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Premiere Watch: Will You Have Dinner With Me, Sweet Munchies

There’s so much dining, eating, munching, and snacking happening in dramaland right now, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t getting a little confused. Also hungry. This week we have two more to add to our drama repertoire, and though they seem quite different in tone, they both have the same common denominator: food. So grab your munchies, and let’s go!

 

Will You Have Dinner With Me

Time slot: Monday & Tuesday
Broadcaster: MBC
Genre: Romance, healing
Episode count: 32 (35 minute episodes)

Reasons to watch: When I heard the premise for Will You Have Dinner With Me, I couldn’t help but think it sounded like an alternate universe version of Let’s Eat, where our heroine famously struggled getting a table for one. In Will You Have Dinner With Me, our leads (Song Seung-heon and Seo Ji-hye) are accidentally seated together one day, and then become dinner mates. I love this premise as much as I love dramas that bring people together over food and show us their hearts, so I’m hopeful that this will be subtle and lovely. But, I’m also expecting a little bit of an old school drama feel, too, with our character quadrangle and ever-present first love drama. If it’s done right, Will You Have Dinner With Me will be delicious — just like the cuisine I’m ready to watch them eat.

 

Sweet Munchies

Time slot: Monday & Tuesday
Broadcaster: JTBC
Genre: Rom-com
Episode count: 12

Reasons to watch: The drama formerly known as Midnight Snack Couple is now going by the official English title Sweet Munchies. And speaking of sweet munchies, Jung Il-woo is headlining (as if you didn’t already know)! He plays a man with a secret running a late-night snack restaurant — and you can see why it sounds a bit like JTBC’s other current food-centric drama, Mystic Pop-up Bar. However, that one is zany fantasy, and Sweet Munchies is a bit more down to earth. Jung Il-woo agrees to join a new variety show run by Kang Ji-yong in an effort to save his restaurant, and after that, it’s drama lift-off! Sweet Munchies is billed as a rom-com, so I’m expecting it to be a good balance of fun and swoon. Jung Il-woo would be interesting on screen even if he was just brushing his teeth, so I’m happy to have him back in dramaland (and the kitchen)!

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... Meow the Secret Boy just got dethroned for the worst translated title of the year.

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I’m so sick of these english titles... some of them are nice, yes but most lose the meaning of the original title and sometimes are totally different to it as well

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I just keep thinking of Tenderly Crunch and.. well... only @egads will get that reference...

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I'm going to have to watch it, aren't I? Also, I'm a bit disappointed that you have not written a MDL review for Tenderly Crunch, which by the way, has a 7.8 rating.

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I suspect most of that 7.8 is because of the singing...

I'm not sure I could muster the words for the avant-garde brilliance that is Tenderly Crunch anyway.

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It's funny, but at the same time frustrating.

Whoever makes these decisions doesn't seem to realise that it's not just about the meaning getting lost in translation (I don't think preserving the integrity of the language tops their priority list). It's that it really changes the image/ tone of the drama, which can lose them potential international audiences. So it's not even smart from a marketing perspective, much less a linguistic/ artistic one.

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So do many of the "official" descriptions. I have passed on a few in the past because the descriptions made no sense. Nowadays I look up prospective shows on DramaWiki https://wiki.d-addicts.com/Main_Page

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The official descriptions are more for Korean audience, I guess. Many may look poetic in Korean language but I suspect the marketing people don't have enough knowledge how to make things work in different cultural context outside the domestic market.

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Another Viki title mistake- just like MEOW. But the al time worst translation of a title is still NINE END, TWO OUTS.

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We'll always have 'Manhole'

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My favourite has to be That Winter The Wind Blows. Followed by The God of Noodle.

