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[Theme of the Month] Dramas and food

If my life were a cake, dramas and food would make up two big honking slices. (My life cake flavor would be pumpkin FYI.) Drama and food both bring me much joy and I’ve found my eating habits being subtly shaped by my drama-watching habits.

Whenever I’m watching dramas, I find myself gravitating more toward Korean food or Korean food pairings that are A Thing, like chicken and beer, or pajeon on rainy days. So:

How have dramas shaped, changed, or influenced your relationship to food?

 
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  • Email your submissions to [email protected] If you have a registered Dramabeans account, include your handle so we can link to it.
  • Include at least 1 image, though more is preferred.
  • Suggested length: Between 500 and 1,000 words.
  • Deadline: We will post these on a rolling basis, so we’re taking submissions now. We will cut off accepting submissions on May 26. If you miss this month, join us for a new theme next month!

 
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- Early 2000s: homemade bubbly kimchi soup
- 2005/'06/'07: cup ramyun (a.k.a. instant ramyun, "SHIN" brand)
- Early 2010s: everyone goes to the ONLY coffee shop/restaurant in town and does all their meetings there
- 2017-2019: Subway

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And then somewhere in there, food stalls and fish bread made an appearance

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Subway just reported they closed over 1,000 locations in the US last year. Guess they must have all re-opened in South Korea.

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Well I guess I already wrote about this when we did the February fan wall posts.

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Oh boy! I have so much material that I may not be able to submit a cohesive write up!

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I tried kimchi for the first time last month.

I always try and jazz up my raman noodles.

I am searching for where to buy soju stateside or get it delivered.

I already love bacon and steak so my meat game is already on point.

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On the west coast soju is easy to find.

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I am a midwesterner and there are laws about alcohol coming to you thru delivery.

I will just have to get off my ass and visit California.

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If a liquor store carries sake, they are likely to have soju as well.

I love it, btw.

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You might want to look for an Asian run by Koreans - they should have some good soju there. That is the only place I can find it. The local liquor store sells something they say is Soju - but I go to the store run by the Korean couple.

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Don't be fooled as I was into buying Japanese soju! Who even knew that was a thing?
If you are near Chicago there is a wide selection of soju at the HMarts and probably the larger Korean groceries. I can't buy it locally because my small Korean grocers don't want to take on the cost of a liquor license (although I suspect they may sell it "out the back door" to Koreans! A local liquor store can probably order it for you through their distributors but it will be way more expensive than HMart.

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Don't have your hopes to high for soju, unless you like vodka.

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Yeah if you're used to drinking western hard liquor, Soju really just taste like watered down vodka. But the lightness is really what tricks you into drinking more. While the alcohol content can be from 18 to 25%, which doesn't end well.

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Absolutely. The first time I had Soju, it was just sweet enough that I kept drinking while watching a drama. At the end of the show and bottle I could barely walk - which is when I looked at the alcohol content.
But I LOVE it. However there are some brands that are awful.

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YES! My sister and I used to call it sneaky soju! I've always been more of a makkoli girl though. Friday night my favorite bunshik ( dokkbokki, soondae and some twikim or gun mandoo) and two bottles of makkoli!

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So, I feel like this theme of the month is calling for the official Melona historian to tell the tale of @sicarius and how the kingdom came to be. Didnt it start with the mistreatment of melona in Strongest Deliveryman?

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... I've already submitted it twice! Once for drama induced shopping, and once for something else that I've promptly forgotten but had something to do with dramas and food as well. (which btw can someone remind me what the last drama and food totm was and how it is any different to this one...)

But I guess it can't hurt to submit it again.

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You meant this article? http://www.dramabeans.com/2018/05/theme-of-the-month-dramas-and-food/
It looks the same to me. And still a theme that I don't know what to talk about.

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I knew it was a double up! But I see bellow Mary says it was on purpose.

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I've heard more than one bean say that they were no longer submitting because they no longer ever got chosen. Sad.

