Recently soloist Somi took to Instagram live to chat with her fans and give them a lot of entertaining content.
Like accidentally spoiling a fellow YG Entertainment artist’s song.
Sharing a greeting from aespa‘s Giselle, who was also watching Somi’s live.
giselle is watching somi’s live rn and she said hi to somi’s fans pic.twitter.com/CnKBe69gEZ
— —𝒎. (@aespanim) March 2, 2022
And promising to do labelmate TREASURE‘s “Darari” TikTok challenge.
— 여우담 🦊♡🏁 (@yedam_kr) March 2, 2022
Which as soon as the live was over, she filmed and uploaded it to her TikTok account as promised.
#dararichallenge 트레쟈 하이띵
Somi also talked about Stray Kids‘ Bang Chan in her Instagram live.
Although the two are now at different companies, with Somi signed to YG Entertainment’s The Black Label and Bang Chan signed to JYP Entertainment, they both know each other from when Somi was a JYP Entertainment trainee.
In many of his VLIVEs, Bang Chan has often watched Somi’s music videos. And when he was reacting to her comeback “Dumb Dumb,” Bang Chan even congratulated her. Saying that he “saw her all the time as a kid. It’s been almost 7 or 8 years. We’ve known each other for 8 years.”
The two have even interacted briefly at music shows. Like in this adorable interaction when they high five after they pass each other on stage.
CHAN AND SOMI HIGHFIVE pic.twitter.com/YSbTv3uggm
— ً (@bangchanpost) September 5, 2021
In Somi’s Instagram live, she brought up Bang Chan when she talked about the kind of content she should do in her own lives. The idol suggested that maybe she could react to videos like Bang Chan often does. Even mentioning that she knows he has reacted to a lot of hers.
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During the live on Instagram SOMI mentioned BANG CHAN from Stray Kids
— daily somi💭 (@jsomidaily) March 2, 2022
Somi then added that she has a funny nickname for Bang Chan, often calling him Ban Chan.
somi mentioned chan in her ig live she was thinking of what to do so she was like “should i react to videos? maybe stray kids cuz chan always reacted to mine in his vlive” (couldn’t record this part) and then she was talking about how she calls chan banchan ㅋㅋ pic.twitter.com/27trA1tI81
— 냠 (@ctrlhwng) March 2, 2022
Banchan means side dishes that you would eat with a meal. And the pronunciation is very similar to that of Bang Chan’s stage name, which is why Somi teasingly started calling him that.
And while this is adorable proof of the two idol’s friendship, the nickname is probably familiar to most Stray Kids’ fans.
A while ago, Stray Kids’ Felix was asked in a music show interview what his favorite side dish (banchan) was. Felix jokingly answered, “Bang Chan hyung.”
I WISH I COULD BREATHHHSKSJDKD FELIX WHY MAKE THIS WORD PLAY* ON NATIONAL TV 😂😂😂😂😂
JISUNG REACTION ㅋㅋ I'M WEEZING
* 반찬: Ban Chan: Side dish (what's your favorite side dish?)
방찬현: Bang Chan Hyung pic.twitter.com/cjKhzxRXx6
— ☼ 줄스테이 *˚⁺‧͙ 꿀멍 댕냥 ❣️#free🇵🇸 (@JulStay) December 24, 2019
The joke didn’t stop there, with Bang Chan later updating his Bubble app name to say “SideDish,” with the added reference of “Felix’s favourite SideDish.”
somi mentioning how she used to called bang chan “banchan” (side dish) reminds me when he changed his bbl dn to “side dish” and his bio status “felix’s favourite side dish” PLS pic.twitter.com/9Ob2NHCx30
— yas*☺︎︎* (@beyondyasmin) March 2, 2022
And it’s definitely a goofy but adorable name for Somi to call her friend. Fans can only hope to see more interactions between the two in the future.