Most K-drama episodes should begin with a disclaimer – Caution: Do not watch this on an empty stomach.
TV show characters are frequently shown feasting on staples such as kimchi, gimbap, tteokbokki, and ramen (or more accurately, ramyun i.e Korean-style instant noodles). Fun fact: sometimes, saying “Want to eat ramen?” has a different meaning in K-drama world. Here’s how Park Seo-joon’s character Lee Young-joon learns about it in What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim?
Scroll ahead to watch 5 scenes that showcase ramyun in all its delicious glory:
1) Prosecutor Princess
Hailing from a wealthy family, Ma Hye-ri (Kim So Yeon) is great at her job as a prosecutor but doesn’t really care for it. And she certainly doesn’t know how to cook. Watch chief prosecutor Yoon Se Joon (Han Jung Soo) teach her (and viewers) how to whip up ramyun. No subtitles needed.
2) Descendants of the Sun
Korean Special Forces Captain Yoo Shi-jin (Song Joong-ki) and surgeon Dr Kang Mo-yeon (Song Hye-kyo) are stationed in a fictional war-torn country, Uruk. Captain Shi-jin somehow procures ramyun packets for a date night dinner, which doesn’t go according to plan.
3) Coffee Prince
This classic show is almost a mukbang (an online broadcast where the host eats huge quantities of food while interacting with the audience), thanks to protagonist Go Eun- chan’s (Yoon Eun-hye) insane appetite. She’s a tomboy from a poor family who pretends to be a man so that Choi Han-kyul (Gong Yoo) would hire her at his all-male employee coffee shop. This particular scene stands out because it reflects the differences in personalities of the couple, who’ve just begun dating. It also highlights how their playful equation has now become the nature of their relationship.
4) Boys over Flowers
Uber wealthy high school student Gu Jun-pyo (Lee Min-ho) is accustomed to has
eating meals cooked a personal chef. However, ramyun, which is essentially an
everyday person’s food, is a pretty strong motif through the show. And eventually,
Min-ho can’t get enough of it. This is him at his poor classmate Geum Jan-di’s (Ku
5) What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim?
Vice President Lee Young-joon (Park Seo-joon) is a chaebol (heir to a family-owned
conglomerate), while his secretary of nine years, Kim Mi-so (Park Min-young) comes from a humble background. Young-joon, who doesn’t understand why someone would eat food with chemical additives, tries ramyun for the first time because Mi-so cooks it for him. The two come from vastly different worlds and the scene establishes how Young-joon is slowly willing to make adjustments to meet Mi-so midway.