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I will persist isa. I will keep submitted my History of Melonia article until it gets publish I promise!!!
Do you think if I just submitted it for ever TOTM no matter what the theme they'd get the hint? Or would they just get annoyed at me and tell me to cease and desist... (dw I won't actually do that)

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Maybe what you need is a royal decree or a petition from the people in the kingdom.

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i’ll sign that the petition!

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@isthatacorner @anothernicole
Hmmmmm *strokes queenly beard thoughtfully*

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I am one of those beans, but it feels somewhat churlish to say it when I'm reminded that I owned the food theme last year.
Seriously, mic drop.
Top those.

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Is this a challenge? Lol

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*lays down gauntlet*
*slaps around the face with glove*

Linguistic pistols at dawn, fellow ruler.

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A kimchi slap would be more in keeping with the topic

*quickly runs away - don't want to get caught in the middle of this*

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@leetennant
Yours have the emotional impact of a truck of doom and I just have an accidental online ppl empire. Alright, challenge accepted. We'll see how this goes.

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*Makes kimchi*

Fermentation time estimate of one week.

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Craving ramen!
Wanting to try soju! (though I'm a not-even-one-drop alcohol person)
Every show that featured some sort of food, I'd want to try that ie
Salongtang (definitely spelt wrong but its the oxtail soup thing from shiny inheritance)
ummm...
Magoli (from Cinderella's sister)
and....
deep fried Chicken!! (from many showsie Empress Dignity, Psychometric guy, etc)

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oh! oh! and definitely, one day in my life, I want to make my own kimchi!!!
Tribute to
-BIMFL, BoF, I'm sorry I love you, and.... others.

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Throwback to my "soju fantasy" writeup for a similar Theme of the Month! Maybe I should write about the darker side of Korea's alcohol addiction this month...

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I wonder if I can write something cohesive in 500 words about how dramas taught me not to eat while watching it. 🤔🤔

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immediately going to the korean restaurant, fortunately (or unfortunately?!) located down the road from my house and ordering whatever the characters were eating - tteokbokki (lets eat 2) kimchi jiggae(most dramas i think) pajeon (also lets eat), bibimbab (i hear your voice), all sorts of grilled meat (my gf is a gumiho). plenty more actually but thats what i remember off the top of my head.

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one thing for sure: Steaks in K-drama are always looks dry and unappetizing

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Because Tae-wook microwaves them. No wonder Go Hye-ran couldn't warm up to him.

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PFFT it burns

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When it comes to food in kdramas...I remember kimchi slap, kimbap slap, bread, ramen and lots of subway...😆

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And coffee! Many coffee moments in kdramaland..Instant coffee ala Hyuk's fascination in TLE or drip coffee by barista Son Ho Jun in Coffee Friends~ latest one is coffee allergy in HPL.

Despite so many coffee moments, I am still not drawn to drink lots of coffee 😆

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And Maxim Gold's A Whole New World in Shopping King Louie

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Will you people ever accept me as your Melona Overlord? Will you ever recognise its impact? Don't lie; you've totally bought a Melona because of dramabeans and dramas haven't you? HAVEN'T YOU?

How have dramas shaped, changed, or influenced your relationship to food?

I'm a Queen now, that's how.

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*genuflects* You are my Queen.

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Thank you dearest subject!

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*bows to the queen* Thank you for introducing us to the joys of Melona bars 😋💚

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You are most welcome dear subject Raonah!

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Daebi-Mama!
Seong-eun-i mang-geuk-ha-omnida!

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My dictatorship queendom aside, I don't think I would have ever eaten Korean food in the first place if it weren't for Kdramas, so I guess since it's now my second or third favourite cuisine, you could say they impacted it a lot.
Shin ramyun is literally the only two minute ramen I will eat.

Although this is only kind of related- I feel like we've had a lot of kdramas focus on coffee. I need a drama that focuses on bingsu and Korea's teahouses because I would happily live in a Korean teahouse and never leave. Have there been any kdramas that focus on teahouses and bingsu Beanies? Have I just not seen them?

