Housekeeper of the Hundred Blossom Palace - Chapter 66
All the other chefs trained their eyes on them as soon as they entered the kitchen.
However, Yui Mei was not bothered in the least, her eyes glued on the thing on top of the table.
It was a fresh, plump fish.
‘As expected of a port city! This fish is gorgeous, and it looks so tasty!’
Do people here eat sashimi?
She really loved tuna tsukedon in her previous world, so she was fascinated with the fish, but she had to prioritize her work now.
Yui Mei did her best to endure and tore her gaze from the fish, and whirled around to face the head chef.
“Head Chef, we would like to talk about Princess Pan’s meals from now on.”
“Yeah, the dinner’s about to be served, should we go on?”
The head chef replied to Yui Mei’s words.
In fact, she also consulted him about Princess Pan’s evening meal previously during the feast.
‘Ahh, yeah, he disagreed with me that time.’
Yui Mei recalled yesterday’s incident.
The head chef naturally didn’t take suggestions from outsiders well.
‘Noobs should stay out of it’, he said.
However, Yui Mei persistently tried to talk to him, and when he saw that she was not mistaken, he also started to listen.
“Can you please make a delicious and nutritious porridge for Princess Pan?”
“Porridge, huh. What to do.”
Yui Mei finally told him her request, and the head chef promptly thought about what kind of porridge he will make.
However, this time, she had opponents within the kitchen.
“A porridge is something the apprentice chefs could make. Don’t waste Head Chef’s time just for that.”
One of the senior chefs working suddenly butted in, then jutted his chin towards one of the apprentice chefs that were also working.
It’s as if telling them that they should talk to that guy, instead.
Well, his view was also understandable.
The more skillful the chefs become, the more difficult the dishes they make. Most especially since this mansion is owned by one of the candidates for becoming the Huang grand duke, so the chefs here displayed their greatness during the feasts.
Something as simple as porridge was of course suited for the apprentices.
However, the one who would eat this porridge was no other than Princess Pan.
So what did he mean by ‘an apprentice’s fine with that’.
The head chef also disagreed.
“I’m the one in charge with the princess’s meals. The preparations for the banquet’s almost done, gonna leave the plating to you guys.”
The chef was disgruntled after being ’slapped in the face’ with that comment.
He then glared towards Yui Mei, his dissatisfaction apparent.
It’s not that she wasn’t affected, she just decided to let it slide and focus on the discussion with the head chef.
“Princess Pan had been eating only in the evening before she became ill, and they were heavy meals, so I’ve heard. And so, we would like her to have a lighter dinner, so that she can have an appetite for breakfast.”
The head chef’s expression was complicated as he listened to Yui Mei’s words.
“Breakfast, huh. Never served that before. We’re told ‘no need’ right off the bat.”
“Indeed, I confirmed that Princess Pan is having difficulties in the morning because of her body constitution. However, she informed me that if it’s the vegetable soup tang cai, then she’s fine with that. In order to restore her body condition, it is important that she eat nutritious foods, even for just a bit, in the mornings.”
And so, Yui Mei requested that the princess eat tang cai in the mornings, and light meals in the evening.
“For the evening meals, please avoid rich foods if possible, and replace them with steamed dishes. I also particularly wanted to recommend oysters, can you please make a dish that inland residents can also enjoy?”
“Oyster, huh. That one’s a bit special, but will come up with something.”
Their discussion went on smoothly and rapidly, while the chefs around them were increasingly agitated.
“Why is the head chef listening to that amatuer?”
“That’s because people who came from the city are just like that….”
They can hear the chef’s ‘whispers’.
By the way, ‘people who came from the city’ didn’t just refer to Yui Mei and Li Yong.
Actually, the Head Chef was also pulled out from the city during the marriage of the princess.
‘It would be good if you ate something you are used to’, the considerate Li Min had said.
The previous head chef was then demoted into being the deputy chef.
Speaking of the deputy chef, it was the senior guy who disputed their discussion about the porridge.
T/N: Sashimi~ My favorite!!! Yum yum!! Raw fish sliced thinly, best dipped in soy sauce ~ Some love it with wasabi, the horseradish green paste that’s super spicy 😀
Tuna tsukedon – similar with sashimi, but with vinegared rice under it. It’s different from sushi because they mold the sushi in their hands before topping it with raw fish, octopus squid, egg, with nori or none, but tsukedon is like sashimi topped on rice served in a bowl.
Tang cai 🙂
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