Oh yeah, I'd buy ramyun from these boys. note Left from right: Kim Ba Wool, Cha Chi Soo, Yang Eun Bi Choi Kang Hyuk and Woo Hyun Woo
Flower Boy Ramyun Shop (꽃미남 라면가게), also known as Cool Guys, Hot Ramen (international title), is a Korean Drama that ran from October to December 2011, airing on South Korea's TVN cable network. A girl, some cute boys and a ramyun shop. What could possibly go awry?Yang Eun Bi, a former volleyball champ and high school delinquent, is now trying to get a teaching position by acting as a student intern at Cha Sung High School. She dreams of finding that perfect guy, using a 1-100 point scale. Enter Cha Chi Soo, whom she rates as a perfect 100. That was, of course, before she found out he is 19 years old, one of the students in her class, the grandson of the namesake of the school, and heir to a huge conglomerate.Choi Kang Hyuk, a mysterious and tall fellow, shows up with ownership papers for her late father's ramyun shop, written in crayon and signed and chopped by her father. Together they reopen the shop, calling it "Flower Boy." The chosen employees include:
Kim Ba Wool, also known as Crazy Chicken and a gang leader;
Woo Hyun Woo, a poor high school student who has loan sharks after him; and,
Bishie Sparkle: Chi Soo is covered with them when he's introduced on the airplane.
Break Her Heart To Save Her: Chi Soo to Eun Bi in Episode 15. He tells her he never loved her and just wanted to play with a commoner's heart. Truth is, his dad threatened to destroy her shop and house unless Chi Soo broke it off and went back to the Family Business.
Can't Believe I Said That: After Ba Wool finally calls Soo Yi out on her left hand/right hand metaphor by providing one of his own ("Eun Bi front, Soo Yi back"), he stomps off and mumbles to himself, "I can't believe I said that to Yoon Soo Yi."
The Cameo: Chi Soo goes to a music store to find a particular song, and behind the counter is actress Gong Hyo Jin. The song in the background is "De Geun De Geun (Heartbeat)" from the soundtrack of the Korean DramaBest Love. (Gong Hyo Jin plays Gu Ae Jung, the main love interest in that series.)
The Ramyun Shop is originally called "Eun Bi Ramyun" or "If it's Eun Bi"
Ba Wool also says "If it's Eun Bi"
One of Eun Bi's nicknames is "eun-nem-bi" (steel pot).
She uses it later to explain her feelings for Chi Soo. "You said it's your first time, feeling chest pain and nausea. Iíve felt it before, and I know how crazy hot it boils, and how dangerous it is. Since I'm eun-nem-bi, I boil faster and hotter than anyone else."
After finding out that Kang Hyuk and Chi Soo are brothers, Ba Wool asks, "What type of makjang is this?" note Makjang, which is also a type of soybean and pepper paste, can refer to a drama that uses outrageous storylines, such as rape, birth secrets, and fatal diseases, to keep the viewers hooked.
Episode 14 is called "The Difference Between Makjang and Soonjung." note Soonjung is a genre like the Japanese 'shojo,' which is more pure/innocent.
Yang Chul Dong: You jerk. Your boss says he's dying and you come 13 hours later? Did you forget our agreement? Kang Hyuk: Hearing your voice, you would have been fine even if I came back 13 years later. Yang Chul Dong: I couldn't die yet because I wanted to ask you why you're late!
Literal-Minded: When Eun Bi explains to Chi Soo that he can't make her heart boil because he's never cooked ramyun (she meant he had never been in her situation in life), he goes to Kang Hyuk, learns how to make it, then shows his new cooking skill to Eun Bi. Naturally, he's stumped when she doesn't just fall into his arms right away.
When Eun Bi explains that they can't be together because "lions don't eat grass," Chi Soo searches the internet and finds out that, in Real Life, lions will sometimes eat grass (to help with digestion), and hurries off to show this to Eun Bi.
Market-Based Title: The show is alternatively called Flower Boy Ramyun Shop, Flower Boy Ramen Shop, or Cool Guys, Hot Ramen. Not to mention the actual name in Korean. Or Japanese.
Missed Him by That Much: Eun Bi leaving the Cha Sung building at the same time Cha Soo is walking in, but they don't see each other.
Missing Mom: Both Chi Soo and Eun Bi's mothers are not in their lives.
Moral Myopia: Soo Yi sees nothing wrong with dating Ba Wool and Chi Soo at the same time, despite the former continuing to voice his hatred of it, but when Ba Wool talks about Eun Bi a little too much for her liking she gets upset.
Record Needle Scratch: Happens more than once when something unexpected surprised Eun Bi, starting in the first episode when Eun Bi's memories of her old boyfriend are interrupted by memories of Chi Soo.
Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: Chi Soo's idea of comforting Eun Bi after the loss of her father was to give her an envelope of money. When she got mad, he offered her more in case it wasn't enough comfort.
An Imagine Spot has the Chi Soo character in a sparkly blue tracksuit straight out of Secret Garden complimenting Eun bi's character on her strong arms, with the same Korean Serieslove theme playing in the background. A little extra: Eun Bi's female friend Dong Joo has the same text ringtone as the main character in Secret Garden as well.
Spit Take: When Eun Bi sees Kang Hyuk behind her wearing only a towel.
Spoiled Brat: Chi Soo is unbelievably pampered. His rich father gave him a band when Chi Soo decided he wanted to be a musician. All the teachers at his school grovel before him (his father owns the school).
Stalking Is Love: Kang Hyuk's advances can be seen as this as he reportedly spends four days at Eun Bi's house without her knowledge. And there's also Chi Soo, who continues to follow Eun Bi even though she's explicitly asked him not to see her anymore.
Kang Hyuk calls Cha Chi Soo "Park Chi Soo" when they first meet. Chi Soo tells him that "Kim Chi Soo" and "Park Chi Soo" are names, "Cha Chi Soo" is a proper noun. (As in the surname Cha is a brand.) Kang Hyuk's reply? "All names are proper nouns." As a Running Gag, he then proceeds to use the wrong surname for Chi Soo whenever he can.
Chi Soo's father Chairman Cha
Chi Soo calls Pororo the Little Penguin his father when he's mad at Chairman Cha. Chairman Cha, taking offense, asks his secretary to research Pororo. The secretary is confused. "Pororo? He's a penguin." Later, Chairman Cha is apparently keeping track of his "rivalry" with Pororo.
When Chi Soo says he's "lost face" (been humiliated), Chairman Cha promises to "buy it back."
YouAreGrounded:Chi Soo's father from Flower Boy Ramyun Shop refuses to let him go out after he has an attack at the swimming pool, but he sneaks out with the help of a woman he charmed several episodes earlier.
Younger than They Look: Hilariously averted—when they first meet, Chi Soo reveals that his astrological sign is six years off of Eun Bi's. She adds six to her age, and compliments him on looking so youthful for age 31. He's 19.