If You Love Novelas Here are 5 K-Dramas to Watch on Netflix & Prime

Various characters from k-dramas

K-Dramas (the South Korean equivalent of novelas) have been growing in popularity for years now as a form of entertainment in the US. Pair K-dramas with C-dramas (you guessed it, Chinese) and you’ve got an entire media empire based on this type of media alone. With an estimated 18 million fans of Korean TV in the US alone, we’re not surprised people are digging it.

K-dramas such as the survival drama Squid Games have taken the world by storm, with good reason, and here are a few more that you can find currently streaming on Netflix.


Crash Landing On You

Two characters from Crash Landing on You

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Crash LandingOn You tells the story of a South Korean “chaebol'' (big industrial business controlled by family members) heiress who, because of a freak accident, ends up in North Korea. With an actual defector from North Korea on its writing team, the show is a commentary on the cruelty of life under a military dictatorship, impossible love, and how borders separate people in unimaginable ways. Crash Landing skyrocketed to fame, becoming the third highest-rated South Korean TV drama in cable television history, and has been widely celebrated for its nuanced approach to framing life in North Korea.

Where to watch: Netflix

Boys Over Flowers

Character from Boys Over Flowers

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Geum Jan-di is living her life delivering clothes for her parents’ dry cleaning business when she saves a student’s life. This turns her world upside down when she is offered a place at one of South Korea’s most prestigious private schools in return for her act. After capturing the attention of Gu Jun-pyo (played by the famous Lee Min-ho) her life turns even crazier as she battles good grades, being working-class in a rich school, and finding love.

Where to watch: Hulu and Amazon Prime Video

Meteor Garden

Source: Hunan TV

Though not technically a K-Drama, Meteor Garden is a mainland China remake of the Boys Over Flowers story. This modern retelling is a must-watch even if you’ve viewed BOF before. If you’re a fan of the original, this version is a lot more modern with the two main characters being a lot more affectionate than their Korean counterparts. The style of all the characters is also amazing with tons of designer outfit inspo.

Where to watch: Netflix

Lovestruck In The City

Source: Netflix

An interview-format romance series showcasing the love lives of six young adults living in South Korea? Sign us up! The more informal take of talking to the people in these relationships is refreshing despite it still being a drama, and we get to know the characters on such a personal level it really keeps you enthralled in their lives!

Love Alarm

Source: Netflix

Love Alarm is seriously unique in being the first Korean series confirmed for pick-up by Netflix, and its storyline too. Based on the story of a high school girl who uses an app that can detect if someone within a 10-meter radius has feelings for them, it’s super romantic. The second season is set to premiere on March 12, 2021, so get ready to watch!

Where to watch: Netflix

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Food is much more than the substance that feeds us. It is a living narrative that threads cultures, migrations, exchanges, memories, and emotions. Every bite we take is packed with stories; every smell we perceive evokes memories. I am convinced that when food comes into our lives and into our mouths, it permeates who we are, it stays living in our memory and, without us realizing it, it joins the whole that defines us.

If I had to describe who I am through food, I would present myself as a freshly blended papaya juice, a fruit that I did not feel particularly fond of in my childhood, a tropical fruit, always in season, always at a good price, always available in the refrigerator at home, a recollection of sunny and calm mornings, without grown-up worries. Or maybe I would present myself as the wheat flour arepas that my grandma Rosita used to make in that city, surrounded by mountains that now feel so far away.

These are not simple meals, nor is their choice random. They are fragments of my childhood, often taken for granted, pieces of the puzzle that build me. I spent years with my grandma, learning not only to cook but also to live. When I left her home, in search of a better life thousands of kilometers to the south, those meals that no longer nourished my body, did nourish my memory and my heart.

A few years after leaving Venezuela, I found myself one morning with a glass of freshly blended papaya juice. I did not expect the impact; the rush of emotion was overwhelming, and I found myself carried away by its force. I went back in an instant to my grandma’s home. At that moment, I was sure: certain foods are time machines, and their taste and scent take you away.

But what would happen if we delved deeper into the symbols and stories behind each dish? We could discover the profound family history of a friend who was born in another corner of the world, or that the flavor of a mole carries with it centuries of Mexican history. Even a humble chicken soup can be a reminder of the care and love your mom gave you that time the flu got the better of you.

If our lives were narrated through food, what dishes would we choose to represent us? What stories would those flavors and scents tell?

Migrating is not just leaving, it is also arriving. With that arrival comes the experience of everything anew. For me, food is a fundamental pillar in the experience of being alive. Perhaps this perception is influenced by my moon in Taurus – in astrology, this signifies a deep appreciation for the pleasures and comforts of life, like good food. Or, it could simply be because I heard countless times while growing up that 'it's cheaper to clothe me than to feed me.

The truth is that when you emigrate, the doors are opened to new foods and stories that sneak in and begin to become part of you. They come to stay, they settle in, and the idea of the home you once had is nourished and grows with new flavors, new fruits, and new narratives.

It is almost miraculous to be sitting in front of a dish that was once merged into the shaping of my identity. Whether it's a dish prepared by a loved one, by myself, or by a new person in the land I am beginning to call home, eating that dish goes far beyond mere survival; it is an act that threads the past with the present, a constant dialogue between who I was and who I am at this exact moment.