Roommate season 2 ep 11 – Korean Reality Show

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Beans to Tofu

Doggone! Cucumber, Kang-joon and Young-ji in pigtails = chaos! What in the world was all that running around the house and out the door about? Seconds later, the doorbell rang and a today’s roommate theme became beans to tofu. An unidentified (not sure why) friend of Ryohei’s sent a generous supply of very large and heavy bags of beans to the roommate household as a gift. Lots of beans. Kang-joon looked like he may need to lift weights to build up some muscles as he struggled to haul in the bags. There was a bit of confusion as to why so many beans showed up at the house, and even more commotion over what to do with them. Two groups formed: Jang Ok, Gook Ju, Kang-joon, Sunny, and Ryohei took on the thankless task of sorting the raw beans on a cloth on the living room floor. Little did they know what was in store for the bean duty crew. Dong-wook, Se Ho, Jackson, and Young-ji headed to Hwanghakdong, a second-hand flea market, to find a millstone and a gamasot* – a Korean traditional cooking pot.

roommate 2 ep 11 1Dong-wook and Se Ho teased that they would make Young-ji and Jackson get married if they keep up the bickering. They do play well together, though.

roommate 2 ep 11 6roommate 2 ep 11 11Hwanghakdong has store after store of used and retro items, antiques, and what-not. It truly was a visual of the saying, “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” Se Ho and Dong-wook were sucked into a store that sold turntables and lingered for ages listening and singing to old LPs  ~ you’re hurting my heart, you’re all I know~ like cheesy old men. Jackson and Young-ji wandered off to find a millstone for grinding the soybeans and a gamasot. The heavy millstone had to be carried to the car via a handcart, which was no easy task, along narrow streets and alleys filled with parked cars and scary vehicles whizzing by. While Jackson took care of that, Young-ji waited in a small shop filled with TV screens and alerted everyone passing by that GOT7’s performance on Inkigayo was coming up next and that Jackson was here in person. Ajumma and ahjussi shop owners gathered around just as GOT7 appeared in living color on every screen as the shop owner changed all the channels to Inkigayo. Jackson did a live mini concert on the spot. roommate 2 ep 11 2So cute! But there was no time to slack off. The big 2 1/2 foot diameter iron gamasot and a yard-long wood stirrer they bought also had to be carried to the car through the crazy, narrow streets. Poor Young-ji did her best to keep up with Jackson as they struggled to get the beastly pot to the car. It looked like such a hassle, but they did it – so proud of them. Where were Se Ho and Dong-wook? roommate 2 ep 11 7

Exhausted and dozing in the backseat after all their work.

Even so, I felt sorrier for those who remained back at the house for their job of preparing the beans was time-consuming, boring, and physically demanding. A tiny ray of sunshine, literally, created a lovely rainbow outside and the roommates captured a sunny selfie in between bean chores. Sorting the beans was only the beginning. Next, the beans had to soak in many bowls lined up on the floor. Then the beans had to be ground in the millstone. Eeeww, grey paste seeped out, not appetizing in the least. But once they got it going, the paste turned smooth and white. As long as someone cranked, paste oozed out. Dong-wook and Gook Ju were especially on Ryohei’s case for being the cause of the beans int he first place. And while they said they were only joking, I felt sorry Ryohei and even sorrier for his friend who sent the beans. Ryohei repeatedly defended his friend’s good intentions, and I thought maybe the roommates went to far to tease about a gift. It was Se Ho, who I usually don’t cut any slack, that graciously said a group project turns into making memories.

This week’s guest was Hong Suk Chun, master chef and successful owner of nine restaurants. roommate 2 ep 11 8I couldn’t get over how he gushed over Kang-joon, saying “I really like your drama,” and showered him with gifts and attention and fed him a nourishing pear drink. That made Jackson, who always seeks attention, jealous. Suk Chun was everywhere at once it seemed, picking up the messy boys Jackson and Kang-joon’s bedroom, helping grind the beans, and whipping up a gourmet dish for dinner.


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Back to the beans. So after grinding, the paste was forced through cheesecloth to separate the curd and liquid. I got a little mixed up here, not sure what ended up on the stove – liquid, curd, or both – but in any case, the mixture required constant stirring over low heat. After curdling, it was formed into a ball of tofu and sliced and served. Kang-joon was so pleased with the result and passed out bites and waited for approval. The tasters responded positively – success! roommate 2 epp 11 6

They enjoyed meaningful food~homemade food from start to finish~Suk Chun’s Italian dumplings in a rich white sauce and tofu stew. I like that term.roommate 2 ep 11 3


It was slumber party time~yay! I marveled at Jonk Ok’s beanie creation that she knitted in a mere 20 minutes. She gave poor Dong-wook a hard time when he tried on one of her hats, and scolded him for the dark circles under his eyes and said that he looked like a Russian. Too funny! Ever-entertaining Suk Chun impressed with a perfect dance performance of KARA’s Mama Mia with Younj-ji. The upstairs family room became a giant bed of covers and pillows. With make-up off and jammies on, the roommates shared grade school journals, stories of their youth, and successes and hardships. I wondered if it was a bit uncomfortable when Gook Ju got emotional over not having an outlet for the stress of the crazy schedule that comes with success. But they all talked it out and gave comfort and advice,  and sometimes that’s enough. It was a sweet ending with DJ Dong-wok spinning oldies but goodies on their retro turntable from the flea market.

