Sizzle. Sizzle. Sizzle.
The entire place was dead silent.
Everybody watched the stage in the array, where the two were focusing on their cooking.
The meat aromas arose, filling the entire place.
Splash. Splash. Splash.
At Liu Mobai's station, the Taotie ribs had fallen into the wok. As the oil revolved, they were devoured.
The bubbles arose, letting out loud, sizzling sounds.
After all the ribs got into the wok, Liu Mobai's eyes narrowed. He raised his hands, and the blood marks on his face seemed to move.
His mental energy swept over, covering the wok. It seeped into the wok to sense the changes of the ingredients.
At the same time, sky-reaching Nether energy shot out of his body, coiling around the wok.
He had now reached the critical part where he needed to control the heat of the oil. Once he made a mistake, it would likely result in different tastes, like the difference between day and night.
On the other side...
Bu Fang was also at the stage where he needed to sense the heat control.
The corners of his mouth rose once.
He shook his hand to sprinkle the white powder. Then, his mental energy expanded, covering the wok.
The Black Turtle roared, and high waves rose in Bu Fang's spirit sea.
That powerful mental energy deluged, rippling. It frightened the entire place.
At this moment, the atmosphere seemed to freeze.
Only the gurgling, boiling oil was audible now.
The Immortal Chefs around held their breaths. The two had been cooking Sweet 'n' Sour Ribs in the same method, and until this moment, there wasn't a big difference.
However, they understood clearly that they had to make some change if they wanted to win.
Everybody could cook Sweet 'n' Sour Ribs, but it was impossible to win using the typical Sweet 'n' Sour Ribs.
What new features would they give their Sweet 'n' Sour dishes?
Liu Mobai used Taotie ribs while the Great Demon King used demon beef ribs.
They used different types of meat. However, the key point of Sweet 'n' Sour Ribs wasn't just about ingredients. Mostly, it was the chef's power and talent.
An invisible wave rippled.
Bu Fang and Liu Mobai lifted their heads, their eyes sharp.
Their mental energy surged in his moment, expanding, turning into waves and attacking each other.
They clashed in silence, but they raised a gust of wind that helped spread the meat aroma.
And, at this moment, the meat aroma wasn't as thick as at the beginning. It started to accumulate.
Bu Fang's hand shook once, and a pair of chopsticks appeared. They spun in his hands and fell.
With one hand holding the wok, Bu Fang held the chopsticks with the other, precisely fishing in the oil.
The golden oil splashed in the air.
Golden, oily ribs flew and fell into the porcelain blue-and-white bowl Bu Fang had prepared by the stove.
The golden ribs still had sizzling oily juice on them.
On the other side, Liu Mobai's move was more direct.
He used purple bamboo to create a net ladle, which he used to snatch and fish up all the golden ribs, rattling in the bamboo net.
Liu Mobai's move was smooth and skillful. He held the ladle by the farthest spot on the handle and shook it, shaking continuously to drain out the oil.
The golden Taotie ribs rattled unceasingly inside the purple bamboo net.
Steam sizzled, reaching the sky as the oily juice splashed around.
Holding the net ladle, he poured the ribs into a bowl. Then, Liu Mobai's eyes turned to the wok.
He grabbed the wok by one side, letting out a faint grunt as he fiercely held it up with the boiling oil inside.
His other hand grabbed a knife, which cut the void once. Then, the void cracked open, creating a hole.
Liu Mobai brought the wok, hitting at the crack.
The golden oil cascaded like a waterfall into the void crack. Instantly, it was devoured.
After throwing away the oil, he pounded the wok back on the stove.
The Nether flame burned, heating up the wok.
On the other side, after Bu Fang fished up all the ribs, he also needed to drain the oil.
"Whitey, come here."
Bu Fang didn't tear the void like Liu Mobai. Since he was busy, he just called Whitey without turning his head around.
Whitey, who was standing on Shrimpy, instantly flashed his mechanical eyes.
The metal wings on his back spread open. After one flap, the puppet had become a jet of light, zooming and appearing by Bu Fang in just a blink of an eye.
Bu Fang held the Black Turtle Constellation Wok in one hand and brought it to Whitey.
"Open your mouth..."
Whitey's mechanical eyes sparkled. It raised its leaf-like hand, rubbing its head. Then, its round stomach opened, showing a black hole.
Bu Fang poured all the oil into Whitey's stomach.
After that, Whitey closed the black hole. As though it got drunk, it staggered towards Shrimpy's back.
The way Bu Fang dumped the oil stunned everyone, and they felt it was rather funny.
Many of them looked at Whitey with odd eyes.
That Earth Immortal Puppet has that function?
The steam arose from the wok with bits of oily juice.
Bu Fang would use this amount of oily juice to create the sweet and sour sauce.
There was no need to say how important the sauce was to Sweet 'n' Sour Ribs.
Taking out a spirit fruit, Bu Fang wielded the Dragon Bone Kitchen Knife. His wrist rotated as the knife circled around the fruit.
When the spirit fruit's skin was peeled off, cuts appeared on the fruit where drops of golden juice oozed, falling into the wok.
Instantly, a fruity and sour fragrance wafted out...
The entire place was filled with this mellow fragrance, making people's mouths water.
After dropping the juice into the wok, Bu Fang used a spatula to stir and blend the juice with the oil.
The juice boiled fast.
His hand flicked, throwing the fruit.
That fruit flew up like a shooting meteor, which dazzled people. Before it fell, Bu Fang had minced it into so many cubes.
Those cubes fell into the wok.
