Netflix is serving up delicious food-themed visual fare these days, and we’re big fans. We put together a list of 12 mouth-watering docu-series on Asian food and fiction shows set in the Far East that foodies are bound to love.

‘Street Food Asia’

From the creators of Chef’s Table, Street Food Asia (pictured above) takes you on a culinary journey through nine Asian countries: Thailand, India, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam. With the aim to explore the rich street food culture in some of the most vibrant, tourist-friendly towns in the world, this show shares stories of roadside hawkers to cosy food carts around Asia.
Creator: David Gelb, Brian McGinn
Cast: Philip Hersh, Caitlyn Elizabeth, Daniel Lee Gray
Seasons: 1 (2016)

‘Wok of Love’

Set in a Chinese restaurant, this Korean drama is the story of Chef Seo Poong, a chef who goes from being a star chef one day to the cook at a failing neighbourhood Chinese restaurant. Dan Sae Woo lives a comfortable, privileged life, with enough money to enjoy all the fine pleasures of life. Her life is set to change as she comes across a bowl of jajangmyun. Watch this to see how food has the power to change lives, quite literally.
Creator: Sook Hyang Seo
Cast: Jun-Ho Lee, Hyuk Jang, Ryeowon Jung
Seasons: 1 (2018)


The Korean story begins in 1992 with a young Lee Kang helping his mother run a small, popular seaside restaurant. His cooking was what inspired Moon Cha Young to become a world-famous chef. He always dreamt of becoming a chef himself, but ended up as a practicing neurosurgeon. Many years later, the two meet again at a hospital and together they heal their own emotional scars by preparing meals for the patients there.
Creator: Sook Hyang Seo
Cast: Jun-Ho Lee, Hyuk Jang, Ryeowon Jung
Seasons: 1 (2019)

‘Midnight Diner’

This Japanese anthology TV series is based on the manga of the same name. It shares the story of a late-night diner in Shinjuku, called Meshiya, and it’s mysterious chef. It’s a series that shows human stories that are all connected by the chef who takes an uncanny interest in his customer’s lives.
Director: Joji Matsuoka, Nobuhiro Yamashita
Cast: Kaoru Kobayashi, Mansaku Fuwa, Asako Kobayashi
Seasons: 3 (2009-2014)

‘Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories’

A small eatery in Shunjuku, Meshiya is located in the back alley of a bustling neighbourhood. Patrons visit the establishment between midnight and early morning to eat and hang out with the head chef. While there is a menu, which includes pork miso soup, sake, beer and shochu, the master makes whatever his customers request. It’s needless to say that the guests enjoy soul-satisfying conversations.
Director: Joji Matsuoka, Nobuhiro Yamashita
Cast: Mitsuki Tanimura, Kaoru Hirata, Yuichiro Nakayama, Kiyofumi Kaneko, Akira Emoto
Seasons: 2 (2016-2019)

‘Temperature of Love’

Here’s another delightful watch if you love heartwarming tales of romance and food. This Korean show is the story of a writer and a chef’s romance, that begins online, and blossoms when they meet in real life.
Director: Myung Hee Ha
Cast: Se-Jong Yang, Bo-ah Jo, Jae-wook Kim
Seasons: 1 (2017)

‘The Perfect Match’

Huo Ting En is a Le Cordon Bleu head chef who crosses paths with Wei Fen Qing, an ordinary chef at a night market. Netizens claim that Qing’s cooking is on par with Ting En’s, and a clash is expected. Instead, love blooms between the two, but there is a secret that they need to get past if they wish to stay together.
Director: Ande Luo
Cast: Kang Ren Wu, Yu-Wei Shao, Ben Wu
Seasons: 1 (2017)

‘Warm and Cozy’

Lee Jung-joo loses her job, house and boyfriend, and decides to move to Jeju Island to start over. She meets chef Baek Gun-woo, whose laid-back attitude challenges her. It’s a romantic drama that involves a lot of cooking, and memories built around food are always special, aren’t they?
Director: Hong Kyun Park
Cast: Jinyoung Jung, Seohyun, Joon-hee Song
Seasons: 1 (2015)


Korean drama Pasta follows the dreams and successes of a young woman who aspires to become an elite chef at an Italian restaurant. She’s worked hard, is expecting a promotion soon, but things take an ugly turn when she loses her job when then head chef fires her. She doesn’t give up. Instead she fights back while trying to learn new things, and love unexpectedly blooms between the head chef and her. A charming customer who seems to fancy her, and kitchen politics add to the drama.
Director: Suk Jang Kwon
Cast: Hyo-Jin Kong, Sun-kyun Lee, Lee Hanee
Seasons: 1 (2010)

‘Samurai Gourmet’

This series shares the story of a 60-year-old retired man who finds a new purpose in exploring the food culture in his neighbourhood. He rediscovers a hidden passion for food as he gets in touch with his inner warrior, a samurai who inspires him to eat what he truly desires, and to build new experiences around food.
Director: Michihito Fujii, Mamoru Hoshi
Cast: Naoto Takenaka, Tetsuji Tamayama, Honami Suzuki
Seasons: 1 (2017)

‘Oh My Ghost’

In this Korean series, a timid Na Bong Sun is possessed by the ghost of a confident young woman, who is on the quest to solve her unfinished business: hook up with Bong Sun’s boss, the famous, good-looking chef Kang Sun Woo (who Na Bong Sun has a secret crush on too). He begins to notice Na Bong Sun thanks to the ghost, and things begin to heat up.
Director: Yoo Je Won
Cast: Bo-Young Park, Jung-suk Jo, Ju-hwan Lim
Seasons: 1 (2015)

‘Love Cuisine’

In this Taiwanese romantic comedy, a celebrity chef who runs a restaurant in Europe returns home to Taiwan to teach at a cooking school, where he clashes with a fellow teacher. As the story progresses, sparks of romance are seen between the two.
Director: Pei-Shan Hsu, Meng-En Wu
Cast: Lego Lee, Allison Lin, Nita Lei
Seasons: 1 (2015)

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