Jin Sung and Tae Wan become good friends during the filming of Sweet Munchies.

Sweet Munchies is a Korean drama featuring a restaurant chef, who pretends to be gay in order to land a lucrative TV hosting gig. As the show becomes popular, he struggles to cope with his lie when romantic feelings grow towards his female producer. Meanwhile, he is unaware that his male friend has a crush on him, creating a love triangle made complicated by the public spotlight.

The best way to enjoy Sweet Munchies is to keep your expectations low, especially in terms of anticipating any meaningful LGBT representation. Although this series displays rare moments of brilliance, the quality is inconsistent as the plot gets more infuriating near the end.

Sweet Munchies Summary

What is the show called?

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When was the show released?

2020

Where was the show made?

South Korea

What is the language used in the show?

Korean

What is the showโ€™s genre?

Drama

How would you describe the show?

Dramatic & intense

How long is the show?

12 episodes

How long is each episode?

Around 60 to 70 minutes

Plot

Jin Sung is a restaurant chef whose father recently got into a car accident. Unfortunately, he cannot pay for his dadโ€™s hefty hospital bills, especially as his restaurant partner withdraws from the business all of a sudden. With the tight finances closing in on him, Jin Sung is at serious risk of losing his beloved restaurant.

At the restaurant, one of Jin Sungโ€™s regular customers is Ah Jin, a young woman employed at a television network. Her job is largely unsatisfying, as the senior colleagues constantly patronize her and show very little respect towards a contractual employee. Nevertheless, Ah Jin dreams of producing her own television show one day.

During a contest within the company, Ah Jin submits her idea of โ€œSweet Munchiesโ€, a talk show that features the novelty of a gay chef. However, Ah Jinโ€™s boss absolutely hated the concept, ridiculing her in front of everyone in the team. When Ah Jin talks back and defends herself, her boss sets up a nearly impossible challenge to prove her point. If Ah Jin can find a suitable candidate to host her Sweet Munchies program in 24 hours, her show will get produced. Otherwise, she will lose her job at the company.

As Ah Jin struggles to find a credible candidate, Jin Sung learns about her show and decides to apply at the last minute. He is not actually gay, but lies about his sexuality to obtain the money from the hosting gig. When Jin Sung performs well during his audition, he is offered a permanent role on the show. Ah Jin is overjoyed at her promotion in the TV company, unaware that the gay chef at the helm of her show is secretly straight.

At first, Jin Sung wanted to pull out of the show as soon as he earned enough money, but he is roped in deeper and deeper into his scandalous lie. After spending time together, he develops romantic feelings for Ah Jin, which confuses her because she still thinks heโ€™s gay. To complicate matters, Jin Sungโ€™s friend Tae Wan is a closeted fashion designer who admires Jin Sung for coming out on TV. Tae Wan develops a secret crush on Jin Sung, who has no idea about his friendโ€™s feelings and keeps giving him mixed signals.

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Sweet Munchies Cast

Characters

Jin Sung Jung Il Woo (์ •์ผ์šฐ) Jung Il Woo Instagram

Jin Sung is played by athe actor Jung Il Woo (์ •์ผ์šฐ).

Jin Sung is a talented restaurant chef who secures the hosting gig on the TV show, Sweet Munchies. To land this gig, he lies about his sexuality and pretends to be a gay chef. At first, Jin Sung only wants the money from shooting the pilot episode, but his lie spirals out of control as he is offered a permanent role on the show. Jin Sung has a younger brother who is actually gay, even though Jae Soo doesnโ€™t know about his brotherโ€™s TV program.

Ah Jin Kang Ji Young (๊ฐ•์ง€์˜) Kang Ji Young Instagram

Ah Jin is played by the actress Kang Ji Young (๊ฐ•์ง€์˜).

Ah Jin is a regular customer at Jin Sungโ€™s restaurant. She visits him nearly every night to enjoy his delicious cooking. As a young contractual employee at a TV broadcasting company, Ah Jin is often disrespected at work by her peers and superiors. However, she catches her big break when the network actually produces her talk show Sweet Munchies. Ah Jin is slightly naive, but she makes up for her inexperience with a determined, passionate, and scrappy personality.

Tae Wan Lee Hak Joo (์ดํ•™์ฃผ) Lee Hak Joo Instagram

Tae Wan is played by the actor Lee Hak Joo (์ดํ•™์ฃผ).

Tae Jin is a fashion designer employed as Jin Sungโ€™s style consultant for Sweet Munchies. At first, he didnโ€™t want to work on the show, but Jin Sungโ€™s passionate speech about gay equality moved him. Tae Jin is a secretly closeted gay man who develops romantic feelings for Jin Sung. Usually reserved and emotionless, Tae Jin finds himself opening up the more time he spends around Jin Sung.

