CME Chapter 5812 min read

Chapter 58: Pork Liver and Celery in Brown Sauce

Translated by Jouissance of Exiled Rebels Scanlations

After experiencing the temptation of delicious food for several days in a row, Shen Fu’s resistance to good food had gone up. It was nice to have good food every day, but stuffing himself every day? Not so much.

The good thing was that Lin ShuYi’s experiments were ending, so he could finally stop. The menu was about set, now all they had to do was make a few featured, delicious-looking dishes.

Thus, XiQin Restaurant approached it’s second opening. Though it was still that XiQin Restaurant of the past, everything about it had changed. Old Man Yang’s intention was to have a grand second opening to get their name out there and make sure everyone knew that they were no longer that little noodle bar of the past.

Speaking of the noodle bar, in the month or so that XiQin Restaurant had been under renovation, there had been no end to potential customers visiting in hopes of a meal. Some were regulars from the past while others had heard of the restaurant and tagged along.

Seeing that XiQin Restaurant was still under renovations had them all disappointed. However, Old Man Yang had told them that they would be expanding their menu, but if they liked noodles, they’d still have them. Lin ShuYi had decided so.

So a lot of them had said that they would definitely come for the second opening.

The day of the second opening had been decided as November twenty-first, a few more days from now, but everyone said that Lin ShuYi should make an announcement as soon as possible.

Using Weibo, of course, which was the fastest way of getting word out.

Unfortunately… Lin ShuYi didn’t have weibo.

He only used his phone for two things right now, making calls and playing games. His games were of the simplest kind, like Anipop. Never mind Weibo, he didn’t even have QQ.

Xiao Wan bravely raised her hand to volunteer herself. “I have one; just leave it to me. But, brother Xiao Yi, give me your phone for a moment.”

Lin ShuYi took out his phone, confused at what she wanted with it.

Xiao Wan took it happily and looked through it. Lin ShuYi’s didn’t even have a pin to protect it, never mind any other forms of privacy and security. You could get anything you wanted from it. Though his phone was mostly blank with barely any useful information stored. Xiao Wan headed directly for the photos, trying to see if there was anything they could use for publicity, but the (10) on it had her heart falling. It was unlikely there was anything useable amongst those ten photos he had.

Lin ShuYi leaned over. “What do you want with the phone?”

Xiao Wan sighed. “Wasn’t there a girl last time who uploaded a photo of you and the storefront? There were quite a lot of reposts on it. I wanted to take a leaf out of her book, but you don’t have a single photo of yourself in your phone. Don’t you ever take selfies?”

Lin ShuYi stared back blankly.

It seemed like he didn’t even know what a selfie was.

“How about you take one now?”

But Lin ShuYi shook his head. “It’s fine.” Xiao Wan had showed him that Weibo post before; there had been all sorts of comments under it. He didn’t really want to use this sort of method to get their name out there. If they wanted XiQin Restaurant to gain fame, then it would be through their culinary abilities and not through someone’s face.

To the side, Shen Fu thought of something, eyes rolling thoughtfully. “What about the photos I took with your phone in the past two days?”

He pointed at the phone in Xiao Wan’s hand. It should be in there. Those ten photos were all taken by Shen Fu. If he hadn’t taken them, then there would be a total of zero.

Seeing Shen Fu stretch out his hand for the phone, Xiao Wan handed the phone over. After Shen Fu found the photos, he flicked through them before settling on two of them and showing Xiao Wan and Lin ShuYi. “Let’s use these instead of photos of you.”

Xiao Wan looked over curiously and found that it was a dish. An ancient style plate decorated on the edges with ridges that formed a beautiful pattern held a mouth-watering culinary creation.

Xiao Wan couldn’t stop drooling at the sight. “When did you make this, brother Xiao Yi?! Why didn’t you inform me about this?!”

Lin ShuYi chuckled. “This was from the day we went to buy cutlery. Weren’t you in school that day?”

Xiao Wan hung her head in mourning. Two seconds later she continued drooling over the dish. “What is it that you made?”

There was both green and red in the dish, and you could almost smell and taste the fragrance just from a picture.

