Greasy Melo (Wok of Love) Korean Drama Review

Greasy Melo (Wok of Love) Korean Drama - Jang Hyuk, Junho, and Jung Ryeo Won

Greasy Melo (also known as Wok of Love) is set at a run down neighborhood Chinese restaurant that is run by a gangster (Jang Hyuk) recently released from prison. A star chef (Junho) who loses his job ends up working at the restaurant and is soon joined by a  privileged chaebol heiress (Jung Ryeo Won) whose family has fallen on difficult times. The drama tells their stories of love and healing with a mixture of romance, action, and comedy.

Greasy Melo (Wok of Love) Korean Drama - Junho

Junho plays Seo Poong. He is a top chef at a high class restaurant, but his jealous co-workers cost him his job. This is how he ends up in the very unlikely situation of working at a run down Chinese restaurant right across the road that is owned by a former gangster. Suffice to say, he is not very happy about his situation.

Junho was great in this role, and I thought he fit it well. His character is a bit cold and arrogant, but I felt for his situation and wanted to see him succeed. And of course, it was nice watching him soften and grow close to his new crew at that restaurant.

Greasy Melo (Wok of Love) Korean Drama - Jang Hyuk

Then we have Jang Hyuk as Doo Chil Sung. He’s our former gangster who is trying to make a better life for himself and his underlings by opening a restaurant. But their lack of skills and know how proves to be a challenge.

This was a fantastic opportunity to see that quirky and comical side of Jang Hyuk. And also that wonderful Jang Hyuk laugh! Jang Hyuk does a lot of serious roles, and I loved seeing him return to comedy. The faces he makes are hilarious as are the quirks he brings to his character.

Chil Sung is a fun and fascinating character for sure. Many times he sports his trademark sunglasses which Jang Hyuk was able to make me laugh at just by his subtle expression and holding his chin up. Gotta love Jang Hyuk!

Greasy Melo (Wok of Love) Korean Drama - Jung Ryeo Won

And finally there is Jung Ryeo Won as Dan Sae Woo. She is a privileged heiress who is a ball of sunshine with a big heart. She falls on hard times though after her dad is sent to jail. In order to make money, she soon finds her way to the restaurant.

Jung Ryeo Won was so adorable in this role. Her face just lights up the screen, and she had me smiling so much. She was a nice balance to the guys who tended to be somewhat serious while she was very energetic and happy.

Greasy Melo (Wok of Love) Korean Drama - Jang Hyuk, Junho, and Jung Ryeo Won

Greasy Melo is such a quirky and off the wall series. There are so many wacky scenarios and conversations. It really was a lot of fun. I loved the whole atmosphere, and it made me laugh a lot.

The characters were just wonderful, and I loved all of the main ones. I really enjoyed Jang Hyuk, Junho, and Jung Ryeo Won, and I thought they were perfect in their roles and fully embraced them.

Greasy Melo (Wok of Love) Korean Drama - Park Ji Young, Lee Mi Sook, Tae Hong HoGreasy Melo (Wok of Love) Korean Drama - Jo Jae Yun, Kim Hyun Joon

There are a lot of humorous supporting characters too. We’ve got Chil Sung’s band of thugs turned cooks and as well as the new workers at the restaurant. They each have their own quirks to liven things up.

The drama also has a lot of heart. We could be watching something completely ridiculous and then suddenly be hit with a very emotional and impactful moment. I always appreciate when dramas are able to balance such opposite moments.

Greasy Melo (Wok of Love) Korean Drama - Junho and Jung Ryeo Won

Then there is our love triangle. Junho and Jung Ryeo Won are the main couple, and they are pretty cute together. Their opposite personalities complimented each other well. They go through several ups and downs together as they support each other through personal issues as well a restaurant issues. They were a fun couple to watch grow close and overcome challenges together.

Greasy Melo (Wok of Love) Korean Drama - Jang Hyuk and Jung Ryeo Won

It was definitely an odd change to see Jang Hyuk playing a character that was pining for the girl. He’s always the no questions asked leading man, so this was different having him be the other guy in the triangle.

Although it did break my heart to see his adorable efforts to win over Jung Ryeo Won, Jang Hyuk fans shouldn’t worry too much. Chil Sung is no cookie cutter second lead and is very much an active part of the triangle with just as big a part as Junho and Jung Ryeo Won.

Greasy Melo (Wok of Love) Korean Drama - Jang Hyuk and Junho

There’s also an interesting bromance between Junho and Jang Hyuk. It’s the fun kind where the duo is at odds for a long time and then sort of reluctantly start working together and warming up to each other. Their friendship was a unique one and was certainly fun to watch.

