Chapter 43 –
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“Master, what task are you talking about?” The System asked in scepticism.
“I am going to enter the training grounds. Should there be a task that if I managed to learn how to cook the juicy hamburger, I should have a reward?” Michael explained.
“Right now, there are no tasks to be complete. Please decide what you want to do.” The System replied.
“No rewards? Then I am not going to the training grounds.” Michael showed a nonchalant expression.
“After the experience bag is opened, the training grounds will disappear within 24 hours. You decide.” The System also acted nonchalantly.
“Aiya, this System’s artificial intelligence can improve?” Michael frowned. For once, he was outclassed by the System. Is the System’s way of fighting back?
Looking at the countdown timer to the training grounds, Michael gave up. He opened the door to the training grounds. Just like the last time, he was magically transported into it in a bright flash of light. When he reopened his eyes, he was already on the training grounds.
Michael looked around and discovered a large circular oven in the room. The exterior of the oven is silver in colour and it is an electric oven. It looks like a traditional roasting oven, but it is much simpler to use.
“In this way, I can bake 15 buns in one shot. This is much more convenient and faster than cooking fried rice.” Michael opened the oven and took a look at it. He was very pleased with this oven.
Next to the oven, there is a seasoning box. Michael opened the box and discovered that it contains bergamot, cinnamon, aniseed etc. All the seasonings that are used to make a juicy hamburger.
There are several bags of flour in the cupboard, and there trays of pork belly in the fridge. Oh, and there are some pork bones.
“All right, it is time for me to master the cooking of these hamburgers.” Michael washed his hands and took out the pork bellies. He washed them and cut them into 15 cm long 10 cm tall pieces. Then he placed them into a large mixing bowl and added the seasonings.
Usually, in the real world, he needs to season it for 1 day. But within the training grounds, he need not wait that long. All he needs to do is to wait for 5 minutes, and the pork will be seasoned. He placed the pork into a large bowl, add more spices and seasonings, and cooked it. Then he removed any foam and cooked it for another two hours. In this way, the juicy pork is ready.
While the pork is being stewed, Michael begins to form a dough with the flour.
After practising the fried rice for more than 10,000 times, Michael’s knife skills are good enough to handle most of the tasks in the kitchen. However, kneading the dough requires a different set of skills. It is not just a matter of skills, it also requires high physical activities.
Although the system will recharge his stamina every hour, kneading the dough still depreciate his stamina repeatedly.
Every 10 minutes or so, he must take a rest before continuing. Right now his constitution is too weak, and he does not have the strength to continuously knead the dough.By his estimate, he needs an hour to knead the dough.
After kneading the dough, he left it alone for half an hour. Finally, the round dough is ready. He pulled the dough and stretched it into a long string, and added some oil, pepper, and salt. After that, he shaped into a bun. Using a rolling pin, he flattened the dough, and cut out the circular shape of the buns.
After turning on the oven, he waited for the oven to turn hot before adding the buns to the grill. This will heat up the buns. When the oven indicated that the buns are ready, he had created 16 buns in one shot.
Michael took out the buns and examined them. This is his first attempted, and the shape is not ideal. Also, there were some cracks in the buns. This bunch is a failure.
The pork belly is almost ready by now. Michael lifted the lid, and the aromatic smell of the pork belly drifted out. The browned colour pork belly looks very tasty. But there were a few pieces of pork belly that were overburnt. He needs to be more careful.
When he recalled his critique of the Xi’An hamburger, and his requirements for a good hamburger, he felt a headache coming up. Now that he had to meet his impossibly high standards, this task is a pain in the a.s.s.
As expected, Karma is a bitch. What goes around come back to bite him in the ass, and he does not like it.
Michael had no idea when can he meets the standards that he had set.
In the next few months in the training grounds, Michael continuously cooked the juicy hamburger. With each failure and new experiment, he learnt from his failures and improved on the subsequent burgers.
Having experienced the loneliness in the training grounds before, he was used to this harsh environment, and continuously improve with each subsequent batch he makes.
When the countdown clock displayed the 335th day, Michael finally took out a perfect batch of white colour steam buns from the oven. With a gentle cut with his knife, there is opening. He took out a piece of the pork and minced it. Then he inserted it into the opening. Add a spoonful of sauce, and viola, the hamburger is finally completed!
“System, this time it should meet the expectations?” Michael asked in anticipation. Criteria Meet Expectations?
Meat – it must be tender and chewy, but not greasy. Meet Expectations
Bun – the skin should be soft and middle part should be empty.
The shape should be like an iron ring. Meet Expectations
Taste – one bite of the soft tender hamburger should overflow the mouth with the meat juice. Meet Expectations
Final verdict Task Completed Successfully mastered how to cook a juicy hamburger.
- Unlocked: Ability to purchase all ingredients needed to make the dish ‘Juicy Hamburger
- Unlocked: All kitchen equipment, tools and utensils need to cook the dish ‘Juicy Hamburger’.
“Perfect.” Michael bit the juicy hamburger after the system had evaluated it. The bun is very soft and tender, and taste especially good when combined with the meat juices. The fatty part of the pork combines well with the lean meat, making it juicy yet not greasy. One mouthful, and the flavour of the dish immediately teased and excite the taste buds when the juice flowed out.
Michael could not help closing his eyes in delight as he savoured the taste. This taste is simply astounding!
After he had swallowed the bun, he suddenly opened his eyes and found himself in the bedroom. He moved his mouth to chew, and there was no taste. Grr…..!!
When he recalled the taste of the hamburger, he found it hard to sleep. Michael quietly turned on the bedside light, and discovered that it is midnight.
This time, he had used about 30 days in the training room. Most of the time was spent on perfecting the dough. Therefore, in the real world, he had only spent 2 hours.
He woke up and woke his shoes and changed into his chef uniform. Then he turned off the light and made his way downstairs.
As expected, there is a new stove in the kitchen, and all the ingredients are already in the fridge and cupboard.
Michael wore the apron and took out two slabs of pork belly. He washed them and placed them in a large mixing bowl, and begin to season it.
In the real world, the system will not help him to fast forward the time it takes to season the pork. One night may be a short time to season, but it should be usable by the morning. He could make a juicy hamburger breakfast for Amy.
As soon as he thought of the scene of Amy enjoying the hamburger steak, Michael’s face lit up with a smile.
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