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    Luckily, he needn’t do the manual selection of the rice by himself as the system provided rice that had been well selected.

    Then Yuan Zhou began to wash and soak the rice. Even if Yuan Zhou was fast, it still took half an hour to finish. During the period, Yuan Zhou first went to feed Broth dinner, a bowl of noodle broth from his leftovers.

    Then, he went upstairs and took a shower, in order to ensure that no smoke smell contaminated the rice starch when he grounded the rice.

    It took one and a half hours from the start of the process until it was placed into the bamboo vessel. The final shaping of the rice required a longer period of time to finish. Therefore, Yuan Zhou sat on his chair and took a nap to regain his strength.

    The whole night passed while Yuan Zhou was continuously practicing making the Braised Pork with Soy Sauce using rice.

    Currently, Yuan Zhou’s skills were good enough to meet the requirements of the system. Contentedly, Yuan Zhou started the business of the day.

    On the other side, Jiang Changxi also began to contact her friend, inviting her to go together and taste the dish.

    "Le Yi, shall we go now? It’s almost the agreed time," she said to the other end of the phone.

    "Humm. But do you think it’s possible?" From the other end of the phone passed a clear and melodious female voice, with a hint of uncertainty.

    "It’s definitely not a question. That Boss Yuan is the one that I have often dropped by for meals," Jiang Changxi spoke to the girl in a gentle and patient manner.

    "Well, alright. I’ll trust you," there passed an affirmative reply from the other end of the phone.

    "Hurry up and move. I’ll wait for you at the crossing." Jiang Changxi hung up the phone as soon as she finished talking.

    "This fellow still hangs up the phone as fast as before," Not having answered in time, the girl, Le Yi, helplessly took a look at the phone that had been hung up.

    She picked her handbag by the door, tidied her hair and opened the door, heading for the appointed address mentioned by Jiang Changxi.

    There were still 10 minutes left before the agreed time when Le Yi caught the sight of Jiang Changxi.

    "Changxi, I’m here," Le Yi shouted while crossing the street.

    "Careful," standing across the street, Jiang Changxi shouted loudly to Le Yi.

    "Sorry, I’m late. Have you waited for a long time?" Le Yi had a gentle personality. She spoke politely and apologized first as soon as she arrived.

    "Never mind. Let’s go. The time is almost up. That guy never waits for anybody once the time is up." In an ungraceful manner, Jiang Changxi dragged Le Yi heading for Yuan Zhou’s restaurant in quick steps.

    Thankfully, it was not far and was just located at the street behind them. Le Yi likewise followed Jiang Changxi’s pull and rushed to the street obediently.

    "Boss Yuan, my Braised Pork with Soy Sauce from the 100 Styles of Rice Cuisine," as soon as she entered the restaurant, Jiang Changxi asked in a loud voice.

    "Sit down, please. It’ll be served in no time," Yuan Zhou made a gesture of ‘please’ with his hands.

    "It seems that he truly knows how to cook it," Jiang Changxi whispered in a low voice and thought in her heart "He’s not kidding, right?"

    "What’s the matter with you?" Staying close to her, Le Yi asked in puzzlement.

    "Nothing. Just in a short while, we can finally taste the dish passed down from your ancestors," Jiang Changxi said to Le Yi with an excited expression on her face.

    "Humm," Le Yi put her hands on her thighs. Even now, she didn’t believe it. However, she still smiled and nodded.

    No one knew better than her about the difficulty in cooking that dish. Even after dozens of years of careful study, her father was still unable to cook the Braised Pork with Soy Sauce to be as perfect as was described in the book, which described that the skin and meat had to be crisp and soft while the lean meat and fat meat were evenly distributed.

    Even if it was made from soybeans, a block of tofu couldn’t be cooked to that extent, let alone the rice tofu that was more inferior in softness and texture. Where did the feeling of fat meat and lean meat being evenly distributed come from, not to mention the crisp skin?

    Le Yi felt those were only some adjectives appearing in the book.

    While thinking this way, she was suddenly attracted by the scent of Braised Pork with Soy Sauce. The faint fragrance was quite strong, which contained a scent of sugar and roast, as well as a hint of delicate fragrance. With the combination, the mixed fragrance almost made people drool.

    "Wow. Boss Yuan, you are so amazing. I’m drooling just by smelling it," Jiang Changxi said without any exaggeration.

    On a small white porcelain plate painted with bright green leaves on the edges as the decoration, the Braised Pork with Soy Sauce was stacked up like a tower. Although there was no chopped green onions for decorations, the dish nevertheless carried a faint delicate fragrance.

    Jiang Changxi couldn’t help swallowing the saliva, saying, "Is this really made from rice?"

    The Braised Pork with Soy Sauce in the plate had also skin, fat meat, and lean meat, which appeared to be made of top-grade streaky pork.

    Yuan Zhou had never responded to Jiang Changxi’s queries all along, but just gestured for her to have a taste.

    "Shall we have a taste now?" Jiang Changxi turned head and asked Le Yi.

