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Name That Drama: Burnt rice, models, and secret laboratories
by | July 21, 2013 | 108 Comments

  1. Leila asks:

    I hope you can help me find this drama…

    The girl is married to a man with a traditional Korean family. Her mother-in-law or her husband’s relative asked her to cook because the elders will be coming to their home. But she accidentally overcooked the rice and it was still served to the elders even though it was already black. To save face from the elders, she made up a ridiculous story about eating a burnt rice. Something to do with her grandfather during/after the Korean war.



  2. fishy2love has a question that isn’t so much Name That Drama, but rather Name The Drama That’s Like That Other Drama:

    I’m watching a Hong Kong drama right now and my friend told me that the premise sounds extremely similar to a Korean drama. She said she forgot the name of the drama, when it was released, and who played it, so I have no idea how to look for it. This is the premise/synopsis:

    Male lead ‘A’ has a chronic heart disease that only changing his heart could save him from dying. Male lead ‘B’ is A’s doctor. B dies and his heart was given to A. A started to go through a personality change and started to have romantic feelings towards B’s girlfriend. At this time, B’s twin brother comes back for B’s funeral and meets B’s girlfriend for the first time. B’s girlfriend is caught in a love triangle with A and B’s twin brother.

    I would greatly appreciate it if you’re able to identify this Korean drama for me! Thank you!


  3. bee asks:

    It’s about this ordinary girl and she’s super pretty but she doesn’t know. She gets recognised and is given a job as a model? There are of course two male leads. The main guy is definitely a model and has always been in love with her. The second one I can’t really remember but I know he was a badass kinda character. She gets with the second guy first, but then they break up. She realises she loves the first guy after all. But in the end he ends up dying.

    Its a pretty old drama. I think the title had something to do with “model”? Annnnddd HER HAIR GETS SHORTER AND SHORTER EVERYTIME.


  4. Fhs has a question that sounds a bit vague but also distinctive:

    There was this Korean drama or movie a long time ago that has this girl in some frozen thing, and years later someone unfreezes her and something weird happens. Ah, I can’t remember it in detail because I was so young, but I remember it had lots of dark scenes and laboratory things in it…


  5. Last but not least, Eve asks:

    Hi! So maybe around ten years ago I came across a drama that I really can’t remember much about. I was still a little girl around that time and I wasn’t very interested in dramas (and now I regret it, I feel like kicking away a large chunk of gold I happen to pass in the street). I’m not sure if it was a Korean drama or not, though.

    I remember the drama mostly takes place in the seaside. I think it’s about two brothers that was separated when they were kids (I don’t remember the how), but when they meet again as adults they didn’t realize the person next to them was their brother. They fall in love with the same girl, and at some point the older brother realized that the person he disliked because of the love rivalry was his own brother, and he stared the ocean in daze.

    I also remember that there is a scene where someone was riding a bicycle through a large tunnel and a girl sat on the back and asked the boy to sing for her. He sang, but stopped midway, and the girl urged him to sing again but he wouldn’t. Later the girl was revealed to work in an office and was eavesdropping her boss’ conversation using a phone, and that’s about all I can remember.

    I’m not sure if the drama was one and the same or two different ones. I think they’re different but my memory is too fuzzy to be certain. I hope someone recognizes the drama. Thanks.



108 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. blokkoms

    I think the first one might be Sweet 18, with Han Ji-hye and Lee Dong-gun.

    • 1.1 deedeenoona

      it is Sweet 18 ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 1.2 Laica

      It definitely is! Such an adorable drama. I’ve watched it twice.

    • 1.3 3kayt

      Yeah, Sweet 18 for sure. Recognize it anywhere because it’s the first K-drama I ever watched. She burns the rice and tells her husband’s grandfather that her grandfather used to eat burnt rice all the time to recall the value of food. He knows she’s lying, but lets her get away with it.

  2. luvhee107

    LoL, so hard. I don’t have any ideas. I’m sorry~

    • 2.1 darwina

      The second one is Big

  3. Gulsan

    The first one could it be Sweet 18. the main girl married into a traditional family and she got regularly visits by them, I think.