Supporting Cast

Sung Eun is played by the actress Gong Min Jung (๊น€๋ฏผ์ •).

Sung Eun

Gong Min Jung (๊น€๋ฏผ์ •)

Jae Soo is played by the actor Park Sung Joon (๋ฐ•์„ฑ์ค€).

Jae Soo

Park Sung Joon (๋ฐ•์„ฑ์ค€)

Gyu Jang is played by the actor Yang Dae Hyuk (์–‘๋Œ€ํ˜).

Gyu Jang

Yang Dae Hyuk (์–‘๋Œ€ํ˜)

Director Cha is played by the actress Kim Soo Jin (๊น€์ˆ˜์ง„).

Director Cha

Kim Soo Jin (๊น€์ˆ˜์ง„)

Sang Young is played by the actor Kim Seung Soo (๊น€์Šน์ˆ˜).

Sang Young

Kim Seung Soo (๊น€์Šน์ˆ˜)

Min Soo is played by the actor Shin Woo Gyum (์‹ ์šฐ๊ฒธ).

Min Soo

Shin Woo Gyum (์‹ ์šฐ๊ฒธ)

Jin Woo is played by the actor Choi Jae Hyun (์ตœ์žฌํ˜„).

Jin Woo

Choi Jae Hyun (์ตœ์žฌํ˜„)

Jin Sung's father is played by the actor Oh Man Seok (์˜ค๋งŒ์„).

Jin Sungโ€™s dad

Oh Man Seok (์˜ค๋งŒ์„)

Tae Wan's father is played by the actor Jang Hyun Sung (์žฅํ˜„์„ฑ).

Tae Wanโ€™s dad

Jang Hyun Sung (์žฅํ˜„์„ฑ)

Sweet Munchies Review

Review

Drama Review Score: 6

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Jin Sung does a goofy dance to cheer up Tae Wan.

One of my biggest concerns going into Sweet Munchies is that I would be investing 13 hours into a series that has no BL content. I knew this was a mainstream Korean drama, so obviously I kept my expectations for LGBTQ content very, very low. Still, my curiosity won out in the end and I took the plunge into this lengthy K-drama, even though I suspected that it wouldnโ€™t satisfy my BL cravings. And despite setting my expectations to the bare minimum, I was still kind of disappointed by Sweet Munchies.

Part of my disappointment comes from all the untapped potential in the plot. This drama had the opportunity to tell a progressive, thought-provoking story from an LGBT perspective. Instead, it squandered any chance to make a positive influence. Sweet Munchies shies away from any gay storylines outside of a few shallow speeches and a one-sided romance that barely takes off. There is no substance to the gay representation on Sweet Munchies, only a basic and superficial interpretation that wonโ€™t feel satisfying for BL fans.

Is there anything less appealing than a straight character desperately pretending to be gay? I tried to keep an open mind because of Jin Sungโ€™s financial circumstances at first, but his scandalous lie reached a point where it stopped being justifiable. The longer he lied about being gay, the more his character came across as a scumbag. Jin Sung had one particularly infuriating conversation with Tae Wan that left my mouth agape, because I couldnโ€™t believe how insensitive he was. By the last few episodes, his behaviour was so reprehensible that I started to root actively against him.

Sweet Munchies wasnโ€™t terrible from the beginning. Some aspects of the workplace drama can be compelling at times, even though the storytelling is mostly infuriating with contrived drama from one-dimensional antagonists. Nonetheless, I enjoyed a few of the early episodes, supported by charismatic actors, pretty visuals, and a lush soundtrack. Sadly, the series lost momentum rapidly in the second half, with a derailed storyline that focused too much on the boring heterosexual romance. Jin Sung was too unlikeable, Ah Jin was too naive, and their numerous scenes together were way too repetitive.

Almost everything about the plot in Sweet Munchies underwhelmed me. Even Tae Wanโ€™s character, whose sensitive personal journey is one of the series highlights, couldโ€™ve been much better if the drama didnโ€™t portray his storyline so conservatively. I approached this series fearing that itโ€™d be too heterocentric with no BL content, which is pretty much as I suspected. The bigger problem with Sweet Munchies is that the story just kind of sucks, getting worse and worse near the end. Whether youโ€™re watching this drama for the gay romance or not, youโ€™re going to end up feeling unfulfilled.

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Sweet Munchies Episodes

Episode Guide

Sweet Munchies has a total of 12 episodes. Each episode is around 60 to 70 minutes long. This is a long drama, and you can finish the entire series in around 13 hours.

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