    "Sure, but I don’t have chopsticks," Le Yi was a little embarrassed while saying that.

    "Boss Yuan, why is there only one pair of chopsticks?" Jiang Changxi shouted straightaway.

    "There’s only one pair," Yuan Zhou took a look at Jiang Changxi and then said with a serious look.

    "Alright. Le Yi, you just order a dish casually. Every dish here is perfect anyways," Jiang Changxi urged Le Yi. She almost couldn’t wait to eat it now.

    "Then give me a serving of Jin’ling Grass and Clear Broth Noodle Soup, please," looking at the Braised Pork with Soy Sauce that had an oily luster and attractive color, Le Yi selected refreshing dishes decisively.

    "One moment, please," Yuan Zhou then turned around and began to prepare the dishes.

    "Le Yi, let me have a taste first, ok?" Jiang Changxi could no longer bear the tempting fragrance and hence couldn’t help asking.

    "No, you can’t. You promised to eat together with me," Le Yi rarely persisted. She dragged Jiang Changxi away from the dish.

    "Alright. I will wait for you," having unconsciously swallowed the saliva, Jiang Changxi said with great effort.

    Two girls, moreover, beautiful girls, started to stare at the Braised Pork with Soy Sauce on the table for a moment and at Yuan Zhou’s back the next moment, appearing to be just waiting to eat.

    Fortunately, Yuan Zhou’s cooking speed was amazing. In no more than 5 minutes, he carried the dish back to them; therefore, Le Yi also got her chopsticks.

    "I’m starting to eat now." With quick actions, Jiang Changxi picked up a piece of Braised Pork with Soy Sauce and stuffed it into her mouth straightforwardly.

    Being reluctant to fall behind, Le Yi also stuffed a piece of the pork into her mouth.

    A fragrance of the pork instantly occupied the entire mouth. It was not greasy at all. The lean meat carried a little chewy texture while the fat meat interspersed in the middle instantly melted, carrying a glimmer of sweetness.

    At the end, the skin of the Braised Pork with Soy Sauce was surprisingly too well-cooked, carrying slight colloid texture of pork skin. With the simple bite, it brought about full happiness.

    This dish was about to become famous. With the delicious taste of Braised Pork with Soy Sauce and low-fat content of rice tofu, it was simply the best recommendation for those on a diet! Chapter 159 – Super Grade Defense

    "Can this fellow not act so pretentiously? Will it kill him to not do so?"

    "He still wants to let Brother King have a move! If not for Brother King injuring his right arm, he would’ve long sent you to the heavens!"

    "Fuck, don’t fucking believe him! Brother King, he doesn’t want to see your Second Drive! Don’t believe him! He’s more irritating than that mutated Kostan!"

    But to the side, Laura didn’t feel Luo Zhen was acting at all. He obviously discovered during his earlier probe that wanting to prevail over the nimble and agile All-Mouthy King wouldn’t be an easy task. This was just one of his crafty tricks.

    However, Wang Zhong didn’t care about such matters. It’s said heavy soldiers in possession of the earth special ability had an impenetrable defence. This was something he wished to experience.

    When All-Mouthy King took the initiative to attack, Luo Zhen’s pupils enlarged as a peculiarly brilliant flash of earthen-yellow appeared in them.

    Life Insight not only allowed one to observe the target for injuries, it also allowed them to sense the circulation of soul power. Its greatest use was to differentiate between the real and the false. Luo Zhen didn’t want to be made fun of by others, and those fellows with assassin techniques were the ones who loved to play around with illusions.

    Luo Zhen’s greatest interest in All-Mouthy King was his so-called Second Drive which managed to take down Kostan. Yet, when he activated his Life Insight he found he couldn’t sense any information that was useful to him. His opponent’s soul power was circulating normally, and there was simply no sensation of any soul power being stored up.

    Could it be he doesn’t plan to use Second Drive?

    No!

    Just as Luo Zhen’s forehead wrinkled faintly, his opponent’s fist rushed toward him in the blink of an eye. It was that moment before Life Insight disappeared that Luo Zhen saw it. A white soul power fluctuation akin to a surging wave rose out of thin air before furiously bursting from that fist.

    An enormous pressure instantly washed over him. It resembled the fist that had defeated Kostan, the one Luo Zhen had researched!

    Luo Zhen’s pupils contracted violently as he understood it all in a flash. His opponent’s Second Drive didn’t need to be stored up at all. Even the soul power used was just to transfer and display it. This was a move that completely relied on a genuine eruption of force from one’s own fleshly body.

    Bang!

    Luo Zhen’s body turned stiff as an exceedingly terrifying sensation emerged. It was even more horrifying than what he’d felt when he first saw it. That monstrous force emanating from the fluctuations of that fist went through a fundamental change with the inclusion of that minuscule soul power.

    This was the true Second Drive!

    "Open!"

    Cang, cang, cang, cang~

    The large man’s eyes shrunk as an earthen-yellow soul power exploded from his body. It was like his body was encased in a suit of armor cast from rocks!

