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Gu Jing is a good chef who owns a creative and retro restaurant. He opens his restaurant anytime he wants. Gu finds that there is a boy who always gets the quietest seat, and that boy is Liu Li. Liu is a gay-themed novelist who rents a room upstairs from Gu’s restaurant. Gu starts to send Liu a bowl of spicy beef noodles. Gu has become the person that Liu confides in, the person who keeps him company during the breakup. Gradually, Liu realizes that his fantasies may be different from reality. (Source: pavilion.taicca.tw) Edit Translation

  • English
  • 中文(台灣)
  • Українська
  • Türkçe
  • Country: Taiwan
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 10
  • Aired: Nov 24, 2023 - Jan 19, 2024
  • Aired On: Friday
  • Duration: 20 min.
  • Score: 7.5 (scored by 2,465 users)
  • Ranked: #5918
  • Popularity: #2196
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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Completed
Zii3
10 people found this review helpful
Dec 28, 2023
10 of 10 episodes seen
Completed 2
Overall 5.0
Story 5.0
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 4.0
Rewatch Value 2.0
This review may contain spoilers

Cute but also cringy. Watch for the leads.

General spoilers only at bottom of review.
Ep 1-6: Not much plot but cute and sweet with great attraction-tension between leads. A simple, fairly enjoyable, light and easy watch.
Ep 7-10: Cringe-fest! Cliched tropes kept popping up, higher suspension of disbelief required to get through, cheesy moments, corny lines, and more telling vs showing.

The lead actors are good and their chemistry is great; they kept me watching. There was slow building romantic and sexual tension, a decent amount of skinship, and realistic making-out. The actors seemed comfortable with each other and the growing interest and attraction of their characters was believable. Most of the time they managed to elevate the weak screenplay. I would readily watch them if they had another project together.

The plot is basic and extremely predictable, the script is mediocre, and the theme song is decent but over-used and I didn't like most of the rest of the music (either didn't feel like it fit well or it just came across as cheap or cheesy).

Good for binge-watching one time; it's cute and light but the 20min episodes don't have enough of a storyline arc individually to feel satisfying on their own. I won't re-watch it.

Stan Huang is great as Gu Jing and held a lot of energy in his eyes. I found him compelling to watch, even when the character wasn't doing much.

Liu Li is naive to the point that some suspension of disbelief is required to like him! Xuang Chen is good with his doe-eyed innocence. I think whatever annoyances I felt were with the way the character was written, not with the actor. It does take some skill to act so believably clueless.

The lead couple in You Are Mine have a mini cameo in this series. I personally felt like it didn't add much, either to their story or to this one.

Ep 7-10 really lowered my enjoyment with this show. If you can shrug things off and roll with it, you may fare better than I did (I could only do so up to a point).

GENERAL SPOILERS on CLICHÉS below.

In broad strokes, here's what's in store for Ep 7-10:
A love triangle, jealousy hijinks, the "burden" of a family member completely (and ridiculously) getting in the way of the protagonists being together, Gu Jing all of a sudden losing his spine and Liu Li abruptly getting one, characters doing things that impact two people without communicating with the other first, public approval/validation when handling a family matter, public gawking over light PDA, secondary characters getting closer romantically (though no time is really spent on it), and a childhood connection (which is told, not shown)!

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Completed
Manonia
4 people found this review helpful
Jan 20, 2024
10 of 10 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 6.0
Story 3.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 4.0
Rewatch Value 1.0

Cute but bland story

Usually I like Thaiwanees Bl:s, but unfortunately this one left me quite unaffected. The story is cute, but for me not very engaging. I usually like stories that involves food, but I did not become hungry even once.

The acting is good, and the chemestry sweet, if not passionate. They do the best they can with a skript that is so, so.

I feel that nothing really happens. The writer try to get some tension in to the story, but for me it doesen't feel real.

Bing it if you have nothing else you want to watch, but if your short of time you can skipp it.

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Details

  • Drama: VIP Only
  • Country: Taiwan
  • Episodes: 10
  • Aired: Nov 24, 2023 - Jan 19, 2024
  • Aired On: Friday
  • Duration: 20 min.
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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  • Score: 7.5 (scored by 2,465 users)
  • Ranked: #5918
  • Popularity: #2196
  • Watchers: 6,699

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