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Korean Cold Noodle Rhapsody (2021)

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TV Show: Korean Cold Noodle Rhapsody
Country: South Korea
Episodes: 2
Aired: Aug 20, 2021
Aired On: Friday
Network: Netflix
Duration: 48 min.

Review
I love noodles, esp stir fried, dry or cold noodles so I was salivating the whole time I was watching this show. I’m not a fan of noodle soups. I tend to eat the noodles and meat and not finish the soup.

I have only tasted authentic milmyeon back in 2017 when I went to Busan and it was as good as it looks!

I didnt realize there were so many ways to cook the naengmyeon broth.. there’s beef, seafood, water kimchi, and a mix of beef, pork, chicken broth. I also loved the last few minutes where they showed the new and innovative ways to serve naengmyeon. I wish I will be able to try them all!

I hope Park Jong Won continues the rhapsody series coz it’s very informative and delicious 🥰

Rating: 9/10

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Korean Pork Belly Rhapsody (2021)

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TV Show: Korean Pork Belly Rhapsody (한국 삼겹살 랩소디)
Network: Netflix
Genres: Documentary
Release Date: 4 January 2021
Episodes: 2
Country: South Korea
Language: Korean

Review:
For the pork lovers, meat lovers, cooks, and just about everyone who loves to eat delicious food.

When I was a kid, i loved pork. I would choose pork over beef or chicken. But as i grew older, I have lessened my pork intake to only when I’m craving for a certain pork dish (like adobo, lechon) or when i just want to pause from eating chicken. Watching the process of how they use all the different parts of the pork and cooking them in so many ways was so satisfying.

Episode 1 mostly centered on the different ways to cook samgyeopsal or pork belly. The video is Ultra 4k so i was salivating as i see them grill the pork belly and watch the pork fat drip 😍 The last scene in episode 2 where they ate oven baked crispy pork belly looked so similar to our own lechon kawali or boneless lechon belly I’m surprised they haven’t thought of cooking it before. I only eat pork belly once in a while, i prefer the other parts of the pork so i enjoyed watching episode 2.

Episode 2 showed the other parts of the pork, like grilling pork tenderloin, pork and rice soup, sundae soup, braised pork tail, jokbal (pig’s feet), head meat, jamon. Im surprised they didnt have a section on bossam. Yummy!! 🥰 I think we eat every part like they do, but we like to fry everything (like pork cheeks) or put in a sizzling plate (like sisig).

It was also interesting that just like pinoys, when there’s a special occasion, they just go slaughter a pig and have a feast. For us it’s lechon (roasting the entire pig), for them it’s cooking the pig under the fire or boiling them.

I dont think they have exhausted all ways on how to cook pork. They havent tried our crispy pata (deep frying the pig trotters — they boil or braise them instead). And largely because of difference in culture and produce, we have our own menudo or afritada (using tomato sauce), sinigang (sour soup), Hamonado, ginataan (using coconut milk) and binagoongan (using shrimp paste) to name a few.

The taste of meat is evaluated by three different factors.  First, the sense of taste, which you feel on the tongue. Then theres the flavor you can smell with your nose. Lastly the texture as you chew.

Don’t watch on an empty stomach or you’ll be binge eating after (just like what I’m about to do now) 🤣

Rating: 9/10


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Shall We Have Dinner Together? (2020)

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Drama: Dinner Mate (저녁 같이 드실래요)
Network: MBC
Episodes: 32
Release Date: May 25 – July 14, 2020
Runtime: Monday & Tuesday 21:00

Plot
Two single people meet and agree to have dinner together. Will their strange friendship turn into a lasting love?

Main Cast
Song Seung Heon – Kim Hae Kyung
Seo Ji Hye – Woo Do Hee
Lee Ji Hoon – Jung Jae Hyuk
Son Na Eun – Jin No Eul
Ye Ji Won – Nam Ah Yeong
Kim Seo Kyung – Lee Byeong Jin

Review:
It’s been ages since I’ve since this dreamy version of Song Seung Heon so I was excited to watch this drama! Plus Seo Ji Hye looked so pretty in all the promos!

I loved this drama when it focuses on the relationship between Hae Kyung and Do Hee. From that memorable time they first met in the airplane, to becoming dinner mates, to falling in love. I liked the concept of the show. They met and continued to meet without knowing each other’s names (although in reality i think this is too difficult to do because i would probably stalk social media until i find his name haha!). It is true, we sometimes say a lot of things to strangers and even online, because there’s no judgement – the people dont know you anyway so you can be yourself and express how you feel. and i think that’s why their “relationship” somehow worked because they know each other’s secrets, hurts, and interests, and as they closer, they realized they were similar in many ways and are able to connect well with each other.

Everytime Hae Kyung meets Do Hee and says, “Shall we have dinner together?” i just SWOON. so hard. Like, hello Do Hee, such a handsome and nice guy likes you! What are you waiting for?? But i know she’s been hurt twice and is afraid to love again. And that’s why i love Hae Kyung because he knows it and he is sensitive enough to handle her. I laugh every time Dohee feels like she is being psychoanalyzed – i was thinking the same way, like won’t it be amazing that your boyfriend knows how to read you but then it’s also scary cause he might also use that against you since he knows how to manipulate you. Good thing Hae Kyung is another candidate for perfect Kdrama boyfriend of the year!