    Bang!

    That fist hit its target, Luo Zhen’s body shook ever so slightly. It was like the blow just scratched an itch for him. But it was that muffled sound that echoed from within that caught one’s attention.
    Commanding Wind and Cloud His body was thrown back over ten meters and blood flowed from the corners of his mouth.

    Even as he felt the pain rocking his body, Luo Zhen stayed very calm. If my opponent’s right hand was still working, that would’ve been really dangerous. Second Drive has the mysterious effect of breaking through defenses. It’s not like any normal skill or technique. Interesting, this is too interesting!

    The impulse ignited a fire within Luo Zhen’s body. He felt this close combat technique called Second Drive was really too interesting!

    Wang Zhong was slightly surprised by the results. His opponent actually received his attack without the slightest injury. The most formidable part of Second Drive was the unavoidable hidden blow that couldn’t be guarded against. Yet, that earth special ability actually seemed to subconsciously protect the body, allowing Luo Zhen to endure through the attack.

    Even though he knew there was no such thing as an invincible skill or technique, to have to broken like that made him slightly helpless. Furthermore, it had been broken by something called naturally-born talent.

    "This was that Second Drive that defeated Kostan?" Luo Zhen roared with brazen laughter. That previous attack hadn’t much effect on him and this made his confidence skyrocket. Among the various great academies, Kostan had always been ranked quite high among the heavy soldier ranks, but when faced against this similar fist Kostan had fallen! He himself had managed to endure without a trace of damage!

    Regardless of the circumstances surrounding the two fights, strength was strength!

    A deathly silence filled the viewing gallery as everyone watched the fight. They all agreed that the earth special ability was indeed effective when used in defense. Even so, when they all say how rampant Luo Zhen was, they couldn’t help but grow uncomfortable, like he was hitting them with his words.

    A bright light flashed within Luo Zhen’s eyes as he shouted, "I have to say, that fellow truly has fallen. He actually lost to a waste like yourself!"

    Raising his arms and spreading them wide, Luo Zhen entered an offensive stance. He looked at Wang Zhong with a bit of pity in his eyes. "Since you’re only worth so little, it seems I can’t accompany you to play any longer."

    That earthen-yellow light reappeared in an instant and covered his entire body like a layer of mutated skin. It was easy to notice the absolute defensive nature and might from it. As it appeared, Luo Zhen roared, "There’s still a couple minutes left, newbie!"

    Bang!

    Luo Zhen launched his furious assault. Coupled with his earth special ability, Luo Zhen’s speed actually rose and his charge contained even greater force behind it. In the blink of an eye he was already before All-Mouthy King. Since my earth special ability is effective, this guy isn’t a threat anymore.

    There was no order or flow to his punches. Unlike Kostan who combined mechanics and techniques or Laura who used ancient fist techniques that merged man with the heavens, Luo Zhen’s fist pursued the extremities of only two aspects: Speed and Power! This was a fierceness akin to a savage beast!

    Wang Zhong’s expression turned solemn. He twisted his body high into the air and launched another attack, but his opponent completely ignored it. His fist landed on Luo Zhen’s chest but before the power could be doubled a leg was already whipped out toward Wang Zhong’s right arm.

    A crack rang out as the two were thrown back. But Luo Zhen just tapped the ground with a toe and launched himself forward!

    Bang bang bang bang bang!

    Collisions rang out continuously from the battlefield. Although All-Mouthy King only suffered slightly in the first round of exchanges, he was now being hammered in all directions and looked miserable.

    Second Drive was formidable, but since he was pressured to defend he was simply unable to muster up any power to use it. Furthermore, even if he used it all that awaited him was Luo Zhen’s continuous attacks.

    That thick layer of armor made through the earth special ability gave his opponents a feeling of despair. Luo Zhen’s figure was currently towering while All-Mouthy King seemed increasingly small and puny. That aura of miracles around him was slowly dwindling away.

    But the most critical point of all this was his own mistakes. Why enter a fight with an injury!?

    A person like Ma Dong would’ve been angered to the point of vomiting blood while simultaneously cursing, Fuck! If Luo Zhen did win, he would have grown angry to the point of being unable to sleep. This was too uncomfortable!

    Since he couldn’t fight back, he could only dodge.

    All-Mouthy King started to move to a peculiar cadence and retreated calmly. He relied on his body’s natural inertia and even borrowed the force of his opponent’s fist as he weaved left and right like a specter, retreating before that berserk storm of heavy fists raining down.

    "Dancing your little clown steps?" When he saw this, Luo Zhen chuckled with laughter before saying, "You sure have quite a few gaudy acrobats. But before absolute strength, it’s worth nothing!"

    After saying those words, he suddenly leapt into the air. All of his soul power and special abilities were brought out as he switched from fists to elbows, hurtling toward All-Mouthy King.

    Those illusory footsteps were dazzling as All-Mouthy King dodged and evaded, his opponent’s elbow attacks striking air as expected.