Jewel in the Palace

I’ve been watching a lot more TV ever since P- hooked up the full package of Time Warner Cable (thanks, P-). The thing I’ve been hooked on (other than Battlestar Galactica and the reruns of Amazing Race on the Game Channel) is a Korean period series called Jewel in the Palace, a.k.a. Dae Jang Geum 대장금 or 大長今 which is now playing on the AZN channel (channel 500 on Time Warner) subtitled in English. It’s one part Hong Kong TVB soap opera and one part Iron Chef. Based on a true story, the main character Jang-Geum is a kitchen lady in the Korean royal household that aspires to become the chief doctor. A lot of the time is spent looking at traditional Korean cooking ingredients and their methods of preparation, which are mouthwatering. The series is shot on location so the visuals are fantastic, too (I’ve been to Changdeokgung Palace in Seoul on my Malaysia trip). I’ve read that the series is very popular in Taiwan also. Catch it if you can.

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