[Dramas and Food] The cereal killer
by Guest Beanie
Father Is Strange
I read about the new Dramabeans theme while watching Let’s Eat 2. Coincidence? I think not. Korean food seems especially apropos to “eating deliciously”—a phrase often used in K-dramas. For the first year after I got hooked on K-dramas, I marathoned into the wee hours of the morning and subsisted on dry cereal out of the box with lots and lots of coffee.
I didn’t pay much attention to the food in K-dramas as I had to concentrate on the subs and names of people and places. The food aspect was secondary, but not for long. Because I don’t have to think very hard to associate a food with practically every K-drama I’ve ever watched. For example, Coffee Prince (waffles, black bean noodles, handcrafted coffee); Rooftop Prince (omurice); Pasta (haha, pasta!); You’re Beautiful (shrimp—remember Tae-kyung’s allergy? Because his own mother didn’t, sniff); I’m Sorry I Love You (kimbap, Moo-hyuk yelling, “Make me kimchi!”); Faith (dumplings); History of a Salaryman (what was that poor chicken’s name that Yeo-chi unceremoniously served up on a platter?); You From Another Star (the famous chicken and beer combo); Boys Before Flowers (Jun-pyo eating dry ramyun because he doesn’t know how to cook it, pfft); Warm and Cozy (Hallabong oranges); Modern Farmer (cabbages); Temperature of Love (the special engagement dessert for another guy and your girl); Moorim School (buffet); Father Is Strange (love is being fed kimbap by your real/not real dad); Heartless City (no food, just highball glasses of amber scotch); Master: God of Noodles (buckwheat noodles). That barely scratches the surface. I could go on—and that’s only K-dramas. I’ll bet your mind is automatically making K-drama-food associations right now!
Temperature of Love
I began to think about Korean food-related shows I’ve watched. Well, there’s Please Take Care of My Refrigerator (how many times have I watched the episode with G-Dragon and Taeyang?), Thank You for the Food, Baek Jong Won’s Alley Restaurants, Barefoot Friends (UEE can eat massive lettuce wraps), Battle Trip (simply amazing food and travel), 1 Night 2 Days which is all about the next meal (or not), and Kang’s Kitchen, a spinoff of New Journey to the West where our handsome Ahn Jae-hyun maintains a calm kitchen while Ho-dong frantically whips up platter-sized pork cutlets.
I began to wonder—could I make Korean food that tasted good? It was sort of a natural progression, after all. I picked up a cookbook called Koreatown and thumbed through it, at first just looking at the many inviting full-page pictures. The chefs certainly do a good job of explaining ingredients and making associations between food and their Korean origins. I picked two recipes to try—pajeon (because Defcon made pajeon at a food cart once on 1N2D and made it look easy), and Andong jjimdak (Korean braised chicken) because the picture was phenomenally mouthwatering. Even our local store in a smaller community carried many of the ingredients. Ta-da!
The most common answer I hear in K-dramas to the question, “What do you like to eat?” is “meat,” often pork belly or bulgogi. Recently, I mustered up the courage and tackled the more complicated bulgogi recipe. I can’t describe how happy it made me to share it with friends and watch them eat it deliciously. Take it from me, a person who’d never eaten Korean food before K-dramas and who is a fair-weather cook—making Korean food is really fun and rewarding.
Come to think of it, food, K-dramas, and I are virtually inseparable now. It just happened. Once in a blue moon I’ll still dig into a box of cereal because I’m lazy, but more often than not, K-dramas and dinner or a midnight snack (ramyun, yes!) make for double comfort in the real world, where we need plenty of that.
Let’s Eat 2
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