tv Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown CNN May 3, 2015 5:00pm-6:01pm PDT
>> after a wild week in seoul. there was i believe something involved. there were many, many strange and delightful things to eat. things might have spun slightly out of control. ♪ i took a walk through this beautiful world ♪ ♪ felt the cool rain on my shoulder ♪ ♪ found something good in this beautiful world ♪ ♪ i felt the rain getting colder ♪ ♪ sha, la, la, la ♪ sha, la, la, la
♪ >> the biggest difference between korean fried chicken and american -- >> chicken tonight? i feel so clean. i never felt -- >> my chicken. >> performing. flavor town. don't play this game with me. who is everybody here? oh, yeah, baby. powerful in a small girly way. drinks that go with food or triumphant return to korea? oh, yeah. surprised no one i'm in a happy place right now. maybe the best way to tell this story is to start at the end. like a dog returning to its own vomit i keep flashing back to was it last night?
the night before? i smell fried chicken on my clothes so perhaps -- >> we meet again. >> am i glowing with health and pink? >> i was going to say you look like a better version of wrou yourself. why is that? >> i lost eight pounds of dead skin. >> really into the idea, koreans really like the idea of being the optimal cleanliness. you know? we like to be the most clean possible. >> i'm okay with soap and water and beer. >> yes, of course. let me see if i can properly pour this for you. there you go. so, do you know about this? >> no. >> koreans have eating traditions. if you have a big production or big event that's very, you know, very important, you celebrate that in a proper way. >> what are we celebrating?
>> the oeend of this korea show >> this is the most important thing you've ever done. >> okay. there's nothing involving salt that i have -- i don't have to rub that into my skin right now? w pink skin. i'm a broken man. i seem beneath the shame and headache, missing a few layers of skin, as if i've been rubbed somehow raw. i believe in clean really but this is beyond clean. this is sanded, stripped, fillets. the beer is not happening. maybe it is. i think i've had enough. mixing whiskey, white wine, beer and oysters. it seems to tempt the fates.
>> oh. >> yes. >> well, let me ask you one more question. what do you think about han now after your trip? >> i'm brimming with it. i could never actually have it because i'm not korean. this is, you know, a genetic over cellular thing. i understand. it's something that i feel i could really relate to. revenge is a dish best served cold kind of guy. but also hot. i'll take revenge any time i can get it actually. going to eat more chicken. >> you didn't eat all day did you? >> no. i did not love myself this morning. >> but you felt better after your scrub down. >> it was like evil, go away evil, punish the evil. ♪
♪ >> we shall go to the next whiskey bar. i feel like a boy band. [ laughter ] >> johnny cash. >> johnny cash. >> yeah. >> all i can say is thank god there was no karaoke. i must have blocked it out. all roads led here. i knew that. no escape. only embrace. i am now after an evening of full-on cultural eye merges, acutely aware of my role as big brother. my new friends looking to me to set an example. >> yeah, right, guys. let's party.
>> nice to meet you. >> so correct me if i'm wrong, it's dry squid, m&ms and mixing your alcohols? >> yes. >> wait. come back. ♪ >> seemed like a good idea. back at the office. >> next i'll be performing a medley from "mama mia". >> come on baby light my fire. >> fire, yeah, fire. we got a low score. only got 45. >> mouse? mouse fish.
>> tony! >> we got to go somewhere else. we got to go somewhere else. we're not finished here. >> squid treats and m&ms? sure. makes perfect sense. there were outsiders somewhere along the route. a detail that becomes increasingly worrying with our alcohol intake. >> oysters, awesome. nice. competitive drinking and shellfish. >> you ever play any korean drinking games? >> no. >> they have a lot of them. >> it keeps the energy up and keeps everyone drinking. >> stop two. >> we're going to play a little game first.
tony, we're going to let you start the festivities. got to use the chop stick. hit everything forward. it's going to splash up. >> a strike or a push? >> a push. >> woo. >> sinister. >> there's a lot of games. we're not going to go through them all because it will take forever and we'd be really, really drunk. this is called the bottle cap game. we're going to pass it around in a circle. we're going to flick it as hard as you can, right? >> right. [ laughter ] >> no one wins or loses. we all get drunk. start.