  4. KimYoonmi

    Number 1 Is Sweet 18 100% sure of this one since I watch it often.


    3. The Prince turns to a Frog???

    4. ???

    5. Kim Eun Sook’s Lover’s in Paris?

    • 4.1 ajewell

      3 is definitely not Prince Turns to Frog. That drama was centered around amnesia, was a comedy, had no modeling in it, and there were no deaths, lol.

  5. Ainifa

    Foe no 3.. I don’nt remember the title.. I thinks the title is MODEL. What i remember is the 2nd lead hero is jang do gun

    • 5.1 Smile134

      I think so, too. Drama no. 3 is “Model” with Kim Nam-joo, Han Jae-seok and jang Dong-gun ๐Ÿ™‚

      I remember [SPOILERS!] Han Jae-seok’s character got hit by a car at the end [END SPOILER].

      • 5.1.1 linmey

        awww i loved that drama very much.
        Very young Han Jae Suk, Jang Dong gun, Jang Hyuk, So ji Sub and so on.

  6. jelly

    the first one could be sweet 18.
    the second is which star are you from.
    number 4 is ice girl.
    hope that helps.

    • 6.1 anniemo

      2 is definitely not Which Star Are You From. The girls are the twins in that one. There’s also not any heart surgery as far as I can remember.

      • 6.1.1 Stardust

        2 seems to be Summer scent? Thats the only one I remember about any one having any heart surgery and then falling for the person the ‘heart’ had loved before hahaha

  7. merry

    Hat’s off to anyone who can get the answers right based on these barebone clues. Seems like all kdramas revolve around these basic plots. I hazard #5 is a cross of Autumn Tale and Sad Story aka Sad Love Song/Sonata??

    • 7.1 deedeenoona

      i agree with you on #5 partly being Autumn Tale. the third paragraph definitely talks about Autumn Tale. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 7.1.1 helen

        I think #5 is also partly Winter Sonata

    • 7.2 auntiemame

      I agree that #5 is Autumn Tale.

      And, #4 is I’m a Cyborg, But That’s Okay.

      • 7.2.1 auntiemame

        I stand corrected. It is not cyborg. The correct answer is Ice Girl.

      • 7.2.2 Ora

        I’ve seen Autumn Tale and the two male leads are NOT brothers. The siblings are brother and sister that fall in love. Neither of the male leads even HAVE a brother. I hadn’t watched many Korean dramas, but it has to be Winter Sonata where the guys are half brothers maybe? But its not Autumn Tale.

        • Joo

          Eva may have mixed up two or more dramas but this paragraph “I also remember that there is a scene where someone was riding a bicycle through a large tunnel and a girl sat on the back and asked the boy to sing for her. He sang, but stopped midway, and the girl urged him to sing again but he wouldnโ€™t. Later the girl was revealed to work in an office and was eavesdropping her bossโ€™ conversation using a phone, and thatโ€™s about all I can remember.” is definitely from Autumn Tale.

  8. noernov

    No.2 is similar story like BIG with lee min jung n goong yo… if in BIG,the actors had accident n had body swap.one is doctor n the other one is highschool student n the girl is the teacher and fiance from the doctor

    • 8.1 Stephanie

      But in BIG that isn’t any twin brother involved.

      • 8.1.1 Sparkle

        In BIG, they were twin brothers, except for GJ was born 10 years after YJ. I know it doesn’t make sense, but in the world of Korean dramas, if there is a 1% chance of something crazy happening, it does and that why I love them. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Lola

          Big seems a bit farfetched. I think it’s Summer Scent, the one with Song Seung Heon and Sohn Ye Jin.

    • 8.2 bebeswtz

      I think it might be an HK drama named “A Change Of Heart”, which recently finished airing in HK n.n

      • 8.2.1 Jolie

        She’s asking for the Korean Drama with the same premise as “A Change of Heart.”

        Would the drama be “Summer Scent” with Song Seung Hun and Son Ye Jin? SYJ’s character received a heart from SSH’s dead girlfriend.

