28 February 2013


Top 5 ... Shower Scenes, Take 2 (The Broody)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on February 28, 2013
The response to the first Shower Scenes Post (SSP) was overwhelming. Thank you all for your interest and support! Quite obviously, however, the first SSP did not cover all Korean shower scenes. Suggestions for more and different ones were made by the dozen in the comment section and I vowed to hunt them down ... all of them. Well, I know I did not get them all; but I got many, many more. This is the first of three additional shower scene posts. Let's start with four broody ones, plus Eric in Que Sera, Sera. This is fanservice for lafer and enz. These ladies will not shut up about Que Sera, Sera and how awesome it is. I'm caving in.

Stars Falling From the Sky (Kim Ji-hoon)

I know I will have to watch this drama soon, because I have Kim Ji-hoon withdrawal. The hair is terrible, but I do like my Korean actors all sweaty and bothered. Hmmmmm, he is so tasty. Top marks, Kim Ji-hoon, I couldn't give you anything else! 10/10.

City Hall (Cha Seung-won)

The poor guy. He looks so devastated here ... and all he is is in love! I think I'm repeating myself, but I really want Cha Seung-won on the small screen again. Like yesterday. I adore him! In fact, I like him best as a villain à la Athena. Jeez, that show sucked. But man, Cha Seung-won was an awesome villain ... The shower scene here is too depressing, though, so he only gets 8/10.

Full House (Rain)

Another actor that I miss. No more dating scandals, here me? Just finish your military service and then pick an awesome new project. An action drama, I guess. Not sure he is well suited for rom-com. I just realize that this is the first shower scene I ever saw, because this is my first KDrama. It's chaste, too chaste, probably, so it only gets a 7/10.

Que Sera, Sera (Eric Moon)

Eric, there's a woman at your door! This is not broody at all. I guess the sole purpose of this scene was to show off Eric's magnificent body. And create sexual tension between him and the lead lady. Mission accomplished! It is hard to rate, though, cause the shower scene isn't that spectacular. Him in his towel walking through his apartment isn't either ... or is it? Better let the QSS-ladies decide!

Stairway to Heaven (Kwon Sang-woo)

I'm guessing this is the mother of all shower scenes, because the KDrama veterans always mention this one. Always. Kwon Sang-woo is unknown to me (I have never seen him in anything), but I know that lafer is devouring Yawang / Queen of Ambition and I remember her raving about some abs recently. In fact, she is writing a post on these abs right now! In this particular scene, the fondling on the penchant is very *gulp*-worthy, I think. For whatever reason, I find this gesture very, very erotic ... I think this deserves a 10/10.
Next up in the Naked Men and Water-series is Part 3: The Lighthearted! Stay tuned

27 February 2013


KDrama Culture: Restaurant Food

Posted by CM Shukmeister on February 27, 2013
Today's post is going to be about the food found in KDramas when a scene is staged in a restaurant or pojangmacha.  Warning: drool can be hazardous to your keyboard.

Restaurants in Korean Dramas are as ubiquitous as the evil Mother-in-law. From humble to elegant, they can set the stage for either cute moments or disastrous scenes.  Here they are, in no particular order.

JOKBAL -  Braised Pig's Feet (or Pig Trotters)
A link to the Visit Korea Tourism site calls jokbal "Chewy Memories of The Past".   Well, I'm not sure how far in the past you should go, but they were Ji-an's favorite pregnancy food in I Do I Do (2012), and So-young's love of the meat in Baby-faced Beauty (2005) made Jin-wook happy.  And anything that makes Daniel Choi happy, makes me happy too!
Jokbal is made by boiling pig's feet or the shank portion of the front legs over several hours in a mixture of soy sauce, rice wine, garlic, cinnamon sticks, green onions, ginger, and other spices, then deboned and served with a spicy fermented bean sauce or shrimp sauce for dipping. 

Full of gelatins, jokbal is said to be good for skin and preventing wrinkles.  The amino acid of methionine is  known to detoxicate alcohol, and therefore prevent hangovers.  Most Korean restaurants will serve it with lettuce to make wraps.  So it yummy food, great with soju, and you can jam it into your friend's face!

For more information on this yummy food, the KDramafoods site has MNiKSS's jokbal recipe!

BULGOGI - or Korean Beef
According to a U.S. Meat Export Federation report late in 2007, Korean consumers are now paying the highest prices for average-quality beef in the world, in part because of overly strict import policies toward U.S. beef. At 2007 exchange rates, reasonably priced kalbi and bulgogi meals were no longer within the reach of many Koreans.

"Calculating U.S. dollar equivalent prices for common grain-fed beef in Seoul shows Australian short fed chilled rib-eye roll was $20 (US dollars)  per kg. while domestic Hanwoo beef was $22 (US dollars) per kg. wholesale and higher in supermarkets."

The above DDD (Data Dry as the Desert) says one thing: eating beef is a status symbol in Korea, even if it comes from Australia.

In most dramas and at more modest restaurants, it is served flash cooked on an open table grill, surrounded by banchan, small portions of different items used to flavor your experience. From a gumiho's point of view, raw or cooked, you can't beat beef!

DUKBOKKI - Spicy Rice Cakes
For some reasons, these are called "cakes", but in reality, they are rolled-up tubes of rice flour. You have to be careful cooking them; not enough and they are crunchy in the middle.'; too much and they unroll into soggy slabs.  I find them a bit slippery to eat, given their size and slick surface, so I always make sure to wear a colored, washable shirt to match the sauce.
At my favorite Asian market, rice cakes come in several shapes.

