What does Mukbang mean?

Show where people eat

Mukbang, also spelled as meokbang, is a blend of two Korean words: eating and broadcast. It’s an online broadcast where a host eats food while chatting with an audience.

The trend of mukbang started in South Korea with the first ones being aired on a Korean Internet TV service called AfreecaTV back in 2009. The shows involved attractive hosts preparing and consuming food while interacting with viewers via an online chat room.

Because the production of mukbangs is cost-effective, streamers on platforms like Twitch, YouTube, and other streaming services quickly picked up on the trend. Owing to their growing popularity, Twitch even introduced a new video category known as Social Eating specifically for mukbang channels.

However, not all aspects of mukbangs are positive. Some streamers overeat or chew food only to spit it out. These wasteful eating habits have led many to criticize mukbangs for promoting overeating and food wastage.

Example for using ‘Mukbang’ in a conversation

Hey, have you heard of mukbang? 🍽️

Yeah! It’s those eating shows, right? πŸ“Ί

Exactly! People eat and chat with viewers. It started in South Korea. πŸ‡°πŸ‡·

Oh, cool! I’ve seen some on YouTube. They eat so much food! πŸ”πŸŸ