I’ve noticed is that in Korean restaurants
the banchan, the little side dishes, they just keep refilling it. If you finish it they will fill up those plates
like 10 times. In Japan once you are done you are done. We didn’t really realize and we like ate it
all. We gobbled it up quickly. And then we were waiting where are the seconds? They didn’t come. They just cleared the plates so something
to keep in mind. Yeah, let’s get a bit of sauce. In all fairness though we do have our work
cut-out for us with a lot of food still. Yeah, we still have this bowl with rice and
a whole bunch of other ingredients. We’re going to be cooking that later once
we’ve eaten a bit more. Exactly. Mmmm. Do you like that rice cake? Wow. I think it is my favorite part to be honest. Mmmm. I like that more than the meat. Yeah. It is just really nice you’ve got the chewiness
of the rice cake and the cheese. Yes. And the spice. Mmmm. So many flavors huh? I’m having a good time here. I just spat. I just keep dipping it in the sauce. I’m just craving spice. Maybe it is the weather. Fighting fire with fire. So you tried the rice cakes now time for the
chicken. Here is the chicken and I’ve got to mention
guys the cheese is starting to burn at the bottom. It is probably going to even taste more delicious
now. Wow. I’m trying some cheese, trying some chicken
here. Still piping hot. Mmmm. Oh oh my gosh I take it back. I like the chicken way more than the rice
cake. Oh yeah. The chicken is so tender and so juicy it has
really been absorbing the flavors of the sauce. The spiciness. The sweetness. And now the cheese is taking on more of a
I don’t know the way I would describe it is if you know you’ve had nacho cheese and it
has been cooked a little bit too long it has that kind of consistency. The cheese is starting to get a little bit
burnt and it is becoming even more tastier. I think we need to eat faster and film less. Yes. (Sizzling sounds) Alright so now time for the next step. The rice they just put it on here on top of
the melted cheese and the chicken. So we’ve got rice, red peppers, chives. What is this called again? Those are the bean sprouts. Beansprouts. We have seaweed. We have fermented cabbage and we have gochujang. So this is going to be so so good. Urgh. It’s a heart. Alright guys this is pretty cute so the guy
was cooking the rice and he shaped it like a heart. Awe. A heart. Awe. That is pretty cute. Imagine coming here on Valentine’s Day? Haha. Okay guys this is my absolute favorite part. This is the Korean stir-fry rice. The bokkeumbap and this is the most delicious
kind of bookumbap you can have because it is absorbing the chicken, the cheese flavors
and also the rice sizzling at the bottom. And yet the rice starts to get crispy and
that is the most delicious thing ever. It is almost like having the dolsot bibimbap. Remember how the rice gets burnt at the bottom
of the bowl? I can’t believe you destroyed the whole heart
just so you could have crispy rice. You know what? It looked beautiful but this is the way to
go guys. This is the way to go. Alright so I’m just scooping up a bit of rice. I don’t want mine to get too too toasted. As you can see it is already going crispy. Oh wow. But yeah definitely. That is a thing of beauty. We’ve got the burnt cheese starting to go
a little bit brown. We have the sauce from the chicken. We sure do. So yeah this looks wonderful. This is actually something I used to eat in
Korea all of the time. Bokkeumbap. The fried rice. Kimchi Bokkumbap mostly right? Yep. And this one does have kimchi. Yeah it does. It does. Mmmm. How is that? It keeps getting better huh? The burned cheese is the best part. Yeah. The burned cheese and the burnt rice. Those are the stars for sure of this. And Sam is not even going to bother with a
plate here. Well this is a little tip for when I was in
Korea. When I went out with a friend. You would just literally eat from the pan. From the element. Okay. I think it is more delicious that way. From the pan straight to your mouth. But you do have to blow on it. Yeah. Look at how crispy that is guys. Wow. Oh my gosh that is pipping hot. This is my favorite kind of bokkumbap hands
down. Just because of the burnt rice, the burnt
cheese and all of the ingredients mixing together. And the flavors combining. It is just wonderful and if there is one kind
of Korean bokkumbap you’ve got to try it is this after having the dak galbi (닭갈비). It is just amazing. It is just amazing. Well, that was a wonderful meal. I’ve got a big candy in my mouth. But as you can see looking down at the pan
we ate it all. All of that crispy cheese. It is gone. Gone-zo. Let’s get to price point. The total was 2592 Yen which came to $23 US
dollars. Not bad. Everything. I know considering we had like the first chicken
with cheese dish followed by the crispy fried rice dish. Yeah that is a really big meal. Like if you come here with another person
and you finish all of that food you’re not going to need to eat again for a very long
time. Yeah. Except we are because we are going for dessert. So we’re not saying goodbye we’ll see you
soon. (Buzzing sound) Alright guys since we are in Koreatown and
we had a Korean lunch it only makes sense to have a Korean dessert. And right now we’re at a place called Snowy
Village and we are eating Bingsu (빙수). Bingsu (팥빙수) is something that we used
to eat a lot in Korea during the summer months. Yeah, we went to a place called Sulbing. Yeah. And basically it is like shaved ice and you
can get a whole bunch of different toppings. Today we went for Oreo and whipped cream and
there is also condensed milk in there. But honestly, you can get it with mangoes,
strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, cheesecake flavored. Brownies. Whatever you want. They’ve got it. They’ve got it. Check out the giant oreo on top there. Wow. Is it good? Mmmm. It is refreshing. So refreshing huh? On a hot day. It is the number 1 dessert here. I was choking earlier because of this powder. Yeah. I breathed it in. Don’t breath it in guys. Careful this is like crumbled Oreo cookies. Pro tip. So yeah it is good but try not to choke. Yeah, try not to choke. Alright time for me to try this. So this is basically my favorite Korean dessert. Especially in the summer. It is refreshing. It is delicious. It is sugary. And the traditional recipe calls for beans. It is Patbingsu with cold beans. Patbinsu (팥빙수) yeah. Yeah, that is actually the first one I ever
tried many years ago in Korea. But there has been so many contemporary twists
these days. Yes. In fact it is more common to have these kinds
now than it is the original, unfortunately. The original is still my favorite. But this is delicious. Very refreshing. And a reasonable price too. It came to 970 Yen which is probably about
$9 US dollars. So yeah this is for the two of us to share.