Bu Fang grabbed the Black Turtle Constellation Wok, shaking and stir-frying its contents.
He added more ingredients. Cyan smoke fumed as he continuously shook and stirred.
The flame burst out from the wok like a roaring giant beast.
Since the people around were all chefs, they weren't really surprised.
Bu Fang was pretty calm as he continued stirring and shaking the wok.
Then, the flame was suppressed, and the wok flew up, revealing a dark gold, viscous sauce that slowly flowed...
In the distance...
Liu Mobai had also come to the stage where he needed to make the sweet and sour sauce.
Apparently, their interpretations of sweet and sour sauce were different.
Liu Mobai carefully took out a crystal jar, which contained some shining black liquid.
When he opened the lid, a sour aroma diffused.
It was Liu Mobai's handmade vinegar, which had a pungent smell.
He added bits of this vinegar, then continued to blend the sweet and sour sauce...
An attractive sour fragrance spread out.
Lord Dog, who was hovering in the sky, wagged his tail continuously, not even bothering to hide his excitement.
Sweet 'n' Sour Ribs! All were Sweet 'n' Sour Ribs!
Indeed, he was very excited!
As the two chefs had come to the final stage of their cooking, thick and dark clouds rolled over in the sky.
Everybody instinctively raised their heads to look at the sky.
The thick clusters of dark clouds were like a sea of clouds. Slowly, they came in waves, covering the sky above people's heads. They brought surging, terrifying pressure.
Boom! Boom! Boom!
Thunder boomed and lightning flashed!
Blue lightning flashed above Bu Fang, while the lightning above Liu Mobai was black.
The onlookers were bewildered. Was Liu Mobai cooking some Dark Delicacy?
Many people held their breaths.
Checking the colors of the lightning was a basic method to guess the type of dishes.
In his previous cooking battles, Liu Mobai had only triggered blue lightning punishments, which meant he hadn't cooked Dark Delicacies at that time.
Boom! Boom! Boom!
Thunder and lightning boomed and cut through the void like a light sword. It seemed to want to tear the thick layer of clouds.
Many people became restless, gazing at the sky.
In their Chef's Challenge, City Lord Meng Qi and Zheng Kuang Jiu had triggered seven lightning punishments!
It was so incredible!
People wondered what level of lightning punishment the Great Demon King and Liu Mobai could trigger.
They were so curious indeed.
Bu Fang didn't care about the lightning punishment in the sky. He picked up the porcelain blue-and-white bowl on the counter and poured the golden demon beef ribs into the wok.
Grabbing the Black Turtle Constellation Wok, he stir-fried, shaking it.
Hot steam arose together with a savory aroma.
The aroma expanded, accumulated, then permeated. The dish had experienced three changes.
After each time, the taste became thicker, especially the sour fragrance, which wasn't common at all.
He added minced Purple Garlic, Scale Tail Scallion, and Son Mother Ginger, then stirred them. The thick aroma arose as though it could materialize.
When the dish was done, he poured it into a porcelain blue-and-white plate he had prepared.
The sweet and sour sauce emitted an attractive orange radiance, which made it fulgent. Immortal energy hovered around it.
As the Sweet 'n' Sour Ribs fell on the plate, a darker hue could be seen within the red-orange sauce.
The steaming aroma arose and expanded.
Bu Fang placed the dish on the counter. A moment later, another fruit, which looked like a burning flame, emerged in his hand.
His Dragon Bone Kitchen Knife slashed once, cutting a small gash on the fruit.
A thick, aromatic juice oozed, dripping onto the dish.
Everybody looked skeptical.
The dish the Great Demon King had cooked used three different types of spirit fruits. Would they create that difference and set his dish apart from the common Sweet 'n' Sour Ribs?
Bu Fang used a clean cloth to wipe off the dabs of sauce around the plate.
Then, he exhaled, taking a step back.
"Three-Change Demon Beef Sweet 'n' Sour Ribs, done!"
Bu Fang's faint voice echoed around the place.
After his voice had faded, thunder and lightning exploded in the sky, clashing.
A bolt of lightning cut through the vault of the sky!
On the other side...
Liu Mobai had finished his dish as well.
Both of their dishes looked different from the typical Sweet 'n' Sour Ribs.
Bu Fang's dish had a red-orange hue, while Liu Mobai's dish was jet-black with glowing dark light. At first glance, it was flashing and shining.
Steam rolled together with both sour and sweet flavors...
Indeed, they weren't ordinary Sweet 'n' Sour Ribs.
The sauce was so thick. When it covered the ribs, it gurgled with bubbles.
When the bubbles blasted, a dense fragrance shot up into the sky.
"Dark Taotie Sweet 'n' Sour Ribs... Done!" Liu Mobai's confident voice boomed.
The two dishes were finally done.
Steam and aroma wound around, soaring up as if they were real matter.
A giant, gruesome, black Taotie emerged above Liu Mobai's dish. Opening its mouth, an ear-splitting roar reverberated.
At the same time, a red-orange Demon Bull emerged above Bu Fang's Sweet 'n' Sour Ribs. The Demon Bull and Taotie were roaring at each other!
Rumble! Rumble! Rumble!
The lightning punishment that had gathered and rolled for a long time finally struck.
The black Thunder Dragon and the blue Thunder Dragon attacked at the same time.
The Immortal Chefs' eyes shrank. They felt as though a big hand was grabbing and squeezing their hearts, their body shivering.
Now, they could finally see the result of this Chef's Challenge!
As everyone gazed at the sky, the lightning strikes tore, clashing at each other!