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.
- Su Shi also known as Dongpo, is not only a renowned Song scholar, calligrapher, poet, painter and politician, also known for his love for food. Dongpo pork is another dish associated with him
- Teacher Qu: also known as Qu Yuan is a poet and politician in the warring states period.
- Kidney noodles: has a rather poetic name in chinese, literal translation is flowers of the kidneys. The chinese believe that eating kidneys would help improve renal function as well as male virility. The kidneys of the deer is supposed to be the best treatment for male impotency. Although it is beneficial, the adrenal glands must be removed completely as it is poisonous causing you to suffer from nausea and weakness