Shen Fu teased her, smiling in amusement. “Pork liver with celery in brown sauce. The celery was crunchy and fresh, the pork liver tender and fragrant. He steamed some rice that day, too, and invited your grandma and Grandpa Yang to eat together. It was delicious.”

Xiao Wan balefully glanced at Shen Fu, drooling even more.

Shen Fu burst into laughter.

Even though she knew that continuing to look at the photos was torture, Xiao Wan still flipped through the rest of the photos, drooling all the while. As expected, it was all food that Lin ShuYi made. Two of the photos were clearly taken hurriedly as well, with Lin ShuYi’s hand still holding the side of the plate. His pale, delicate hand added to the beauty of the dish.

Xiao Wan’s eyes rolled contemplatively, getting a lightbulb moment. “I’m sending all these photos to myself, yeah?”

Lin ShuYi nodded, not minding. It wasn’t like he knew how anyways, so Xiao Wan could only do it herself. Xiao Wan sent the photos to herself as she mumbled, “We need one of the storefront, too.”

So she hurried outside to take the photo.

That night, Xiao Wan went on her own Weibo account and uploaded the photos one after the other along with a short message, “I’m drooling all over the place just looking at these! Too bad I was at school that day!! Thankfully the grand opening is a Sunday! Hahahaha! Let me laugh up at the sky in joy.”

Then she mentioned a few schoolmates who had been to XiQin Restaurant before, immediately getting a few comments.

[You guys renovated? So pretty! Are those two handsome guys still there? Don’t tell me he’s the who made those dishes!! Question: does he have a GF yet? Does he need a busty, pretty girlfriend who’s very good at eating?]

[Holy crap!! What a beautiful hand! *Licks screen* It’s that cute guy isn’t it?! I remember him!! What about the other one? How come he’s not in the pics? And these dishes!! I’m eating instant ramen right now!! So mean!!! It’s suddenly so much harder to continue eating this!!]

[I want to go! You have to tell me when the grand opening is! I’ve already prepared all the pocket money I got this month!]

[Plus one for checking out the cute guy, yet there’s no proper photo, sad.]

[XiQin Restaurant!! Finally, it’s opening! I’ve been waiting for so long!]

In the end, even those they didn’t recognize came commenting.

[These dishes look amazing. That hand is so beautiful, too. I bet he’s cute.]

[Such a beautiful hand, so good at cooking, marry me!!]

[A must repost. I’ve got to show my BF that it’s no good if he can’t improve!]

[Please tell me the time and place, you can count me in on checking out the cute guys! Time and place, generous blog owner!]

[XiQin Restaurant? Seems kinda familiar…]

Et cetera, et cetera.

Xiao Wan had been expecting a lot of interaction with this post, but not this many! It didn’t take long for the repost count to break ten thousand, and then quite a few people came to ask for the time and place. Though most of them were young women, there were quite a few that were actually just interested in the food. The post quickly became hot on Weibo.

As expected, these days, the world was ruled by lovers of food and admirers of beauty.

Soon enough, people near ChaoYang Street started coming over to check out the restaurant though it hadn’t even opened yet. The one that happened to see Lin ShuYi and Shen Fu couldn’t help but feel wowed, proceeding to take their commentaries to Weibo with a secretly taken photo.

It was a profile shot of the two, who seemed to be talking. Shen Fu was smiling, eyes curved in mirth and a hand ruffling Lin ShuYi’s hair. The entire scene instantly seemed very gay.

Thus even more people reposted, adding a link to Xiao Wan’s Weibo post, too. It blazed through Weibo, but in the end, it still swerved from Lin ShuYi’s ideal path, and kept being pulled into more and more of a tangent.

It ended with someone saying [Grand opening on November twenty-first!! The chef is super cute!! And he’s got a super sweet gong!! It’s a must see!!!]

It was just that Xiao Wan went to school right after posting the Weibo and missed the blow-up. Shen Fu and Lin ShuYi on the other hand, well, they barely went on Weibo, so it wasn’t until a few days after everything blew up that Shen Fu got wind of it, and through a call from his grandfather, too.

As soon as he picked up, he was met with cursing. “Didn’t I tell you to bring him back to meet us? What on earth are the two of you doing over there, not coming back?! And making it so that everyone knows now!? You just can’t sit still without making things a big deal, can you?!”

