Adventures of the Female Chef 厨娘囧事 – 苏素 Su Su (HE)

The Lins have a daughter called Wu Niao; who while cooking noodles got transported to the past somehow. The Iron Chef competition let people see her ‘wow’; Prince and Imperial Chef over her will brawl.

Female Chef

Lin Wu Niao (literally meaning ‘No Bird’) does not know how to cook despite coming from a family of chefs.  She has no ambitions, and her culinary skills is limited to instant noodles. In a freak accident, the pressure cooker she was using to cook instant noodles exploded and she found herself transported back in time.  Her family in that era are also chefs and she is lead by circumstance to enroll as a Trainee Imperial Chef.

With the help of 5 packets of instant noodles and a tube of Maybelline lipstick, she managed to pass the test and enter the Palace successfully. While working in the Royal Kitchens, she captured the heart of the outwardly-impervious Head Imperial Chef  Miao Man Xi, and earned her position as an Imperial Chef.  However, the affections of Miao Man Xi embroiled her into the world of court politics.  Caught between a beautiful man and a seeming rosy future, which will she choose?

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6 Responses

  1. decembi
    decembi April 9, 2014 at 3:07 pm |

    Omg, so awesome you translated the synopsis. I LOVE this. Haha, I have read one other of Su Su’s c-novels as well. This c-novel makes a perfect Stephen Chow movie! It reminds me of those golden Hong Kong rom-coms! <3

    It's on my recommended list and on my "to wish" translation list!

  2. Moonblossom
    Moonblossom April 10, 2014 at 12:16 am |

    Ha.ha. The pacing of the book is a bit off but it does reassemble a Stephen Chow now that you mention it.
    I will post a translation of their first meeting later to give others a peek at the novel style. Can’t help it, I just LOVE the Eunuch’s reaction to her name.

  3. Moonblossom
    Moonblossom April 10, 2014 at 3:00 am |

    I have tanslated a small portion of one of their early encounters in chapter 1 to give a feel of the book. This is a short book with 7 chapters. When I re-read the chapter, I realised that this is actually the third meeting between Wu Niao and Chef Man Xi.

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  4. decembi
    decembi April 10, 2014 at 6:10 am |

    HAHAHA. I love this. I love this. Thanks for your fantastic translation. I love this short novel.

    Oh, I didn’t know they met earlier!! Gasp. I need to re-read this novel too.

  5. Peanuts
    Peanuts April 10, 2014 at 11:35 am |

    Thank you very much to Moonblossom for posting this book as well as doing a scene translation. Haha, I recommended this book to decembi yet I’ve not listened to it yet except the 1st episode of the radio drama. The radio drama is very cute & funny. I’ll download the audio book & start listening to it tomorrow.

    This novel feels like a slapstick comedy with a thin plot, as decembi puts it a Stephen Chow’s comedy. I guess there is not much character development but it’ll definitely not be draggy. Decembi, is the other book you read by Su Su called Red Flag something? I think I tried to read a chapter or 2 but gave up.

  6. decembi
    decembi April 10, 2014 at 11:40 am |

    Hahaha, this story is really very funny. I liked it a lot.

    Oh the other novel is called 红旗不倒,彩旗飘飘,roughly translated as “The Red Flag Will Not Fall, The Colourful Flags Fly High”. Haha, I liked it too! It’s probably 3.5 stars. The female lead is the most shameless female lead in history, but I really liked the male lead who is also shameless too.

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