        • themugen

          I was thinking summer Scent as well.

        • ok

          I thought 2 was summer scent also. The whole heart changing and falling in love with the heart donor’s boyfriend.

      • 8.2.2 fishy2love

        The HK drama I was watching is ‘A Change of Heart’, but I heard it’s based on a Korean drama so I want to find out which K-drama it is.

  9. Kaekae

    1 – Sweet 18.
    (I’m excited that I finally get to answer) ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. 10 cloudsthatdance

    I’m not sure lol but the second drama could be Summer Scent, where it is the female lead with a chronic heart disease. she received a heart from a donor, and the (dead) donor’s bf started falling in love with the female lead?

    • 10.1 latteholic

      yeah, I’m thinking Summer Scent as well, because she started to fall in love with him after receiving the heart

    • 10.2 rheina07

      I second that!
      the change of heart reminds me of Summer Scent. :3

  11. 11 Wens

    The 3rd one is called “Model” or “Runway Affairs”. The main female lead is the same lead in Queen of Reversal, and the main guy is Jang Dong Gun. The other guy is the main guy is Glass Slippers.

  12. 12 Zsa

    The frozen one is Ice Girl definitely….

  13. 13 anna

    That HK drama is A Change Of Heart, isn’t it? When I first read the synopsis, I was WTF?! What a messy love triangle (or square if you count the heart). Sorry cannot help on the kdrama that is similar to it. Anything with twins falling for the same woman is sketchy to me (even if one of them is dead.. seriously? Falling for your dead’s brother’s gf?)

    • 13.1 Stardust

      The factors of falling for the same person actually seem possible to be genetically predisposed. hehehehe

      There are stories about long lost twins, getting married to the similar type of person, BUT it is iffy for that same person to fall for BOTH twins…. hmmmm….

  14. 14 snow__white

    The first one is Sweet 18

  15. 15 fab

    I finally recognise dramas!
    1st is definitely Sweet 18, watched recently for the third time…
    4th sounds like Ice Girl.

    • 15.1 fab


    • 15.2 KimYoonmi

      Sweet 18 comes up a lot these days as one that people watch and forget and want to watch again. O.o;; Is it one of those dramas?

      • 15.2.1 Laica

        It has a high rewatch value, in my opinion, because it’s super cute and the OTP has amazing, hilarious, adorable chemistry. (The actors went on to date for years in real life.) Plus the female lead is a juvenile delinquent trying to reform herself, which is refreshing, and her relationship with her super-traditional grandfather-in-law is really heartwarming.

      • 15.2.2 Informantxgirl

        It was definitely adorable. I loved the heroine; she just had a certain spark. Once I managed to get over the (to me) ick factor of an 18-year-old marrying, I loved it! The part where they’re trying to consummate their marriage was the sweetest, and not at all for the reasons you might think!

      • 15.2.3 Steph

        I think I’m one of the few who didn’t care for Sweet 18. I could only make it past the first few eps. It was just too over the top.

  16. 16 Dafpunk

    I have a question for Eve, for the number 5 drama : did the girl was learning english to be a G.O? to work for a holiday resort?

    • 16.1 MsGB

      Are you thinking that it might be Prince’s First Love? If so I’m pretty sure they didn’t know about each other as kids. The dad didn’t even know about one until he was older.

    • 16.2 eve

      I can’t say for sure, since I don’t even remember any of aside of what I wrote. I do remember, though, that in the drama I see a town beside a the sea a lot. I only remember now.

  17. 17 azntwinz2

    4th one is Ice Girl

  18. 18 MO

    Can i ask about a drama? I think it’s korean :
    The drama is about a girl who was an obese and because of it, her boyfriend dumped her (?) and i thought i saw that she nearly drove her car into the river. Later on, an obese man also helped her to lose weight. Finally, she succeed and her ex become the one who was obese. The last scene that i saw was her looking at the obese man who helped her, now in a normal state.

    • 18.1 laputacastle88

      That sounds like a Hong Kong movie ‘Love on a Diet’ starring Sammi Cheng and Andy Lau.