He had already agreed that they could be together, but to him this wasn’t anything to be proud of. Apart from those necessary, the less people knew the better. Yet these two went and announced it to everyone, and now everyone knew. If it wasn’t for him overhearing their cleaner’s daughter secretly gossiping about it over the phone, then who knows how far the word would’ve spread?

Old Master Shen was about ready to erupt with rage!

Yet Shen Fu was nothing if not confused.

What on earth was Old Master Shen all up in arms about?

“What does everyone know?”

Old Master Shen felt like he would have a heart attack from anger any minute; he thought that Shen Fu was playing dumb so he raised his voice even further. “Go look up XiQin Restaurant! It’s trending and you’re playing dumb with me…”

Shen Fu narrowed his eyes, interrupting his grandfather’s yelling, finger in his ear as he said, “Wait a moment, let me go and take a look…”

And then he hung up.

Old Master Shen was going to have a heart attack with how much he worried.

Shen Fu quickly opened up a browser on his phone and searched up XiQin Restaurant. Unsurprisingly, he was met with many hits.

#Cutest chef and his sweet gong ##Where is XiQin Restaurant ##Count me in on checking this out ##Man in the know reveals the two’s identities#

Attached was the photos Xiao Wan uploaded, though the one that stood out the most was the secretly snapped photo.

Shen Fu: …

Who the fuck did this?!

Not long later, Chen Fang called as well. “I’ll give you a hundred points on this PDA, but how come you’re coming out of the closet so high profile and all? Aren’t you afraid of being lynched by your old man?” Then came very unsympathetic laughter.

Shen Fu: … Fuck off.

Clicking into the link, Shen Fu realized that Chen Fang hadn’t lied. Since there was a photo, their identities were easily pulled up and revealed. Lin ShuYi couldn’t avoid it either. Then there was a huge following complimenting them on how well they suited one another. Surprisingly, there weren’t many attacks on them, after all, a single secretly snapped photo of them couldn’t prove anything, but in the eyes of all these clueless people, it became a high profile way of coming out of the closet.

Shen Fu: … Who the fuck did this?!

This was absolutely… great!!

Joy flooded Shen Fu’s features. Now his old man would definitely give up on trying to make him leave Lin ShuYi, no? He could pursue Lin ShuYi openly now! He didn’t have to fear his old man deciding to take back his words!

“What’re you looking at that’s made you so happy?” Lin ShuYi pushed open the door, entering the room, only to be met with the wide, somewhat creepy smile on Shen Fu’s face.

Shen Fu put his phone away into his pocket. “Nothing.” This was something that Lin ShuYi was better off finding out himself. After all, it wouldn’t be good if Lin ShuYi thought he had planned this.

Lin ShuYi closed the door and took off his coat, hesitantly saying to Shen Fu. “I feel like there’s been more people than normal around the restaurant recently.”

Shen Fu: …

“And it feels like a lot of people keep staring at me.”

Shen Fu: …

Lin ShuYi recalled the creepy smile Shen Fu had before and looked over suspiciously. “This doesn’t have anything to do with you, does it?”

“With the sky as my witness, I promise you it doesn’t!”

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Lucilla
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Lucilla

How nice to be gay for being a gay

KohitsujiChan
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KohitsujiChan

Aaaah! I’m so happy for Fu’er coming out like this!!😀

Openlyfujoshi
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Thank you for the update and your hard work. I’m happy that strangers ship them hard.

Amechan
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Coming out in a grand way, the Shen Fu way!😂😂 Will this result in a shotgun marriage? Yiyiiii runnn hahaha I mean run all the way to Fu’ers arms!!!

Xiexie ExR and team 😍

Cake Gaming And Random Stuff
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B)

Amechan
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Coming out the grand way, the Shen Fu way! 😂 Will this result in a shotgun marriage? Yiyiii runn hahaha I mean tun all the way to Fu’ers armss 🥰

Xiexie ExR and team 😘

Amechan
Member

Huh? Why you do thiss?? One time it’s gone, the next time it’s there 😓

Izida
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SF u were busted! 😅 Let’s see how you go this time off the hook

Thank you 🙏

WhenInRome
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WhenInRome

👏👏👏😝This gaydar is gayer than She-Ra’s trusted pegasus! *neghing* I love SF for just taking his bull by the horn and running with it so shamelessly! Fly over that rainbow, SF! Happiness is one leap away from you!😳🐂🌈

I can’t get enough of these two daily (and histerical) misunderstandings!

