“Midnight Snack” is a segment of the tremendously popular Korean talk show, “Happy Together”. While the segment debuted last year, it has steadily increased in popularity, drawing 8% of all TV viewers during its Chuseok special broadcast. The Chuseok special broadcast the top seven recipes from the past 278 episodes, showcasing the kind of convenience store gourmet that has made the show a hit.
During Midnight Snack, (also translated as Midnight Cafeteria), celebrities present dishes that they have created to two judges, Yoo Jae-suk, the most popular television host in Korea, and comedian Pak Myeong-su. Most dishes can be prepared in under 10 minutes with packaged foods available at any corner convenience store and cost less than ₩5000.
To help any readers interested in replicating some Midnight Snacks, koreaBANG has produced a graphic that identifies the ingredients in the top seven recipes. Let us know in the comments if you make Lee Hyori’s chocolatey “Bad Girl Pizza”, Ji Sung’s deceptively simple “Mandu Mixed Rice”, or any other of the most popular dishes.