Main Dish:When the son of the biggest food conglomerate in Korea, Cha Chi Soo, gets a part time job at a local Ramen shop, things are bound to get complicated. Flower Boy Ramen Shop is owned by Choi Kang Hyuk together with his self proclaimed ‘wife’ Yang Eun Bi, whose father apparently sold the shop and herself to the Pillar-like man. He also ‘adopted’ his so-called kids: Chasung’s Cha Chi Soo, runaway boy Kim Ba Wool and angel boy Woo Hyun Woo to make them the shop’s part time workers. Little does he know that Cha Chi Soo already has his eyes on his beloved wife. But what will happen when Cha Chi Soo’s father decides to build a fancy Ramen restaurant by taking down their humble little shop?
Choi Kang Hyuk (Lee Ki Woo)
If he’s not sleeping, than he’s probably taking nap. The lazy owner has great talent in camouflaging his enormous body to be able to sleep almost anywhere without people knowing, or maybe that’s just Yang Eun Bi’s lack of attention. A pillar to Yang Eun Bi and an onion to Cha Chi Soo, his name is rarely heard despite being the shop’s big boss. He’s a gifted chef with an amazing sense of taste, but with just that, will he be able to protect Yang Eun Bi and the ramen shop?
Cha Chi Soo (Jung Il Woo)
The heir of the biggest and most famous food conglomerate “Cha Sung” is the Ramyun Shop’s pickled radish guy, the moody and unreasonable spoiled brat Cha Chi Soo. This guy puts much emphasis into his majestic surname “Cha” but Choi Kang Hyuk always gets his name wrong, but the worst one is probably Yang Eun Bi’s fondness of calling him Dog Chi Soo. A small house full of commoners with no bidet, no sofa and no bed. How long will the prince last until he finally whines his way back home?
Yang Eun Bi (Lee Chung Ah)
From a former volleyball player to Cha Sung High School’s student teacher to running a ramen shop full of pretty boys, Yang Eun Bi has lived well, or not. After quitting volleyball to take the civil service exam, she finally gets to be an intern at the prestigious Cha Sung High School, only to find herself in a sticky situation that forced her to just run her father’s ramen shop. Born in the year of Rabbit, this 25 year old firmly believes that 2011 is her only lucky year. What happens when she runs out luck? But with two beautiful men chasing after her, that’s unlikely to happen. Yang Eun Bi must have saved a whole country in her past life, or not. At this point which Rooster will the Rabbit choose, Cha Chi Soo or Choi Kang Hyuk?
Kim Ba Wool (Park Min Woo)
The ramen shop’s staff leader with a rebellious past. Where as past probably means yesterday. He’s deeply in love with his girlfriend, the white swan Yoon So Yi, who is actually dating other men besides him. And Cha Chi Soo is one of them. Will this runaway boy ever get to keep Yoon So Yi’s heart to himself only?
Woo Hyun Woo (Jo Yoon Woo)
He’s a delicate young boy who loves to knit, the class president and the shop’s most adorable flower boy. People wouldn’t know that behind that gentle face debt collectors in black suits are following him to do who-knows-what! But he’s so innocent, even he doesn’t know. What will happen when they finally catch this little angel?
Like cooking a bowl of ramen, the story prepared all it’s necessary ingredients before opening the stove. The noodles slowly boils and just before it burns up, the ramen gets served, eaten before it cools down. It took a lot of different events before the ramen shop idea was established. And the trio’s love story is similar to how a ramen is when inside the saucepan.
The whole story revolves around the saying “love doesn’t need a reason at all” and truthfully this is the only drama where ramens and comfort rooms co-exist to create a one of a kind love roller coaster. Really, I think this one focused more on the latter, not that I’m complaining. This drama is really fun to watch, it’s almost like it’s coming out from Manga. It’s a drama you can rely on when you want to laugh out loud, this is definitely worth watching.
Original Article: Gia Allana Soriano in Yahoo
Add ons (Spoiler Warning):
Somehow even if the drama passed the point of being realistic, I still like it, I love it actually. I guess I read too much manga. T_T Although it felt unrealistic, it’s more like it became realistic in it’s own way. Like they were living inside their own world and what their doing can be considered the norm. But then again, I like how the story is consistent and full of surprises and the character’s development. Chi Soo doesn’t always look or act like an 18 year old, that being both a good and a bad point. He’s more like a matured 18 year old but still has not fully grown up, so the spoiled brat act is still there. Also I can’t deny Jung Il Woo’s improved acting skills from My Fair Lady till now.
I think this drama would be loved by shoujo manga readers. I kept asking myself if this was a live action or what. Plus it’s wonderfully made in my perspective. There’s not much parts that needs to be clarified. I think the story is smooth sailing without making the dramatic parts overly dramatic. I guess it’s the actors reactions, it just felt natural for them to react that way based on their characters. Although most of the characters had a certain stereotype, I guess they were directed that way to make the drama light and not too overwhelming.
The characters are adorable despite being unreasonable. (They’re all crazy in a good way.) I guess if they had a better and deeper background on why they feel that way, it’ll probably be more believable. But minus that, I love it when Cha Chi Soo is in love mode. :) They remind me of people gradually changing in the middle, but they changed so quickly without being too noticeable. Well I guess that’s how it is when you met someone and still doesn’t know they’re real attitude. A few minutes they’re so quiet, the next day they talk for like 5 words every second.
This is another modern fairy tale leaving you to wish that you were Cinderella AKA Yang Eun Bi. And like a my type of manga, it’s great to see that it’s the guy that becomes head over heels the girl and the girl is just really strong. And I can’t help but think that Eun Bi looks like Sulli and Taeyeon sometimes, her make up artist is daebak.
I think the drama did have the whole ramyun pattern. The first part is when the ramyun is starting to boil and when it boils they go all out before it gets cold. But the end seems rushed, I guess ramyun was left alone too long, so it gets eaten before it swells and gets cold. Although I like the transition from the school to the shop. :) It was like getting the seasonings, the noodles and boiling water ready~ :)) For me it became more logical and the fact that the shop idea was built with more emotional attachments, it gave the ending a reason on why the shop is so important. I like the intro and the way they made it to attach people to the shop.
It’s a fun drama, the ending wasn’t the best but it was cute. Cute until the end. :)
I rarely see a Philippine flag in a Korean drama. :)
And really did Dongju really got her whole face done?
Because the past and present her looks the same to me. :P Or maybe she already had surgery during this time, since this was 5 years ago. :P
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