Wok of Love Episode 19
Sae Woo (Jung Ryeo Won) declares the food they cooked together yummy. Seo Poong (Lee Joon Ho) asks when she got her divorce. Seo Poong tells him when. Seo Poong admits he likes her but likes Chil Seong too. He declares he won’t hurt Chil Seong. He tells Sae Woo not to like him. She’s surprised but agrees. Seo Poong says he wanted her to know in case she liked him. Sae Woo stands and leaves. Seo Poong isn’t totally happy but won’t pursue someone his friend likes too.
Sae Woo sits at the bus stop, bummed out.
The old woman (Lee Mi Sook) tries to retrieve Seo Poong’s shoes. Seo Poong sees her a says a ladder is needed. She says that Sae Woo and he have the same lost and lonely look. She asks if he’s dating Sae Woo. He denies it too quickly. She warns him to tell the truth and go after Sae Woo. He thanks her for helping to retrieve his recipe book. The old woman claims that Sae Woo was weeping when she left the eatery. She says that Sae Woo said she wanted to die. Seo Poong can’t let that alone and he takes off after her.
Walking the hospital grounds at night, Doo Chil Seong (Jang Hyuk) recalls Sae Woo chastising him for getting hurt again. Another patient uses his IV stand. Chil Seong decides to smoke and lets her have it. She returns to him so he can hang his IV.
Seo Poong finds Sae Woo with her head down at the bus top. She’s not crying like the old woman claimed. Sae Woo admits she’s worried about seeing him tomorrow. Seo Poong assures her everything will be okay.
The patient tells Chil Seong she has lung cancer. He stops lighting up.
On the bus, Sae Woo replays Seo Poong’s blow off. As she walks home, Sae Woo isn’t happy at the mixed message that Sae Woo is rejecting her while saying he likes her. She wonders if she should only listen to the part she wants to her (that Seo Poong likes her). She gets irked and tells the fantasy Seo Poong that he hurt her feelings. She orders him gone and he goes. But that isn’t what she wanted.
Chil Seong leaves the hospital in the morning. Seo Poong picks him up. That puts a smile on both their faces. Nice! As they drive Chil Seong spots Sae Woo and wants Seo Poong to give Sae Woo a ride to the eatery. Seo Poong pulls over and after hesitating invites Sae Woo to join them.
Chil Seong tells Seo Poong to be nicer to Sae Woo. He defends Sae Woo limited skills in the kitchen. Seo Poong asks if Chil Seong likes Sae Woo. He confirms it. Chil Seong admits that Sae Woo declared that his criminal past doesn’t scare her. He shares that Sae Woo is beautiful in his eyes. Seo Poong doesn’t agree. Chil Seong smiles and says Sae Woo is beautiful to him.
Sae Woo practices her wok skills. Seo Poong makes a dumpling and tells Sae Woo to get changed for work. She bemoans the awkwardness between them. Seo Poong gives his team a flexible soup dumpling. Seo Poong gives the flexible soup dumpling to Chil Seong and his men. He asks for feedback.
Chief Wang declares to his team that their menu will differ from Seo Poong’s. Chief Wang makes his dumpling dough thin and razor thin. He then fries the dumpling shreds.
The team is impressed with the dumpling. Sae Woo tells Seo Poong he should have sought medical treatment so his wrist heals quicker.
Chil Seong and the men try the soup dumpling. They claim the dumpling soup is good.
Chief Wang gives his team a crispy dim sum. They love it. He recalls CEO Yong Seung Ryong (Kim Sa Kwon) telling him that if he loses to Seo Poong, he’ll be fired.
Seo Poong’s team doesn’t like that taste of the soup dumpling. He can’t believe the differing opinions from Chil Seong and his men. Seo Poong’s team urges Chil Seong’s men to tell the truth. They admit they lied per Chil Seong’s direction. Seo Poong warns them all not to lie to him again. Seo Poong declares if they don’t lie, they can become his delivery men AND he’ll teach them to cook. He warns them in the kitchen, he’s the boss. Chil Seong is pleased. His men are pleased.
Seo Poong’s team tells him they should have worked together to make the soup dumplings. Sae Woo tells him doing it alone created unbalance in the final product.
Sae Woo scolds Chil Seong about lying to Seo Poong. He smiles as she walks away.
Wok of Love Episode 22
Sae Woo urges Seo Poong to go to the hospital. He walks away. She follows. She says its better if they go together. She talks his hand and they go. But it’s Sae Woo who ends up being treated by the doctor. After adjusting her shoulder and wrist she scolds her for not coming sooner.
The old woman visits Chil Seong in his office and declares when he lifted her out of harms way her heart fluttered. Chil Seong chuckles. The old woman tells him about Seo Poong flip flopping about Sae Woo. She asks if they are involved. Chil Seong scoffs at the idea…or does he?