One thing i wanted more of — is skinship! I mean they are both mature adults, but they are so conservative!!! Just a few kisses and teasing in the latter part of the drama! RAWR! I thought cute and fiesty Dohee would be a sassy and sexy girlfriend to Hae Kyung! but it’s okay, they’re so cute i love them!

My mom also watched this show and she loved Song Seung Heon so much! She has been watching a lot of Kdramas lately and one thing she observed is that it is almost always the girl who is more aggressive than the guys. So she said that she welcomed this drama because here, it’s the guy who has actively pursuing the girl and even pushing for marriage. Not that a girl getting a guy is wrong. It’s just that it’s also good to see nice guys going after the girl and treating her like a queen.

Now on to the not so fun part of the drama, is the introduction of the two annoying exes! Okay, one ex should have been enough to fill the love triangle. But a love square where both exes were selfish and toxic was too much. I have absolutely no interest in No Eul or Jae Hyuk’s storyline or redeeming arc so I’m disappointed that the second half of the show focused on them (esp on Jae Hyuk). I thought every single time they are on screen is taking away all the could have been cute scenes between Dohee and Hae Kyung!

For one, No eul was just too selfish! and i hate seeing her smug face everytime! That her story took the drama to conclude was unnecessary. Even her realization that she has lost her love wasn’t even that stirring. i thought, about time to wake up! I think she should have been there in the first half and left the show by episode 10. i did like what Dohee told her in the last episode – you are an amazing woman! I agree. i hope they focused on that instead. And i want to add to what Dohee said, “You are an amazing woman! Don’t force yourself to a guy who doesn’t deserve you or know your worth. There will be other guys who will like you for who you are.” Hae Kyung wasn’t a bad boyfriend, but he really just wasn’t the right one for Dohee.

As for Jae Hyuk, i also didn’t care about his character, but i did understand why he was there. He needed help but first and foremost, he need to acknowledge that he needs help and he wants to get better. In some ways i felt bad for Jae Hyuk but what he did was still not right to Dohee. And that episode where Jae Hyuk barged into Do hee’s house and Dohee lied to Hae Kyung about it… hm. i didn’t really like this scene. Hae Kyung is a licensed doctor, he would have known what to do with Jae Hyuk. But maybe that was the push that Jae Hyuk needed to wake up from his delusions. I loved the resolution of his story, with him and his old doctor, Keanu, healing their pain and hearts together. It felt like he found a “father” figure and I think with the right friends around him, he will get better.

Lastly i want to comment on Ahyoung – i love Ye Ji Won, she always takes on the weird female badass character and she slays in this one too. I have two comments on her – one, that sudden relaitonshp with Keanu was really weird, although i was super happy when they got married in the end. Two, all the drama would not have happened had she not approved all the 4 of them working in a show together! This was like the stupidest idea i have ever heard! We all know what will happen when you put 4 bitter exes together – it’s a disaster waiting to happen! I thought this should have been resolved better with Ahyoung apologizing better to Dohee, rather than a sweeping one statement of “i was wrong to agree with this in the first place”.

Completing this wonderful show are the beautiful scenery (i think it’s the colors that made this drama looks so pretty and stylish), Hae Kyung’s wonderful fashion (i absolutely loved his coats, and everyone he wears anything white or green) and the amazing soundtrack (very different from the usual OSTS – this drama had more R&B flavor). Wish there were more dinner scenes though coz the food looks so delicious (YUM YUM!)

Rating: 8.5/10

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[throwback] Let’s Eat 2 (2015)

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Drama: Let’s Eat 2 (식샤를 합시다 2)
Network: tvN
Episodes: 18
Release Date: April 6 – June 2, 2015
Runtime: Mondays & Tuesdays 23:00

Plot: Popular food blogger and insurance agent Koo Dae-Young moves to Sejong City and meets his new neighbors including Baek Su Ji, a childhood friend and freelance writer and Lee Sang U, a public officer whom Suji has a crush on.

Main Cast:
Yoon Doo Joon – Ku Dae Young
Seo Hyun Jin – Baek Su Ji
Kwon Yul – Lee Sang U

Review: I started watching this show right after Another Miss Oh and simultaneous with 20th Century Boy and Girl since I wanted to watch more Seo Hyun Jin. I did try to watch Let’s Eat 1 but I couldn’t make it past episode 2 because I didn’t like how cringy the lead girl in the 1st season was. I didn’t like the way she looked at the food, it didn’t feel like she was really hungry or ravenous for the food, she looked more like sexually deprived (i’m sorry for the term) and felt uncomfortable watching her.

On the other hand, I love watching Seo Hyun Jin gush over the food and how delicious it is. It made me so hungry watching all the food they eat which sometimes take more than 5 minutes per episode that I fast forwarded some of the food eating scenes.

