Fermentation Family

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Fermentation Family
Fermentation Family-poster.jpg
Promotional poster for Fermentation Family
Also known as Kimchi Family
Fermented Family
Balhyo Family
Genre Romance
Written by Kim Ji-woo
Directed by Park Chan-hong
Starring Song Il-gook
Park Jin-hee
Lee Min-young
Choi Jae-sung
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 24
Location(s) Korea
Running time Wednesdays and Thursdays at 20:45 (KST)
Production company(s) Jidam Inc. (formerly Yein E&M)
Distributor JTBC
Original network JTBC
Original release 7 December 2011 (2011-12-07) – 23 February 2012 (2012-02-23)
Followed by A Wife's Credentials
External links
Website drama.jtbc.co.kr/balhyo/
Fermentation Family at Jidam Inc. www.jidam.co.kr/bbs/board.php?bo_table=DRAMA&wr_id=14
Fermentation Family
Hangul 발효가족
Hanja 醱酵家族
Revised Romanization Balhyo Gajok
McCune–Reischauer Palhyo Kajok

Fermentation Family (Hangul발효가족; RRBalhyo Gajok) is a 2011 South Korean television series, starring Song Il-gook, Park Jin-hee, Lee Min-young and Choi Jae-sung. Song plays a gangster who turn overs a new leaf and begins working at a kimchi restaurant run by two sisters.[1][2][3][4] The series aired on jTBC from December 7, 2011 to February 23, 2012 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 20:45 for 24 episodes.[5][6]


Lee Kang-san (Park Jin-hee) and Lee Woo-joo (Lee Min-young) are sisters who suddenly have to take over running their family's traditional kimchi restaurant Chunjiin ("Heaven, Earth and Man") after their father leaves without notice. The sisters must keep the restaurant going on their own, but they get some help from a troubled man, Ki Ho-tae (Song Il-gook), who shows up at the restaurant looking for his missing past. Ho-tae is an orphan who grew up to become a member of a crime syndicate. But he starts a new life as a worker at Chunjiin, where he discovers the perks of having an excellent palate. Together with the other restaurant employees, longtime customers and a growing circle of friends, they work towards their individual goals while finding warmth and family through their sharing of food and support of each other.


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  1. ^ Lim, Ju-ri (28 December 2011). "In Fermentation Family, a bad boy turns over new leaf". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  2. ^ Kim, Jessica (28 September 2011). "Park Jin-hee boards Song Il-kook drama". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  3. ^ Lee, Jin-ho (28 November 2011). "Song Il Kook on Fermented Family". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  4. ^ Lee, Jin-ho (28 November 2011). "Lee Min Young to Come Back with Fermented Family". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  5. ^ Oh, Jean (1 December 2011). "Dramas on way with four new channels". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  6. ^ Suk, Monica (18 April 2012). "Padam Padam, Kimchi Family, Syndrome sold to Germany". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 

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