soju bottle number nine. the idea that only an hour earlier we sat like gentlemen and had barbecue. a rapidly fading memory. >> tony, how many bottles can you drink? >> we'll see. >> yes, i remember now. somewhere near the start of the evening, the moment little brother grabbed the reigns of our soon careening chariot unfettered by earthly conventions called good sense, a reality of work tomorrow. >> eat the eye! eat the eye before it gets cooked too much. >> oh, that's good. >> this being korea, beer is a must as is apparently soju. i had forgotten that part. >> what seems to define korea as i know it is it anticipates the
future very, very well. this is a country that's famous for looking forward, looking into the future. where does one go to see korea's past, and are these guys sentimental about it at all? >> yes. right, yeah. >> younger brother. >> younger brother. all right, younger brother. >> my mission, for purposes of
television, is to ingratiate myself into a total group of strangers, observe what they call -- and please excuse my painful pronunciation --. in korean business culture, this would be a regular thing. a one-night corporate retreat if you will. which is how i ended up at my appointment with the fates, a barbecue joint popular with the salary man. >> who is even here? >> mr. noh. >> park. >> tony. tony. >> i think they like me. >> do you drink soju? >> i do. this allergy season,
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this is anthony bourdain, cnn. good night. [ speaking in a foreign language ] >> notice the totally blissed-out happy look on my face. observe the bowl with nothing left but fiery remnants. behold the magnificence that is this dish. that's enough, enough. that's good. geez. oh, man. that's going to go straight to my hips. >> yes? >> yes. >> okay, okay.
thank you. >> this is a magical dish. >> so most people are not sentimental about their time in the military. why do this? everybody serves in the military, right? >> yeah, it's mandatory in korea. >> very happy. >> you want the recipe about this? >> i got the recipe now. >> it's everything mama warned you about, and it's got it all, baby, and when the music is over, your life will have
changed forever. >> one, two, three. >> okay. okay. yes. yeah. dating back to famine years of the korean war, scrounging from american military bases, it is a classic example of necessity feeding the mother of deliciousness. hot dogs, canned baked beans, spam, and instant noodles put together with kimchi. it became an enduring and deeply loved classic. like i used to say to my first
>> wow. >> yeah, baby. yeah, that's good. come to me, come to me, my love. >> yes. >> little spam in there. good job, chef. >> good chefs. >> yes, yes, yes. >> thank you. >> my pleasure. any time. >> in a society reeling from conflict and deprivation, largely without meat or fresh ingredients, this was the gift of the g.i. the korean war lasted from 1950 to 1953, but in many ways it never ended. the country is split in half and
in a constant state of alert. 120 miles to the north, a crazy dictator with an enormous standing army, a bad haircut, and a nuclear arsenal. this we know. but the war divided a country and a culture also divided families. altered forever the korean character. the chef's early experience working the mess hall during his mandatory military service led directly to super stardom. now from this unassuming army surplus tent, he beams his cooking show live in more than 50,000 homes today via something called the internet. and he's not the only one. there's competition. lots of it. broadcast eating, it's kind of a phenomena in korea, which is how i suppose i wound up in a tent on the outskirts of seoul.
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it's a slaughter fest. i've gotten killed like 12 times already today, so i think i'm going to hang it up. all right, i'm ready for some food. >> in korea, the food delivery system is really good. >> really good. >> a whole bunch of food you can just order. >> order food while you're playing? >> yeah. >> pc bomb sounds like a male porn star, i know, but this one has a smoking lounge and a well stocked snack bar. energy drinks seem a popular order. here in seoul, given that there's an entire strata of professional gamers, more substantial food from time to time is required. no problem. anything you want right to your console. >> real-life, does it have any attraction? >> real life?
>> real-life. you know, like non-gaming world. >> people love it. professional gamers, people love the professional gamers. they get a lot of fame for that. >> right. thank you. oh, man. oh, man. this is too much. >> you got to get the sauce with the noodle. >> yep. >> it's a black noodle. it should be all black. >> tasty. >> good? >> that'll work. >> some of the games you can play while still eating. >> yeah. one handed? >> basically, you eat a little bit and then play the game, eat a little bit, then play the game. >> the only game i've ever really gotten serious about and lived with for a year. i spent a lot of time and it was gta vice city. >> in my opinion, it is a little bit violent for me. that's my personal opinion. >> look, little red riding hood
here was doing a lot of bleeding out in this game. >> that's true. >> over the mountain and through the woods to grandmother's house we go, blowing some shit up on the way and was it right shift, left click, down or the other way around? >> okay. i'm looking for the little guys with the red over them. >> yeah. [ laughter ] >> that doesn't look good. >> yeah, you got killed too. >> oh, geez. i'm respawning. >> yeah, respawning. you could target. you can basically pull long distance or short distance depending on what your target is. >> i'm just learning how to move here. oh, poor little red riding hood. she's not good.
if i'm shooting something, it's me. oh, no. little red riding hood, you're bleeding out again. oops. didn't make it. i don't see any bad guys. are these friends? >> oops. >> back in the old days before time itself, spending 17 hours a day at places like this was frowned upon by family. now gaming has become a respected and often lucrative profession in korea. simon has pretty much retired from gaming, per se. instead he makes a living advising rising stars in the industry. >> you do this for a living?
