When it comes to Asian dramas, what's the ultimate form of fan service? Are they gratuitous amounts of skinship – say, abs-a-glistening in the shower or even pretty young thangs in bodycon dresses? The long-awaited kiss scenes between a drama's two lead characters? Regardless, fan service refers to “giving what the fans want” - and in this case, my idea of fan service with an Asian drama comes in form of a certain type of porn ….

. . . food porn, that is. I'm sure the lot of you can agree with me.

The way food is presented in various Asian dramas tantalizes the viewers' senses in more ways than one: it makes us salivate and crave the delectable dishes on screen, it conjures up memories of eating with loved ones (and well, maybe the not-so-loved anymore) and finally, it implants pleasant feelings about food we've never even heard of or had before. The scenes are only left to our imagination as to how tasty the food really is. In any case, let’s take a step down memory line – as we revisit some various moments of Asian Dramas 101: Food Porn Edition . . .

Behind the Slurp: The Magical Healing Properties of Noodles

I don’t care if it’s ramen/ramyun, jajamyung or somen - whether it’s outside on a table near a noodle cart – or even - - to some people’s horror - - instant, eating a bowl of noodles on an Asian drama is a specific type of art. Whether the characters on these shows slurp slowly to savor the meal and the moment or rather, quickly because they’re hungry or running late, the cameraman’s capture of these actors’ slurping techniques is enough to make any viewer salivate over these hearty bowls of noodles. 

[caption id="attachment_84557" align="aligncenter" width="499" caption="Don't spill those noodles, Goo Ae Jeung. Your career is on the line! "][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_84556" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="She wanted her ramyun so badly that she couldn't wait for a plate and ate it off the lid. "][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_84555" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="KimTaku sure makes his imaginary bowl of noodles look delicious. "][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_84554" align="aligncenter" width="503" caption="Don't get in between them and their noodles, folks. "][/caption]

Work Hard, Eat and Drink Harder!

After a long day’s of hard work, sometimes you just want wind down with an ice-cold beer – accompanied by good, tasty eats. Of course the same applies in Asian Drama Land. Combined with the company of dearest friends, family, or even coworkers – finger lickin’ good times are sure to wipe away any stress or frustration these characters’ bosses may give them. Of course – this solution also applies to problems with broken relationships, mafia bosses taking over your life, and finding out your beloved musical that you worked so hard on isn’t going to get the funding it needs to get on stage before a huge audience.

[caption id="attachment_84553" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Detectives in Japan don't need donuts - they need gyoza! "][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_84552" align="aligncenter" width="520" caption="Don't get the meat juices on my sparkly sequined tracksuit. I'll have you know I worked hard to get this handmade. "][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_84564" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Don't underestimate hard-working students - they will do whatever it takes for pudding. "][/caption]

The High Art of Cooking in Asian Dramas

You should realize (if not already know this as a fact) that food is taken very seriously in the world of Asian Dramas. And of course, there are dramas that well, seriously focus on the preparation, technique, and presentation of fine dining within various Asian dramas. This is where food actually takes center stage – with of course, accompanied by very good lighting and the really good-looking actors who play the characters who’ve made the dishes.

[caption id="attachment_84551" align="aligncenter" width="561" caption="That scoop of miso doesn't know what it's in for..."][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_84550" align="aligncenter" width="499" caption="Hello? Is it me you're looking for? "][/caption]

Cooking (and Eating) for L-O-V-E

Asian dramas also prove you don’t need specialized culinary training to be able to make dishes to make grown men and women want to cry – I mean, really, all you need is LOVE. The kind of love that’s so dripping in syrupy, sickening goodness that also makes some people want to vomit – but the food makes up for it anyway.

[caption id="attachment_84562" align="aligncenter" width="491" caption="The way to her heart is through her stomach. Her weakness: creme puffs. "][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_84563" align="aligncenter" width="506" caption="His love for the prodigy piano student showed through this cooking (despite seeming annoyed). "][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_84566" align="aligncenter" width="499" caption="After losing their parents, the surrogate mother Pal-Gang preserves to become better at cooking out of love for her family. "][/caption]

Did we make you hungry enough? Let us know in the comments below of some of your favorite food porn moments in Asian dramas.

Also – don’t forget to check out some of these food-related dramas on DramaFever: Pasta, My Lovely Sam Soon, Gourmet, Flower Boy Ramyun Shop, as well as other food related programs here