The trend of Mukbangs originated in Korea and essentially what it is, is usually a single person filming themselves as they eat a large portion of food. In the process, they may conduct in small talk or full conversations if they are streaming live. This type of video has emerged for numerous reasons. For one thing, it provides company to people who often dine alone. Another reason why Mukbangs are so popular is because viewers often express how they feel fulfilled, living vicariously through the host as they eat all sorts of desirable meals. A bit of information on the Youtuber, Yuka Kinoshita is a Japanese content creator who devotes her channel (which is simply her name) solely to Mukbangs. Often the amount of food she consumes in one sitting varies from 3,000 to 12,000 calories. Consequently, this may equate up to ten pounds of food. Her ability to eat a great deal of food at once has been credited to the fact that her stomach could expand to about many times greater than the average human stomach.
In this particular video, it depicts how Mexican food is viewed in Japan and their take on it. The dish is called a ‘Mexican wrap;’ consisting of what many usually believe to constitute a Mexican dish. There appears to be a large tortilla and inside are pieces of chicken, avocado, salad, a house sauce with anchovies, and mozzarella cheese. This gives off the impression of a burrito but is called a wrap, though this is probably due to the fact that the filling is mostly comprised of cold ingredients barring the chicken. Even in Japan, their Mexican restaurants provide sombrero hats. It is interesting to think about how this genre of entertainment often incorporates multiple cultures at once. People of different nationalities consume foods of different cultures all while creating content that was originally made as entertainment for a Korean audience.
Kinoshita, Yuka. “【MUKBANG】 MEXICAN Fast Food Rolls Filled With Plenty OF Vegetables!! 15 Items [8200kcal][Use CC].” YouTube, YouTube, 2 May 2018, www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGHNCrrqUJQ.