A genius patissier, with talent far beyond his years, Han Do Woo is a chef unparalleled in the world of pastries. The master chef of his own bakery, it’s often been said that if one is lucky enough to enjoy one of Do Woo’s pastries, one’s own wishes are sure to come true. With such rumors floating around, it doesn’t take long for Do Woo’s mysterious bakery to become the talk of the town. As the buzz around Do Woo and his bakery grows, it’s only a matter of time before he catches the media’s eye. A writer for the hit baking show, “Top 3 Bakery Kings”, Noh Mi Rae, is determined to get Do Woo to join the cast. There’s just one problem, Do Woo wants nothing to do with her or her show. With her job on the line, Mi Rae tries anything and everything to get Do Woo to make an appearance on her show. Infiltrating the bakery, Mi Rae’s desperation leads her down an unexpected path as her attempts to woo Do Woo slowly begin to cause her own heart to flutter. Could all this time spent with the mysterious patissier eventually lead to love? (Source: Viki) Edit Translation
Cast & Credits
First of all, the drama had a nice feel to it, fluffy, feel good, cute and light (well, at least the first part). And, as it is only five episodes, the drama did a nice job with presenting the story, although they added too many plot lines to be able to complete them all properly. For example, the drama with the father and his relationship with his son, as well as the mystery with the rice secrets were rushly concluded and felt out of the blue. The drama had an odd twist to it as well, with the whole mystery and fantasy part was not that well made, probably needed more time to get properly presented. The romance didn't have time to mature either. But the competition part it was nice and the deserts looked tasty. The performances were good too, though that daughter character was a bit overdoing her mean character.
So, overall, five out of ten.
Unfortunately, the writing for this show misses the mark completely. It is based on a webtoon of the same name, but there are some dramas out there who adapt webtoons far more naturally. This specific production seems as if it were a script meant for a food anime, rather than a drama with real life people. With it being a web drama, How Are You Bread attempts-and unfortunately fails-to tackle several genres at the same time in a limited number of episodes. Let’s start with the mysterious friend of Do Woo who always appears randomly out of nowhere and saying conspicuous things, because apparently he’s a...wizard? Guardian of destiny? They never really clarified who he was or what he was, rather. Along with the evil businessmen plot based on baking-secret-recipe feuds, tense family relations, and the never-ending trope of oh-we-know-each-other-from-before, the web drama overwhelms itself and doesn’t quite deliver at the end.
The subplots and backstories for the support characters were straight forward enough, yet executed far too dramatically to be effective. Yes, this is a four year-old drama, but the writing was simply too anime-esque to be taken seriously (I mean come on, crying every time you take a bite of food, with real tears? Really?), along with the soap-opera filming and editing.
I think this web drama is a great example of how a show cannot be truly successful without good writing, no matter how great the actors are. Personally, I decided to watch How Are You Bread for Suho, who did great in his role, only to find that he was acting alongside some of the strongest actors in Dramaland as well, such as Lee Se Young, Im Byung Ki, and Moon Ji Yoon. Despite that, their acting couldn’t save the show for me.
Suho re-recorded the OST, Sedansogu, as a gift for his fans who’ve supported him through the years and waited for this drama to be released. Needless to say, he delivers the song beautifully with his flawless and much improved vocals. The soundtrack is definitely the best part about the show.
Rewatch Value (1/10)
This show is a great way to pass time if you just want to admire Kim Junmyeon’s visuals, and his voice in the OST. Besides that, I don’t think I would personally revisit this drama.