I have been spending this weekend marathoning tvN’s 3 Meals a Day: Fishing Village 3 featuring Lee Seo Jin, Eric Mun and Yoon Kyun Sang. I’m not into variety shows, and I don’t see the appeal in watching people stuck in a village with no modern equipment and basically just eat and cook from whatever they are supplied. But I could no longer resist when there was so much raves about this season and Eric’s cooking. So I decided to check it out.
The verdict? I am hooked! To be honest, it’s a really looooong episode where we just watch them cook and eat all day long. But strangely, I am drawn to it from the beginning and has developed fondness for the boys.
INTRODUCTION: The Boys
Lee Seo Jin is the oldest of the 3 and the leader of the pack. His main job is bossing his dongsaeng, wait around for food to be cooked, and driving the boat. His special skills include peeling onion’s, garlic’s and/or potato’s skins. He can also be seen preparing the fire stove and assist in cooking. He prefers noodles over rice and loves clam dishes.
Eric Mun from Shinhwa is the second oldest. He is the driver and the executive chef. I am so impressed of his cooking knowledge, and I think he would become popular in hosting a cooking show. He definitely came on board well-prepared, but it is also apparent that, generally, he must have enjoyed cooking during his own private time. I am always at awe of the tips and tricks he knows in preparing the food. He also has impressive knife skills. From observing how he works in the kitchen, I concluded that Eric is a perfectionist and works systematically. Everyone including Na PD fell in love with Eric’s food, but their only complaint is the time Eric takes to complete them, LOLLLL. But watching him cook and being slow is definitely one of the reasons why I enjoy the show.
Yoon Kyun Sang is the maknae; he does anything he is told. He is also fun to watch because he knows absolutely nothing. His hyungs basically taught him from scratch and mentor him the survivor skills. It’s great fun watching him growing from being completely clueless to by episode 5, knowing what he needs to do and is good at doing them. One of the funny things was Eric is supposedly the fishing expert, but Kyun Sang turns out to be the one that catches all the fish. He is very lucky when it comes to fishing. There was one scene where Eric asked him what food he would like, he smiles goofily and tells Eric he would eat anything Eric gives him. Hahahahahaha that was adorable. They all adore
and addicted to Eric’s food.
Special Guest: Na PD
Sometimes the show would invite special guests, but so far we haven’t had any and Na PD is the only one that occasionally appears on screen because he could not resist Eric’s clam soup and Jajang rice dish. He or his staff would steal the wok and eat a spoonful whilst squating down. HAHAHAHAHAHA. It’s so… I don’t even know how to describe it. It’s just so unnecessary to squat and eat.
Pets: Kong and Mong
Like its predecessor, pets are part of the casts and this season we have two fluffy fat cats that belong to Yoon Kyun Sang. They mostly stay in the room shared by Eric and Kyun Sang. I like Mong more than Kong because he is extra cute with those short feet; he is also less shy and more engaging if you play with him. Whereas Kong is an older cat so he is less curious. He’s also less adventurous and is timid.
The village where they filmed this show is located at Deukryang Island, Goheung, Jeollanam-do. It’s a fantastic area to be getting organic produce and fresh seafoods. The boys literally ate crabs, clams, fishes and octopus every day. I feel sorry for Kyun Sang because being such a big size that he is, naturally he eats more, and the seafoods that they caught weren’t enough to feed him in the beginning. I don’t think Eric cooked enough to fill him at first, but eventually the boys realised and now Kyun Sang gets bigger portion of the food, LOLLL.
Various delicious dishes cooked by Eric:
I highly recommend checking out this season’s 3 Meals a Day. Eric’s food is seafood fine dining—village style. LOL. Not only they are delicious (so we’re told), but it looks so damn good in visual. He puts effort in plating, too.
I hope it stays interesting till the very end, too. Na PD should consider putting Bo Gum with Eric, wouldn’t it be a blessing for us and him? He would most likely be Kyun Sang v2.0 and it would equally be interesting to watch him. Hehehehehe.
Gosh… now I am hungry.