Chapter 19 – Visit (2)

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At the end of the meal, every plate was finished and even the vegetable soup was eaten by the children.
Everyone held their stomachs and sighed contentedly after meal.
*Cao Simei's youngest son even asked Li Hehua if she could make it tomorrow, and got Cao Simei's fried chestnuts.

(TN: Not sure but this 'fried chestnut' might be synonymous with scolding?


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Li Hehua was amused.

Wang Laotou's wedding banquet will be held the next day.
Li Hehua directly went from Cao Simei's house to Wang Laotou's house.

The Wang family was very polite to Li Hehua.
After all, they have been thinking of the delicious sauerkraut fish that Li Hehua made last time, which made them almost bite their tongue off.
They wanted to eat it again since then.

When Li Hehua came this time, the first thing that Wang Laotou did was to ask Li Hehua, “Can you make the sauerkraut fish on the banquet today? The one that you cooked last time.
We bought ten fish especially prepared for sauerkraut fish.”

Since the host said so, Li Hehua has no reason to disagree.
She agreed and planned to make all of today's fish into sauerkraut fish.

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After making all the arrangements for the fish, Li Hehua went and see the other ingredients.
It includes chicken, ducks, pork belly, ribs and beef.
Li Hehua think about it and planned to prepare a large plate of chicken, roasted braised duck, sweet and sour pork, sweet and sour pork ribs, beef stew and old chicken stew.
These meat dishes are enough.
For vegetarian dishes, she'll prepare tofu soup, stir fried three diced vegies, stir-fried bok choy with mushrooms, a dry pot of cauliflower and then make another dish of fish-flavored shredded pork and mapo tofu, adding up to a total of twelve dishes.

(TN: Naming these dishes drained up my brain.
I'll try to make it as accurate as possible.
Pics at the bottom.

Li Hehua reported the menu to the Wang family one by one, intending to ask for their opinions.
However, the Wang family just listened throughout.
Why? It was because they have never heard of these dishes before.
It was the first time they heard of these, just like that amazing sauerkraut fish that day.

The ingredients used by farmers to prepare a banquet are nothing more that chicken, duck, and fish.
Everyone does that same thing such as braised chicken, chicken stew, braised fish, braised pork, etc., etc.
Where can they see these various dishes that Li Hehua said? However, although they have never seen or heard of these dishes, it does not prevent them to imagine that these dishes are delicious after hearing their names.

Wang Laotou waved his hand directly, “Just do as you plan, we trust you, don't ask for our opinion.”

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Li Hehua was authorized and everything was left for her to decide.
She immediately plunged into the kitchen and start cooking.

Currently, there are two pots that are frying at the same time.
Li Hehua has two frying ladle in her hands, both hands are working at the same time.
She cooks the chicken dish on the left, cooks the pork ribs on the right, put the salt with her left hand, and soy sauce on her right.
The Wang family jaws were about to drop.
The cooks watches Li Hehua actions several times and forgotten their own tasks.
It was Li Hehua that reminded them, letting them come back to their senses.

The people from Wang family that helps in cooking today were in awe of Li Hehua.

For the villagers, there's a disadvantage in preparing banquets, that is, the slow speed of cooking.
Because there is only one chef, the dishes usually served in front were almost finished before the next dish is served.
Some people even only had the first dish while the other where already eager for the next dish.
It is embarrassing.

It turned out that this is not a problem at all for Li Hehua.
She was cooking much faster than the guests could eat.
Before one could even eat the first dish, the next dish already came up.
The whole table was already covered with dishes in a blink of an eye.
When all the dishes are served, there was not a single plate that is empty*, and all the dishes are hot.

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(TN: The guests are still eating when all the dishes are served.)

The guests of the Wang family learned a lot today.
Not only have they eaten a lot of dishes they have never seen before, it is also their first time to see a banquet where the dishes are serve so quickly.
” How many cooks have you guys hired? This serving of dishes is too fast and the dishes are so delicious.
Zhou Laogen wasn't the one that you invited I'm afraid?”

“Yes, yes.
Zhou Laogen's cooking is not like this.
We haven't seen these dishes before.
They are quite novel.”

“I'm sure it's not Zhou Laogen.
I say Wang Laotou, who did your family invited? Tell us and we will invite this person to prepare a banquet next time.” Wang Laotou received countless of compliments because of the banquet today and his person were about to float.
Hearing this, he said with a smile, ” My family only hired one chef.
However, this chef is so powerful.
Not only were her speed is fast, the taste of the dishes she cooked is much better than that of the best restaurant in town.”

Although these words are quite conceited, there's nothing to deny as they are indeed the case.
Everyone was even more curious about the person who prepared the banquet.

Wang Laotou showed off enough, so he told everyone about Li Hehua.
This made several guests secretly remember her in their hearts.

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