      • 18.1.1 fishy2love

        I think it sounds like ‘Love on a Diet’ too!

      • 18.1.2 michelle

        I love that movie!

    • 18.2 michca

      There is a jdrama with this exact same plot called Rebound. Good series, you should check it out! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. 19 Kay

    4th one is Ice Girl..also known as She Came Back

  20. 20 Julia the Berkshire Beanie

    I know this is a place for Korean drama, but I am trying to remember the name of a Japanese movie. The premise is that a girl in the present drops her cell phone in a stairwell and it ends up in the hands of a boy 100 years earlier. They have a series of conversations and fall in love. He is a writer. He saves the life of a child. He buys a gift for the girl and has a shop hold on to the gift for 100 years so she can get it. The old lady in the shop turns out to be the little girl he saved.

    I remember the memorial plaque by the lake where the boy drown saving the little girl and a visit to the family where his never published manuscript is located. Film ends with book being published.

    • 20.1 ck1Oz

      What duh?

      Normally I don’t comment on this but man, I actually would like to know the name of the drama? Or movie just to figure out what it means?

      If the boy is from a 100 years earlier. How can the little girl from the present end up as the old lady of the shop. In the present?

      I hate time travel dramas. They do my head in. Can someone tell me if this is a good drama? If you guys know the name? Thank you.

      • 20.1.1 kumi

        As far as I understood, the old lady owning the shop in the present was the little girl he had saved in the past.

      • 20.1.2 Julia the Berkshire Beanie

        No actual time traveling in this movie. The only way to get from the past to the present is to age. The only thing they could do is talk on the cell phone. It was an interesting concept. Me, I adore time travel dramas. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 20.2 Michi

      The movie is Tokyo Shoujo.

      • 20.2.1 Julia the Berkshire Beanie


      • 20.2.2 kumi

        I’ve just watched the movie on Youtube. Beautiful story, beautiful hero! Thank you, Julia and Michi, for recommending it.

      • 20.2.3 ck1Oz

        Thanks for the answer.I think I am take a look at the movie now.

      • 20.2.4 Juia the Berkshire Beanie

        I just rewatched Tokyo Shoujo, and it is as touching a story as I remembered. Thanks Michi for helping me find it again.

      • 20.2.5 AnneOfGreenGable

        You are right! I have watched it along time ago and loved it too much.. I forgot the title hehehe ๐Ÿ™‚ HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

  21. 21 MO

    Oh you’re right . Thanks !

  22. 22 sharon

    for leila’s question 1, it is “sweet 18” ๋‚ญ๋ž‘18์„ธ with lee dong keong and han ji hae as the leading characters.

    for eve’s question 5, i think it is “the east of eden” with song seun hyeon as the big brother and yeon jeong hyun as the small brother.

  23. 23 Minominomo

    The hongkong drama one title is a change of heart staring bosco wong and micheal kiu

  24. 24 aceyyy

    The heart transplant aspect of 2 reminds me of Summer Scent – I don’t think twin brothers were involved (confession: I only watched 2 episodes and just checked Wikipedia) but I doubt the HK series would have replicated it exactly? There are enough similarities for her friend to have found them familiar, I think!

  25. 25 mungunb

    1. Sweet 18
    2. Hmm I don’t know
    3. Model
    4. Ice Girl
    5. I think Spring Days

    • 25.1 wena

      I agree, Spring Days with Go Hyun Jung, Ji Jin Hee and Jo In Sung.

  26. 26 LiLLy R

    No.2 Isn’t that sound like Yoona’s drama? “You Are My Destiny”

    • 26.1 LiLLy R

      Though in You’re My Destiny, it’s not heart transplant but eye transplant. But the other plot really sound like this You’re My Destiny

  27. 27 pandamay

    Wahhh I recall watching all these but can’t remember the titles*sheepish*

  28. 28 LYCHII

    Sweet 18.

    The change of heart one… Reminds me of Summer Scent but that ones about the girls’ heart operation. It also reminds me of Jang Ri In’s music video for Timeless.

