A blog about C-drama, K-drama, and the food in them that makes me hungry!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Be With You Episode 50-54 Summary

9:00 AM Posted by ninja , 1 comment
Be With You Episode 50-54 Summary
Feeling a little guilty after her speech of telling Ying Jie that she is no longer the girl he loves, Man An shows up at Ying Jie's office to offer her apology. Admitting that while Man An's words did hurt but there was a lot of truth in what she said, Ying Jie tells Man An that he is going to start from zero with her and build new memories with this brand new Man An.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Rain's C-Drama Diamond Lover Coming Soon!!

11:21 PM Posted by ninja No comments
Diamond Lover (克拉戀人) is finally going to air on July 22nd. I am pretty excited about this one... although it remains to be seen if this show is going to go the route of traditional melo C-Drama or the more concise and less draggy sort. I certainly hope for the latter kind, but hey worst case scenario I will get Rain on my screen again! 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Ninja Drools #22 Asian Diet Food: Breakfast

12:00 PM Posted by ninja 1 comment
I am still on my quest to eat better lately, but breakfast has been just DIFFICULT for me. In fact, there are just some mornings that nothing sounds good that eating becomes a chore. So, I have been on a look out for healthy BUT appetizing Asian breakfast and one of my top choice is congee. 

Congee is essential rice porridge that most Asian cultures will have their own versions. 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

I Remember You Episode 1 & 2 Summary and First Impression

Drama: I Remember You (aka. Hello, Monster.  너를 기억해)
Airs: Monday & Tuesday
Number of Episodes: 16

Synopsis: A genius criminal profiler and a detective works together to catch criminals but things are not so simple when everyone has secrets of their own and things are not so clear when even our hero could be a bigger monster than those they try to catch. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday Drama Round Up #34

5:39 PM Posted by ninja 3 comments
 The Double Life of Veronique (C-Drama/ Ep. 28/40)

Checked this one out this week. It is kinda of your typical C-melo drama but it is nice to see Hawick Lau playing a warm sensitive guy. I'll write a first impression on this one next week.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

When I See You Again Episode 4 Recap

Apparently smarter than their boss, Jiang Hai Kuo's minions convince him that maybe the whole bet is a set up by You Qian to steal both the money and the girl from him. Unwilling to be the person to call off the bet, Hai Kuo and his man decides to throw a letter into You Qian's room to dare him to pay a visit to the local hunted house. 

Unfortunately, the letter ended up in An Xi's hands. Knowing full well that Jiang Hai Kuo must be up to no good, An Xi decides to answer the letter herself. Ha, I love that the note even has a mistake in it.  

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Be With You Episode 45-49 Summary

11:00 AM Posted by ninja , 2 comments
Instead of the warm welcome home he expected, Ying Jie spends his first night home in the hospital by Man An's bedside. Overwhelmed by guilt that Man An is hurt once again because of him, Ying Jie is overjoyed when Man An finally wakes up from her coma. Unfortunately, Ying Jie's joy turns to dismay when Man An pushes away from his embrace and looks at him with no recognition in her eyes. Ah, show, did you really have to go there?? 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Destined to Love You (C-Drama) Episode 1-4 Summary & First Impression

2:13 PM Posted by ninja , 5 comments
Drama: Destined to Love You (偏偏喜欢你)
Episodes: 43

Synopsis: A circus performer, Qian Bao Bao takes over the identity of a female professor in order to receive free medical care for her sick mother. Things becomes messy when the female professor whom Bao Bao thought to be dead comes back alive. 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Ninja Drools #21 Asian Diet Food

10:30 AM Posted by ninja 3 comments

Is the summer... and my cloth doesn't fit = I am officially on a diet. There are certainly no shortage of diet plans out there but as an Asian I just can't handle eating salad day after day. I need something... salty and Asian testing to feel like I actually ate something. 

So here are my effort to eat better with the kind of food that I can actually stomach. 

Dinner: A clear chicken soup with shiitake mushrooms (I used fresh ones), daikon and tofu. Sushi with Korean seasoned seaweed, fried ground turkey with green onion and napa cabbage, brown rice. 

I would love to hear some of you guys' suggestions on what kind of food you eat when you want to simply eat better and/or lose weight. So please share since I could use all the help I can get! 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Friday Drama Round Up #33

3:01 PM Posted by ninja 2 comments
 Destined to Love You (C-Drama/New)

Dang, C-drama is sure putting out a lot of pretty shows lately. This one has kinda of a Japanese manga feel with its over the top plot but also has a distinctive Chinese flavor to it. Did that sentence make any sense?? Anyhow, I will be writing a first impression on this one soon. 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

A Daughter Just Like You Episode 5-10 Second Impression

A Daughter Just Like You Episode 5-10 Second Impression
Well, I am a bit sad to say that my second impression of this show really wasn't that great. The mother of the three girls are still embroiled in a rather childish fight to chase out her husband who I will admit really doesn't seem to be much good for anything.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

When I See You Again Episode 3 Recap

When I See You Again (他看她的第2眼) Episode 3 Recap
Trusting You Qian's (hero) words, An Xi takes out a check that You Qian gave her to pay Jiang Hai Kuo in full. Acting exactly like You Qian predicated, instead of accepting the check happily, Jiang Hai Kuo refuses to accept the money and all but runs away. 

Overhearing An Xi's friends complaining how You Qian treats An Xi like a servant just because he gave her money, Jiang Hai Kuo's imagination goes into overdrive and he imagines all kind ways You Qian must be shamelessly abusing his precious An Xi. An Xi's friends are of course only saying those things because You Qian asked them to. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Mask Episode 1- 6 Summary & First Impression

8:01 AM Posted by ninja , , 3 comments
Drama: Mask (K-Drama, 가면)

Synopsis: A story of an ordinary woman who gets dragged literally kicking and screaming into the dark world of a chaebol family to take on the identity of a dead woman who looks exactly like her. 

A brief summary of Mask Episode 1-6 
On the left is our heroine, Byeon Ji Sook who is your ordinary woman who tries her best as a department employee. Worried and weigh down by the debt collectors that frequent her home (due to her father's debt), Ji Sook nonetheless has a loving relationship with her family.

On the right is Ji Sook's doppelganger, Seo Eun Ha who unfortunately is NOT the heroine so dies rather quickly after the story is finished setting up. Leading a life completely opposite of Ji Sook's, Eun Ha is the only daughter of a prestigious wealthy family. 
Knowing they have to follow the rule book of their world, Eun Ha informs her fiancee, Choi Min Woo (our hero) that she already has a lover that she plans on seeing even after their marriage. Comparing their engagement to a business arrangement, Min Woo agrees to Eun Ha's condition. 

Min Woo's path to what promises to be an amicable loveless marriage is thrown into chaos when Eun Ha ends up unconscious in the pool after having dinner at the Choi family mansion. Strangely without any memory of what happened (b/c he shared a drugged wine with Eun Ha), Min Woo is stunned when under hypnosis he remembers himself strangling Eun Ha with the straps of her purse. 
Relieved that Eun Ha apparently is only suffering from amnesia but otherwise is recovering nicely, Min Woo rushes to the hospital to try to figure out if he really did attack his own fiancee.

What Min Woo doesn't know is that Eun Ha is actually dead and his brother-in-law, Min Seok Hoon has replace her with Ji Sook to further his grandiose plan of taking over the Choi family fortune.  

As the only sane person in the show, Ji Sook tried everything she could to run away from Seok Hoon's control, but unfortunately the truly evil Seok Hoon who used to be a prosecutor has too many cards up his sleeve and easily traps Ji Sook by using her family's debt against her. (Long story short, Seok Hoon has set it up so Eun Ha "died" in Ji Sook's stead. Not only that, Ji Sook was framed for one of her debt collector's death so if she dares to show herself to the world in her real identity then she would have to go to prison.)
A very reluctant Ji Sook marries Min Woo who still has no clue that his fiancee has been switched. Remembering Seok Hoon's demand that she gets Min Woo to trust her by getting his body first, Ji Sook nervously enters into Min Woo's room as his wife... only to have Seok Hoon who is a germophobia banishes her to the sofa.  
Living in fear of Seok Hoon's watchful eyes, Ji Sook has no choice but be a pawn in his grand plan to dispose Min Woo as the heir to the Choi fortune. 

