Synopsis: A novel adapted drama about food and romance follows Hua Xiao Mai as she falls in love with a mercenary for hire. Through her passion for the culinary arts, Hua Xiao Mai starts small and slowly makes her way up in the food business. After being saved by Meng Yu Huai, who heads a mercenary agency, in the hills behind the Huodao village where she has just moved in to stay with her elder sister. Hua Xiao Mai falls in love. She does her best to attract his attention but he just doesn’t get her feelings. But as Xiao Mai shows her intelligence, her culinary skills and her boldness in professing her love for him, he slowly realizes he will not be able to escape from her. But success in love is not her only ambition, her goal in life was to show the world that any edible food can be delicious if made properly. From a small food stall to a famous restaurant in the city, she slowly builds her way up, improving her skill in the process before finally realizing that the best part of life is simply a simple delicious meal with the ones you love.
- Midsummer’s festival: Also known as the Dragon boat festival is a traditional holiday near the summer solstice. There are three main activities that happens, the dragon boat race (to commemorate Qu Yuan who although was a good minister, was slandered by his jealous colleagues and out of disappointment for the monarch drowned himself in the river), eating Zhongzi, or rice dumplings covered in banana leaf (as it’s supposed to bring good luck) and drinking realgar wine which is a wine made from powdered realgar a yellow-orange arsenic sulfide mineral.
- Loquat tea: made from a yellowish fruit (a bit like an apricot but with a floral overtone) also known as Eriobotrya japonica. The chinese traditionally make it to help with digestion, coughs and asthma and for more youthful skin