Synopsis: Song Yu Die (Zheng Shuang) is a renowned chef in Hangzhou city with a mysterious identity. She grew up learning how to cook from her adopted mother who is also a brilliant chef and the owner of the famous restaurant Tianxiang restaurant. Her sweetheart Li Ma (Ray Ma) is the adopted son of her mother and she knows that they will marry when they grow up. However things change when she encounters Prince Zhao Yuan Qing and Li Ma heads off to the battlefield to build a career for himself. Meanwhile beneath the prosperity, a threat lurks in the background and together with Li Ma, Zhao Yuan Qing she may have to make the ultimate sacrifice to save it…..
- 3 taels & 3 qian: this is the weight of the “medicinal herb”. Although I sometimes translate traditional chiense money as 3 taels of silver, it doesn’t equate to currency like 3 dollars or like 3 RMB, but the weight of the silver, they didn’t have a currency at the time so goods were brought by bits of bronze, silver or gold.
- Hanging myself and stabbing myself: It’s an idiom that means not sleeping at night rather than committing suicide. If any of you have seen the sleepless princess, when the female lead of that drama has to be awake at night, so she has something to hang her head up and a sharp object to prod her back to stop herself from falling asleep. It was a method that scholars who planned to take the imperial civil exam would use when they had to use their sleeping time to prepare for the exam.
- Heart of a tofu: There is a chinese idiom that goes by, have a mouth as sharp as knife and a heart as soft as tofu, meaning that that person may seem fierce on the outside but has a kind heart inside.
- 2 orioles chirp among the willows….There’s a boat from East Wu parked outside my door: This is Du Fu’s Jueju. It’s a quite happy poem as the animals have companions and also describes the mightiness of his empire as they even do trade with countries 1000 miles away
- Like an ant stopping a cart: it’s an idiom that describes that what one is doing is futile and if you persist in it, you will only meet a terrible outcome.
- Only the healthiest plants can survive in the strongest gales: The second part of this phrase is only in the hardest of times can one tell the loyalty of one’s subordinates. So in a way the Emperor is praising Lord Luo for volunteering to go.