Missing were Nana, Min-woo, and Joon-hyung.

*link to an informational video on the history of gamasot



30 thoughts on “Roommate season 2 ep 11 – Korean Reality Show

  1. Love all your comments. Spot on. And thanks for the gamasot link… interesting!

    When I heard they were making tofu I thought oy vey! I’ve done it and it’s a lot of work, no matter what the youtube videos say… making the soy milk first and the tofu out of that. What’s separated by squeezing it through the cheesecloth is the fibrous pulp, also known as okara. from wikipedia:

    “Okara or Soy Pulp is a pulp consisting of insoluble parts of the soybean which remains after pureed soybeans are filtered in the production of soy milk and tofu…” “It is part of the traditional cuisines of Japan, Korea, and China, and since the 20th century has also been used in the vegetarian cuisines of Western nations.”

    The curds are formed after nigari is added (the liquid Se Ho called salt). Nigari is magnesium chloride produced from seawater after the sodium chloride has been removed. There are some other coagulants that can be used, but nigari is typical.

    And that’s your culinary lesson for the day!


    • Oops. Forgot: what’s separated out by the cheesecloth the 1st time is the pulp. Second time is to strain out the liquid to form the tofu. Like I said a lot of work! But other than the sorting of the beans, which I find a headache for even 1 store-bought pound, they seemed happy.

      I couldn’t believe what idiots Jackson and Young-ji were with that gamasot. They carried it because they were too lazy to bring back the dolly? And Jackson has a bad back as it is. What little sillies. I guess being smart about these things comes with age? 😉


  2. Oh, and I freaked when Cucumber ran out the door! In addition to being chow hounds, Beagles are big-time escape artists. Becoming a spot on the road is not uncommon. But happy to see her being played with.


    • I know. It does sound good. Every time I hear “tofu stew” I think that sounds delicious. Never had it, don’t know what it tastes like, but still makes my mouth water.

      I wonder if tofu stew is the same as doenjang jjigae. I’m guessing it is. From Wikipedia:

      Doenjang jjigae is a variety of jjigae or stew-like Korean traditional dish, made with doenjang (Korean soybean paste) and available ingredients such as vegetables, mushrooms, seafood, or dubu (tofu). It is regarded as one of the representative dishes of food in Korea along with Kimchi jjigae.

      Did you see the movie The Recipe? The story revolves around doenjang jjigae. Here’s asianwiki’s description:

      A man on deathrow wants to taste “doenjang jjigae” (a spicy Korean bean paste stew) before he dies. Television producer Choi Yu-Jin (Ryoo Seung-Ryong) hears of the inmate and researches his story for an upcoming news report. Choi Yu-Jin then comes across a mysterious woman named Jang Hye-Jin (Lee Yo-Won) who makes doenjang jjigae that brings tears of joy to those who tastes her recipe. As Choi Yu-Jin delves further, he learns of Jang Hye-Jin’s heart breaking relationship with Kim Hyun-Soo (Lee Dong-Wook).

      So, yeah… has the added benefit of a young Lee Dong-Wook.

      I also learned from wikipedia that “The dish is the source of the name Doenjang Girl, a South Korean stereotype of a woman who eats cheap food at home so she can drink expensive coffees in public.”


    • Don’t know if you’ll see this, revlow, but I just read that Ga Yeon lost her fight. But it was termed a KO (knock out) when it wasn’t at all. Rather, she was locked in a position that the ref called because Ga Yeon’s arm was bent too far. What’s that? I hope she doesn’t get discouraged, but trains hard for her next fight. Rooting for you always, Ga Yeon, fighting!


      • Yeah, I saw that. Poo. Odd rules. I haven’t watched it, reading about it was enough. 😦

        She’s such a driven fighter, she’ll be at it again. I was just glad to see her out and about and looking in good spirits in Running Man. I wasn’t sure if she’d been in public since she had to go into hiding from the stalker. Have you heard any updates on that? Guy sentenced to anything?


      • No, I haven’t heard any thing more. I am sure that has to weigh on a 19 year-old’s mind, though. She shouldn’t have to deal with that dirt bag.
        I am loving Misaeng and Pride and Prejudice so much and just caught up on both. Are you watching Kpop Star 4? The first 3 eps are subbed. I adore how Yu Hee Yeol is so into indies.


