Here Comes the Lady Chef – Chapter 056 – Deja Vu

Here Comes the Lady Chef – Chapter 056 – Deja Vu

Chapter 056 – Deja Vu

This little girl is really interesting, she seems to know whatever it is I’m thinking of.

 

Ren Yue smiled in his heart. He sipped the fragrant Pu’er and enjoyed his morning snack. Last night’s suffering during dinner time vanished like a smoke.

 

And that, was how Ren Yue loitered at the dining hall, not long after, the workers of Drunken Immortal started to arrived.

 

Manager Li was afraid of a repeat of yesterday’s incident with the very important old man and his entourage and have brought Hong Xiu to assist, just in case.

 

Old Master Qiao, having gone through yesterday’s battle, also brought his son Qiao Zizhang to the restaurant again, worried that Zhao Jing may bring that troublesome guest Sir Song Tao and his group back to the restaurant.

 

Thus, it was under such coincidence that master and servant, with their respective offspring met at the entrance of the Drunken Immortal.

 

“Good day, Old Master Qiao! Good day, Young Master Zizhang!” Manager Li greeted them as he pulled Hong Xiu along.

 

“Morning!” Old Master Qiao gave a he-he laugh.

 

Qiao Zizhang gazed at Hong Xiu.

 

A pair of almond eyes met a pair of bring, clear pupils.

 

A pale pink flush misted across Hong Xiu’s cheeks.

 

There, at the entrance of the Drunken Immortal’s Entrance, three words ‘Qiao Zizhang’ engraved itself into a 13 year old maiden’s heart.

 

Though it was their first meeting, it was as though an unseen cord was strung up between the two, locking these pair’s fates tightly together.

 

“Today we should maintain our calm as usual and not be careless.” Old Master Qiao said as he went through the door.

 

“Third Young Master Ren!” Old Man Qiao and Manager Li cried out in unison.

 

“Borrow your space for a bit, will have lunch here if see fit.” Ren Yue said. [In reflexive poetry because he can’t speak normally. It shows that he’s clever, you see?]

 

“Too noisy in the dining hall, Third Young Master Ren. Please make use of our private rooms. Zhu Zi! Where have you died off to! Come out!” In one breath, Old Master Qiao managed to produce a polite deferential sentence and then screeched crudely for Zhu Zi next.

 

Ren Yue smiled thinly, and did not decline the invitation. He allowed Zhu Zi to escort him to the Listening Bamboo Pavilion – The same one he occupied when he first came to the Drunken Immortal.

 

“Young Master, this is for you to past your time.” After a short while, Zhu Zi fawningly ran in with a copy of the <<Huang Ting Jing>> one of the primary scriptures of Daoism.

 

“Oh?” Ren Yue’s eyes lit up. He’d been wondering how to past the time. Now he not only have food and drink, but also a book to enrich his mind and strengthen his career path. Too bad it’s late morning now. It would be perfect if a moonlit night sky accompanied him right now.

 

“Waiter… this book,” Ren Yue asked.

 

“Oh, it’s little sister Rou’er who sent it.” said Zhu Zi.

 

“Miss Wen?” Ren Yue was amazed. Knowing his food and drink preference may be explained through coincidence.

 

But this <<Huang Ting Jing>> was something he had never mentioned to anyone, so how could she know?

 

Ren Yue felt as though ants were marching across his limbs and all over his heart, making him feel itchy and uncomfortable.

 

Morning leisure time soon passed.

 

Lunch time came…

 

“Young Master, would you like to order anything? Or would you prefer to have the Tea Cuisine{1}?” Zhu Zi held out the menu as he respectfully inquired.

 

“No need, I heard that Drunken Immortal is No. 1 in Xiang Yang, how about some of your specialities?” Ren Yue smiled slightly at Zhu Zi.

 

“Very good, specialities. Our most famous dish here at Drunken Immortal is Braised Pork Leg! The leg we use is so fatty that oil just oozes out, young master, if you bite into this leg, that fat! It just explodes into flavour in your mouth. The more you chew, the more fragrant, ah!” Zhu Zi’s eyes brightened, almost starting to drool the more he talked.

 

“Ahem, any other kinds of… specialities?”

 

“Yes! The Drunken Immortal Roast Chicken! Crispy skin and fragrant oils, your mouth will be filled with the aroma of chicken, ah!” Zhu Zi’s own spittle started flying as he expounded the virtues of this dish. He had to swallow a few times before continuing his spiel.

 

The lines between Ren Yue’s skin gained a few friends.

 

“Do you have any lighter dishes?”

