Wednesday, March 11, 2015

[Editorial] 7 Meals You Meet in K-Dramas

Is it just me or is everyone who watched kdrama are always craving for any food or beverages or dessert the actor or actresses ate? I’m always, always, always craving for some k-food or k-snack during k-drama-watching. Korean actors and actresses seem to have some magic stuff going on while they’re eating their food. It makes viewers salivates and face their ruined diet program. Among numerous Korean food and beverages showcased in k-dramas, there are several K-Meals that often exhibit themselves in a drama.  Let’s meet them and get drool!


This chewy and spicy rice cake-based food is Korean street food that gains popularity thanks to k-drama actors and actresses. A lot of dramas feature tteokbokki as the actor and actresses’ meal during their date time, hangout with friend, or sightseeing at night time. Tteokbokki succeed in making their invasion to several countries, including my country, Indonesia. In here, tteokbokki is pretty famous. You’ll find no difficulties in finding tteokbokki in Indonesia’s capital city Jakarta. 
Here are several k-dramas that feature tteokbokki.
 Princess Hours (2006)

The female lead in this drama, Shin Chae Kyung (Yoon Eun Hye), loves to spend time with her friends to eat tteokbokki near their school. You will meet tteokbokki quite often in this drama
The Heirs (2013)

The Heirs also feature tteokbokki. Tteokbokki restaurant become a memorable place for one of its casts, Cho Young Do (Kim Woo Bin). Young Do supposed to meet his mother in the restaurant before she leaves him. Moreover, the tteokbokki restaurant also happen to be the place where he spend his “last meeting” with Cha Eun Sang (Park Shin Hye) before Eun Sang exiled by Kim Tan’s (Lee Min Ho) father. 


Ramyeon is the ultimate k-dramas food. Almost every k-dramas feature this dish in their production. From super rich people to superfluous poor people, all eat Ramyeon. I think I don’t have to explain further about this dish because I believe everyone already familiar with the food I would like to name as God’s gift.
Ramyeon is not only delicious to eat by casts in k-dramas, this food also often become a “silent witness” in the love story between the male and female lead in a drama. I remember one of Korean woman’s pick-up lines is that she will offer the man she likes to eat a ramyeon in her house, and if he agrees then the man also like the woman. It sounds like “Do you want to eat ramyeon in my place?” This questions (from what i know, pardon me if i’m wrong) means that a woman has a feeling for the man and wants to know him more.
Here is k-drama that feature ramyeon.
 Prime Minister and I (2013)

The drama shows that eating ramyeon together with your opposite sex – particularly your fake husband – can lead into something romantic and cute. The famous ramyeon-eating scene from this drama is when Nam Da Jung (Yoona) enjoys a pot of ramyeon with her fake husband Prime Minister Kwon Yool (Lee Beom Soo). During their ramyeon-eating time, the two accidentally bite the same noodle which almost makes them kiss each other. Sweet, isn’t it?

Kimbap is a seaweed rice rolls that also happen to be a famous Korean snack or Korean street food. Some k-dramas often feature kimbap, even though not as often as Ramyeon or tteokbokki.
Here is k-drama that features Kimbap.

 Full House (2004)

The most memorable kimbap-eating scene is probably from Full House. Song Ji Eun (Song Hye Gyo) is making kimbap for her fake husband Lee Young Jae (Rain) and crew at his fashion photo shoot. This scene is making me want to eat kimbap and have a boyfriend, or a fake husband (who looks like Rain)

4.Fried Chicken

Fried chicken is pretty famous in Korea. Korean (from what i know, pardon me if i’m wrong) used to enjoy this delicious meal while hanging out with friend or watching football competition at home. Fried chicken and beer are compulsory dish if you want to invite your friends to hang out at your home.
Here is k-drama that features Fried Chicken.

 My Love from Another Star (2014)

Cheon Song Yi (Jun Ji Hyun) is not only popularizing “Sawry” catchphrase and her lipstick color, the beautiful Song Yi also promote fried chicken and beer to other countries. From what I read, there are a lot of fried chicken restaurant opens in China after this drama airs. You all must not forget the scene where Song Yi gleefully eating fried chicken with her “bear” doll, right?


One, two, three KIMCHIII!! This traditional and authentic Korean food is probably the most popular. I think Korean can’t eat without Kimchi, same like Indonesian can’t eat without “sambal”. Kimchi is mandatory component for almost all dishes. Kimchi also feature in all k-dramas.
Here is k-drama that features Kimchi.

Marriage not Dating (2014)

Joo Jang Mi (Han Groo) took Kong Ki Tae’s (Yeon Woo Jin) kimchi with her after the latter refuse to eat that. Jang Mi eats kimchi with almost everything, including pasta made by Han Yeo Reum (Jinwoon). The way she ate kimchi and that pasta makes me want to try that combination.

If ramyeon is the ultimate k-food in k-dramas then soju is the ultimate k-drink. Soju is the reason why (almost) all the male lead realizes her feeling for the female lead. This traditional Korean alcohol drinks also the reason behind the female lead confession to her male lead. Soju is the reason behind the piggyback which will lead to the pounding heart. Hence, soju has a vital role in k-dramas.

Here is k-drama that features Soju.
 Pinocchio (2014)

Thanks to soju, Cap Hwang (Lee Pil Mo) is able to cover Yoon Yoo Rae (Lee Yoo Bi) with his jacket and watching her during the night. At this just-ended drama, Yoo Rae always drinks soju when she’s unhappy and end up drunk in front of reporter’s office. 


Coffee is also a mandatory drink in k-dramas. This beverage frequently becomes a “silent witness” during blind date, business agreement, female/male lead’s part time job place, and many more. A genius scriptwriter also sometimes uses coffee as a crucial property for romance between the drama’s two leads.

Here is k-drama that features Coffee
 Secret Garden (2010)

Coffee has an important role in the romance between our two leads in this drama. Viewers will not forget one of most epic romantic moments in the history of k-dramas that happen in Secret Garden because a cup of coffee. You know what I’m talking about, right? It’s the famous coffee-foam-kissing-scene between Kim Joo Won (Hyun Bin) and Gil Ra Im (Ha Ji Won). From that scene onward, k-drama fan will never think of coffee foam the same again. As what Kim Seung Hye in Gag Concert’s Viewer’s Opinion always said “Thank you Coffee!”

That’s it, that’s the 7 k-meals you will likely to meet in k-dramas. Which one you want to meet the most? ;)

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