On an extremely superficial level Choi Kang-hyuk makes me think of 2 things: army abs and sleep. On a critical level Choi Kang-hyuk makes me smile, cheer, and eat 15 servings of ramyun in a row. Today we will celebrate everyone’s favorite narcoleptic! Go flower boy ramyun shop!
Choi Kang-hyuk aka Pillar aka best ramyun shop owner ever
Actor: Lee Ki Woo
Drama: Flower Boy Ramyun Shop (2011)
There is an almost mystical quality to Choi Kang-hyuk. When I first encountered this character it struck me that there was something separate in his demeanor and actions, almost as though he lived in a world where none of the rest of us was lucky enough to reside within. From lying down to sleep at the drop of a hat to taking in his “kids”, he defied social norms and created the most kick ass ramyun shop in the universe.
His courage and subtle passion was perfect for the slightly bizarre but continuously entertaining plot. This story could have gone ten different ways, nine of them terrible. Luckily for us drama viewers it took the 10th path and followed a road to greatness. A huge part of that was Choi Kang-hyuk. Without him there would be no moral stories revolving around ramyun. No wifey. No pillar. He was the odd father figure and sometimes motherly figure to a misfit family, the glue that held them together through emotional turmoil and ramyun drama.
In the end we did not get to see a happy ending (at least on screen) for Choi Kang-hyuk. We settled for the part he played, the facilitator of the adorable assembled family. He was a strong man that lost out to a spoiled flower boy that found his footing (and a much needed dose of maturity). That spoiled flower boy owed a lot to Choi Kang-hyuk, so did almost every character in FBRS. For that I salute my favorite lazy ramyun ship owner, Choi Kang-hyuk. A great character indeed.