 

“Lighter? Of course! Cold Beef Salad{2}! That beef packs a great punch, perfect fat to lean ration, melts into aromatic beefy fragrance in your mouth! Pairs well with wine! Hei-hei, yong master, that’s the ultimate combo!” Zhu Zi was so happy that his eyes had transformed into downturn sickles, a plate of Cold Beef Salad in front of him and a cup of excellent wine in his hand.

 

“Ahem, please call for Miss Wen, ba!” Ren Yue could not bear to listen any more.

 

“Miss Wen? We don’t have any dishes called Miss Wen, ah?” Zhu Zi was surprised. “Oh, oh, you mean little sister Rou’er, yes, yes, will call her now!” Zhu Zi suddenly saw the light, and rushed to the kitchen.

 

 

“Little sister Rou’er, that handsome young master called for you!” Zhu Zi deliberately raised his voice.

 

“Me?” Wen Rou was startled.

 

“Hei-hei, I think only you can handle this young master, hei-hei, that young master seems…towards you…” Zhu Zi continued to hei-hei.

 

“Stop speaking nonsense, or I’ll tell Manager Li!” Wen Rou was getting irritated, a hand rose to beat him up.

 

Zhu Zi ducked and covered his head, at that time Manager Li’s representative came in.

 

Somehow it was Hong Xiu.

 

“Little sister Rou’er. Is Zhu Zi bullying people again?” though Hong Xiu was a sheltered girl, she still has the aura of a person in charge.

 

“Elder sister Hong Xiu, come with me to the private dining room, ba. If not elder brother Zhu Zi might speak more nonsense!” Wen Rou made an pitiful face.

 

“Private room? Is this the Third Young Master Ren that dad spoke about?” Hong Xiu have clearly heard about yesterday’s incident with Ren Yue, and looked a little excited.

 

It seems that everyone wants to have a look at this ‘Unparalleled Gentlemen’ Ren Yua.

 

The door of Listening Bamboo Pavilion was slowly pushed open and both girls appeared in front of Ren Yue.

One was dressed in a light pink dress, and though her accessories, ribbons, pearls and other dangling ornaments could not be compared with the upper middle class family’s, the effect was still quite delicate and pretty.

 

The other was dressed as before, in an old looking, slightly large grey blue outfit. Her hair was done up in a simple braid, a sparkle in her eye, a graceful white face, clean without a speck of dust. Giving a faint image of a water spirit in the middle of a deep valley, resting on a rock by a large pond, nothing glamorous or ambitious. Beautiful, moving, eliciting a subtle fragrance that refreshes and captures the heart.

 

[Thinking about it, this was probably the first time that Hong Xiu has seen Ren Yue. Though she had mentally prepared herself to admire him, seeing the actual person struck her so much that she just stood there in a daze.

 

“Would Young Master Ren like to make an order?” seeing Hong Xiu still stunned, she spoke first.

 

“Make some of your Drunken Immortal’s specialities, something light please!” Ren Yue didn’t know why, but seeing this Wen Rou always put him in a good mood.

 

“Something light? {3}Stir fried lotus, steamed perch, shredded chicken in soup, dumplings in sweet wine, white fungus with lily soup, bean paste spring rolls, original taste mountain herbs, chestnut cake…don’t know what Young Master Ren would like?” in one breath, Wen Rou had rattled out several dishes, though not a single one of them was made using tea.

 

“I’ll have one of each!” Ren Yue did not bother to ponder more and simply ordered everything.

 

“One of each? Would you be able to finish everything?” Wen Rou had a strange look in her eyes as she stared at the slender and well proportioned Ren Yue.

 

“He-he, just do as instructed!” Ren Yue did not bother to argue any more and just sat down with his <<Huang Ting Jing>>.

 

Under the bright light, the young man in white appeared as beautiful and peaceful as a cloud in the sky. He sat quietly at the window, as though the hustle and bustle of the world had nothing to do with him.

 

Through the open window, a faint breeze slipped in, lifting and caressing Ren Yue’s long dark hair. The sight just stirred the hearts of people who caught a sight of him.

 

“Very well young master, we will see you later.” Wen Rou pulled on Hong Xiu who was still in a daze, turned and left.

{1} Tea Cuisine – Some tea based dishes that Unparallel Gentleman ordered back in Chapter 23

{2} Cold Beef Salad – Beef boiled in sauce and allowed to be cooled before slicing. No vegetables in this ‘salad’

{3} Stir fried lotus, steamed perch, shredded chicken in soup, dumplings in sweet wine, white fungus sweet soup with lily bulb, bean paste spring rolls, original taste mountain herb cake, chestnut cake

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  1. Holdmydonuts

    Hey dear translator thank you for your hard work, ALSO PLEASE please update.

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