  1. So cool! It’s great to see the life in koreatown, it’s so vibrant. Thank you so much for your content, it inspires so many to make videos themselves (like me 😆) In the style of you guys, I make travel or adventure vlogs where I explore the culture and nature of many places like Puerto Rico and most recently, Hawaii. If y’all wanna check out my channel it’d be greatly appreciated! So yeah, thank you so much for everything, Samuel and Audrey 🙂

  2. Finally no rain! That Korean food looks amazing! I've never tried Dakgalbi, but it looks delicious. And who doesn't love Bingsu!

  3. Sadly in my country "the netherlands" korean food isent realy here yet.
    We have mostly indonesian/chinese restaurants or asian fusion places. Tho i think its gaining popularity because of it beeing trendy in the usa

  4. When Sam goes in – he goes all in – with Audrey audibly rooting, as if this was their last supper -. living every moment to the maxx….:-),……….can't beat the feeling…:-)

  5. Oh man, I'm googling Korean restaurants right now! That looked so so good. I love how excited you were Sam. Happy late Valentine's Day to you both. Wishing you lots of heart shaped fried rice in to share for many years to come.

  6. I was so happy to see your vlogs again together. Missed Audrey but I loved seeing the Indian vlogs Sam…video was great a lot of cheese wow…you guys are fantastic

  7. Yay, I was waiting for a new video about Japan 😊 It’s about Korean food but I’m happy about that.

    That pocky t-shirt is cute 😃

  8. Ooh Charred cheese and rice!!!! You guys are really teasing us!! We are stuck in a cold UK at the moment, salivating over your video!!! 🙂

  9. 众所周知 在youtube这个平台上,美食专栏作家和美食旅行者这档之类的节目非常多,但是愿意在自己的视频当中加入中文字幕的 英语系国家的人很少,我本人和我的家人都很喜欢你的视频,这也确实帮助了我们在不同国家旅行的时候,作为一个真实可靠的参考,
    It is well known that on the platform of youtube, there are many programs such as food columnists and gourmet travelers, but there are very few people in the English-speaking countries who are willing to add Chinese subtitles to their videos. I am very close to my family. Like your video, it really helps us as a real and reliable reference when traveling in different countries.

  10. i don't know why, last year , cheese Dakgalbi was getting popular in Japan. some nation-wide restaurant chain adopted Dakgalbi on their menu.

  11. Just came back from japan trip….lost around 5kg before the trip now have gained back around 2kg+ …time to restart my intermittent diet

  12. I personally think that the variety in Korean food is actually in the banchan. Soups and stews kind of taste similar to me. Unfortunately, a lot of restaurants are getting more and more stingy on banchan and serve mostly fermented vegetables.

  13. Wow did that ever look so very yummy & lots of yummy at that! I love watching Sam get excited over food! Lol.
    Thanks for letting me tag along guts I enjoyed it as always. Safe & very enjoyable travels to you both always!
    See you next time!

  14. Oh wow .. that looks amazing!!! The fried rice with burnt cheese, bean sprouts, kimchi .. .mmmmm!!! It's interesting that you can find desserts with shaved ice and condensed milk as the base in different parts of Asia. In Southeast Asia, they use more traditional toppings like beans, corn, coconut, tapioca, etc. like in Singapore Ice Kachang, where here I see that they put modern toppings like crumbled Oreos. Nice video!! (oh and Sam … don't break the rice heart 🙂 )

  15. Between Europe and Asia, which travel destination do you prefer? I know both are good and have charms of their own but honestly, you should prefer one over another. I personally prefer Europe.

  16. You're travelling in Japan now but you're having Korean food again. Lol. I didn't realize it was so popular in Tokyo:).

  17. It's nice to see your enthusiasm about Korean food. Sam especially is like a kid in a candy shop sharing his stories of living in Korea:).

  18. Thanks for the vid guy! I neeeeed melty cheesy! What is the name of this place and where abouts in K-town is it? You say Shinjuku but K-town is more around Shin-Okubo is it not? I am going to Japan in 3 days and K-town is on my list. Thanks!

  19. Good video!!

    There are some Korean fried chicken stores here in Japan too, I wanna try it! But maybe I cannot finish all of that!!! I hope there is a half size of that!!! Or should go there with my friend!!!

  20. Guys I love your videos with your father in Spanish, but it's even better in English because I see you travelling around and I get to practice your mother language!

  21. Love watching you guys. Great chemistry between the two of you. Really excited to visit Korea one day! Sam's Korean is really great 🤗

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