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.
- 7th of 7th Month of the lunar calendar: This is the date of the chinese beggar’s festival or the Chinese valentine’s day. The festival was to held to celebrate a 2,000 year old fairy tale that originated during the Han dynasty. It was believed that the cowherd and his fairy weaver wife (Zhi Nü )could only be reunited on the night of this day through a bridge of magpies that allowed them to cross the milky way to find each other. In the past, people would release floating lotus lanterns into the rivers to wish for good luck and offer fruits and food to Zhi Nü in the hopes of finding a good husband.
- “Ya” and “Su”: Ya or 雅 means elegance and Su or 俗 means common/vulgar so the Ya dish would be the one served for a formal setting and the Su dish served for the townspeople