After Xiao Ya had gained Nangong Wuque's approval, her eyes smiled, and her heart was filled with joy.
There were still more good people on this earth.
In the next moment, she extended her hands and lifted the porcelain pot filled with the Buddha Jumps Over the Wall Soup. She opened her mouth unimaginably wide.
With an astonished look on his face, Nangong Wuque stared at Xiao Ya.
As he widened his eyes, his facial expressions became distorted and even horrifying, as if he had witnessed some unfathomable situation. While Nangong Wuque watched her, his mouth opened wide subconsciously as well.
Nangong Wuque's mouth was opened so wide that it could fit two large eggs.
He only had the pig's trotters in the Buddha Jumps Over the Wall Soup, while this little girl consumed the rest of the soup, leaving not a drop of soup behind.
With a bang, the little girl placed the bowl back onto the table. She chewed the food vigorously and then swallowed it in one go. The layer of grease on her lips made them look plump and moist.
She then used her long sleeve to wipe her mouth clean.
Exhaling, she felt satisfied.
"It's delicious. Thanks, Big Brother." Xiao Ya smiled, batting her long eyelashes as she looked at Nangong Wuque with her big, round eyes.
Nangong Wuque tilted his head to one side. Staring at Xiao Ya with his mouth opened wide, he nodded continuously. He let out a weak and awkward laugh and said, "As long as you are happy."
Nangong Wuque's heart bled.
Initially, he planned to prepare a small bowl, but what was the use of the small bowl?
That portion was not even enough to stuff the little girl's mouth, so of course, there would not be anything left for him.
Nangong Wuque snapped his mouth shut and looked at the little girl as if she were a monster.
"I'm sorry, Big Brother. I ate all the soup." Xiao Ya seemed like she had noticed the surprise in Nangong Wuque's eyes and immediately scratched the back of her head apologetically.
"No worries. As long as you are happy. Oh, just a question, are you Old Bu's illegitimate daughter?" Nangong Wuque squinted his eyes. They seemed to have a spark of brilliance as his face brushed against her ear, whispering his question into it.
Huh? Xiao Ya was confused. Who was Old Bu?
"Old Bu is Owner Bu. The one you were with earlier. You know, the one with no expression on his face," said Nangong Wuque discreetly.
"Huh? No, no.... Big Brother has treated me well. My parents passed away a long time ago..." Xiao Ya quickly waved her hands in denial.
"Oh, they have passed away..." Nangong Wuque was caught in surprise, and the mysterious look on his face disappeared. It was replaced by an apologetic look as he extended his hand to pat Xiao Ya's head.
"Oh, poor little girl..." added Nangong Wuque as he tousled Xiao Ya's already messy hair.
Xiao Ya remained quiet.
Nangong Wuque engaged Xiao Ya in several conversations. They chatted endlessly, leaving Xiao Ya with a confused look on her face.
Could this Big Brother be ill? Why did she not understand anything that he said?
After a long while, the sound of footsteps echoed in the air. Walking out of the kitchen was a tall and slender figure. He sauntered towards the both of them, his hands holding a plate of Egg-Fried Rice.
Once he stopped in front of Xiao Ya, he placing the piping-hot Egg-Fried Rice in front of her.
Bu Fang glanced at Nangong Wuque and nodded his head. "Are you done with this?" The words slipped out of Bu Fang's mouth as he looked at the empty bowl in front of Nangong Wuque.
Nangong Wuque's mouth twitched. Yes, the soup was completely consumed in a blink of an eye.
"Please leave after you are done. There are still others waiting to be seated," Bu Fang said.
Nangong Wuque was filled with bitterness as he said, "Old Bu, don't treat me this way, please? I'd like to chat more with Xiao Ya. We're talking about our lives and aspirations, as well as our plans for the future."
Bu Fang tilted his head and looked at Nangong Wuque, his face expressionless.
Nangong Wuque licked his lips. He gave a dry laugh before pointing at the menu and haphazardly ordering many dishes. He was not short of money anyway since he was the head of the Nangong family.
Speechless, Bu Fang glanced at Nangong Wuque, then turned and headed back to the kitchen to cook.
"Old Bu's culinary skills are good. It's just that his face is expressionless," Nangong Wuque muttered as he watched Bu Fang's departing figure.
"Big Brother's character is good," Xiao Ya commented in a serious voice.
"Just eat your food, alright? Old Bu is not your father, so why should you be on his side ?" Nangong Wuque was between laughter and tears as he patted Xiao Ya's head.
Xiao Ya remained quiet.
However, in the next instant, Xiao Ya's focus quickly shifted to the Egg-Fried Rice in front of her.
A rich blend of heat, aroma, and spirit energy rose with the steam from the piping-hot Egg-Fried Rice. It lingered on the little girl's nostrils, making her hungry again.
Lifting the spoon, she scooped a spoonful of the Egg-Fried Rice. Like an exploding bomb, a strong aroma emanated from the rice with a strong wave of heat surging out.
Xiao Ya's hair moved with excitement.
"Smells so good! " Xiao Ya exclaimed.
"This is Old Bu's signature dish, " said Nangong Wuque as he flared his nostrils.
This time, Xiao Ya could not be bothered with Nangong Wuque. He talked too much nonsense.
Xiao Ya put the spoon of the fried rice in front of her mouth and blew on it, trying to cool it down first as it was too hot.
After losing the Soul of Taotie, Xiao Ya seemed like she had also lost the ability to eat like a glutton. However, she still possessed an insatiable appetite.
Once the Egg-Fried Rice entered her mouth, the initially viscous liquid egg solidified. It wrapped the rice, allowing it to have a very springy texture.
As she chewed the rice in her mouth, it brought about a totally different sensation.
"Isn't it delicious? Let me tell you, what's even more delicious is that Buddha Jumps Over the Wall Soup that you just ate!" Nangong Wuque blabbered on. "You failed to truly appreciate the taste of the Buddha Jumps Over the Wall Soup since you consumed it so quickly. Let me tell you, there is only one word to describe that taste: satisfying!"
Xiao Ya looked askance at Nangong Wuque and then stuffed spoonful after spoonful of Egg-Fried Rice into her mouth at lightning speed. Soon, her mouth was full, and there was even a grain of rice on the corner of her mouth.
"Hmm? You've finished eating?" Nangong Wuque was in the midst of preparing his big talk when he turned and realized that Xiao Ya was already licking the bowl. That speed...was really insane.
Putting down the bowl, the little girl burped, unaware of her table manners.
Ever since the Soul of Taotie left her body, Xiao Ya's appetite remained huge. However, there was still a limit, and she would feel full.
Yang Meiji walked over with a dish, her face blushing a little. She then placed the plate on the table and shot a shy glance at Nangong Wuque, after which she clenched her small fists and scuttled away.
Nangong Wuque thanked Yang Meiji before preparing to dig in.
However, Xiao Ya stared at him with her big, dewy eyes, and he could not help but smacked his lips together.
"Come, let's eat together. Remember to leave some for me..." Nangong Wuque pushed the plate of Sweet 'n' Sour Ribs to Xiao Ya.
He was about to say more, but his mouth froze as his face filled with shock.
After thanking him, Xiao Ya's eyes lit up, and she immediately lifted the plate and opened her mouth wide, engulfing the Sweet 'n' Sour Ribs one by one.
Nangong Wuque tilted his head. Why did she not look that wild when she ate the Egg-Fried Rice just now? On the other hand, why did she look like this when she snatched food?
So, she was this type of little girl. He let out a deep breath and flared his nostrils in front of her. For the next dish, let them compete to see who ate faster!
At that moment, An Sheng sashayed towards them, and many diners were entranced by her gorgeous figure. She placed a plate of Red Braised Meat in front of Xiao Ya, then smiled and caressed Xiao Ya's head before turning to leave.
As soon as the Red Braised Meat was placed in front of him, Nangong Wuque picked up his chopsticks and aimed for the porcelain plate at lightning speed.
It was a race against time. Just to eat.
As expected, he failed.
The little girl lifted the porcelain plate, her mouth wide open, and then consumed all the Red Braised Meat, including the gravy, in one go.
Nangong Wuque's eyes became lifeless, his mouth hanging open as air billowed from his nostrils.
He felt powerless, as if there was no more meaning to life.
This little girl... They agreed to be each other's angels!
"This is really delicious! It's way more delicious than those dishes prepared by the famous chefs on the Tablet of Gluttony," Xiao Ya commented in a delighted and satisfied voice.
Nangong Wuque felt as if he was about to burst into tears. If it was delicious, then why did she not leave him a single bite?
Later, the remaining dishes were served. Due to his relentless determination, he managed to take a few bites.
Certainly, his eating speed could not match to Xiao Ya's, but somehow, he managed to eat some dishes and was deeply moved for a long time.
This meal lasted quite a while.
With a tearful face, Nangong Wuque finally left. That little girl was indeed a glutton-there was no doubt about it.
"I hope this girl continues to eat a lot and burn a hole in Old Bu's pocket!" A sinister thought flashed through his mind as Nangong Wuque left the restaurant.
After watching Nangong Wuque leave, Bu Fang walked out of the kitchen, and his eyes landed on the little girl who was smiling with satisfaction in her seat. A smile tugged at the corner of his mouth.
"Are you full?" Bu Fang extended the arm wrapped with the black bandage and touched Xiao Ya's head. Instantly, Xiao Ya was hit by a wave of comfort.
She closed her eyes, and her gentle expression made her look like a kitten. "I'm full. The Big Brother just now was really nice. He was willing to share food with me."
"Oh? Good. It's good to hear that you are full," said Bu Fang. After finishing his sentence, he returned to the kitchen and continued his business.
Xiao Ya was over the moon. The bustling atmosphere in the restaurant allowed her to blend in quickly.
She enjoyed helping with the serving of the dishes, and her small face became flushed with exertion.
When Nethery saw how diligent Xiao Ya was, she gave her instructions on how to take the diners' orders. Once that was done, she pulled out a chair and rested under the Path-Understanding Fruit Tree. She then closed her eyes and took a nap.
Nethery and Xiao Ya were food buddies. Previously, when the two gorged themselves with food at the Glutton God's Banquet, they felt especially close to each other.
The setting sun hung in the Western sky. After a long, busy day, it was time to close the restaurant.
Yang Meiji and An Sheng were exhausted as they pulled chairs over to sit and rest.
On the other hand, Bu Fang was still in the kitchen, his face expressionless as he prepared to invent crazy new dishes.