Greasy Melo (Wok of Love) Korean Drama - Jang Hyuk, Junho, and Jung Ryeo Won

Now I will point out that the drama does tend to meander around. The story itself is pretty simple with the characters trying to overcome their personal challenges and succeed at the restaurant. And that’s about it. It’s not to say there isn’t stuff going on, it’s just kind of slow going and low key. That also tends to worsen as the drama progresses as the drama sort of loses its way. There are some plot lines that are kind of forgotten too, but for the most part it pulls things together in the end.

As would be expected, there is also a whole lot of cooking in this drama. Be prepared for quite a lot of food to make an appearance. This isn’t a drama that is good to watch when hungry. Every episode features cooking and eating. And the amount of these scenes tends to increase throughout the drama. So definitely be ready for that. I found it to be a mix of interesting and somewhat monotonous. It was nice at first, but the amount of cooking scenes and competitions started to become pretty repetitive in the last third or so of the drama which really slowed things down.

Greasy Melo (Wok of Love) Korean Drama - Jang Hyuk, Junho, and Jung Ryeo Won

Although, Greasy Melo wasn’t particularly grand, I enjoyed it overall. I liked all of the characters, it made me laugh, and it was simply easy to watch. I found it to be a good drama to take a break from some of the heavier ones. Sometimes simple can work especially with a bunch of quirky characters and wonderful actors to make you smile.

My Rating: 7/10

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13 Responses to Greasy Melo (Wok of Love) Korean Drama Review

  1. raistlin0903 says:

    Great review. This sounds okay to me, nothing particularly stand out, but still an interesting and tasty experience (yes pun intended). Seriously though, this is a drama that I will add to my list, but I am not in a real rush to see this, especially not when I still have way to many better ones to watch.
    Oh on a side note: I saw the first episode of mr Sunshine yesterday. It was visually the most impressive thing that I have ever seen in a Korean drama. The storyline though, was all over the place, jumping around and at times a bit hard to follow as well. With this being the first episode I’m hoping it’s going to improve…but my first impression for it was one of slight disappointment. But still I have good hopes it will get better 😊

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    • Kay says:

      Yeah, it was a fun drama, but I can tell you there are definitely dramas you would find much more enjoyable. So you’ll probably be fine just saving it for that rainy day when you can’t find something else to watch (if that List ever dwindles down, lol).

      Good to hear your started Mr. Sunshine, though I’m sorry the first ep was a bit of a let down. I can tell you that sort of experience is pretty common with historical dramas in general. Many times they throw a lot of information at you fairly quickly and can create that jumpy feeling as they include a lot of different scenes. It usually settles down pretty soon though as the main part of the story really takes focus. So I too hope it gets better for you 🙂

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      • raistlin0903 says:

        Haha…I don’t think that list will ever dwindle down lol. On the other hand I will never run out of things to watch (and OMG how I love Lawless Lawyer….I just saw episode 8 this morning before heading off to work, and the things that happened in that episode completely shocked me to the core…something I haven’t experienced in a very long time…but I will save it for my review (sorry for being so enthusiastioc lol).
        As for mr Sunshine…I never give up shows very easily so I will continue to watch it, and hope the next episode will be better. After having seen the first episode I looked up some reviews and pretty much all of them said the same. But…I never judge show by only a single episode 😊

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        • Kay says:

          That’s a good attitude to have. I too don’t give up shows easily. I have a hard time dropping in general, but I usually try to give a show at least 4 eps to really get into the swing of things. And I definitely follow that with historicals since they take longer to set up most of the time.

          Oooh, and you’re right in the middle of things in Lawless Lawyer! That definitely is a treat to get to experience something unexpected in a show. And I LOVE the enthusiasm! It’s a seriously great drama 🙂

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  2. We have agreement (date and time recorded).
    I absolutely loved this.

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  3. Delphe_D says:

    Waou you’re so fast!!! I share your overall comments. Thank you for the review 😁

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  4. Kate says:

    Thanks so much for another great review! I always keep Jang Hyuk dramas on my list but nice to know going in that expectations must be tempered 😉

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    • Kay says:

      Completely agree, Jang Hyuk dramas should always have a spot on the list 🙂 And yes, definitely another one to have the expectations in mind. It’s definitely got some issues, but it was also pretty fun 🙂

      Like

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  6. As always, nice review Kay! Thinking of binge watching this one~ Maybe after I finished “Are You Human Too?” and “Strongest Deliveryman” (which I started watching yesterday…) 🙂 If it made you laugh, I guess it will make me too~ 🙂

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    • Kay says:

      It’s definitely a quirky drama and has a lot to laugh about. The first half is a lot stronger than the second half though. It’s one of those cases where the story is weak and things get repetitive, but if you enjoy the characters it sort of gets you through it. I hope Are You Human Too and Strongest Delivery man go well for you and then Greasy Melo as well 🙂

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