These Korean Food Shows Will Make You Want to Indulge Right Now
Aug 22, 2021   •   Meryl Medel
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Aug 22, 2021   •   Meryl Medel
It’s no secret that Korean food is soooo good. A bite of samgyupsal that melts in your mouth, a slurp of warm ramyeon, the kick of kimchi, and all the side dishes — all of it sounds like heaven for your palate. But you know what would make this foodie experience better? An equally good foodie show! If you love food as much as we do, you would love these Korean food shows, where you’ll discover and even learn how to cook mouthwatering dishes from Korea and all over the world.
The premise is simple: the show’s hosts each take a celebrity guest and go around town to try and convince strangers to open up their homes and let them have dinner. They simply ring the doorbell, and if there’s an answer, ask if they could get a home-cooked meal with the family. Unfortunately, they’re working with a time limit — otherwise, the host and celebrity pair won’t be able to eat!
The latest episodes are available to watch on Viu under its alternative title Dining Together.
Produced by Na Young-seok or Na PD, Three Meals a Day brings its cast to a rural or fishing village for three days, where they must use whatever ingredients they find to create three meals a day (hence, the title!). Each season featured a different set of cast members, and they were usually joined by a celebrity guest who they must feed for dinner.
Fun fact: The show was inspired by actor Lee Seo-jin, who worked with Na PD in Grandpas Over Flowers, because he was known for his poor cooking skills in the show. Lee Seo-jin and idol-actor Ok Tae-cyeon of 2PM were cast for the first season.
You can watch the latest episodes on Viu.
Another brainchild of Na PD, Youn’s Kitchen follows veteran actress Youn Yuh-jung and her castmates as they travel to a foreign destination to open and run a pop-up kitchen. In Season 1, Youn, joined by Shin Goo, Lee Seo-jin, and Jung Yu-mi, focused on bulgogi as the main ingredient for their pop-up restaurant in Bali, Indonesia. Meanwhile in Season 2, the cast travels to Spain, and Park Seo-joon replaced Shin Goo, with their main dish being bibimbap.
With the pandemic, the show has been rebranded into Youn’s Stay. It was filmed in a traditional Korean home, and the second season cast returned and was joined by Choi Woo-shik.
You can watch the rebranded Youn’s Stay on Viu.
A spin-off of Youn’s Kitchen, Kang’s Kitchen takes the cast members of travel variety show New Journey to the West to Jeju Island, where they run their very own restaurant. Veteran variety star Kang Ho-dong, whom the show is named after, serves as the head chef, while the other cast members fulfill other roles like hall manager, sous chef, and part-timers. This show was supposed to be the fourth season of New Journey to the West, but it became a series on its own, spanning three seasons.
A group of famous celebrities, a farm, and a fully equipped kitchen — combine all that and you get Food Diary! The cast is composed of variety show stars Seo Jang-hoon, Lee Soo-geun, Park Sung-kwang, Niklas Klabunde, idols BoA, YooA of Oh My Girl, and Taeyong of NCT. They are tasked with staying at and managing a city farm, while also preparing their own food from scratch! It only has one season, where they prepare the dish Dak-bokkeum-tang or braised spicy chicken.
Also known as Restaurant on Wheels, the show brings along restaurateur Hong Suk-chun, actor Yeo Jin-goo, and singer Lee Min-woo of Shinhwa to various countries where they would try to run a food truck and manage the crowd — all while thinking of ways to fit their menu to the locals’ taste buds.
If you’ve been curious about what your favorite celebrities eat at home, this show will give you a peek into that and more! Aside from seeing what different K-celebs like to eat, you can also pick up a few things from the talented chefs on the show, as they will be creating innovative and tasty dishes simply from whatever is available from their celebrity guest’s fridge.
Unfortunately, the show ended last 2019, but you can still watch the existing episodes on Viu. Leftovers? Here we come!
Starring Yoo Yeon-seok, Son Ho-jun, Choi Ji-woo, and Yang Se-jong, Coffee Friends is all about the cast members running a coffee shop and serving its guests. So instead of seeing a lot of savory dishes, you’ll get treated to coffee, tea, sweet drinks and pastries. And instead of setting prices, the coffee shop only accepts whatever amount the customer would want to donate in exchange for their cups of coffee.
The show began after friends Yoo Yeon-seok and Son Ho-jun ran a donation project and it expanded to an actual production. And in line with its beginnings, the show donated its profit of about 12 million KRW (about 515,000 PHP) to a charity for disabled children.
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