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YY you bring me down memory lane. MASTER: GOD OF NOODLES (2016 and available on Viki) was my 8th kdrama but the first I watched live. I had just subscribed to Viki. The 7 previous dramas had already aired and were available on Hulu.
If I can go off on a tangent. Besides titles one of the things that has intrigued me over the years are the drama synopses at AsianWiki. Some of them are truly inspired. MASTER: GOD OF NOODLES happens to be a good example. I quote its AW synopsis in its entirety:

“When Moo-Myung was young, he had an once-in-a-lifetime event. He walked into orphanage by himself. To take revenge, he attempts to become a God of Noodles.“
Source:
http://asianwiki.com/The_Master_of_Revenge

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I remember I was so struck by the title, God of NOODLE. Singular. I imagined him sweating in the kitchen, churning ONE gorgeous, kingly noodle out of his noodle presser, and yelling, "Eureka!" to thunder and lightning.

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Viki strikes again.

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"I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t getting a little confused. Also hungry. "

@missvictrix I must declare my love for you.

I love any drama with food in it. If it does not have good script, I will enjoy the food porn. If the script is good, that will be awesome.

I have seen teasers for Sweet munchies. They look fun.

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Sigh, so far no food porn. 😭

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coz we need a lot of healing in our life right now so what better way then to torture us with delicious food that we probably can't go out to eat

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Where is 'Shall We Eat Dinner Together" streaming? Surprised it's not on Kocowa. Not on Viki or Netflix that I can see.

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It is on iQIYI. It is a Chinese streaming site and they have subs for a couple of language like English. :) Backstreet rocky is also gonna be on that site.

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Oh thank you!! The first episode is already subbed too💕💕

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Is it only available for certain countries coz I can’t seem to find it

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It's on VIP on Iqiyi too 😕

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Just google Dinner Mate Korean drama ep 1 subbed. Just make sure you have a good ad-block to protect your device. I use u Block Origin dev build.

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"sweet munchies" LMAOOOOOOO i will use the devil's lettuce and watch this and laugh

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...this whole time I thought these were the same drama, dang

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Omg, me too! I had to add them to the review sign-up sheet for the site I edit for, and almost didn't add Sweet Munchies.

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I just watched Ep. 1 of Dinner Mate/Will You Have Dinner with Me and think it has great promise. I chuckled throughout wiht a few guffaws. (Two words: ajumma pants.) The scenario is actually slightly different from what's described. The two leads meet and/or observe each other a couple times before their final meet-cute by the sea on Jeju Island.

I think it's going to be a lot of fun. The two leads have strong personalities but they're funny and charming. I normally loath love geometries but this might good because even the tiniest of roles are interesting.

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The competition of the Monday drama timeslot would be sooo intense from next week onwards!
tvN (9:00pm KST): My Unfamiliar Family
MBC (9:30pm KST): Will You Have Dinner With Me/ Dinner Mate
JTBC (9:30pm KST): Midnight Snack Couple/Sweet Munchies
SBS(9:40pm KST): Good Casting
KBS(10:00pm KST): Born Again

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Update: heard SBS is going to suspend this drama slot temporarily after Good Casting

https://twitter.com/PUTitrighthere_/status/1265160132142305280

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I read the webtoon for Shall We Have Dinner Together and mostly loved it. This is a completely different show. It goes so far from its source material that I'm kind of pleased...? At least I won't spend 10 episodes comparing the story lines!

The couple is more mature. The FL is stronger and funnier. I like it so far.

Me: I'm going to wait until a few episodes have aired and see how it goes.
Also Me: *hits play at 11pm*

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It was so nice to see Seo Dan and Alberto reunited!

I just finished first episode of Dinner and I like it so far! I am not sure if I'll have more time when the Unfamiliar Family premieres though.

So many dramas, so little time..

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The subtitles on Viki for SWEET MUNCHIES (Midnight Snack Couple was so much better as a title....) are going slow. I have seen part of episode 1 and it seems like a nice show so far.

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I started Munchies but dropped it quickly. It seemed like an old dusty script was used. Nothing dramatic caught my attention to invest time in the show.

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