However, a spunky girl at heart Ji Sook's rebellious spirit finally comes out in full force when she realizes Seok Hoon has lied about finding her grief stricken mother who has gone missing. After a car chase and being nearly ran over by the car Seok Hoon ordered to hit her (Min Woo saved her), Ji Sook finally finds her mother but has too hide from her family once she rushed her mother to the hospital.  Because she is suppose to be dead. Ji Sook's family buried Eun Ha's body thinking it was Ji Sook's. 
Ji Sook's true personality comes through once again when she takes Min Woo to a street market inspection trip under disguise. Things gets dicey when the market people recognize Min Woo as the director who is trying to kick them out in order to build his fancy department store and start chasing them. Running away hand in hand, Min Woo and Ji Sook rushes back again when they see a bunch of men with sticks showing up to forcefully evict the restaurant owners. 

Flashes of her own mother's restaurant being trashed by the debt collectors, Ji Sook jumps up to stop the stick wielding men and is narrowly saved from being hit when Min Woo shows up to protect her. 
Despite his cold and harsh attitude towards Ji Sook it is obvious that Ji Sook is beginning to soften towards Min Woo so much so that he is even beginning to loosen up on his many phobias. 


On the day of his mother's death anniversary, Min Woo takes Ji Sook to formally introduce her to his mother. Ji Sook accidentally falls into the water and is drenched without anyway to change out of her cloth. Things becomes desperate when Min Woo's car breaks down, and Ji Sook faints from hypothermia. 

Rushing out after finding out his own wife  has purposefully tempered with Min Woo's car so he and Ji Sook would be stuck together, Seok Hoon does his evil smile when he finds a naked Min Woo holding an equally naked Ji Sook to give her warmth. He is smiling because he knew for someone who hates any sort of physical contact like Min Woo, he must be falling in love with Ji Sook if Min Woo go to that extent for her. 

First Impression:

Dang... what a crazy world. Almost every character in this show is deranged and crazy.., or at least it feels that way. It was kinda disappointing that as a viewer I really had to overlook some glaring plot holes in the first two episodes (ie. how did Ji Sook survived falling off the cliff in a car?) and just believe that our villain somehow has godlike ability to bend everything to his will.   


It was also difficult to feel attachment to our hero Min Woo for the first four episodes because he just appeared too... crazy without any attractive quirkiness to endear himself to me as the viewer. Granted, we probably should give our hero a break since even his own therapist is one of Seok Hoon's minion that works to convince Min Woo of his own craziness. 

Still, despite my initial thought this show might be a no go for me for some strange reason I am typing this post after watching six episodes of it. I kept thinking "I need one more episode to make up my mind..." and well... I am still making up my mind. 
By episode six, I feel the show has definitely grown on me and I am intrigued by the two leads' growth. The acting is great all around, even in all the side characters that really allows me as the viewer to fully immerse myself into the world. I will have to admit some weird fascination with our villain Seok Hoon. Am I going crazy in thinking the chemistry between the villain and our heroine is really sizzling? Every time Seok Hoon threatens Ji Sook for some weird reason I always think he is going to kiss her any second now? 

Anyhow, this show currently falls into "this just doesn't seem my type of show but for some reason I just keep watching it" for me. Still, if you are one of those who likes intrigue and likes to dive into the psyches that harbor the darkest part of human desires then this show might just be your drama. 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Be With You Episode 40-44 Summary

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Be With You Episode 40-44 Summary
Proposing to Man An on a bended knee, Ying Jie is a bit dismayed when Man An hesitates and asks "but I wanted to have more time to prove myself to your father." Looking at the dismay on Ying Jie's face, Man An quickly accepts Ying Jie's proposal. Shaking his head, Ying Jie puts the ring back into his coat pocket and tells Man An that he doesn't want her to say yes just out of consideration for his feelings and that he is willing to give Man An time to prove herself.  

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Ninja Drools #20 Mandu

11:00 AM Posted by ninja No comments
I was wanting to try a Korean Mandu after seeing it on an episode of Let's Eat 2

For the mandu I used a combination of recipes from Maangchi website (http://www.maangchi.com/recipe/mandu) and one from Crazy Korean Cooking (http://crazykoreancooking.com/recipe/dumpling). 

Friday, June 12, 2015

Friday Drama Round Up #32

4:11 PM Posted by ninja 1 comment
High Society (K-Drama/ New)
This one wasn't quite what I expected, but I liked the first two episode so far so I am hoping the next two episodes will make this one a winner. 

