Rom-com K-drama from JTBC, Sweet Munchies, is now streaming on Viu Philippines with every new episode available as soon as 8 hours after broadcast in South Korea.
“Sweet Munchies” is a food-themed healing drama with an atypical love triangle between Jung Il Woo (49 Days, Haechi), Kang Jiyoung (former KARA member), and Lee Hak Joo (A World of Married Couple).
Atypical Gender Bender
Sweet Munchies takes a risk by putting a new twist in gender bender kdramas (Coffee Prince, He’s Beautiful, The Tale of Nokdu) where a lead character pretends to be another gender. Here, we have Chef Park pretending to be gay. Jin Sung’s lie puts a wedge between any romantic relationship budding between him and Ah Jin. To further complicate matters, it draws Tae Wan in and he develops an attraction to the chef.
Gender bias on homosexuals is continuously being explored and challenged. Conversations around it are respectful and insightful. It is a well-timed drama to watch this Pride Month as it opens up conversations on the topic among viewers as well.
Some early comments were:
“We have some positiveness in shows about LGBT+ but usually the topic is tiptoed around but this is a call-out and it’s refreshing to see.”
“Everything was good except I still feel uncomfortable with the idea that the chef is pretending to be gay to get the job. But, it’s still too early to say anything I guess…”
“I look forward to seeing how they’ll handle this plot, it’ll be a fine line; I just hope they don’t push haha funny gay narrative.”
Park Jin Sung runs ‘Bistro,’ a hole-in-the-wall late-night bar that serves delicious food, great drinks, and good company. One of his regulars, Kim Ah Jin, is a PD who always stays positive despite the struggles she encounters at work as a contractual assistant director for the past 4 years.
Ah Jin finally gets a break when she proposes a new food variety show called “Sweet Munchies” that merits her boss’ approval. Desperately in need of money, Jin Sung becomes the host of the program. Meanwhile, famous fashion designer Kang Tae Wan is enlisted as the show’s stylist.
The healing chef, the enthusiastic PD, and the genius stylist form this show’s love triangle — just not quite the way you’d expect from your usual fare of Korean dramas.
Watch the trailer of “Sweet Munchies” below:
Catch “Sweet Munchies” every Wednesday and Thursday on Viu.