>> yeah. >> how many hours a day? >> the professional gamers, they spend all day playing this game. they wake up, play a game, practice. have lunch, practice again, have dinner, and go to sleep. >> today the game is one of those multiplayer kill fests where mighty avatars boast a wide range of powerful abilities. raining death across the globe or just over there. >> there we go. this is all about love. >> really cute. little girl. >> that's me? oh, geez. can we choose another avatar maybe? something more killy? i don't know if i'm going to strike fear into my enemies. >> oh, yeah. it's very powerful. >> powerful in sort of a small girly way. >> little girl comes around the corner having a big fireball on her head. >> i'll try to keep up with you for a few minutes.
>> press w to go forward and then press the right and left click together. then the right key on the mouse. >> forward is w. >> yeah. >> this other skills. e shift and left together. >> left shift and then -- >> left together, yeah. then space, right click, left shift with left click together. >> brutal. how long did it take you to figure out how to move around in this world? >> about ten minutes. >> ten minutes, yeah. >> okay, me and simon are going up against these kids and i'm expecting to pistol whip some bitches unless time has once again passed me by. the life of a professional video gamer is a concept that's not easy for me to grasp.
these young nerd lingers are famous. they have tv shows where they compete and are making actual cash money. they have sponsors and super fans. they probably even get laid off this shit? and that explains how little red riding hood ended up bleeding out on the cold, hard, virtual floor. >> should we start the game? >> sure. okay, where's our opponents? [car engine] [car engine] ♪ introducing the first-ever 306-horsepower lexus rc coupe with available all-wheel drive. once driven, there's no going back.
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[ laughter ] >> fire your ass. >> don't say anything about wayne newton. he's the man. >> he's early 90s west coast. >> i'm an east coast guy. >> i'm not entirely convinced that korean food is healthy. >> have you always been a food guy? >> i feel like i've appropriated the hot. very happy here. >> last one? >> yeah. is this drinks that goes with food or is this food that goes with drinks? >> the culture here is you have to have something that goes well with that drink. >> we should probably be drinking that, right? >> yes. have you tried soju before? >> oh, yeah. how often can you come to a place like this a week? would you come every day?
after work? >> if you want. >> what's good to eat here? >> i'd like to recommend the soup of death. it's a soup, but the main ingredient in that is silk worms. >> okay. >> that okay? >> yeah, sure. oh. >> nice? >> oh, yeah. >> eating bugs, that is so last network. >> how do you like the soup? >> the soup is awesome. i'm going to go home and have benisans tonight. >> in the old days, they didn't have the soup. they just oiled it. they put it in like these little paper cups and ate it like an hors d'oevre.
>> get the [ muted ] out of my soup and make me a sweater. >> even koreans don't eat this all the time, but i guess this country makes you feel like if you can't eat this, then you're not korean. >> what were you born? >> in new york. >> in new york. >> yes. >> and were there until -- >> until roughly 21. i grew up on the streets and new york city. it was automatically you're a chink. wait a minute. isn't that supposed to be chinese? i'm korean and i'm proud to be korean. >> mark is what's called a korean who has lived abroad. as things get better and brighter over here, more and more people, like mark, are moving back home for the ever more numerous opportunities. >> when i came here, it just felt right for me. i'm here. these are my peoples. this has what i've been missing. i was considered an outsider in my own country. i had like this thing going on because i was like am i not korean enough if i don't do this, if i don't drink this, if i don't eat this, but there was a certain sense of well, i want
to learn this if that makes me feel more korean. >> nice. the best part is the skin. is this so hard to walk in and eat delicious food and get hammered in the street? being korean is pretty awesome. >> last one. >> yeah. >> nighttime in seoul and everywhere you go it seems, food and drink. this is what they call kind of like a pub, if pubs could operate in the street. you could have drinks and, well, i guess you could call it pub food. >> we're about to go eat some really, really good. welcome to seoul. let's do this. >> my new friend mark helped popularize western style hip hop in korea. an event that led directly to me
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the whole world. you have to kick the prostitute so many times. >> she's already dead. >> come on. i'm getting like this weird sense of deja vu. haven't we been in a fish market in seoul at some point in a previous life? >> what should we toast to this time? >> to a triumphant return to korea? second time around for me. >> there's something i've been craving since i got off the plane. the snacks that accompany your meal in korea. >> i missed this. this is for me one of the most exciting things about korean food actually. >> yeah. doesn't that just make you want to drink more soju? >> is that a hint or something? >> i know the formality of it all. >> the appetizers, yes, i
remember these guys. >> our old friend. >> this looks familiar. >> bringing back memories. here we go. >> so this is spicy stew. >> i need it to burn. >> it has everything under the sun seafood wise. you can find crab. you can find all different kinds of fish. >> fishermen stews all over the world. >> exactly. this bowl for me, that's the perfect example of koreans in general. we love being together in a space, huddled around a bubbling pot of something. >> what can i tell you? oh, this is good. you are failing in your duties as a young assistant. >> i'm sorry, i'm sorry. >> we don't have to drink it immediately, do we? face planting. >> koreans, they just want each other to drink as much as possible.
