Chapter 542: Qiao Liang’s Culinary Skills
Translator: Henyee Editor: Henyee
Tang Xi got up feebly and looked at Xiao Jing. When she saw they were all here, she ran out of the yard as if seeing her saviors and she said happily, “Hello, guys. I’m working out! Are you going to…” Tang Xi looked at the vegetables and meat they brought with them and swallowed. “Eat hot pot?”
Xiao Jing nodded. “We waited for Qiao Liang at his home and prepared to eat hot pot with him, but…” But why were they in the villa next to his family’s?! He looked at Qiao Liang and growled, “Shit! It turns out that it’s you who bought this villa? Why were you in such a hurry to renovate it? The workers worked even on weekends! It was so damn noisy!”
Qiao Liang took a look at Xiao Jing and remained expressionless. “Huh?”
Xiao Jing knew his words offended someone who was narrow-minded, so he hurriedly covered his mouth with his hand and shook his head. “We’ve bought vegetable and meat. Let’s eat hot pot in your house and hold a housewarming party here.”
Qiao Liang was about to refuse him, when Tang Xi agreed happily.” Really? That’s great! I haven’t had my dinner yet! I love hot pot!”
“Then let’s do it!” He Wanzhou laughed and took the lead to walk into the house. When he walked past Qiao Liang, he patted Qiao Liang’s shoulder. “You’re great! It’s a smart move to take advantage of geographical proximity to win her heart.”
Qiao Liang moved aside and let the others in. Tang Xi chuckled at him when walking past him. Qiao Liang took her hand and asked with a frown, “You haven’t had your dinner yet?”
Tang Xi nodded pitifully. “Yes, I’m hungry now.”
Seeing Qiao Liang frown, Tang Xi immediately complained, “You are to blame. If you hadn’t told me you were coming back and made me so excited, I wouldn’t have forgotten to have dinner. And after we came back, you kept making me work out, leaving me no chance to have dinner…”
Tang Xi said and slipped away.
Qiao Liang looked at Tang Xi’s back and shook his head helplessly. Then he walked up, closed the gate of the house and turned to walk into the house.
Although it was the first time Qiao Liang came to the villa, there were kitchen utensils and tableware available here, even including a copper hot pot. Ning Yan was shocked when he found the copper hot pot in the kitchen. He put the copper hot pot on the table. “Oh, there is literally everything here. Look, there is even a copper hot pot!”
“It’s perfect for eating instant-boiled mutton.” Qiao Liang said and looked at Xiao Jing. “Go get some charcoal from in your house. I don’t have it here.”
The men asked the two girls to wash the vegetables. Tang Xi immediately lay on the sofa and groaned, “I’m exhausted. I don’t wanna work.” She pushed He Wanyi. “Let Sister Wanyi do it.”
“No way!” He Wanyi sat down on the sofa. “I’m on my period. I can’t touch cold water, so please clean the vegetables, gentlemen.”
In the end, He Wanning and He Wanzhou went to wash the vegetables.
Ning Yan beckoned Qiao Liang to slice the meat. Qiao Liang took a look at him and pointed to the kitchen. “Do it yourself. There are kitchen knives and cutting board here.”
“This is your housewarming party. How can you ask us to prepare the food?”
Qiao Liang shrugged nonchalantly. “It’s my housewarming party, so I don’t prepare the food.”
Ning Yan, “So you two as a couple are just waiting for the guests to serve you?!”
“Couple?” Qiao Liang raised his eyebrows.
“What? Did I say anything wrong?” Reluctant to show weakness, Ning Yan widened his eyes.
“No.” Qiao Liang stood up. “You’ve got a point. I’m going to get the kitchen knife and cutting board for you.”
Ning Yan, “…”
Ning Yan had never cooked before, so in the end, the meat remained unsliced.
Soon Xiao Jing came back with a basket of charcoal, followed by Xiao Sa who took a carton of beer. “Hello, guys. I brought beers for the housewarming party.”
Tang Xi took a look at the meat that still remained unsliced, and then looked at Xiao Jing and Xiao Sa. “Jing, Sa, it’s time for you to show your culinary skills.”
“Rourou, it seems that you’ve lost weight!” Xiao Sa hadn’t seen her for long. He always wanted to visit her, but he was too busy these past months because his company’s business was expanding.
Tang Xi nodded aggrievedly and complained about Ning Yan. “The food Director Ning ordered was awful!”
In fact, she didn’t lose weight. She looked slimmer because she had been working out. And now she was wearing loose sportswear, so she looked skinny.
“Yeah, Sa, so come on, prepare the meat. I need to have some meat.”
Xiao Sa put the beer on the table, washed his hand and began to slice the meat expertly as he said to Xiao Jing. “Go make soup stock. There are fresh abalones at home. Mom brought them to us yesterday. Roast it on the grill and let Rourou eat it first.”
The others were shocked by Xiao Sa’s good cutting technique. Qiao Liang raised his eyebrows and looked at Xiao Sa. Ning Yan asked, “When did you acquire this skill?”
“I learned it to serve our beloved sister.” Xiao Sa looked at Tang Xi with a smile as he picked up a piece of mutton and shook it. “Is this thickness okay?”
Tang Xi nodded hard and praised him. “Yes, Sa, you’re second to none in knife skills!”
Qiao Liang raised his eyebrows and took a look at Tang Xi, but she just gazed at Xiao Sa admiringly and refused to look at him!
“You’re great!” He Wanyi said, “Can Yao and Jing also cook?”
Xiao Sa answered, “Yao seldomly cooks, but he will if there is only him and Rourou at home. When he is alone at home, he usually orders take-out.”
Xiao Jing who was making soup stock in the kitchen suddenly shouted, “Rourou, do you want to have some seafood spaghetti first? I found the lobster you like in the refrigerator!”
“Sure!” Tang Xi was starving. Most importantly, she hadn’t eaten seafood for a long time… she missed lobster so much!
Then everyone else turned their eyes to Tang Xi. Ning Yan raised his eyebrows. “So they just treat you like a princess when you’re at home? They…” He pointed to Xiao Sa and Xiao Jing who was busy cooking in the kitchen. “They serve you themselves?”
Tang Xi nodded. “Yes, when Mom is not home.” Then she looked at Qiao Liang and smiled. “You know I don’t know how to cook, don’t you?”
Qiao Liang nodded. “Yes.”
“Then you’ll have to learn cooking from us. Otherwise, our mom and dad won’t be willing to marry Rourou to you.” Xiao Sa took a look at Qiao Liang. “Are you going to learn cooking from me?”