As Seo Poong and Sae Woo receive treatment they stare into each other’s eyes. Sae Woo is surprised she needed medical attention. She vows to work both the wok and ladle. They both declare they can separate their profession activities from their personal. Seo Poong tells Sae Woo her description of his subpar soup dumplings was a bit harsh. She asks if he wants her to sugar coat her words. He denies that. She promises to say what she thinks and wants from now on. She vows she’s done with men telling her what to do. She stares at Seo Poong and smiles. He smiles too.
Nice moment. I want Sae Woo to go for what and who she wants. Stop being obtuse, start being clear.
When they arrive at the eatery, Chil Seong asks to speak with Sae Woo. He asks if she’s married. Sae Woo states she’s divorced. He congratulates her. He walks away. He exits and breathes a sigh. Chil Seong goes outside to speak with Seo Poong. He smiles and asks if Seo Poong broke up with his wife. Seo Poong confirms this. Chil Seong notices his ring is gone. He congratulates him. He tells him to meet a better woman next time. Seo Poong declares he won’t date, he’ll work. Chil Seong chuckles.
Is Chil Seong wondering if Seo Poong and Sae Woo like each other?
Seo Poong works on his soup dumplings. It doesn’t go as planned. He gives up. As he exits the eatery he spies a kitten. He tells the kitten he can’t get the dough balloon right. He sighs things aren’t going his way.
He continues his quest to get the soup dumpling right. He even sleeps at the eatery. He announces to his team that the dim sum festival starts tomorrow. Everyone works together. Chae Seol Ja (Park Ji Young) corrects Chil Seong’s men and Jin Jeong Hae (Lee Mi Sook) as they prep the food. Later Seol Ja apologizes to Jeong Hae. She shares that Seo Poong and Chil Seong’s men aren’t always complimentary. Jeong Hae says she knows Seol Ja went to a hotel with Maeng Dal. Seol Ja denies anything is going on between them. Jeong Hae thinks Maeng Dal is cute.
Everyone takes a snack break. Chil Seong directs everyone to call Seo Poong chef when they talk to him.
Seol Ja gets a call from Chief Wang as she exits the eatery. He invites her to work with him. She hangs up on him.
Seo Poong finds Sae Woo cooking a meal. Seo Poong declares he won’t eat it. She urges him to try her food. He critiques her dish. He says even though it isn’t perfect he’ll finish it. Sae Woo likes her food. Seo Poong asks for a piece of bubble gum. They chew. Seo Poong considers his soup dumpling dough. He decides to tweak the recipe. They make the dough together. It still does not hold when he blows. They try another variation of the dough. It doesn’t expand enough when he blows. They try another variation of the dough. It holds when he blows. Excited Sae Woo kisses Seo Poong on the cheek.
Chil Seong sits outside the eatery. He thinks about Sae Woo confirm she’s divorced. He thinks about Seo Poong’s declaration that he won’t date. Chil Seong goes in the eatery.
Another fluffy episode with plenty of cooking filler. Did we really need to see that many iterations of the soup dumpling dough? What happened with our trio? Sae Woo decided to pursue who she wants. Seo Poong decides not to pursue Sae Woo. Chil Seong gets confirmation from both Sae Woo and Seo Poong that they have ended their marriages. In other words, not much happened this episode. Writer SEO put the episode in “hover” mode.
Chef Seo Poong (Lee Joon Ho) was reunited with his recipe book. finally got the soup dumpling dough to the right consistency. The teamwork between Seo Poong and Sae Woo is good although not riveting TV. Seo Poong didn’t mind Sae Woo admiring him. In fact, he enjoyed it. But his bros first internal pledge to Chil Seong kept him from acting on his feelings for Sae Woo.
Dan Sae Woo (Jung Ryeo Won) decided to follow her heart. She did not like being zapped in the friend zone. She only wanted to concentrate on Seo Poong’s admission that he liked her. She told Seo Poong she was going to like who she likes and not let any man tell her how to act. I like that. She stood firm and took Seo Poong to the hospital. I liked that. She wouldn’t leave his side and acted as his cooking partner. I liked that. All this is good, but it wasn’t exciting, and seemed to move the story forward a snail’s pace.
Doo Chil Seong (Jang Hyuk) wondered if Seo Poong and Sae Woo liked each other. Chil Seong couldn’t get the old woman’s suggestion that Seo Poong cares for Sae Woo out of his head. Does he suspect they like each other or is he turning a blind eye? At least Seo Poong agreed to teach his men cooking basics. I liked when Seo Poong emphasized in the kitchen he was the boss and Chil Seong backed him up on that.
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