Fast Food Hit-Or-Miss

Burger King Catches Crab Cakes With New South Korean Burgers

Burger King is shining the spotlight on a popular seafood item over in South Korea. The fast food burger chain added two new menu items that incorporate crab cakes into their latest sandwiches.

We’re all for any place you can get fast food crab cakes on demand.

Brand Eating reports that Burger King locations in South Korea are serving a new burger called the Tong Shrimp Crab Burger. The new item boasts a fried crab cake patty that’s topped with garlic shrimp, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and an Old Bay-flavored tartar sauce.

Accompanying this new item is the Red Crab Whopper, which boasts the same exact ingredients as a Whopper with the addition of a fried crab cake and the Old Bay tartar sauce.

The two items are only available for a limited time at participating Burger King locations in South Korea. Don’t expect to see them past the summer.

Culture Video

North Korean Refugees Try American BBQ For The First Time [WATCH]

We’ve written about DigitalSojuTV in the past. These are the dudes behind such videos as Korean Girls Try authentic Mexican food for the first time and the three iconic types of American pizza for the first time.

While the reactionary videos are no doubt amusing, the popular YouTube channel has decided to dig a little deeper into their newest piece of content.

For their latest, a panel of four North Korean refugees are taken to a restaurant in South Korea where they get to try American barbecue for the first time in their lives. Trying barbecue for the first time is truly a life-changing experience in itself, so the producers didn’t want to give them anything less than amazing, authentic food.

To do so, they tapped pitmaster Augustin Flores of Sweet Oak in Wonju, South Korea. Flores, half Korean himself, is a classically-trained chef who was also taught to barbecue by celebrity pitmasters Harry Soo (winner of BBQ Pitmasters season one), Myron Mixon (four-time barbecue World Champion), and the late Konrad Haskins (BBQ Institute, Texas).

Among the meats they try are pulled pork, a pulled pork slider, beef brisket, burnt ends, beef ribs, Texas-German sausage, smoked chicken, a plethora of classic BBQ sides, and popular sauces. In short, this was a glorious crash course into the world of American BBQ.

As the group eats, they recall stories of life in North Korea and the hardships they had to endure. This includes everything from minuscule rations, eating dog meat, and the possibility of being executed for consuming beef.

Check out the incredibly beautiful video to hear some heartbreaking stories of life in North Korea while learning more about the flavorful culture of American BBQ.

Fast Food

KFC Taco: Did KFC and Taco Bell Just Have A Baby?

Does anyone remember the Chizza? A while back, Kentucky Fried Chicken added a pizza with a fried chicken crust to its menu in the Philippines. Now, a new Taco-inspired item has appeared in the form of the Zinger Taco Double.

Instagrammer @fatgirlsfoodguide posted this photo of the new item with the geotag in Seoul, South Korea.

The new taco features both a soft and hard tortilla shell filled with lettuce, chicken, cheese sauce and salsa sauce. According to @fatgirlsfoodguide, you can get two of these tacos for 5,800 South Korean Won ($4.72 US).

Here’s a birds-eye view of it.  


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With sister brand Taco Bell testing a mirrored version of this item last year, a US release can’t be too far behind.

Cover Photo: fatgirlsfoodguide


China’s Animal Cloning Factory Launches Next Year And It’s Gonna Be Huge For Meat Production

The world has become one step closer to solving the crisis of world hunger.

Two companies, a biotechnology firm called Boyalife in China and a South Korean research company called Sooam Biotech, have joined forces to help create the world’s largest animal cloning center, slated to be build in the Chinese port of Tianjin sometime in 2016.

Cloning has been around for nearly 20 years, although the first cloned animal, Dolly the sheep, has been the source of plenty of controversy in terms of uses for cloned animals.

Many Chinese citizens expressed their hesitancy to eat the food, claiming that they would only build up enough trust to eat it if they saw the authority figures in their country eating it first. It only makes sense that skepticism runs rampant in a country riddled with food safety scandals.

The company will focus on three animals in particular: cattle for beef, dogs to work for the police and to be used as pets, and horses to be bred for racing. Boyalife will create 100,000 cow embryos a year, steadily increasing that number year after year assuming all goes well in terms of production and distribution.

While the idea in theory is great and could provide some much needed wiggle room for a country struggling to meet market demands for beef, it still leaves some questions unanswered that will need to be eventually satisfied. For example, how will the company provide enough food to feed these large grazing animals in a country that’s already struggling to feed the naturally born cattle? And what sort of environmental impact will that many cattle in one place have?

