[BBC] The Koreans who televise themselves eating dinner

February 5, 2015

Lee Chang-hyun in Seoul (pictured at work, above) says some 10,000 people watch him eating per day. They send a constant stream of messages to his computer and he responds verbally (by talking) and orally (by eating, very visibly and noisily).

[BBC] —  How do you fancy eating your dinner at home in front of a webcam and letting thousands of people watch? If they like the way you eat, they will pay you money – maybe a few hundred dollars a night… a good salary for doing what you would do anyway. This is happening now in South Korea.

This food phenomenon is called mukbang - a combination of the Korean word for eating (muk-ja) and broadcasting (bang-song). [READ MORE]