    The model one is probably the drama called Model (there’s been a recent Taiwanese remake called Hello Gorgeous).

    The rest I don’t know.

    • 28.1 harukogirl

      Ha ha that’s what I thought! With junsu ๐Ÿ˜€

    • 28.2 ~Feather~

      is the Taiwanese version good? I think I ran across the 1st episode and I don’t want to commit to watching it unless I know it’s good and has a good ending. ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. 29 themugen

    4 is Ice Girl.

  30. 30 Uca

    No 2 is definitely my father’s all time favorite drama, Summer Scent, starring Son Ye Jin.

  31. 31 ocean

    Number 1 is definitely Sweet 18 and number 4 Ice Girl/She came back.
    Yay, glad I knew at least two! ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. 32 sora

    okay so my question is about a drama, and i honestly can’t remember anything that happens it it (so bad, i know)
    but i remember this one scene!!
    the guy is super down on his luck with girls, and he goes out to karaoke with his coworkers (two girls and a guy). and he’s aiming for one of the girls who is clearly very attractive. the other one is not cute at all and uses way to much aegyo, but anyways he turns goes up to sing and mid-song sees the girl he likes making out with his coworker.
    and i think the not-so-attractive girl throws up on him??
    sorry for being so vague

    • 32.1 Quiet Thought

      This one doesn’t seem so much like a Kdrama as a reality TV show for so many young men these days. Are you sure there isn’t a Chaebol heiress, a birth secret, or time travel involved somewhere in there?

      • 32.1.1 sora

        Ahahah I’m pretty sure there was no time travel involved (thought that might have been pretty interesting, eh?). I definitely know it was a drama and something more slice-of-life. It’s possible it could be a Japanese drama though, so maybe that’s where I’m mistaken..

    • 32.2 hapibuni

      hmm I think the drama might be I really really like you with Eugene and Lee Min Ki. I remember a very similar scene where the guy and his co-workers were drinking together. However, I could be wrong….I hope that helps:)

  33. 33 fishy2love

    ‘Summer Scent’ sounds like the drama that my friend mentioned, thanks for all the help!! =)

  34. 34 moose

    hmmm, i’d like to ask for help as well.

    i’m not 100% sure if this is a korean drama, but i think it is. the female lead is a nurse and she has a dream that something gets caught on fire. she tells her mom about it and her mom says that it means she’s going to get married soon and tries to convince the female lead to sell the dream to her older sister. the male lead is a doctor, and i think his mother looks down on the female lead for being a nurse and preferred the secondary female lead, who’s a doctor. on the side, we have the male lead’s younger brother pursuing the female lead’s older sister. and that’s all i can remember. thanks in advance ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 34.1 Korazy Lady

      I’m pretty sure you’re thinking of Assorted Gems. There were four siblings with names like Jade, Amber, etc. I think Ruby (So Yi it was the younger brother of the female lead who was pursuing the younger sister of the male lead.

      • 34.1.1 Korazy Lady

        *Si Yi Hyun* sorry

      • 34.1.2 Korazy Lady

        OK, I need to get my Mac back, pronto! I just realized a whole sentence was lost.

        It was Ruby who was the nurse and who liked the doctor. He ended up being a total jerk due to his mother. It was her younger brother who liked one of the male lead’s younger sister.

      • 34.1.3 moose

        no, it’s not Assorted Gems. i’ve watched assorted gems before. this show is much older, i wanna say it might be from late 90s to early 2000s. thank you though ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. 35 springeyre129

    Hello everyone! (This is my first time commenting on dramabeans, so I hope you’ll excuse my mistakes.) The korean drama I’m trying to remember (definitely a 2000s drama): Taking place on a tropical island: A woman in her 30s lives humbly with a guy friend who secretly loves her, in a small, run down room, beds separated by a single curtain. A wealthy man comes to the island and somehow the woman ends up in his large bed and gets bombarded by paparazzi. The man loves the woman, but he’s married, and the man and his wife both don’t love each other, and they both know it (forced into marriage by parents). Memorable scenes: 1) The woman is eating at a small table with her guy friend, and to get the last banana, the woman jabs the guys hand with a fork.
    2) The wealthy man and poor woman end up at a hotel and suddenly the man tells her to get undressed and throws money at her.
    Thank you so much! ^_^

    • 35.1 moose

      i think this might be What Happened in Bali? i only saw the first episode of that drama, but what you’ve described sounds like it, especially with #2

    • 35.2 Kimonomoon

      Could this be My Lovely Fool? I remembered the weird story but there is a child involved.


