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Vietnamese fans get excited as Korean ‘eating queen’ on Saigon food tour

Friday, September 21, 2018, 10:50 GMT+7
Vietnamese fans get excited as Korean ‘eating queen’ on Saigon food tour
Yang Soobin poses as she prepares to eat a large Vietnamese meal in Ho Chi Minh City in this photo posted on her Facebook.

A South Korean YouTuber known as the ‘queen of food’ has enlivened young Vietnamese fans as she launched a surprising food tour in Ho Chi Minh City earlier this week.

Yang Soobin, 24, is famous online for her YouTube show of mukbang – a Korean word for an online audiovisual broadcast in which a host eats a large amount of food while interacting with their audience.

Her watch-me-as-I-eat shows, which often feature cuisines of various cultures, brought Yang social media fame and a big fandom, particularly from Southeast Asian countries.

Most of her followers say watching Yang stimulates their appetite. They feel entertained by her expressiveness, loud slurping, open-mouth chewing and child-like finger-licking when she enjoys her food.

Yang’s verified Facebook page has attracted over four million followers while her YouTube channel has even amassed more than 165 million views, with one of her videos watched for more than 18 million times.

The South Korean woman was on a three-day trip in Ho Chi Minh City, enjoying an ultimate Vietnamese food tour during her first-ever appearance in the Southeast Asian country.

Yang immediately captured local fans’ attention with her check-in photo, announcing her presence in the southern Vietnamese metropolis on September 18.

Upon her arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, the YouTube personality promptly treated herself to a bowl of pho, or Vietnamese noodle soup with beef.

The ‘eating queen’ tried to show her affection toward the local people and culture as she put her effort into writing in Vietnamese in her Facebook post, which is literally translated as “I came to eat pho already. So delicious!”

Yang Soobin poses in front of a pho store in Ho Chi Minh City in this photo posted on her Facebook.
Yang Soobin poses in front of a pho store in Ho Chi Minh City in this photo posted on her Facebook.

In just two hours, Yang's post garnered more than 20,000 likes and thousands of comments from Facebook users.

Most of them expressed their excitement at the 1994-born Internet influencer’s special visit.

Everyone was looking forward to seeing Vietnamese food appear in the videos of the South Korean social media ‘phenomenon.’

Besides, Vietnamese social media users did not forget to recommend Yang more local delicacies that any visitors to Ho Chi Minh City have to try such as banh mi (Vietnamese-style sandwich) and ca phe (Vietnamese coffee).

To not disappoint Vietnamese fans, Yang took to common eateries in the city to try banh mi and ca phe sua da (milky iced coffee) and wholeheartedly praised the Vietnamese specialties.

The 24-year-old, who never hides her real weight of 130 kilograms, left Ho Chi Minh City for South Korea on Thursday, wrapping up her three-day trip.

Yang Soobin hold a bowl of pho in a photo shared on her verified Facebook page.
Yang Soobin holds a bowl of pho in a photo shared on her verified Facebook page.

In her last Facebook post in Vietnam, Yang once again expressed her love for the Vietnamese city.

“Three days and two nights was only a short time, but I was very happy,” she wrote in both Vietnamese and Korean.

“I met a lot of good people and also ate a lot of good food! Everybody is very gentle and friendly!” the social media personality recalled.

“Next time, I will stay longer ~ I love you Vietnamese fans.”

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Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

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