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Encounter/Boyfriend has a tea house prominently featured. PBG’s character’s teacher runs a tea house with a dark room that he develops his photos and they use the tea house to meet incognito. It’s really pretty and very relaxing. I could see how this is a draw.

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Ohhh maybe I'll go stalk those scenes later!
Honestly, Ally, there were several days in Seoul where I thought about doing something more well known and touristy and just ended up in a teahouse in Insadong, again.

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Just a small warning that relaxing = boring in this drama for some of us.

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Healer and his mom like bingsu.

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Omo how could I forget!!!

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Dramas and food:

Junho.

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Is this going to be a recurring yearly theme? http://www.dramabeans.com/2018/05/theme-of-the-month-dramas-and-food/

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Ally being too shrewd for DB!

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I just want to see how many different food essays I’ll need to write!

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So long as they all contain a fleeting mention of Junho I'm all eyes and ears!

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We don't know if it'll be recurring, but yup, this month's theme is a throwback of sorts to last year. I'm glad cos I got a draft post somewhere that didn't make it. T__T Now to find the notebook where it's written...

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This is actually a great topic. Thank you Stroopwafel.

In a sense this is part of a larger topic: How have K-dramas shaped or influenced our lives? Because they certainly have.

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Umm this theme has already been done before though...

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So it has, but as you can see Beanies NEVER tire of talking/writing/obsessing over food and dramas. So it's not like there aren't enough writers waiting to type away...
so I will enjoy reading them - again!

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ooh i didnt try last year. I might try this year. *cracks knuckles*

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R A M E N

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The only thing that comes to mind is deliberately going to subway to get a sandwich to watch during the CT finale. Which I did not eat because of tears.

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I remember in episode one of MAD DOG there was a spectacular building collapse (which led to a wonderful discussion in the recap).
Anyway on the ground floor of the building was a dakgalbi restaurant. I googled “dakgalbi” to find out what it was and it sounded very tasty. I still have not experienced having dakgalbi. Hopefully someday I will.

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Now I miss Woo Do Hwan.

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Lol. Kim Min-jooooooon!!!

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I was going to write something but then I made kimchi instead.

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I think you should expand on your fruit post.

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My fruit post still makes me laugh

*yes, I know it's bad to laugh at your own jokes*

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I always crack myself up. It's a shame I'm laughing alone.

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Kdramas ALMOST tricked me into eating at subways but then I remembered the food taste like plastic.

But on a serious note I like to cook and I've been making alot of Korean dishes now because of Kdramas (Tteokbokki, kimchi stew, spicy braised chicken, Jjajangmyeon & a bunch of other meals.) I'm really health conscious & one thing I like about Korean food is how alot of it is really healthy without even trying.

And I definitely been eating more chicken with beer. I learned that a light beer works well, don't want anything with too strong of a taste.

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Having another food theme reminds me that my Dad always insists I cook him dakjuk when I go home - even in the middle of summer. And it was his breakfast of choice for his birthday recently as well.

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Very aptly chosen theme. Yesterday I finally managed to try out ramen with kimchi.

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I wanted to test korean food because of dramas. So I asked my sister to be my guinea pig and come with me. And it was so good. So we took my parents and my other sister, then every member of the family loves korean food :D

But in my region, there is no more a good korean restaurant. But I'm lucky where I work there are plenty, so my parents are jealous because I can eat korean food once by week!

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Post submitted! Keeping my fingers crossed, otherwise it will be on my fanwall in early June.

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👏 👏 👏 👏 👏

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Good luck @cloggie. Hey, I noticed you made changes to your name and pic. Any particular reason you care to share?

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I think I'll never make it to the rooftop (cries), hence my name change.

I decided to change my face after watching the first 2 episodes of My Fellow Citizens because Lee Yoo-young is awesome.

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I knew almost nothing about Korean cuisine until I started watching kdramas, but they prompted me to start visiting the nearby Koreatown (Garden Grove, CA) and I discovered the world of Korean supermarket food courts. Omurice is now one of my favorite things, and I also like abalone porridge and spicy seafood ramyun.

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