    • 35.3 faripari

      I’m not 100% sure but the drama you are talking about sounds like My Lovely Fool aired in 2006. I think I remember the banana scene…the only thing that doesn’t match up is that the woman has a kid?????

      • 35.3.1 springeyre129

        Oh yeah! I just looked it up! It IS My Lovely Fool! I couldn’t find it on the S.Korean drama listings because it’s not listed ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you so much! ^-^

  36. 36 dramaloverr612

    i think #5 is ํ•ด๋ณ€์œผ๋กœ๊ฐ€์š” (let’s go to the beach) with lee chung ah, lee wan, and jun jin

  37. 37 noanao

    No 3 I think was Model and was lead by Kim Nam Joo as model turned designer. The 2 male leads were the same actors from All About Eve which I only remember Jang Dong Gun’s name and cant put a name to the other guy who was always ended up being the tragic second male lead for dramas during that time… I think that was 10++ years ago. Made me feel old….

  38. 38 Jackie

    #2 sounds like Summer Scent?

    Well, at least the heart transplant part..

  39. 39 rabbitsfortea

    Yeah, I’m pretty sure #2 is Summer Scent too.

  40. 40 Little Shorty

    No 3 is Model
    No 4 is Ice Girl
    No 1 is Sweet 18 ๐Ÿ˜€

  41. 41 nheony

    I think 2 is Summer Scent. Same premise. It’s with Song Seung-heon and Son Ye-jin. I think Song’s gf died and Son got the heart.

  42. 42 amber

    1. Sweet 18
    2. Summer scent
    3. Model
    4. Ice girl
    5. Let’s go to the beach

  43. 43 nilda

    #1 is Sweet 18

  44. 44 Maister

    I don’t post very often as much as I should (given my frequent visits here) but I have exhausted all possible resources. The drama I’ve been looking for is an early 2000 to mid 2000 drama. I’m positive the main actress is Choi Ji Woo, but my memory is fuzzy. What I do remember is it revolved around the designing of shoes. The main actress was friends with the female antagonist. The female antagonist was driving while arguing (I’m not quite sure what but I remember she was clearly distracted) with the main actress and hit the main male actor. The main actress got out of the car and tried to save the main actor, the antagonist female was to shocked to do anything but runaway. The antagonist female was wearing a red/pink dress during this whole hit and run incident.
    Later, the male lead turns out to own a shoe designing company and the antagonist female tries to be the main female who saved his life by wearing her red/pink dress while walking by him.
    I hope someone could help me find this drama, I clearly remember having a crush on the male actor. I think he might have even been my first celebrity crush.
    Anyways, thanks in advance to those who tried!


    • 44.1 Noname

      I meant to reply Maister.

      Drama is Tomato (1999).
      Lead actress is Kim Hee Sun.

  45. 45 Noname

    Tomato (1999)
    Lead actress is Kim Hee Sun

  46. 46 nmc

    “Itโ€™s about this ordinary girl and sheโ€™s super pretty but she doesnโ€™t know. She gets recognised and is given a job as a model? There are of course two male leads. The main guy is definitely a model and has always been in love with her. The second one I canโ€™t really remember but I know he was a badass kinda character. She gets with the second guy first, but then they break up. She realises she loves the first guy after all. But in the end he ends up dying.”

    Its a pretty old drama. I think the title had something to do with โ€œmodelโ€? Annnnddd HER HAIR GETS SHORTER AND SHORTER EVERYTIME.

    I think you’re of “Model” (SBS 1997). The female lead was Kim Nam-joo, the first guy was Jang Dong Gun, and the second lead was Han Jae-suk.

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