In some ways sometimes Seo Hyun Jin’s acting is similar to Oh Hae Young, particularly on the overacting parts but she didn’t get as melodramatic as Oh Hae Young. I could totally relate to her character who is always watching her weight, counting calories, thinking of ways to lose the calories after eating good food. I also loved the slow burn between Suji and Dae Young from being bickering friends to lovers. one thing I noticed is that Suji is so passionate with food that she often argues with Dae young on the right way to eat the food. and most of the times, she gets her way. there were very few instances where they split the food so they can cook their own way and very rare that she admitted that Dae Young’s way of eating was good or even better than her sometimes. I found this annoying because it seemed like Dae Young always kept giving in while Suji keeps insisting she was right when Dae young seems to be more “worldly” or had experienced more food and eating in different places than her. After all, Dae Young came from Seoul while Suji mostly just stayed in Sejong city. thus, I found it funny that when Sang U treated her to a fancy dinner, she didn’t even know half of the time how to eat or what she was eating, considering that Sang U didn’t really seemed to eat much but knew good food when needed.

I could understand how Suji felt when she started dating Sang U. it’s like a dream when your long time crush finally notices you, but when reality sets in and you realize that you only liked his idea of him and not really him. that you end up spending more or doing more effort to please him and end up feeling more miserable and inadequate. from Sang U’s point of view, I know money is no object to him but he should have known or realized early on that she can’t afford to buy those expensive things. he should have either also compromised or let her rent or borrow stuff. I think had the two been on equal footing they could have matched well but probably be a boring couple. I like that in the end, Sang U was able to let go of his cautious personality and learned to be free with his words and gain more friends. Love his potty mouth and in the end where all the guys in the office where at his office where they spent the night drinking and playing games.

As for Hong In a, I normally love the actress, but she was so arrogant and mean in most scenes, even to the point of being horrible to Suji that I couldn’t even feel empathy for her when we find out her husband divorced her. I was surprised to see the show tackle cheating – not that they are justifying it, but just showing consequences to the actions. I also feel bad for Taek su – he seems to be neglected by his own family. we never even get to see the wife or daughter. I was actually hoping he also divorces and end up with In ah.

The grandma, at the start, was endearing, but later on she just kept nagging at Ju Seung and being too nosy that I started to dislike her. it’s not just about being concerned for your neighbors, it’s also about learning to respect the boundaries of being neighbors. just because you are a grandma doesn’t mean you can just barge in unannounced and rifle through the things of other people like Ju Seung’s ID or Hye-rim’s cosmetics and expect people to be okay with the complete disregard and invasion of privacy.

I like Hye-rim and how the show didn’t portray her as being mean just because she is pretty. On the other hand, she was super nice and took care of the grandma and was friends with all her neighbors. I didn’t really like her with Ju Seung, mostly because Ju Seung just looks too suspicious and so not her type. I hope Hye rim will also study part time aside from working so she can get a better job. Or become a popular beauty blogger.

I also liked how they inserted Dae young monologues about korean cuisine history and how they put some flavor on challenges of living alone..like no one to eat with, missing your family, living away from home, not having to cook for anyone etc and also subtly including some tips and tricks on doing things.

I also liked how they started eating Korean food then in the latter parts branched out to other food like Mexican. I was hoping Dae Young and Suji meets at the Mexican resto so I was a little sad they just missed each other. but that scene was beautifully shot. the end where Dae Young came back to Sejong and they kissed was sweet but I was hoping for more passionate romance from them. I wonder how they end up – will they take turns visiting each other and trying out more food? we will never know. coz they just announced Let’s Eat 3 and Dae Young has a new girl!!

Overall i loved the cast and the story, while there were a few flaws in thr characters it was okay because that’s life. We dont get to meet the perfect neighbors and even if we are faraway from our families, your neighbors can also be your family.

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(variety show) Youn’s Kitchen

I chanced upon this show when i was waiting for the 3 Meals a day and im glad i did. I have watched thr producers other shows like Grandpa over flowers, 3 meals a day etc. I liked the concept for the 4 of them opening a restaurant in Bali and see them cooking, serving, thinking of new menu and also bonding during their free time. I havent watched yun yuhjungs movies or dramas but am familiar with the 3. I also liked the fact that they were unrecognizable by the tourists and restaurant diners so to them it looks like they are an ordinary family or team in the restaurant business.

Their menu were simple but judging from the peoplea reaction, delicious. All through out the 8 episodes i wish i could fly there and order so i can taste the bulgogi noodles and the pop dumplings. I was worried for Shingoo that he is old but im surprised that he is still so fit and was able to handle the work. I also loved the teamwork and camaraderie between them im not sure if they are all friends previously or acquaintances but they seem to be comfortable with each other. As much as i would love for yuni and seojin to get together i dont think they have a love chemistry but more on brother sister vibes.

What i wished they have done was also give a summary of how much they made during the 7 days they opened coz its not just managing the restaurant kitchen food and diners but also seeing if they were profitable.

I heard there is going to be a second season. I hope the episodes will be longer and that the team will have a daily or end of the show challenge. That way they have a target and will keep them on their toes.

Try to catch this wonderful show in case it is still showing in TvN!