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A Must-Watch List of Asian Dramas About Food!

Are you a foodie with a craving for interesting and fun Asian culinary dramas? Don’t miss out as you go through this list of much-recommended series!


While everyone’s at home during this quarantine, why not start adding Asian dramas to your bucket list? As you watch, sit tight and explore the world of food and the different cultures on the road!


Sweet Munchies (2020)

With its adorable plotline of romance and comedy, this is a Korean series that stars Jung Il Woo as Chef Park Jin Sung, Kang Ji Young as its variety show producer Kim Ah Jin, and Lee Hak Joo as Kang Tae Wan, the designer. If you’re also looking for romance with a little bit of a twist in a culinary setting, you have a love triangle wherein two women fight over one man. The entire series focuses on a bistro known for healing hearts and relieving stress through the delicious food that Park Jin Sung makes. The drama gives you a show of the chef’s meal preparation process that can have your mouth water in every take. Meals like tofu stew, fried chicken---you name it!


Sweet Munchies (2020)

Love Cuisine (2015)

If you’re up for a heated competition in the kitchen, this Taiwanese drama is just for you. Starring Lego Lee as the celebrity chef named Han Jie, Allison Lin as Fang Xiao Rou, one of the culinary instructors, and Nita Xia as Jiang Pei Ying. Two of which are the main troublemakers in the series as they find that they are complete opposites when it comes to cooking style. Struggling as they might, they eventually discover that preparing meals isn’t just about your technical skills and bravado. Will they be able to put away their differences and work together to share their passion for culinary arts with their students? Let’s find out!


Love Cuisine (2015)

Miss Culinary (2019)

Unlike most plotlines when it comes to food dramas, this Thai drama focuses on a brilliant young man who does all he can to keep the relationship he has with his girlfriend through mouth-watering stories of his mother’s recipes in hopes to win her heart again. The stories with his mother are nothing like one usually hears in their day-to-day lives. It talks about her struggles right after making the big decision to run away from her hometown to live a life in Bangkok with a goal in mind. That goal is to become a successful chef working for a 5-star hotel that will soon one day bring her love.

Miss Culinary (2019)


Midnight Diner (2009)

This Japanese drama is based on a manga made by Yaro Abe. The whole plotline revolves around a late-night diner called “Meshiya” that is located in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district. It’s full of mystery and comedy with a slice of life. The owner of this diner, however, is one of a kind. He is an enigmatic chef whom everyone calls “Master.” In each episode, you’ll find yourself drooling on every dish he makes, as well as have a glimpse of the process of how it’s made. Not only can you expect the wonderful dishes, but a philosophical life lesson that may warm your heart after every round of watching.


Midnight Diner (2009)

Wok of Love (2018)

If you’re looking for a Korean drama that has a bit of romance, some action, and yet a dash of comedy, this one is a way to go! It stars 2PM’s Junho playing Seo Poong, who is a two-time Michelin star awarded chef who owned a superb Chinese restaurant in the past. However, due to a series of unfortunate events, he loses everything he worked hard for. It goes crashing down from working in a magnificent restaurant to working at a lowly neighborhood restaurant. He picks himself up by working a charm with the Chinese recipes he’s known from the past, such as noodle soups, dumplings, and more!

Wok of Love (2018)

Samurai Gourmet (2017)

This Japanese drama talks about a man named Takeshi Kasumi who has retired from being a salaryman. The whole series is based on an essay and a manga that carries the same title. If you’re up for laughs and dishes from different countries, this is the drama for you! It gets interesting as Takeshi starts to discover a different side of him just as he explores the glees of eating and drinking. He develops an inner persona, which is a wandering samurai that exists in his imagination. As he goes about his adventures with food, you’ll see all the unique experiences he encounters as he embraces his samurai pal!

Samurai Gourmet (2017)

Pleasantly Surprised (2014)

This romantic-comedy Taiwanese drama is also known as “Love Myself or You.” It talks about a woman named Du KaiQi who has lived her life independently with love for comic books and cooking. Everything went well with her job as a chef in an exquisite French restaurant called “Figaro Cuisine” until a certain Fu Zi Jie moves in as her neighbor. Things don’t exactly go well between the two of them. He shows up as a new employee at her workplace one day only to mistaken him as an intern, not knowing that this gentleman is actually a professional chef and the son of Figaro Cuisine’s owner! I wonder how this will take place?

Pleasantly Surprised (2014)


These dramas are undoubtedly among the best in the Asian movie industry. Before watching, make sure to prepare some snacks and a comfy set of pillows. There’s no way you’re going through this snack less, as this will undoubtedly have you drooling along the way!

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