In the sixth episode of “Yumi Cells 2,” Yumi overhears Babi’s phone call and hears the word “heir.” She assumes Babi is a wealthy family’s son, whose father wants him to take over the business, but he refuses. Yumi imagines herself being approached with an offer to end her relationship with Babi.
Babi, it turns out, is not the son of a rich family. Instead, his father runs “Babi Street Food,” a Korean snack bar. Yumi is relieved, and Babi lets her try his father’s Tteokbokki.
In fact, “Babi Street Food” does exist in the real world! As the webtoon “Yumi’s Cells” gained in popularity, a food recipe inspired by it was created. The ready-to-cook food Tteokbokki by Babi Street Food was introduced to the market.
The box includes rice cakes, fishcakes, seaweed rolls, dumplings, and two different sauces. On the box, it says, “30 Years of Tteokbokki by Babi Street Food.” The reviews appear to be mostly positive, with 4.7 stars out of 5 from over 10,000 people.
So, in the original story of “Yumi’s Cells,” did Babi take over his father’s snack bar? He not only became the heir to Babi Street Food, but he also expanded it to become a franchise business.
Babi appears briefly as the owner of a food franchise in “Daily JoJo,” which tells the story after “Yumi’s Cells.” His new restaurant chain, “Babi Burger,” has opened its 27th location, so readers can imagine how successful the original Babi Street Food was. According to the creator, Lee Dong-Gun, Babi became the wealthiest character in “Yumi’s Cells.”
Along with the Babi story, other characters from “Yumi’s Cells” are featured in the webtoon “Daily Jojo.” As more episodes become available, we’ll post more stories about them.