peer pressure drinking is kind of a big deal. may i have another glass, please? >> korean drinking etiquette 101. you never pour your own drink. younger pours for the older and you never drink alone. >> how come all the korean guys are so tormented? they're all carrying around some unseen weight. >> every single korean person is born with this thing called han, which is a deep sorrow and anger. it has nothing to do with upbringing. it's genetic. it's in our blood. >> han, my favorite korean word. it has many implied and specific meanings, but generally speaking, it is a mixture of endurance, yearning, sorrow, regret, bitterness, spite, hatred, and a grim determination to bide your time until revenge
can at last be exacted. >> revenge is a very, very sweet tasting thing for koreans because there's been so much wrong that's happened to us. >> what about little timmy mcmasters who made fun of you in second grade for bringing kimchee to school? he laughed at you and said it smelt like garbage. is there vengeance coming their way? >> i want those people to think about that time that they made fun of me. i want them to actually love korean food now. >> that doesn't sound anywhere close to endless suffering. >> well, that's my personal story. >> i would think electric nipple clamps. then i drive over them. not killing them. they slowly bled to dead from artery wounds. >> the reason that koreans are able to just not wallow in that is because of this other emotion called chung. it is a deep fondness that you have for your other koreans, and
people always focus on han and i am like, yeah, i know, han, yes, yes, it exists. no one is denying that. we all have it. but chung, no one talks about that and it's equally strong. >> okay. i believe you. >> i don't think you believe me about this chung thing. >> no, i believe you. like i like the whole idea of han. i totally get that as an engine. i like that. i like that dark side. the fact that this word exists is sort of awesome because a negative emotion has been converted into a number of very, very, very positive developments. >> absolutely. koreans are, you know, this amazing group of people that don't curse and eat amazing food, and we like to drink and have fun. >> oh, stop sucking up. so, to the han. >> we need to make a serious dent in this. >> we're unique and we're amazing. >> that describes me. >> i'm not drinking this. >> no, you don't have to drink
it. >> my relentlessly cheerful friend and colleague nari. she loves korea and all things korean and wants nothing more than to make everybody love it as much as she does. that's why she brought me here to the garak fish market where you find the casual joints i love. i will have, let me see, perhaps the fish. i want some enchana and spicy stuff and we'll start off by drinking some soju, i think. >> yeah. >> i'm getting a weird sense of deja vu. haven't we been at a fish market in seoul at some point in some previous life? hello, i have breaking news. a number of people have reportedly been shot at an event in garland, texas, featuring
cartoons of the profit mohammed. two people have been shot. what do you know at this time? >> well, yeah, so far what's been told to me by police is at least two suspects have been shot outside the caldwell center here in garland. >> exactly what were they doing at the time? i understand the s.w.a.t. team was called? >> yes, the s.w.a.t. team are the ones who stopped these two suspects. there are possible two explosives at the scene. they have their bomb squad scouring the premise to see if there's any bomb devices in the area. >> what was this event? >> it was an art expo and art contest depicting the prophet mohammed. various artists around the
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no sense at all. ♪ korean culture, as far as i can tell, is defined by the drive to succeed, a churning engine fueled by decades of han. a remarkable ability and remarkable willingness to anticipate the future. it reaches back across time, behinding millennials and generations long since passed. last time i was here i was working for some other network, the bacon channel, the competitive eating channel. what was that old show called again? it was so long ago. back then i was dragged around in nari's powerful wake, as i recall. that was nearly a decade ago. things have changed since then. i've changed and i'm guessing
nari's changed, and korea, korea has certainly changed. the korean war ended more than half a century ago, but in some ways it's still going. the north and south have been on perpetual war footing ever since. it's a psychological and physical scar. korea is literally split in half, but that's not what this show is about. there aren't many comparisons to south korea's stratospheric rise over the last decade. one of the poorest countries as cent -- recently as the 60s, today it claims one of the world's fastest growing economies. the government has been extremely shrewd and forward thinking about selling the world all things korean, underwriting, encouraging, financing and supporting the export of intangibles, things like music, movies, tv shows, food, the whole korean sensibility, and
the world is responding, learning to love what koreans have always loved. the heart of korea is seoul, capital city, a bustling metropolis. futuristic in look and character. population 25 million. >> look at that. they've got a selfie stick. everybody is taking pictures of their food. i feel right at home. in october 2014 i went back to korea. this is what i saw. this makes me so happy. the kimchee. make room for the noodles. oh, that's good. should be no surprise that i'm in a happy place now. oh, yeah. first night back. right to the market. bunch of unrecognizable and invariably and inevitably delicious food. good to be back, man, good to be back.