First Impression will be coming soon. 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Save The Family Episode 11-20 Summary & 2nd Impression

8:35 PM Posted by ninja , 6 comments
Save The Family (K-Daily) Episode 11-20 Summary
Taking a wild chance, Hae Soo (heroine) challenges Ye Won (the second female lead/hero's ex) to a lunch challenge where if the cafeteria ladies wins then Ye Won will pull her company out of the hospital dining service but if Ye Won wins then she can do whatever she want with the cafeteria ladies.

At first confident with the lunch she has carefully prepared, Hae Soo's face falls when she sees everyone flocking towards the gourmet lunch Ye Won has spared no expense at having her team of chefs prepare.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Super Cool Takuya Kimura!

2:16 PM Posted by ninja 3 comments
 Takuya Kimura who is currently in the show I'm Home garnered much praises lately when Masami Horiuchi, a very experienced actor in Japan who plays the heroine's father in the show posted an experience he had while on I'm Home set. 

The 65 years old actor, Masami Horiuchi arrived on the filming set and was surprised when he saw Kimura who greeted him with "Father, Good morning. I will be leaving first" before taking off with his manger. A bit perplexed, Masami Horiuchi wondered why Kimura is still around when his filming should've wrapped up over an hour ago. Confusion aside, Masami Horiuchi still felt happy to have been called "Father" by a superstar. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

When I See You Again Episode 2 Mini Recap & 2nd Impression

When I See You Again (他看她的第2眼) Episode 2 Mini Recap
Wanting to save her B&B but unable to make herself marry Jiang Hai Kuo, An Xi struggles agaisnt Hai Kuo's hand as he tries to make her put her thumb print on the marriage licence. 

Just when all sees lost and An Xi might actually gives in to Hai Kuo's demands, You Qian shows up as the glorious knight in the shining armor. Well... Kinda. Handing $10,000 NT to An Xi, You Qian proceeds to give Hai Kuo myriad of reasons why he wouldn't want to marry a girl like An Xi. Not sure if she actually likes the way You Qian is bad mouthing her, gratitude finally wins out and An Xi eagerly accepts the $10,000 NT so she can hold off Hai Kuo for one more month by paying the month's interest. 

Monday, June 8, 2015

Be With You Episode 35-39 Summary

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Be With You Episode 35-39 Summary
Determined to show Daddy Zhen her ability to become someone that could help Ying Jie, Man An decides to start working at Ying Jie's ship factory as a lowly assistant.

During his nightly visit with Daddy Zhen at the hospital Ying Jie informs his dad about Man An's new job at the company. Daddy Zhen nods in acknowledgment but his expression doesn't give any clues about how he feels about the situation.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Ninja Drools #19 Tonkatsu

4:46 PM Posted by ninja No comments

I have been craving Tonkatsu ever since I saw it on the first episode of Tenno no Ryoriban. Kinda one of those Japanese food you just have to make if you are not lucky enough to be close to a restaurant that makes it right. 

Oh, wait, on Tenno no Ryoriban it was actually breaded steak but I wanted Tonkatsu instead. Although steak seems like an intriguing idea. 

Recipe:

  • Thin cut pork chop (pounded with a meat mallet between plastic wrap)
  • Marinate the pork chop with a bit of soy sauce (I also added a bit of sesame oil... which I don't think should go in a Tonkatsu recipe... but my hands was faster than my brain. Fortunately I actually really liked the mistake.) 
  • Beat one egg with 1/2 tsp of oil.
  • Coat the pork chop with a flour mixture of flour, salt and powdered garlic. 
  • Dredge the flour coated pork chop in the egg mixture.
  • Then coat it with Japanese panko crumb.


  • Fry the pork chop in hot oil (on medium fire) until the meat is golden. 



  • I topped my Tonkatsu with Japanese mayo but you can of course go the traditional route and top it with Tonkatsu sauce that can be found in Japanese grocery store OR make it with equal ratio of ketchup and Worcestershire sauce. 
I REALLY liked this Tonkatsu and couldn't stop eating it. The thinly slice cabbage was also a really great companion that cuts down on the grease of the fried pork chop. 

This Week's Drama Food


From: When I See You Again Ep 1


From: Let's Eat 2 Ep. 8