The Stew of Life

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The Stew of Life
有營煮婦
TheStewofLife(TVB).jpg
The Stew of Life official poster
Genre Family comedy
Starring Chung King Fai
Louise Lee
Christine Ng
Mak Cheung-ching
Fala Chen
Timmy Hung
Opening theme "絕配的一對" by
Fala Chen
Country of origin Hong Kong
Original language(s) Cantonese
No. of episodes 30
Production
Producer(s) Amy Wong
Running time 45 minutes (approx.)
Release
Original network TVB
Original release September 7 – October 18, 2009
External links
Website
The Stew of Life
Traditional Chinese 有營煮婦

The Stew of Life (Traditional Chinese: 有營煮婦) is a TVB family comedy series.

Plot[edit]

Upon returning from a trip with her husband NG MAN TAK (Chung King Fai), cookery teacher LO SIU LAI (Lee Sze Kei, Louise) is shocked to find that her little daughter NG CHOI NI (Chen Fala) has started cohabiting with a homosexually inclined colleague LAU TAT YAN (Hung Tin Ming) while her divorced sister LO SIU MEI (Ng Wing Mei) is seemingly caught up in a love triangle between tenant YAU KAI (Mak Cheung Ching) and her ex-husband. By and by TAK is forced to retire early and stays at home all day with nothing to do. LAI, on the other hand, is lucky enough to have the opportunity to host a culinary show on TV. Everything seems to have happened too fast but this does not leave LAI frustrated and accursed. Instead she tries to get round every problem with even more patience and dedication, which however is not appreciated by TAK. The bickering continues until LAI eventually thinks of a good way to tackle TAK.

Ng Family[edit]

Cast Role Description
Chung King Fai Ng Man Tak
吳敏德
Lo Siu Lai's husband
Ng Choi Nei's father
Louise Lee Lo Siu Lai
魯小麗
Ng Man Tak's wife
Ng Choi Nei's mother
Lo Siu Mei's older sister
Fala Chen Ng Choi Nei
吳采妮 (Charlie)
Chung King Fai and Lo Siu Lai's daughter
Lee Sing Kei's ex-girlfriend
Lau Tak Yan's girlfriend then wife
Christine Ng Lo Siu Mei
魯小美 (May/ Miss.Lo)
Lo Siu Lai's younger sister
Yau Kai's girlfriend

Yau Family[edit]

Cast Role Description
Mak Cheung-ching (麥長青) Yau Kai
游佳
Lo Siu Mei's boyfriend
Yau Yee's younger brother
Yvonne Ho (何綺雲) Yau Yee
游怡
Yau Kai's older sister
Mannor Chan (陳曼娜) Yau Kam So Ngor
游金素娥
Yau Kai and Yau Yee's mother
Lawrence Ng (吳諾弘) Peter Yau Yee's son

Other cast[edit]

Cast Role Description
Timmy Hung Lau Tak Yan
劉達人 (Ryan)
Ng Choi Nei's boyfriend then husband
Johnson Lee Lee Sing Kei
李成基
Ng Choi Nei's ex-boyfriend
Stephen Huynh Nam Tin Cheung
藍天翔 (Daniel)
Top Magazine's designer
Ken Wong (王凱韋) Ma Cho Tik
馬祖迪
Lo Siu Mei's dream man
Yau Kai's good friend
Gill Mohindepaul Singh Ha Lei Man
夏利民 (Henry)
Top Magazine boss
Shermon Tang Frankie Top Magazine worker
Henry's assistant
Candy Cheung (張雪芹) Angel Lo Siu Mei's flower shop assistant
Geoffrey Wong (黃子雄) 劉嘉亨 (Ken) Lo Sui Mei's ex-husband

Awards and nominations[edit]

TVB Anniversary Awards (2009)

  • Best Drama
  • Best Actress (Louise Lee)
  • Best Supporting Actor (Mak Cheung-ching)
  • Best Supporting Actress (Fala Chen)
  • Best Supporting Actress (Christine Ng)
  • My Favourite Female Character (Louise Lee)
  • My Favourite Female Character (Fala Chen)
  • My Favourite Female Character (Christine Ng)
  • Most Improved Actor (Johnson Lee)

Viewership ratings[edit]

Week Episodes Average Points Peaking Points References
1
September 7–11, 2009
1 — 5
30
34
[1]
2
September 14–18, 2009
6 — 10
31
38
[2]
3
September 21–25, 2009
11 — 15
28
[3]
4
September 28 - October 2, 2009
16 — 20
28
31
[4]
5
October 5–9, 2009
21 — 25
30
33
[5]
6
October 12–16, 2009
26 — 29
32
36
[6]
October 18, 2009
30
29
31
[7]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • TVB.com The Stew of Life - Official Website (Chinese)