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Fermentation Family

Drama Title: Fermentation Family
Korean Title: 발효가족
Romanization Pronunciation: Bal-hyo-ga-jok / Balhyogajog / Balhyo Kajok
Chinese Name: 发酵家族
Japanese Name: 発酵家族
Also Known As: Fermented Family / Kimchi Family / Balhyo Family
Genre: Family, Romance
Episodes: 24
Broadcast Place: South Korea
Broadcast network: JTBC
Broadcast period: 7 December 2011 – 23 February 2012
Language: Korean
Air time: Wednesday and Thursday 8:45 PM

Preceded By: N/A
Followed By: A Wife’s Credentials

Plot Summary / Synopsis

Set within the famous Korean restaurant Chunjiin, known especially for their kimchi dish. This drama is about two daughters who get ownership of their father’s restaurant, and a rough and tumble gangster who grew up as an orphan, begins to work at the restaurant and sets about looking for a piece of his past.


Song Il Gook (송일국) as Ki Ho Tae (기호태)
Park Jin Hee (박진희) as Lee Kang San (이강산)
Lee Min Young (이민영) as Lee Woo Joo (이우주)
Choi Jae Sung (최재성) as Kang Do Sik (강도식)
Kim Young Hoon (김영훈) as Oh Jae Hoon (오해준)
Kang Shin Il (강신일) as Lee Ki Chan (이기찬)
Lee Dae Keun (이대근) as Elder Sul (설노인)
Kim Byung Choon (김병춘) as Han Pyung Man (한평만)
Yoon Hee-Soo (윤희수) as Na Eun-Bi (나은비)
Jung Ae Ri (정애리) as Jung Hyun Sook (정현숙)
Choi Duk Moon (최덕문) as Jo Dae Sik (조대식)
Jo Jae Wan (조재완) as Park Hyun Soo (박현수)
Oh Yong / Woo Yong (오용) as Jo Mi-nam (조미남)
Jo Yeon Woo (조연우) as Choi Yong Bin (최용빈)
Lee Il Hwa as Jung Geum Joo

Fermentation Family Characters Description

Production Credits

Director: Park Chan Hong (박찬홍)
Screenwriter: Kim Jee Woo (김지우)

Viewership Ratings

EpisodeDateNationwide (AGB)
17 December 20111.563
28 December 20110.678
314 December 20111.222
415 December 20110.796
521 December 20111.062
622 December 20110.803
728 December 20110.952
829 December 20111.154
94 January 20121.076
105 January 20120.779
1111 January 20120.667
1212 January 20120.531
1318 January 20120.705
1419 January 20120.642
1525 January 20120.820
1626 January 20120.811
171 February 20120.877
182 February 20120.984
198 February 20121.005
209 February 20121.061
2115 February 20120.842
2216 February 20120.799
2322 February 20120.612
2423 February 20120.694

Source: AGB Nielson Media Research

Synopsis by Episode

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Fermentation Family / Fermented Family / Kimchi Family Trailers

Fermentation Family OST Part 1 – Stupid Love
Fermentation Family OST Part 2 – The Words on My Lips
Fermentation Family OST Part 3 – Afraid of Love
Fermentation Family OST Part 4 – Beautiful Memories
Fermentation Family OST – Heaven, Earth & Man (Chunjiin)

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