      • I know, it’s got to be awful.

        I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Misaeng! Sort of Misaeng related: I saw two good films over the weekend with Misaeng actors in key roles. Both at

        1 . The Attorney (2013). Based on a true story. Siwan is very impressive. Lee Sung-Min (of course always impressive) plays a supporting role. The lead is one of my all-time favorite actors, Song Kang-Ho. Also interesting is the actress who plays the chaebol mother in Birth of a Beauty, Kim Young-Ae. She is fantastic in this, very moving performance, won several awards.

        2. Broken (2014). Lee Sung-Min is one of the two leads, against another all-time fav, Jung Jae-Young. Also Kim Dae-Myung appears in a small **very** un-Assistant Manager Kim type role.

        I have mixed feelings now about Pride and Prejudice. I like the premise, and I felt really strong about the show initially. In recent weeks it’s devolved for me. I hate situations that are just plain stupid, like the “We’ve got to keep this investigation secret. But, oh, well… let’s just leave all our files, flash drives, etc. where they are easy to find. And while we’re at it, let’s chart everything out on this whiteboard and leave it in plain site of the people we suspect.”. That sort of stupidity was one of the things that drove me crazy in Joseon Gunman. They’d formulate a plan against their enemies, then next time they’d run into them they give it away. Good Lord.

        I hadn’t heard of Kpop Star 4 — I’ll give it a shot.

        Some more Roommate stuff. Came across this last night — have you seen it?

        Lee Dong Wook, WINNER, Lee Kwang Soo, and more pose with babies to promote adoption

        Adorable photos. Min-Woo is in it, too.

        Also, been meaning to mention something. Did you notice when the trot singer Park Hyun-bin was visiting in Season 2 Episode 7 , there was no mention about how people have compared Kang-Joon’s looks to his? That was a big deal in the pilot episode, the hint for Min-Woo/Kang-Joon about who was going to be their roommate. (Kang-Joon supposedly looks like Park Hyun-bin, and Min-Woo supposedly looks like singer Jo Sung Mo.) Kang-Joon wasn’t in that S2 Ep 7 scene, but still it stuck me as kind of odd that nothing was said, or if there was it was cut out.


      • I saw the Attorney, I just love Siwan! I really like the characters in Pride and Prejudice, somewhat to my surprise. This week’s episodes were intense and what a twist with Chief Moon and all. I really like him.
        About the trot singer and Kang-joon, I missed that whole discussion apparently. How odd. I watched season 2 ep 12 raw last night and hope subs are up somewhere to day so I can write a post! JYP drives me crazy. Jackson – awwww mommy reunion 🙂


      • I like the P&P characters too. I was surprised as well, was skeptical going in. Acting wise it’s all good, and I’ve liked Choi Jin-Hyuk in everything I’ve seen. Chief Moon? Aside from everything, I wish someone would get him a pair of eyeglasses that fit!! Or at least pinch the nosepiece together!

        I re-watched Roommate Ep 1 to make sure it was the same trot singer. It was. It happens around 46 mins when Min-Woo arrives and looks at the clue left on his bed. It was photos of Park Hyun-bin and Jo Sung Mo. He immediately laughs and says “I think I know who it is. I think it’s Seo Kang-Joon.”. Hong Soo Hyun and Mama Shin are with him, and he explains what people have said about the resemblances. Soo Hyun looks at the card and says “Oh, you do look alike!” He then waves at the camera and says, “Welcome, Seo Kang Joon! “. Right then Kang-Joon arrives. Mama Shin says “You guys really do look like Park Hyun-bin and Jo Sung Mo. You were right.” This was inter-spliced with an interview where Kang-Joon says people say he looks like Park Hyun-bin. Not sure, I think this may have come up again.

        It was fun watching Soo Hyun again as she fawns over the Flower Boys. She just can’t help herself.

        It was weird to see the changes in the people. Dong-Wook is the most startling. I wish he’d put some weight back on. Not that he wasn’t skinny when this started, but his face was not as sallow as now. He even looked younger. I wouldn’t go so far to say he’s “ugly” like Jong Ok does. (Eeek! What is **that** about?) Unless it’s purely out of concern — maybe exaggeration to get him to take better care of himself? Otherwise, it’s gotten old.


    • PS — I still do like Pride and Prejudice a lot. I think maybe the best legal kdrama I’ve seen. Like the acting, and lately I’ve been realizing just how refreshing it it to see something devoid of chaebol-world. But the idiocy drives me a little nuts.


  3. Kang-Joon has been a busy puppy (or as Owl says, our wittle wove). Didn’t realize he had a movie released in Oct (My Love, My Bride) and two to be released in 2015 (Beauty Inside & Summer Snow).

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