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Gourmet Episode 7, recap

Tuesday, July 8, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

My wrists hurt now. Um… just to let you know – hovering at 2500~ words. Will now go away to curl up with my favourite Agatha Christie.

Episode 7

Sung Chan goes to visit the knifemaker, but Joo Hee is inside with him, so he runs away, to the bewilderment of the other people in the hallway. Joo Hee doesn’t see him. Not one to do things halfway, he runs out and drives away with lots of haste. Unfortunately, this means that he gets into an accident (the laws of kdrama come into play), dropping lots of veggies in the process.

The driver of the other car is Bong Joo, who gets out, and his sleek appearance all in black contrasts greatly with Sung Chan’s ordinary poncho. (Sorry, am clothes hog, his jacket/coat is really nice and I covet it…) And you know, one more thing that turns the audience against Bong Joo is the nature of his greeting to Sung Chan, his brother who has been missing for a year. He’s almost brutish in the way he says “What are you doing here?’ Just that. No inquiries about how he is, where he’s living. AFter he gets over the shock, he starts yelling at Sung Chan, fully knowing that he was the one who drove his younger brother to this way of life anyway. Way to score high on the affection card.

And he doesn’t help Sung Chan gather the scattered vegetables.

Bong Joo is all angry and wants Sung Chan to know that he’s been searching high and low for him (um, I think not). Sung Chan retorts that this is what Bong Joo wanted – for him to leave.

This gets him where it hurts and Bong Joo slaps Sung Chan. He goes on about how much both himself and his father care about Sung Chan like he’s really part of the family. They trade insults, and both are way too emotional. When Sung Chan refuses to go up and see his father, Bong Joo snaps and starts really laying in the insults. He adds that he never wants their father to see Sung Chan like this.

Sung Chan, already crying in a rather unmanly manner, drives away, with Bong Joo watching him. (Thus impeding lots of traffic, but whatever.)

He drives to a nearby beach, abandoned in the winter season, and looks on while he tells himself that it’s okay. He ends up in tears anyway. (Bong Joo, you big brute.)

Bong Joo walks up to the knifemaker’s room, and sees Joo Hee waiting outside. She greets him with the happy news that Sung Chan is staying with the knifemaker, and his father comes out of the room, all smiles that he gets to see Sung Chan after so long. Bong Joo lies about having seen his brother in the hospital parking lot.

Joo Hee goes downstairs to wait for him, while Bong Joo goes in with his father to pay respects to the man dying of cancer. At night, Sung Chan has still not come (duh), and the chef’s radiant outlook fades to worry and sadness. He’s hurt that Sung Chan would go to such lengths to avoid him, and frets over his son driving around the streets doing small business in such a cold winter. Bong Joo gets hit by the twin baseball bats of jealousy and guilt.

The knifemaker comforts chef Oh, saying that Sung Chan is not the type to abandon his knives for long, that he will pick up cooking again.

Chef Oh, perhaps feeling his own mortality, tells Bong Joo to find Sung Chan (and bring him back, it’s assumed). He adds that if they need to flip the country upside down, he will do it to find his son. This puts Bong Joo in a somewhat awkward position, but he says yes anyway.

He goes out to find Joo Hee gazing at the same stretch of ocean Sung Chan was earlier. She expresses sadness that Sung Chan seems to be running away from them, but Bong Joo only replies that he will find Sung Chan. His coldness disturbs her a lot, and she looks at him leaving with disquiet.

Work continues as usual at Un Ahm Jung the next day. Well, almost. Saudi Arabian (?) dignitaries (or oil magnates, I can’t tell) come visit, and of course they have to come here and eat, so everything is being juggled around to suit their taste. Meanwhile, Ja Woon has a presentiment that Sung Chan will come seeking him soon.

They are duly impressed with the food. (I just had dinner, but the food is making me hungry again.) Joo Hee’s father is relieved, as they are known to be particularly picky eaters. (Wow, how picky do you have to be for restaurant halfway across the globe to know? Also, when eating, do not wear makeup.)

