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Love Myself or You? aka Pleasantly Surprised
Plot from Wiki:
Du Kai Qi (Puff Guo ) is an aspiring young chef, her only interests are cooking and reading manga comics. She doesn't have many friends and doesn't want anymore. After enjoying her most delicious full course meal prepared by a chef named Louis, she snaps a picture of his signature from the plate and request to meet him. However, a family emergency forces her to leave before meeting Louis. She looks to Louis's signature as strength and inspiration for her upcoming sous chef promotion test. On the day of her test the new restaurant intern Ah Jie (Jasper Liu), who has to decide the winner, chooses Kai Qi's rival dish over hers. Losing out on her promotion, Kai Qi makes instant enemies with Ah Jie. What she doesn't know is Ah Jie is her boss's son, her new next door neighbor, the chef Louis that she admires so much and her long lost childhood friend Fu Zi Jie who she had a close bond with.
The once cheerful and happy Du Kai Qi has grown up to be a cold, fierce and isolated person due to her harsh upbringing. Her father is a money asking, alcoholic and abusive person. Even though both of her parents have been separated for many years, her father still harasses and abuses her mother for money. With so many difficulties in her life, it has made her liked to be left alone. Kai Qi works as an assistant chef at "Figaro Cuisine", a fancy French restaurant owned by her mother's former employer. At Figaro's, it brings her pleasant memories of her childhood when both she and her mother had their most delicious meal there. Knowing how happy that meal made her mother feel, it drives her to become an accomplished chef hoping to provide a better life for her and her mother. Already struggling financially, she is forced to take in her young nephew when his father abandons him to get remarried.
Why I liked this drama:
The characters evolve with the show and grow show much. They become very 3 dimensional and help the show go at a steady pace. It is definitely a romantic comedy and has it adorable moments but then it also has those moments that make you cry. I really liked how the main female lead decided to become a chef after she and her mother was shown kindness by a simple meal. I really enjoyed all the food they showed and made on the show and what really piqued my interest was how much all the supporting cast made the show seem so much more full and robust.
I give it 5 out of 5 monster talons.
A fan made video of little clips from episodes 1-6
Favorite OST: Ian Chen -- DNA Says I Love You
MV Love Myself or you Taiwain Drama Couple Liu Yi Hao, Puff Guo (fan made)
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