Happy Noodle

Happy Noodle (2013)

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Happy Noodle is about an aspiring noodle chef, Korean Cuisine Master En Ying, and Chinese Fencer Athlete Zhang Lin. and his journey to success, and their journey together. Due to a big misunderstanding, then fall in love with one another as the two try to reach their dreams and goals to be the best cooks.

  • Native title:

    幸福的面条

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Aryael
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Jan 1, 2014
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
Story: An aspiring, happy-go-lucky man (played by YSY) leaves Korea in search of his father in Hanzhou. He got recruited to work at the Hanzou Noodles Restaurant; a place with 100 years history as the best noodles restaurant in China. This sets the story of family feud, business struggles and human greed as this young man grow in his skill as a noodle chef and mature in his life perspective. Along the read more way, he found love. I categorise this story as in the same genre as Baking King, Kim Tak Gu. To be fair to the story, the storyline is different than Baker King's, though the genre is the same and instead of bread, we have noodles now. True to Chinese style of drama, each character has their own story and they are well explored. In the middle of the story, things dragged a bit but not too much. The story is told in an acceptable pace.

Acting/Cast: 10/10 for the experienced cast and acting. Despite the language barrier, everyone did well with expressions and their acting. YSY is dubbed but there are times when they allowed his real voice come true when speaking in Korean is needed. There's also another character in the drama who is a Japanese and occassionally, they allowed his voice to come through too; for the Japanese speaking parts. Being a veteran in CDramas, I do not mind the dubbing and multi-lingual premise of the acting, though I can understand how some ppl might find the dubbing annoying. Second male lead's a hottie as well and I spotted a few more hotties in there (for those of you who value aesthetics). The female lead is pretty and contrary to the noisy annoying chinese actress syndrome, hers is a very solid, mature character- no unneccesary screaming and shouting.

Music: Mediocre but suited for each scene.

Rewatch value: The part that hold me back from giving it a high rewatch value is the sheer number of episodes this drama has. 40! It is not one for a quick rewatch. It does not have memorable scenes that you will want to keep rewatching as it is more of a WHOLE drama than a SNIPPETS drama. Although YSY is the male lead, everyone gets almost equal air time and their stories are told well.

Overall: This is somewhere between 7 and 8. I decided to give it an 8 because despite its often tauted image as being "same as Baker's King, only China version"; the storyline is actually quite different. Good on YSY for landing himself a good chinese drama! I love all the scenic places in Hanzhou.... makes me want to visit Hanzhou! The restaurant and houses were all so grand looking! All in all, an ok drama if you are in the mood for a family, pseudo-melo (at certain parts) type drama.
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    HtetYadanaZaw 13 days ago

    Where can I watch this drama???

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    MyYume Feb 27, 2014

    omg yoon shi yoon can speak chinese??? OMG I GOTTA SEE IT ASDFKLSHJ

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    bluemoon_onna Jan 24, 2014

    where can i watch this drama with english sub?

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      meganjoy12 Jan 29, 2014

      If you haven't found it yet viki has it subbed up until like 22 ( its a little slow for the subbing )

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      bluemoon_onna Jan 29, 2014

      thanks :)

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    EJ_101 Jan 2, 2014

    40 epi!!!!!

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      MyYume Feb 27, 2014

      yup, but one ep is only 40 minutes ;) So if it was like korean dramas, it would be about 20 ep, right? ^^

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      EJ_101 Mar 1, 2014

      lol you are right a 20 epi in K/drama..

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    romanpadlodka Nov 26, 2013

    hmnnn looks interesting...

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    AmudoBun Oct 4, 2013

    Hmm... Dropped it... I like chinese, I do... And I am ok with dubbing too but this one just doesn't seem that right to me... Well that's just my humble opinion^^

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    Grace_kelly Sep 30, 2013

    can yoon shi yoon speak chinese or what?

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    crislyl09 Jul 6, 2013

    well .. have you guys seen the smiling pasta ??

    happy noodle vs smiling pasta ...
    which one is better ... :)

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      Aryael Jan 1, 2014

      It's different. smiling pasta is the taiwanese version of Full House. the story revolves around contract marriage/engagement and idol with funny and exaggerated moments, whereas Happy Noodle is more of a family melodrama. Both have their own merits. Depends on what you like - happy, easy-going drama with idol theme (Smiling Pasta) or a more heavy story with struggles involving three generations in a family, greed, business world etc (Happy Noodle)?

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    Becca86 Jul 3, 2013

    I don't mind that the show is dubbed. I watched Skip Beat and liked it, so I'm sure I can get over that part. My problem is.. Where can I watch this, and how long am I going to have to wait between episodes. T.T I found it on Viki but there are only a couple episodes subbed... Grrr, Why haven't we developed the universal translator yet?

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    hayoonchan Jul 3, 2013

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    batoul587 Jun 27, 2013

    Is it subbed? because if it ism does anyone know where i can watch it?

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      marieirene Jun 30, 2013

      viki has up to episode 4 subbed(mostly).

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    XColonelsKingdomX Jun 22, 2013

    I wanted to watch this but I really cannot stand when the actors voices are dubbed over.

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    kimluvv Jun 2, 2013

    Its getting subbed on Viki everyone!

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    hihi1603 May 23, 2013

    i just finished watching it:) its a very nice show especially if youre a fan of yoon shi yoon:) the link is here http://cn.lovetvshow.info/2013/04/happy-noodle-list.html but its in chinese subs.. cant find the english one:)

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    tokkipanda May 18, 2013

    So... is this airing now? I want to watch this!

Details

  • Country:

    China
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    40
  • Aired:

    Apr 28, 2013 to May 13, 2013
  • Network:

    CCTV
  • Duration:

    40 min.

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  • Score:

    7.7 (scored by 23 users)
  • Ranked:

    #4633
  • Popularity:

    #181

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