However, during dessert, disaster strikes in the form of red wine syrup. (Poor Jang Goo just keeps making mistakes. He’s the one who shouted at Ted Oh’s assistant last time and lost them points for hospitality.) The two practicing Muslims get up, enraged at having eaten something that contains alcohol…

Joo Hee’s dad kicks Min Woo around in the kitchens for allowing this to happen, and hints that if Bong Joo were here, nothing would have offended the guests. Min Woo summarily fires Jang Goo and replaces him with … Eun Chae’s father! WAAAAAAAAAAHT? (Sorry, if you were following Iljimae, you’d know how weird it is.)

Oh Dal Pyung is a bit of a suck up, to use an understatement. He’s so oily it’s kind of creepy (and I don’t mean facial oil, though he does have that in plenty too.)

Bong Joo continues with the plan of expanding Un Ahm Jung into a global franchise, setting up test restaurants in Paris, San Fracisco, Tokyo’s Harajuku district, Salisbury etc. They’re planning to decide on a beef supplier through a competition, and already, 13 companies have submitted their applications. Min Woo suggests a menu contest also. Joo Hee is worried, and her shared opinions with the absent chef Oh make her take a discreet stand against her own father, who is allied with Bong Joo and Min Woo.

Chef Oh receives the news of the franchising, along with a beef farm takeover with dismay. He just really doesn’t like the new, international, direction the restaurant is taking, and says that overdoing things is worse than not doing them at all. He doesn’t want Bong Joo to twist the legacy that the Lee family of imperial cooks have passed down to him. Bong Joo thinks that change is necessary. The two are at an impasse.

The argument reaches to a point where chef Oh says he shouldn’t have left the restaurant to Bong Joo. Ouch.

Chef Oh is so discouraged and disappointed after his talk with his son that he burrows into his bed in the middle of the day. It takes Ja Woon to even make him speak, and the old man cries as he remembers when he first met Sung Chan.

It was at his father’s funeral, and chef Oh’s offer of a home was taken up only when Sung Chan hears that there will also be an older brother waiting for him. So you see that Bong Joo was super important to him from the beginning. On the train, chef Oh and Ja Woon notice Sung Chan (the kid is so cute!) clutching some edible berries in his hand. When he gets to Un Ahm Jung, he gives the berries to Bong Joo as a present, and they bond. (Wow, that was easier than I thought it would be. Two teenage boys, one who’s just lost his father and been adopted? Suspiciously smooth. But then, model children seem to be the theme of the episode.)

Chef Oh sadly reminisces that Bong Joo and Sung Chan were so close, even when Sung Chan was breaking everyone’s heads being stubborn.

Joo Hee’s dad walks in, complaining that they haven’t had a moment’s peace when Sung Chan comes back to disturbs everyone. Ja Woon defends Sung Chan, which somehow degenerates into a fight between two really old men. (Um? I think it was meant to be funny.) The prone chef Oh, silent up to that point, gets up and chases everyone away.

Newcomer Dal Pyung is a bit OCD with his measurements, and he’s kind of unctuous. But anyway, oiliness aside, he makes everyone conform to his very stringent standards. Madame Jo calls him a narcissist while the others just think he’s weird.

Bong Joo receives Sung Chan’s info, like his address, his likely sale spots (and possibly the number of times he goes to the bathroom per day, these spies are super efficient, are you sure SK isn’t a police state? The kind of data people can just find on each other!) and other pertinent data. He’s determined not to let Sung Chan back anymore.

While Sung Chan is attracting ajummas like honey with bees, Bong Joo watches his easygoing manner with all of them. Sung Chan continues broadcasting his arrival to the neighbourhood, keeping an eye on the fish store that reported him last time. When two irate customers exit the store, Sung Chan decides to investigate. (Wow, nosy much?)

Turns out that loan sharks or local mafia are after the owner for debts. Sung Chan walks away and gets ready to leave, but finds that he can’t. Aww, clever! He knows that he probably shouldn’t get them angrier than they already are, so he turns on a police siren and broadcasts it! The two roughs go away.

Lol, the owner is pretty antisocial, but he does offer Sung Chan pork rib soup after some mutual sniping. Sung Chan replies that he’s out of seaweed for the day but he can get him some the next time he’s around, as long as the owner orders.

AHHHHH DONUTS. THE FOOD OF CANUCKS. Only, you know, Jin Soo’s ordered about 12 for herself and then sends the waitress off with an extremely complicated order of white chocolate mocha. The poor thing (waitress, not Jin Soo). She’s blogging about the knifemaker’s son and their experience with the snow crab cakes. The picture of her holding/chewing an entire donut with her mouth while muttering what she’s typing is just… aww. I love Nam Sang Mi.