Image Source: Telegraph, Daily Mail


South Korean School Thinks All Irish Are Drunks, Rejects Teaching Candidate For It


It’s not often you see generalizations as blatant as the one this South Korean school made. Usually people try to be a little more discrete when it comes to racial stereotypes, but that wasn’t the case when Katie Mulrennan, who is from Ireland, tried to apply at the school.

According to Mashable, Mulrennan responded to an anonymous Craigslist ad that was searching for an English teacher. Soon after, she received an email from the school’s representatives that read:

“Hey, Katie. I am sorry to inform you that my client does not hire Irish people due to the alcoholism nature of your kind. Best of luck in the future.”

So her experience in teaching in Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, Limerick, Oxford and South Korea wasn’t even considered because the school couldn’t take the risk of bringing in an Irish woman and letting the alcoholic nature of her heritage seep into their faculty and children.

Since the post was anonymous, there was no way of verifying that the ad was legit, but she ended up getting another teaching gig elsewhere in South Korea anyway.

She should celebrate with a drink, just to stick it to the school.

H/T Mashable


Turns Out Air-Filled Potato Chip Bags Make Excellent Floaties


Students in South Korea are combatting the tyranny of “mostly-air” potato chip bags by tying a bunch together and floating down a 574 foot wide river. Sounds like an excellent plan.

Earlier this week, the students Sung Taek Chang, Sungo Ho Yoo, and Hyun Soo Park posted a video of themselves testing a prototype floatie made from 30 or so chip bags supporting one of the boy’s weights in an unidentified shallow body of water. Their proposed two-person raft will be made of 180 bags and be used on a river that stretches 300 miles and reaches up to half a mile wide in some areas. According to Kotaku, the boys plan to set out on their expedition as early as tomorrow.

For those who aren’t already aware, the air in potato chip bags is meant to prevent the chips from breaking and crumbling in transit, though this is an amusing way to gripe about the lack of actual chips. Maybe instead of “air,” chip companies can start filing their bags with helium. Potato chip bag-UP house, anyone?


Starbucks South Korea Fizzio Sodas Come With Flavored Jellies, U.S. Jealous as Usual


Starbucks new Fizzio soda line hit U.S. locations earlier this summer, but while we’ve been fawning over fancy flavors like Spiced Root Beer, South Korea has been sipping on a more exotic assortment complete with flavored jellies.

Brand Eating describes the South Korea Fizzio Flavors in detail:

Lemon Ginger is described as “Real fruit juice and spices create a light, citrus flavor with notes of ginger and rosemary that go perfectly with rich mango jelly.”

Passion Tea Lemonade is described as “Refreshing bright citrus and floral notes and smooth hibiscus jelly provide a lively, balanced zing.”

Yogurt Citrus is mentioned in the following manner: “real yogurt with creamy mango jelly for a tangy and fresh flavor.”

South Korea’s Fizzio line up sounds significantly more gourmet than our gussied up American classics menu. If you’re really looking for a Starbucks shake up, you could try to convince your favorite barista to carbonate your favorite drink.

In the meantime, I’m just gonna sit here trying to figure out a way to ask my barista to blend a Spiced Root Beer Fizzio with a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino for a spicy, bubbly, float. Mmmmmm, overpriced frapp float.

H/T + PicThx Brand Eating


South Koreans Activists Send North Koreans Choco Pies Across the Border — With Balloons


The hallmark of a good friend is that they’ll always have your back, whether that means helping you move, hiding a dead body, or even sneaking illegal snack foods across military borders.

Previously offered as treats to North Korean factory workers, the South Korean chocolate and marshmallow sponge cakes known as Choco Pies were banned in North Korea back in May for being a “symbol of capitalism,” reports The Guardian. Now, in an act of sweet tooth solidarity, South Korean activists have launched approximately 10,000 Choco Pies to their North Korean brethren across the border Wednesday morning. And they did it using helium balloons.

According to CNN, Choco Pies have been sold on the North Korean black market for as much as $10 apiece. Factory owners have been told to replace employees’ snacks with other, less explicitly South Korean, rewards, such as cup noodles or instant coffee, a change that has been met with positive feedback. Still, activists insist they will continue their balloon launches, despite threats of bombings from North Korean capital Pyongyang.

“We will continue to send Choco Pie by balloons because it is still one of the most popular foodstuffs, especially among hungry North Koreans,” activist Choo Sun-Hee said, reports The Guardian.

Best. Supports. Ever. Just one question: how do they control where the balloons land?