Thanks for the chap!!!😽

Levisticum Officinale
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Levisticum Officinale

Does it mean, Shen family is going to visit the restaurant soon? O,o like at the closing time of the opening day?

Daebak! Xiao Yi always makes people’s stomach goes hungry UwU💕

❤❤ thank you for the update ❤❤

Toru Oikawa
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Toru Oikawa

*dat turns of events….👌👌😂😂😂
Thanks for the chapter!! 💜💜💜

tama_ ochi
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tama_ ochi

ahahahahaha oh my god! the power of social media.
grandpa shen is itching to meet his granddaughter-in-law again😁

i want to change it a bit,
“With the sky as my witness, i will love you for the rest of my life.” 🤵🤵 *wedding theme is playing in the background
🤣🤣🤣

thank you for this chapter😘

Joselym
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Joselym

Gracias por la actualización

Lira
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Lira

#man comes out of closet but doesn’t know #cuties

Thesilentdarkangel
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😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

The power of Internets 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

Silvery
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Silvery

For the past few chapters, everything seems to be going shen fu’s way without it actually being any of his doing… Lady luck must really like you shen fu… Either that or she’s a fujoshi like the rest of us

Analayneana
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As a bald eunuch who GOT toasted might have said: Hunger and Thirst.
Those gals are scary😂
Lin Shuyi, will this ruffle your feathers? 🤔😃

Thank you!!!

Yhelia
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Yhelia

This kinda pisses me off. People are so irresponsible about rumours…

Azilli
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Azilli

Can’t wait for the grand opening. Thanks for translating

Anssha
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Anssha

The saddest think about this chapter is that Grandpa Shen were more proficient on using weibo than Lin Shuyi.. but, if it will go directly to the happiness of those two, let it be.. well, Shen Fu happiness for a start.. *evillaugh

Thanks for today chapter ExR

SairiSonat
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Well my favourite is : ” Go look up XiQin Restaurant. It’s trending.”
Dear Grandpa S, why would you know about this?
I would not know, if I did not keep looking it up repeatedly myself…
🤔

😊😂😂😂
That just showes he really cares.

Snumsnumric
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Snumsnumric

Ah…. what a scary time we live in 😰 some random taken photo and assumption of a strangers could overturn your whole life… all those blabbermouths just don’t think about the consequences 🤦🏻‍♀️
Thank you for the chapter though! Always appreciate your hard work 🙇🏻‍♀️💞

Yhelia
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Yhelia

Agreed. Shen Fu is out of the closet, and prepared for all consequences, but Lin ShuYi hasn’t accepted him yet, let alone publicly declaring he’s gay.

I mean, how many of the fangirls on Weibo know that Shen Fu was beaten so badly that he could have died for being gay? And could have been cut off from his family? They just want to have something to gossip about.

Azhreik
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Azhreik

I’m happy grandpa Shen had already accepted them, otherwise he’d have a great shock learning this way.

Go to the grand opening for the food, you People! The food!

Thanks for the chapter!

Silvergalaxy90
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silvergalaxy90

Pork liver 🤤🤤

Tsukisuki
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tsukisuki

Oh but it does have something to do with you, your action is too blatant that people could know it clearly. Keep fighting Shen Fu!!!

Ayamabuki
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Ayamabuki

Thank you for the update! Xiao Fu I feel it would be better if you told him and explained that it wasn’t you thought. Secretly taking pictures and spreading them… I know it’s not really possible to stop it but I wish people wouldn’t do it, at least when it just one or two persons in it.

Holyangelheart
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holyangelheart

*Rolls around while reading* This chapter was so cute and my heart is so full!!!! I’m so happy for Shen Fu but poor Lin ShuYi… the end result is even worse than he imagined originally.

Thank you for the chapter and such quick updates! You guys must enjoy this story too, huh? 😀

Yukino
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Yukino

PFT!!! Xiao Yi immediately suspects Shen Fu for everything!! I love this guy!! XDD