Then she gets an astonishing call from her boss, and I don’t know what she does with her donuts (cause, you know, I could use some), but anyway, she rushes to her workplace only to find that director Han isn’t in his office.

(It has just occurred to me that it’s a miracle Sung Chan hasn’t had anything stolen from that open bed truck of his. I mean, I work in a place where there’s lots of people most of the time and things still get stolen, so imagine him off delivery stuff and parking the car in an abandoned street!)

Anyway, Sung Chan parks outside Jin Soo’s office building and delivers some fish to her, in thanks for all the times she’s stepped in for him. But one drawback, the fish smell bad, and her boss may come back any time.

Sung Chan is shoved unceremoniously into the balcony as Jin Soo tries to cope with being fired – unless she can find big sensational news about a famous butcher named the Kang warrior. (With a name like that I can see how he’s famous.) Her boss is basically saying, find impossibly hard news on someone who supposedly disappeared five years ago and I won’t fire you. (Oh Jin Soo, can’t you tell when you’re being taken advantage of?)

Jin Soo stomps outside, probably forgetting that poor Sung Chan is still waiting for her out on the cold balcony. She sees someone about to tow away Sung Chan’s truck, and claims that it is hers. To prove her point, she jumps into the cab and drives away. (Sung Chan, you left your keys in the bloody ignition? Are you asking for your car to be stolen??) The real owner of the truck comes out of the building, after scaring director Han witless, and chases after Jin Soo.

The girl actually can’t drive, so uh, she plow the truck onto a not-so-distant curb. Ouch. He yells at her, and she yells back. He realizes that she was only trying to help him and apologizes. She walks off crying and only agrees to come with him when Sung Chan offers his help in tracking down the ‘Kang warrior’.

Back at Un Ahm Jung, more specifically in Sung Chan’s empty room, Joo Hee is looking at Sung Chan’s old uniform again. Bong Joo walks in, snatches it from her hands and throws it down on the desk. Joo Hee states that she’s just waiting for him to come back, but Bong Joo tells her that he never will.

Joo Hee goes for the jugular, asking why Sung Chan would behave so, and since she knows that Bong Joo knows, he tells her the real reason. He’s not very nice about it either, and he totally goes off into the dark side when he says that the person who can protect and promote Un Ahm Jung is not Sung Chan nor his father, but himself. Scary ambition. Mr. Super Jealous of Sung Chan tells Joo Hee to go look for him herself and ask him how much he’s missed her.

The butchers are … butchering things. Anyway, Sung Chan’s contacts among the butchers do know who the Kang warrior is, and they’ve worked under him, but now they only have a knife that he used, with a name carved into the handle. They search high and low, but no trace of Kang can be found.

Jin Soo and Sung Chan go home in the dark, promising to continue on with the search. However, Jin Soo has nightmares about the knife and calls Sung Chan over. They sit, shivering on the steps of her apartment building, until Jin Soo brings up the issue of her (seemingly eternal) hunger. (Is she going to be one of those always eating main leads? Oh god.)

Sung Chan cooks gourmet ramen while singing. Awww. Jin Soo is too busy being hungry to appreciate him cooking for her in the back of his truck, on a portable stove, but anyway. LOLCATS FOR SEVENSES – Jin Soo’s name and Sung Chan’s name combined = 山珍海味 in Chinese, which is something like seafood and rare taste – meaning the best flavour, anyway. (irugnotmis, isnt’ that cute and kind of cliched?)

Anyway, since Jin Soo is going to Un Ahm Jung the next day she wants to know if she should tell people about him. He vetoes the idea and tells her to stop talking about Un Ahm Jung altogether. They laugh and joke, and eat a gazillion packs of ramen for a midnight snack.

Not far away, Joo Hee sits in her red SUV, tearing up at the sight of Sung Chan with another girl.

End episode.


– Hum. So the romance play has begun! Jin Soo and Sung Chan warm to each other while Joo Hee realizes her own feelings. Bong Joo is stuck in his own cloud of jealousy and could do with a few pointers on how not to act like he’s evil.


  1. irugnotmis
    Tuesday, July 8, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    lol 山珍海味. nice.

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