Addictive Rating: 4
Synopsis: [Taken from wiki.d.addicts.com]
Kim Sam Soon (Kim Sun Ah) is a baker who has a talent in making pastries and cakes. On Christmas Eve, she caught her boyfriend, Min Hyun Woo (Lee Kyu Han), cheating on her and breaks up on the same night. On that same night, she accidentally went into the men's restroom and met Hyun Jin Hun (Hyun Bin), a somewhat callous fellow but sometimes considerate guy. By sheer coincidence, Jin Hun needs a baker for his restaurant Bon Appetit and Sam Soon is unemployed. Sam Soon is hired as the restaurant's chief baker and the two fights like cat and dog. Nevertheless, they started to have feeling for each other and Sam Soon agreed to post as Jin Hun's girlfriend so his mother would leave him alone. Things got complicated when Jin Hun's ex-girlfriend Yoo Hee Jin came back from the States intending to win him back.
What I have to say:
This is the 2nd or 3rd K-Drama I ever saw, and it sealed the deal of me becoming an absolute fan of Korean Dramas. This is the drama that did it for me! I saw this one back in 2006 and though it's from 2005, I'd say you could watch it in 2015 and still enjoy it. It moves really well and the characters are very likable. Hey, Daniel Henney is in this one, too, and that doesn't hurt! His character mentions his mother and how she was born in Korea but adopted - which is exactly Daniel's story in real life. (Way to be original, writers! But hey - as an adoptee, I liked that added minor aspect to the plot!) From my perspective, it was annoying that Sam Soon was considered so overweight even though by standards across North America, she'd be considered perfectly healthy and not overweight at all. Other than this aspect, and the typical "rich guy likes not-so-rich-and-ordinary-girl" aspect, it's a gem among many dramas out there. A definite must-see! The little girl who plays Mee-Joo is super adorable, too.
See the complete list of dramas I've reviewed here.
Soju (1) | It had me coming back for more, but left me with a hangover. Worth it in the moment, but slight regret the next day.
Kimbap (2) | It moved well and often left me wondering what would happen in the next episode, but it wasn't as fulfilling as it had the potential to be.
Bibimbap (3) | I lost a lot of sleep because they knew how to end each episode with a cliffhanger! Lots of harmonious ingredients making this one a win!
Fanatic (4) | An amazing drama that was very well told and nearly every single episode ended with a major cliffhanger making you scream for more! I'm an absolute fan!
(I only put on here the dramas I actually recommend because I think it's really good. Even a soju rating means it was good and satisfying. A fanatic rating just means it blew me away and was near perfection. There are many dramas I've seen that I don't have on my recommendation list.)
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