“Bachelor’s Vegetable Store” is based on the true story of Lee Young Suk who started selling vegetable at a small store in 1998 and now owns 33 vegetable stores nationwide. A book was published in 2003, and now the story takes to the screen.
- Drama: Bachelor’s Vegetable Store (literal title)
- Revised romanization: Chonggagne Yachaegage
- Hangul: 총각네 야채가게
- Director: Lee Joon-Hyeong
- Writer: Yoon Sung-Hee
- Network: Channel A
- Episodes: 24
- Release Date: December 21, 2011 – March 8, 2012
In his youth, Tae-Yang (later played by Ji Chang-Wook) lived with his grandmother and younger sister Tae-In (later played by Lee Se-Young). His mother passed away and his father abandoned him. Tae-Yang’s best friend is Jin-Sim (later played by Wang Ji-Hye). Jin-Sim is an orphan who lived in an orphanage attached to a church. Their secret play area was an abandoned car.
Tae-Yang often goes to the traditional market with his younger sister Tae-In and picks up discarded vegetables to take home. One day, some of his classmates learn of Tae-Yang and Jin-Sim’s situation. When students start to tease him about his poor situation, Jin-Shim kisses Tae-Yang. Jin-Shim tells him that she kissed him because the kids will think of the kiss rather than about his poor background. Tae-Young is filled with happiness when he hears and decides to buy Jin-Shim a present. He decides on a pager.
To make money to buy the pager, Tae-Young begins selling vegetables in the street. His younger sister Tae-In helps him. But, an older kid in the neighborhood takes his money by force. Another time, Tae-Yang sells vegetables at the traditional market and the same kid demands Tae-Yang’s money. People begin to gather around and start to scold the bully. Tae-Yang then tells the people that gathered around that the kid isn’t demanding his money. The bully, grateful for Tae-Yang’s action, takes him to the backdoor of restaurant and introduces the lady there to Tae-Yang. Tae-Young now has his first regular customer.