This donghua (anime) at first seemed to be very similar to Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma, with much of the plot revolving around the dishes that the main character makes and slightly toned down cut scenes of the characters being transported to some surreal place upon taking a bite. However, the setting being in ancient China and the transmigration elements add another layer to the show that makes the plot more interesting.
Apparently, the donghua is based off of a novel, and while I have not read the original work, it seems from watching the show that the characters and plot development were very rushed and haphazardly put together. I would imagine that this is a byproduct of the transition from novel to anime, but it left me feeling like it could have been so much more.
All in all, I was still very entertained by the characters and humor (and I ended up watching the entire show in one night).
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