Wild Chives and Soy Bean Soup: 12 Years Reunion

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Wild Chives and Soy Bean Soup: 12 Years Reunion
Wild Chives and Soy Bean Soup-poster.jpg
Promotional poster for Wild Chives and Soy Bean Soup: 12 Years Reunion
Also known as Jang Gook Becomes Dal-rae: Reunion in 12 Years
Wild Chives and Tofu Soup
Wild Chive Soybean Paste Soup, Soothed Clear Soup
Genre Romance
Written by Kim Yi-kyung
Directed by Kim Do-hyung
Yoon Jae-won
Starring Lee So-yeon
Namgung Min
Lee Tae-im
Yoon So-hee
Lee Won-keun
Ryu Hyoyoung
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 26
Executive producer(s) Jo Joon-hyung
Producer(s) Go Jung-ho
Location(s) Korea
Running time Saturdays and Sundays at 20:45 (KST)
Production company(s) Drama House
Original network jTBC
Original release 22 March (2014-03-22) – 29 June 2014 (2014-06-29)
Preceded by The Firstborn
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Wild Chives and Soy Bean Soup: 12 Years Reunion (Hangul달래 된, 장국: 12년만의 재회; RRDalrae Doen, Jang-guk: Yisimnyeonmanui Jaehoe) is a 2014 South Korean television series starring Lee So-yeon, Namgung Min, Lee Tae-im, Yoon So-hee, Lee Won-keun and Ryu Hyoyoung. It aired on jTBC from March 22 to June 29, 2014 on Saturdays and Sundays at 20:45 for 26 episodes.[1]

The title is a pun, and can also mean Jang Gook Becomes Dal-rae: Reunion in 12 Years. The female protagonist's name Jang Gook means "clear soup with doenjang" which she later changes to Dal-rae, meaning "azalea."


In 2002, on the night of Korea's momentous World Cup win, high school sweethearts Jang Gook and Yoo Joon-soo sleep together and Jang Gook ends up pregnant. They are given permission to marry by Joon-soo's father, but after a horrible accident Jang Gook loses the baby. Their mothers who were against the relationship from the beginning, take advantage of the situation and splits them up. Jang Gook then leaves Korea to live in the U.S., and changes her name to Jang Dal-lae. Twelve years later, they reunite and get entangled in each other's lives again. The only problem is that Yoo Joon-soo doesn't know it's her and Jang Gook doesn't want him to know. [2]


Main characters[edit]

Gook is a high school senior at the start of the story. She is a good student who has achieved the highest ranking in her classes and got knocked up. After losing her father in a tragic accident, she moves from Busan to Seoul with her mother and younger brother, Hoon. She meets and begins a relationship with her classmate Yoo Joon-soo.
Joon-soo is a high school senior at Daehan High School. He is handsome, friendly, and a good student. His father is the vice principal of the school. His family owns the building in which Jang Gook's family operates a dumpling restaurant. Over the course of twelve years, Joon-soo goes from the son of a prominent wealthy household to struggling as the eldest provider for a family that scrapes by from paycheck to paycheck. Prideful and temperamental, he seems tough on the outside but is vulnerable underneath it all.
Da-hae is an ace student who received the highest math score in all of Korea. She is humiliated when her father's adultery becomes public knowledge. Da-hae has been friends with Joon-soo since childhood, and is in love with him. When Joon-soo rejects Da-hae to date Gook, she is devastated.

Supporting characters[edit]

Jang Gook/Dal-rae's family
Yoo Joon-soo's family
Joo Da-hae's family
Extended cast
  • Jung Chan as Heo Se-min
  • Jung In-sun as Kang Ham-cho
    • Lee Young-eun as young Kang Ham-cho
  • Lee Yong-Joo as Park Moo-chul, childhood friend of Joon-soo
    • Han Min as young Park Moo-chul
  • Ah Young as Park Moo-hee
    • Lee Do-yeon as young Park Moo-hee
  • Shin Dong-mi as Yeo-ok
  • Jung Kyu-soo as Mr. Kang

International broadcast[edit]


  1. ^ Kim, Gwang-kuk (11 February 2014). '달래 된, 장국' 대본 리딩 현장 공개...연습도 실전처럼. TenAsia (in Korean). Retrieved 2014-05-15. 
  2. ^ Kim, Hee-eun (19 March 2014). "Min Nam-gung 'happy' to act in new comedic family drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-05-15. 

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