Food porn fact check #1

Alright, this post is a rant. You have been warned.

Since it’s been a while since King of Baking was on, so I’ll put up the particular scene that I am annoyed with, just to remind you. It is from the end of Episode 3

It’s that 2.5 min food porn scene, which begins with Il Jong moving around like he’s doing Tai-chi in the kitchen, and includes the entire sequence when he makes bread. I admit that I had hopes for King of Baking to be a sort of a live action Yakitate Japan! but that would be hoping too much. But surely they could make things a little more accurate. Or is that only the job of anime/manga creators?

I’m not an expert at baking, but my mom bakes enough for me to know more than korean script writers.

Inaccuracy #1: there is almost never any egg in bread.

And yet, Il Jong generously puts two eggs into the milk, and pours the flour directly in.

I realize he’s making asian type bread, but that only means extra sugar and milk. European style bread doesn’t use sugar.

Inaccuracy #2: the dough needs to rise.
When we see those expert (I bet that was a stunthand) hands kneading the bread, that’s dough that has already risen once, and probably for at least an hour. Unless Il Jong has solar hands. (Yakitate Japan! reference, for those not in the know. I’ll explain below *.)

Which also means that Tak Gu has been staring at Il Jong for 3-5 hours. Bread needs to rise a second time before being baked.

Other little peeves:
-What’s with the flour floating around in the room?
– I think Tak Gu showed up before there was any bread in the oven. What in the world was he smelling?

All that said, I did like the scene for its glowy warmth.

*Solar hands: Fact made into more in Yakitate Japan! Some people have warm hands. Some people in anime apparently have such warm hands the yeast is given a headstart in the kneading process, and you could end up with almost fully-risen dough after just kneading.

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5 Responses to Food porn fact check #1

  1. Pingback: King of Baking, Kim Tak Gu, Episode 3 | Dramamia's Blog

  2. En En says:

    I am 2 years too late and only currently watching Baker King. I am deeply amused by this entry haha about how, yes the inaccuracies, shows up in the drama. Before reading this entry of yours, I would have thought the flow of the story was pretty smooth! HAHA! I had seen my mom baked cookies, a process that would take shorter than make bread, but I can’t even stand to watch an hour and to think Tak Gu could be watching for such a long time! LOL! Don’t they need to sleep?

  3. .... says:

    i get that there could be inaccuracies but i would like to point out that some bread use eggs, bread does not need to be risen a second time for baking, and you can knead more than once, and also you knead before the first rising. (there are many types of bread so just “asian” bread can mean a lot of things)

  4. Gabbar Singh says:

    It reflects on the dedication of the director when there are elisions and inaccuracies with no attempt to explain (i.e. as simple as an intertitle – “An hour later…”), but yes, there are different kinds of bread and different ways of making it. In the U.S., baking powder is common, which yields rapid rising and a characteristic salty taste to things like biscuits.

    I too was hoping for a more Yakitate Japan style… But Koreans seem to prefer more family drama in their cooking shows, and less slapstick. Think of the Queen of Cooking Dramas, Dae Jang Geum!

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