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.
- Chinese artichoke (also known as crosne): Unlike it’s name, nothing like the western counterpart. In Asia it’s often pickled or fermented which is then sliced and added to dishes to accent the flavor due to it’s slight nutty flavor. In French cooking it’s blanched and sauteed with lots of butter
- Huadiao wine (or flower carving wine): Is a yellowish wine made from the fermentation of glutinous rice and wheat. There is a tradition in the Shaoxing region where this wine was made and buried underground when a daughter was born and dug up for the wedding banquet for that daughter’s wedding.
- Drunken prawns: There are many ways to prepare this dish but the key to it is Huodiao wine and a good herbal brine. Very simple to make, a bit like a spiked soup with prawns.