Most recipes (and scenes you see in KDramas) have the rice cakes and bite-sized fish cakes in a sauce of red pepper flakes, garlic, and dried anchovies. 

Other variations can be found at Korean restaurants (my local one uses vegetables and a clear broth), but you rarely see these on screen.

These are often described as Chinese-style noodles when mentioned in recaps.  The original of the dish is Chinese, using wheat-based noodles and a thick mixture of black beans and onions in soybean paste on top.  Sometimes, green onions or other vegetables are mixed in as well.  It is normally served in a big bowl, already mixed up and ready to eat, with pickled radish as a side dish. 

In April 2011, according to a survey conducted by the online music site Bugs, Big Bang's Daesung was the number one singer people thought would end up eating the noodles by himself at home on Black Day (a traditional day for singles).

The name "jjajang" comes from the Korean pronunciation of the Chinese characters that mean "fried sauce":  .   "Myun" is hangeul for "noodle". A USC student wrote an article on the prevalence of jjajangmyun in Los Angeles.


Most of us would react closer to Cha Chi-soo than Song Jie Xiu!  This 'delicacy' shows up in a few KDramas, but more frequently in the Mandarin-speaking Asian dramas.  A lot of people would look at them as a leftover part best left to the trash can, but Savannah, GA, USA's international port owes it's success in part to the export of chicken feet to China, as explained in a December 2012 Bloomberg Report. And even England is jumping on the chicken-feet bandwagon.  

In China, it's used as beer snack, cold dish, or soup. In SK, they are normally cooked with red peppers and then grilled; it's main purpose is as a second course or served while drinking alcohol.  Similar to pig's feet, it's mostly cartilage with little muscle or fat.  And, in case you ask, they do remove the claws first!


This is probably everyone's favorite part - savory finger foods that just beg to be devoured while strolling with your honey down Restaurant Row, or doing a bite-shot-bite-shot at your favorite p'macha, hand-held snacks can be some of the best local flavors you can find when you travel.   This is just a short view of different types of street foods found in South Korea:

And there you have, a short journey through the various types of food you can enjoy if your life were just like an Asian drama!


26 February 2013


Flower Boy Next Door ... gif time; THE END!

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on February 26, 2013
And so it ends! Fuzzy, fuzzy, warm, warm feelings ... If you're afraid of spoilers, don't read any further and don't look at any of the gifs! Don't say I didn't warn you!! STOP!!

Flower Boy Next Door manages to give everybody a happy (or at least good) ending that does not feel forced or rushed. Wow. That must be a first! And the final scene is hilarious. Unfortunately, there are no Jin-rak gifs tonight (apart from a very brief appearance in one) - but let me assure you, things turn out well for him, too.

Thought No 1: Thank you, show, for not pairing Jin-rak with Do-hwi. I'm forever grateful. His (future) happiness is related to a cameo by Park Se-Young and I am really glad I finally know why Park Shin-hye posted two twitter pics with her in the last days, cause that really confused me.

Thought No 2: Yoon Shi-yoon looks so much better with black hair. I guess I'm glad he only has it for a few minutes and in the last episode; I already have too many K-actors I adore, it's hard to keep up.

Thought No 3: I really should read those 4 texts for my class tomorrow. Real life ... why do you always interfere?!

Ready for my fuzzy-fuzzy-happy-happy gifs? Here we go! 
(large files ... be patient!)
 And those two...
 This is it, friends! No more FBND gifs on this blog! Until next time.

Flower Boy Next Door ... More Twitter pics!

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on February 26, 2013
And so it ends. The last episode of Flower Boy Next Door has aired in Korea. We all know that there will be a happy end, which is well deserved. @tvN_Flower has released a last set of BTS-pictures a while ago. It looks as if Enrique and Dok-mi went on a farewell tour ...
 ... and then met again after a time jump (hint: Enrique's hair):
 And these are some pictures from the last shoot. Lovely.
Ah, despite what I said yesterday (that it is good that this show is ending, as it has now come to the end of its story!), I will miss these guys!

By the way, Kim Seul-gi has released a song for the OST: 너 땜에 잠이 깨 (Feat. Go Kyung Pyo). This pic is from their recording session. My goodness, they are cute together!!!


25 February 2013


Flower Boy Next Door ... gif time! (Episode 15)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on February 25, 2013
"I was jealous of the ocean because of the way you looked at it"
awwwwwwwwwz! ♥♥♥♥

See, I was never too annoyed about the "noble idiocy", because I trusted the writers of this drama to make it different from the usual noble idiocy. Rightly so. He's not buying it and we get some nice and very real interactions between two new lovers, full of insecurity and jealousy. We also get some silly, from both Dok-mi and Enrique, and I must admit that Enrique's antiques are getting a bit old. This drama was wonderful and such an unexpected surprise - but it is okay that this drama is ending tomorrow.
And we get the best 2nd lead ever. Oh my god, how I love him... Have I mentioned how much I like Kim Ji-hoon's hair? Hmmm .... I want to ruffle it. And not every man cries prettily. Kim Ji-hoon does.
The Awesome Editor is my favorite! Wow! She is the best. In case you don't know yet, she's my girl crush. I want to marry her when I grow up. And I love that Dong-hoon gets jealous.
 Park Shin-hye continues to be stunningly beautiful. I like her when she's angry.
 Kiss already, you two! Real this time! Come on!!!

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