K-Foods That Appear
in Gentleman Music Video
PSY, the hero of Gangnam Style, came back with his new album Gentleman.
The new dance moves that he shows - arrogant dance and crab dance - have become as popular as the horse riding dance. The YouTube video of PSY’s single Gentleman, released on April 13, had recorded 300 million hits by May 9. The milestone was reached 25 days after the video was first posted on YouTube and 10 days after it broke the 200 million mark.
It’s no wonder that everything featured in the music video has been in the spotlight. Of course, PSY’s funny expressions, gestures, and moves have received the most fervent response. The faces familiar from Gangnam Style, such as the guy in a yellow suit and the elevator guy are also welcomed by overseas fans. The heroine Ga-in is receiving a new attention in many countries. Oh, there is one more thing. That is Korean cuisine! Some Korean foods appear in the Gentleman music video.
That is why
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Immediately after the music video was released many netizens had a heated discussion about the thing tied around PSY’s neck. That is tteok (rice cake), neither a scarf nor snake. Actually, the full name is garaetteok. Koreans cut it into bite size pieces and no one has it like PSY does in the video. The taste is bland but it is used in various Korean dishes such as spicy topokki, tteokguk (rice-cake soup), and so on. Sometimes, Koreans cut the cylinder into long pieces, grill it, and eat with syrup.
Actually, garaetteok was not in the original script for the Gentleman music video. PSY and his staff found a garaetteok machine at the movie set and decided on the spot to shoot pictures using that machine. Why did PSY decide to eat garaetteok in such an unusual way? Only PSY knows.
The food that Ga-in took a big bite of is eomuk-kkochi (skewered fish cake). You can find it at every street food stand in Korea. It tastes soft and chewy and is a good snack to alleviate one’s hunger. The broth in which eomuk is cooked is really delicious. It is a bosom buddy to any type of street dish including gimbap (dried seaweed rolls). For this reason, when having a snack from a food stand, Koreans usually order eomuk and the broth, but do not eat eomuk the way Ga-in does. It does not mean you cannot eat eomuk with a sexy, voluptuous expression. It’s just that Koreans don’t eat eomuk with beer suds. To make the video funnier, Ga-in acted according to the pre-written script. The real way to enjoy eomuk-kkochi is with soy sauce.
As we can guess from the red color, topokki is a spicy food. It is made with red pepper paste and red pepper powder, and is actually very spicy. For this reason, people often sweat after eating topokki. But it is also so delicious that it is easy to become addicted to it. PSY is also addicted to topokki. When he was performing Gangnam Style overseas, one reporter asked him, “What is the most difficult part of working abroad?” PSY replied, “I miss topokki.”
Topokki is a favorite of many Koreans and foreigners. In a survey conducted by the Korean government, foreigners were asked to choose their favorite Korean food and surprisingly many respondents named topokki. The dish came in third in the survey.
One representative Korean alcoholic drink is makgeolli. But Korean soju (distilled spirits) is also very popular. The export volume of soju is higher than that of makgeolli. Soju has a clean taste and scent. What’s more, it is inexpensive. Thanks to these virtues, soju became popular among Koreans and foreigners alike. PSY is also a big fan of soju. He gave a “soju performance” last year at a concert in Seoul Plaza. Before singing the last song, he drank half a bottle of soju and sprayed the rest over the crowd.
The Place Where We Can Eat the Foods That Appear In the Gentleman Music Video? Pojang-macha
The scene with the Korean foods in the Gentleman music video was shot in pojang-macha, a kind of a food stand. More specifically, it is a food truck located in a big tent. There are chairs or benches for customers to sit on. Pojang-macha sells a variety of alcoholic drinks and anju (dishes accompanying alcoholic drinks). It opens in the evening. In sum, it is like a street pub. The foods sold in such places are quite cheap. For this reason, pojang-macha is a popular place among the Korean middle class to have a snack and a drink late at night.
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