Mukbangers? Mukbangers.

They’re all over TikTok, and they’re all over YouTube. Who? Mukbangers of course! 

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Soo is enjoying her food, and it looks appetizing!

 They’re all over TikTok, and they’re all over YouTube. Who? Mukbangers of course! 

   You  may be wondering, “What is a mukbanger?” A mukbanger is someone who makes mukbang videos. A mukbang (which is popular in South Korea) is when someone live streams or posts videos of them eating large portions of food. 

     Many people watch Youtubers who make mukbang videos, and it’s understandable why it’s so entertaining. In my opinion, mukbangs are fun to watch because it’s nice to see people enjoy their food. It’s also super fun to see all of the various food options that everyone tries! 

   Some of my personal favorite mukbangers are SIO ASMR and Stephanie Soo. Sio is one of my favorites because he shows his viewers how to make the food he’s eating, and he really seems to appreciate what he’s eating. 

     There are so many different types of mukbangers from all across the globe. Most are from South Korea, and others from the United States. They are also very popular in East Asia! 

   It would make sense for many creators from South Korea to post mukbangs. Why? Well, as I said before, mukbangs originate from South Korea. The word ‘mukbang’ comes from the Korean word 먹방, (meokbang), which combines the Korean words for “eating” (먹는 meongneun) and “broadcast” (방송 bangsong). Hence why it’s apparent that mukbang basically means an eating broadcast. There are so many popular creators from the United States that post well-performing videos, but there’s also some who don’t post great videos. Don’t get me wrong though, that’s basically the only con of the mukbang community. 

     Over the past few years post-pandemic, the number of mukbangs being viewed by people has risen. So many people post mukbang all over their social media. It’s commonly posted on YouTube and Instagram. I usually watch mukbangs on YouTube, but I always see reels of people eating chocolate or something savory on Instagram too! 

     I first started watching mukbangs and mukbangers a couple years ago. The time when I really get into watching these creators is when I’m fasting, because I can’t eat. I’m actually fasting right now, so it’s not a surprise that I’ll be watching some mukbangs soon. I remember a couple months ago when seaweed grapes were super popular, and everyone in the community started to eat them. It was so nice to see lots of people step out of their comfort zone and try something new! 

     Some mukbangers eat for themselves, and some eat to make ASMR. ASMR is a tingling feeling that people get so they can relax. Personally, I watch it for both reasons. There’s so many reasons for mukbangs! 

     So, if you ever see mukbangers pop up in your recommendations, I suggest you go watch them! Who knows, maybe you’ll want a bite of the food they’re eating!