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8 K-Dramas With The *Best* Food Scenes

These dramas will make you hungry!
PHOTO: (LEFT TO RIGHT) HOSPITAL PLAYLIST/TVN, ITAEWON CLASS/JTBC
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Love good food? These K-dramas will have you ordering delivery from the nearest Korean restaurant (or grocery)! But wait, there’s more: Get ready for a parade of tasty dishes that go beyond Korean cuisine, too. These dramas will serve you all sorts of #foodporn that will keep your stomach satiated while waiting for your food delivery to arrive.  

Below is a list of K-dramas that have the best food scenes, which you can watch on Netflix, Viu, and iQIYI:

1. Dinner Mate (2020)

Who’s in it: Song Seung Heon, Seo Ji Hye, Lee Ji Hoon, Son Nae Eun

Where to watch it: iQiyi

Based on the webtoon Would You Like To Have Dinner Together?, Dinner Mate tells the story of two strangers who decide to have regular dinner dates with no personal information shared and no commitment involved. Do Hee (Ji Hye) is a producer-director whose cheating BF becomes part of the reason she meets Hae Kyung, (Seung Heon) a psychiatrist who specializes in food therapy. The two eat just about everywhere in the drama, and we’re treated to dishes as simple as convenience store ramyeon to more extravagant fare like fancy steak at a resto.

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2. Hospital Playlist (2020 - ongoing)

Who’s in it: Jo Jung Suk, Yoo Yeon Seok, Jung Kyung Ho, Kim Dae Myung, Jeon Mi Do

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Where to watch it: Netflix

This heartwarming slice-of-life drama from the director of the famous Reply series follows the lives of five doctors, all with different specialties, who have been friends since med school. While the drama isn’t about food, the characters do happen to eat a lot. There are tons of scenes in the hospital cafeteria and samgyupsal restos, and we’ve come to love the iconic egg sandwich (from a Korean chain) little Uju keeps on eating, too. The cast eats so deliciously our stomachs can’t help rumbling!

 

3. Sweet Munchies (2020)

Who’s in it: Jung Il Woo, Kang Ji Young, Lee Hak Joo

Where to watch it: Viu

Kim Ah Jin (Jin Young) is looking for a gay chef for her cooking show. Enter Park Jin Sung (Il Woo), the chef at Ah Jin’s fave restaurant. He needs money ASAP, so he lies about his sexuality to get the part. Jin Sung cooks for the show and at his resto, so there are mouthwatering cooking montages in every ep. Trivia: Lead star Jung Il Woo is a culinary expert himself, and he really did some of the cooking on the show. If you want more of Il Woo’s cooking, check him out in the reality show Stars’ Top Recipe at Fun-Staurant.

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4. Itaewon Class (2020)

Who’s in it: Park Seo Joon, Kim Da Mi, Kwon Nara

Where to watch it: Netflix

After his father’s death, Sae Ro Yi (Seo Joon) vows to take revenge against the Jang Ga Group by creating the best restaurant franchise ever. As he grows his resto bar, DanBam, he collects a motley crew who stand by him through the hardships as Chairman Jang tries to bring him down every step of the way. Itaewon Class highlights food from start to finish, but the star of the show is DamBam’s signature dish, sundubu jjigae (soft tofu stew) served with soju.

5. Chocolate (2019)

Who’s in it: Yoon Kye Sang, Ha Ji Won, Jang Seung Jo

Where to watch it: Netflix

Back when they were children, aspiring chef Kang (Kye Sang) promised to give a hungry Cha Young (Ji Won) chocolate truffles he’s made, but it never happens. Years later, they meet again. Kang is now a frustrated neurosurgeon, while Cha Young has become a cook. Both characters use food as a means to bond, and the series features beautiful food prep scenes of everything from savory seafood dishes to fluffy pastries.

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6. Wok of Love (2018)

Who’s in it: Lee Jun Ho, Jang Hyuk, Jung Ryeo Won

Where to watch it: Netflix, Viu

From the writer of another food-centric drama Pasta comes a rom-com featuring a mixed bag of characters running a Chinese restaurant. We’ve got a former hotel chef (Jun Ho), a fallen heiress (Ryeo Won), and a former gangster (Hyuk) joining hands to offer yummy comfort food to the neighborhood. This drama features top-notch cinematography for its food scenes. We can’t get over their jjajangmyeon (black bean noodles)—a dish so good it made heiress Sae Woo decide to turn over a new leaf in the show.

7. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo (2016)

Who’s in it: Lee Sung Kyung, Nam Joo Hyuk, Lee Jae Yoon, Kyung Soo Jin

Where to watch it: Netflix

In this cute coming-of-age romance, aspiring weightlifter Bok Joo (Sung Kyung) crushes on Doctor Jae Yi, the elder brother of swimming athlete Joon Yung (Joo Hyuk). As Joon Yung helps her, he starts falling for her instead. Now, this drama is like an ode to Korean barbecue and fried chicken (we’d like to thank Lee Jong Suk for his fried chicken cameo too). Watching Bok Joo eat is the best mukbang experience ever. Who can forget the scene where she shares the BFN (barbecue, fried rice, naengmyeon) routine for maximum enjoyment of your K-BBQ?

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8. Let’s Eat 2 (2015)

Who’s in it: Yoon Doo Joon, Seo Hyun Jin, Kwon Yul

Where to watch it: Netflix

This drama has three food-tastic seasons, so you’re free to watch all of them and enjoy all the food scenes. We’re highlighting Let’s Eat 2, our fave season, which focuses on Dae Young (Du Jun) who moves to a new town outside of Seoul. He helps his next-door neighbor, Soo Ji (Hyun Jin), capture the attention of the man she loves, while falling for her along the way. Dae Young is a food blogger, so there are food scenes in each ep, like a Chinese food feast and all sorts of oyster dishes (pancakes, rice, and more). Yum!