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This Kid Goes Around London Reviewing Chicken Shops In A Suit [WATCH]

Whoever decdied to take chicken, batter it in flour, and deep fry it deserves to be recognized as one of history’s most prominent innovators.

Fast forward however many centuries and we get to relish in this awesome video of a kid, dressed to the nines, going around eating and reviewing fried chicken locations.

The self-proclaimed Chicken Connoisseur is the host of a YouTube series called The Pengest Munch. In each episode, the sharply-dressed kid goes around to various spots in London and tries a different fried chicken dish. Then, he reviews and rates the chicken with the articulation of one who’s been in the food industry for decades.

Check out “Episode 6: Chick King” above. You can find other episodes on his official YouTube channel. Definitely worth a watch for anyone who loves fried chicken.

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Watch Irish People Try Thanksgiving Foods For The First Time

While our nation frantically prepares for Thanksgiving festivities, there’s a whole different culture on the other side of the world that’s bracing themselves to try Thanksgiving dishes for the first time.

Facts, the channel that lets Irish folks try foods and snacks of different cultures, is opening up Thanksgiving dinner to their test group.

The panel of young lads and lasses try classic Thanksgiving dishes like butternut squash soup, scalloped potatoes, roasted carrots, turkey and cornbread stuffing with cranberry sauce, and pecan pie.

While some claim familiarity with a few dishes, others are trying the holiday staples for the first time ever.

Check out their reactions to Thanksgiving foods to get your saliva  glands nice and moist for the holiday.

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The Surprising History Behind Your Favorite Thanksgiving Foods [WATCH]

You’re sitting down to dinner with your family and and a bountiful spread of your favorite foods are sitting in front of you. The combination of aromas strike your very being every time a relative opens the door. You’ve got turkey, corn on the cobb, mashed potatoes, yams, and tons of other dishes that are sure to leave you full and sleepy long before it’s time to line up for Black Friday.

So where did all this food come from?

It’s Okay To Be Smart, a series from PBS Studios, created an animated short illustrating the origins of some of the most iconic Thanksgiving foods.

Corn, for example, went through about five different mutations over thousands of years before it came to look like the bright-yellow kernels we love today. Turns out, Benjamin Franklin fought pretty hard to have the turkey become our national bird as it was native to North America as much as the bald eagle.

Each dish has an unexpected history that not many people know about.

Before we plunge our forks into our Thanksgiving dinners this year, let’s take a second to appreciate the journey our food went through to get to where they are today. In another world, we could have been carving up bald eagles.

Definitely do not want to try that.

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80 Different Sausages From Around The World

Sausage is one of the most popular proteins on the planet, with good reason. The juicy ground meat lined in casing is the star of many dishes.

Ship It Appliances created this awesome interactive infographic that showed 80 different ways sausage is prepared and eaten around the world. Each image is marked geographically with their country of origin, and the basic ingredients that go into them. The ‘flip book’ of wieners like Mexican chorizo, American hotdogs, German Teawurst, and many more variations.

Check it out and get lost in the world of sausage:

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Watch Irish Folks Try Korean Food For The First Time

The folks over at Facts have gotten pretty adventurous over the last few months, slowly expanding their culinary horizons with each new video. In their latest taste test, the Irish group tries some Korean foods for the first time.

Traditional dishes include Kimchi (pickled cabbage), Haejangguk (hangover beef broth stew), Nakji Bokkeum (spicy stir-fried octopus), Mul-naengmyeon (noodles in an icy soup), and Yumilgwa (a rice confectionary).

As you can see in the video, they’re more receptive to some dishes than others.

Damn, watching them try these foods really makes us crave some good Korean food. Preferably a meal that that won’t burn the roof off our mouths.

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Irish Try Jewish Food For The First Time [WATCH]

It’s always an exhilarating experience when you try the foods of a different culture for the first time ever. For example, I recently had traditional Filipino breakfast a few days ago and it blew my mind. The Irish folks over at Facts are known for venturing into the unknown when it comes to foods from around the world.

This time, they’re going kosher.

Watch this group of  young Irish lads and lasses sit down together and try popular Jewish dishes. These include: matzo ball soup, tahdig (crispy rice), flaky bourekas (filled puff pastries), brisket, maror (bitter herbs eaten at Passover).

Check out the video and see their mixed reactions.

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Korean Girls Try Authentic Mexican Food For The First Time [WATCH]

You haven’t tried Mexican food until you’ve tried the authentic stuff. No, we’re not talking about a sizzling plate of fajitas, a pair of taquitos, or even a chimichanga. We mean the hardcore dishes like menudo with fat pieces of tripe and tacos with beef tongue.

The folks over at DigitalSojuTV are at it again, having Korean girls try foods from different cultures for the first time. You may remember the time they tried American BBQ and pizzas for the first time.

Now, they get to experience the magic of authentic Mexican food. Some of the dishes include tacos with various meats (lengua, chorizo, carnitas, tripas), horchata, seafood tacos, menudo and tamales.

Check out their reactions to the tasting experience.

 

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Why Koreans Eat Boiling Hot Soup During The Hottest Days Of Summer

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It is a little known fact that many Koreans love their boiling bowls of soup the most during the hottest days of summer, so it would not be unusual to find them downing steaming hot samgyetang (chicken ginseng soup) during an oppressively humid afternoon.

In Korea, they say, “fight fire with fire!,” restaurant owner Choi Mi-hee told Vice. “[Samgyetang] has benefits because when it’s too hot, we eat cold things. Our stomach gets colder but the rest of us stays hot. So we have to make it the same temperature.”

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Such belief brings a flock of patrons to Choi’s Gangwon Toon Samgyetang in Ilsan, Korea during the three hottest days of Korean summer —chobok, jungbok, and malbo. It is widely believed that eating the soup three times in this period is good for a person’s health.

“When we eat samgyetang, we can get our stamina back,” Choi claimed.

The special soup is often consumed with ginseng liquor or soju.

Samgyetang is cooked with month-old chicken that fits whole into a bowl. The still tender meat is filled with garlic and rice and then cooked with ginseng, jujube, milk vetch root, and chestnut as basic ingredients with other ingredients depending on who’s cooking. Choi, for her part, includes eight additional special ingredients that she did not want to reveal.

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The popular Korean specialty is getting more attention abroad. Canned and frozen samgyetang has recently been exported to and found popularity in China. Like in Korea, the Chinese believe that the soup can prevent illnesses.

Choi insists that while the meal itself may contain more than 1,000 calories per bowl, samgyetang is still a better option than what is available out there.

“Nowadays, a lot of Koreans eat a lot of junk food,” said Choi, “But samgyetang doesn’t have chemical ingredients and is natural and healthy.”

Written by Ryan General, NextShark