Chapter 249: Elves in this World are Foodies
Translated by Zzonkedd
Edited by Gumihou and Onionpi
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The main dish for tonight’s dinner was fried food.  Deep-fried Vermillion Shrimps, Mackerel, Big Hard Clams, Scallops and Aspidochelone were piled on wooden plates and topped with lots of Tartar Sauce, then served to Fer, Dora-chan and Sui.
I also gave them a bowl of Clam Chowder each. None of my familiars really liked Clam Chowder,  but I must get some vegetables into them no matter what!
I served up a Mixed Furai set of assorted fried food, a bowl of Clam Chowder and a side of black bread for my guests. Naturally, I also included a generous dollop of Tartar Sauce on the side.   As host, I served myself last and sat down, only to see that Elland-san as well as members of the [Ark] haven’t touched their food yet.
“Erm, how do we eat this?” asked Elland-san.
Oh right, I forgot that even fried potatoes were a novelty here before I introduced it, so fried seafood must be really strange, especially when accompanied by a mysterious white sauce.
“Ah, remember those fried potatoes from Doran? These are fried seafood. I got some really great seafood from Verulean. It’s covered in breadcrumbs and fried in oil. It’s great when eaten with the white sauce,” I demonstrated by stabbing a piece of scallop, dipped it into the Tartar Sauce and took a bite.
Huff, the fried scallop is still warm and gorgeously crunchy on the outside while soft on the inside.  Delicious. As a Japanese, I love seafood the most, of course. I suddenly thought of Alonzo-san and his friends. Now there’s a fellow seafood enthusiast. Alonzo’s friends I mean, Alonzo-san himself was a philistine who ate steak in a place famous for its seafood. Hmm, they did say they were planning to come to Avering, I wonder if I would meet them here…
After swallowing my mouthful, I said, “Well, if it’s too strange for you, I could prepare something else. So, please do not hesitate to let me know.” “It’s fine, it’s fine, since Mukouda-san made it, we should eat it,” Elland-san said before biting into a fried fish.  The Adventurers from [Ark] also began eating. Hmm, from the way they stuff their mouths, I don’t think I have to worry about them not liking fried food.
I decided to focus on my plate, “Hmm, fried mackerel goes really well with Tartar Sauce,” I- I want some beer too, but, I can’t just pull out a canned beer now. It would look too strange in this world.
“Hmm, it’s the first time I have this fried food thing. Strange, I’m really craving ale right now,” Siegwald-san the Dwarf said thoughtfully. “Ah, I was just thinking of the same thing,” I said, as expected, dwarves really knew how to enjoy their drinks.
“This is a different type of fried food compared to the fried potato, it has a crumb coating on it that makes it even crispier,”  said Siegwald-san thoughtfully. “That one was really great with ale too.” 
“Oho, if you’re talking about Doran’s fried potato. That was introduced by Mukouda-san too,” said Elland-san proudly.
“Eh? For real? Not only is the man a great Adventurer, but he’s also a great cuisine master too?” “Ah, nothing like that,” I quickly said. “These are all perfectly ordinary dishes from my hometown.” Nevertheless, I was very flattered. If we weren’t in a dungeon, I could have gone to a different room to ‘fetch’ some whiskey and treat this nice Dwarf.
““Oi, seconds! I want Worcestershire Sauce on the fish and shellfish. Put the white sauce on the rest.”” 
““Seconds here too! I want fish and shellfish only, with the brown sauce,””
““Sui wants another~ White sauce on everything~”” 
I set out fresh plates of fried food according to their orders.
“Excuse me, but what’s that brown sauce?” Elland-san asked.
“Oh, this? It’s called Worcestershire Sauce, would you like to try some?” I eyed his plate. It was empty. “Please,”
I didn’t give him an assorted furai this time, just two pieces of the giant mackerel fish topped with the Worcestershire Sauce. “There you go, please try it.”
“Wonderful,” Elland-san stabbed the fried fish with his fork and took a bite. “Huff, oh, this ordinary-looking sauce is unexpectedly complex! The flavour is not just savoury, it’s a little tangy too. Hmm, I can’t explain it but it goes really well with this fried fish. The white sauce is also a little tangy but has a mellower taste. Both are wonderful in their own way.”
Members of the [Ark] were all staring at Elland-san.
Er, so, “Would you like seconds?”
“Apologies, if you don’t mind…”
“I’d like some too,”
“Chomp, chomp, chomp,”
This time, I served a medley of assorted fried stuff with Worcestershire Sauce. Soon, only the sounds of chewing were heard within the safe area. 
Aside from a slightly regretful ‘If only I could have some ale with this…’ everyone was very happy with their meal.   Finally, we all set our plates down with a satisfied sigh.
“It feels like a dream to eat such delicious food inside a dungeon. The problem with dungeon challenges is having to carry one’s own food. There’s a limit to how much a person could carry even with an [Item Box],” commented Elland-san.
The members of [Ark] nodded solemnly at this. “Hearing this made me even more grateful for my large capacity [Item Box],” there’s no hiding this fact, so I’ll just admit it. The only thing I’m not admitting is how large my [Item Box] is.
Like, infinitely large… Luckily, they were more interested in talking about the food.
“This soup is very excellent too,” said Elland-san. “The food made by Mukouda-san is even better than the best restaurants at the Royal Capital!” Gaudino-san nodded, “I thought so too, but having an elf acknowledge it really seals the deal. Our Feodora-san would be the first to complain if something tastes bad, but look, not a word of complaint from her,”
Elland-san nodded enthusiastically, “Yes, yes, even elves could not resist this kind of taste.” 
“Oh? Are elves generally picky eaters?” I asked curiously.
Elland-san’s voice took on a lecturing tone as he said, “We elves have a very long lifespan, therefore we have the opportunity to taste all kinds of food and develop our palate. The saying ‘To know if something’s delicious, ask an elf’ is a saying that exists because we’ve tried nearly every cuisine in the world.  That is why we are always excited to try something new.” 
““Seconds,”” Fer rumbled.
““Sui wants seconds too~””  Ah, there it is.
After I’ve set out more food for Fer and Sui, I asked if anyone else wants seconds too. Everyone made polite noises, declining the offer, except for Feodora-san. The icily beautiful elf was staring despondently at her empty bowl. Stifling a laugh, I politely ask, “May I refill your bowl?”  After a beat, the empty bowl was handed to me and I silently filled it up with chowder.  It was nice to see her eating happily though.
“Thank you for treating us to the delicious food,” said Gaudino-san. “I’m sorry, Feodora-san is a level-headed and talented Adventurer, but when it comes to eating…”
He trailed off. I waved my hand at this, “No, no, I’m just glad everyone enjoyed my food.”  Not to mention, it was kind of interesting to see this cool beauty scarfing down her food like a glutton.  After finishing her chowder, she handed the bowl back to me. I silently refilled it again.
I also refilled Fer and Sui’s order twice more. Really, the amount Feodora-san eats is nothing compared to Sui.
[Gumihou: Lol, a foodie elf, that’s new]
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