It will evoke similar feelings for women, and serve as a reminder for men. It gives an in-depth analysis of the relationships between the sexes! The history of this restaurant is closely intertwined with the stories of four women of different generations. It portrays the commonest marital problems and various kinds of stress suffered by women over the centuries.
S01:E01 - Season 1, Episode 1
NGAI YU-FUNG and YU TSZ have known each other since they were kids. Despite his deep affection for FUNG, TSZ dare not take the relationship any further due to the substantial social gap between them. He is keen to improve his cooking skills in the hope that a career progression will make him financially secure enough to marry FUNG someday.
S01:E02 - Season 1, Episode 2
FUNG is prepared to move on to a new stage in life when her wedding night has finally come. She is, however, unaware that the man she marries is nothing but a playboy and a feckless lay about. LUN does not consummate his marriage to FUNG on the wedding night, and worse than that, he places a bet on the color of FUNG’s underwear just in order to win a night with FA CHIN-HUNG.
S01:E03 - Season 1, Episode 3
LUN falls into the trap laid by HEEN. FUNG and TSZ are framed for committing adultery. HEEN’s plot seems to work out well. Except for HEI, no one from the family is on FUNG’s side. HEI believes FUNG to be innocent, but she alone cannot get the girl out of the trouble. FUNG is expelled from WONG’s family while TSZ is going to be thrown into the well as a death sentence.
S01:E04 - Season 1, Episode 4
The boss of an upmarket restaurant thinks so highly of CHO and invites him to work as a guest chef in Guangzhou. CHO wants TSZ to go with him as he can notice that Beijing is in a time of great upheaval and under threat of foreign invasion. TSZ asks FUNG to leave the WONGs and stay with him, but is rejected. TSZ feels heartbroken when FUNG turns him down.
S01:E05 - Season 1, Episode 5
TSZ and FUNG devote themselves to running the restaurant and are aiming to produce the best Peking Duck in Beijing. To prevent them from getting too close, LUN needs SIN to take up FUNG’s work in the kitchen. FUNG and TSZ have no choice but to accept the arrangement. LUN finally manages to convince FUNG to help with the matchmaking between TSZ and SIN.
S01:E06 - Season 1, Episode 6
The restaurant’s business is booming but LUN has gradually slipped back into the same old habits. He offers to help explore business opportunities and takes it as an excuse to go out every day. He is desperate to be the Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce but is continually teased about his horrible English. He is not going to give up and tries to win more votes by every possible means.
S01:E07 - Season 1, Episode 7
LUN believes that FUNG has had an affair with TSZ. To vent his anger, LUN not only punches FUNG and hurls insults at her but also sends a bunch of rascals to the clinic to cause trouble for TSZ. It is not until this point that TSZ comes to realize it is FUNG who has made all the arrangements for the treatment. FUNG is so disappointed in LUN and decides to concentrate on running the restaurant.
S01:E08 - Season 1, Episode 8
HEI, who has now become an old lady, comes to confide in SIN. HEI points out that KWAN never seems to care about the family business and she very much doubts whether the girl has the ability to take over the Phoenix Restaurant and turn losses into profits. KWAN has got a new teacher named LEE KAT-CHEUNG.
S01:E09 - Season 1, Episode 9
HEI blames KWAN for taking part in the rickshaw-pulling competition and tries to get KAT-CHEUNG suspended from work. KWAN decides to enlist the help of the media and finally manages to turn the matter around. KAT-CHEUNG makes a speech at the celebration party for the rickshaw-pulling competition winners, during which he reveals that he is from a humble background and that he could not have received education and achieved this much without his secret benefactor.
S01:E10 - Season 1, Episode 10
KWAN starts to correspond with KAT-CHEUNG in the name of his secret benefactor. From a letter of his, KWAN finds out that KAT-CHEUNG is aware of her love and that he too feels some affection for her. But due to some reason, KAT-CHEUNG cannot go any further with KWAN, as he has expressed in his letter. KWAN asks KAT-CHEUNG for an explanation without worrying about the disclosure of her identity.
S01:E11 - Season 1, Episode 11
KAT-CHEUNG discovers that CHAK does not hold any license which allows him to practice as a gynecologist. The two of them soon get into a fight. In the confusion, KWAN gets an electric shock and lapses into unconsciousness. KAT-CHEUNG tries his best to rescue KWAN and their relationship finally comes to light.
S01:E12 - Season 1, Episode 12
MEI’s mother Auntie KOO finds out that HON is someone sent by her daughter. KAT-CHEUNG offers to do HON and MEI a favor by helping to look after Auntie KOO. He points out to Auntie KOO that he is learning how to do business and that he is so interested in the baskets she made. Through this kind of contact, KAT-CHEUNG has gradually built up a relationship with Auntie KOO.
S01:E13 - Season 1, Episode 13
Remembering what she has suffered all these days, MEI becomes so distressed and bursts out crying in KAT-CHEUNG’s arms. KWAN has spotted everything and is misled into believing that MEI and KAT-CHEUNG may have had an affair. HON offers MEI a few words of comfort. MEI can feel the warmth from HON but she knows this man will go on to fight for his patriotic dreams and is ready to sacrifice everything for his country.
S01:E14 - Season 1, Episode 14
KAT-CHEUNG has disappeared for two years and seems to have changed into a different person. He works for the Japanese and manages to cheat HEI out of her stamp and thus the ownership of the Phoenix Restaurant. KWAN sneaks into CHAK’s house and finally finds out the truth. With the help of KWAN and MEI, KAT-CHEUNG manages to escape.
S01:E15 - Season 1, Episode 15
CHUN has become BUT HA-KAU’s translator by chance. YAN’s friend KAR YI-KIN spots CHUN and KAU walking into a hotel, which makes him suspect that CHUN is having an affair. YAN hurries to the hotel upon hearing the news. He has a fight with KAU but soon gets to realize it is just a misunderstanding.
S01:E16 - Season 1, Episode 16
YAN is desperate to win the promotion project. Having discussed with KWONG and MO YUNG CHIU, he decides to get the job by whatever means. CHUN’s friends PING and CHIN CHI-SHEUNG are almost cheated out of their money. Luckily WAN YUEN-YAU, the wife of YAN’s friend MA FU, turns up in time and manages to foil the con.
S01:E17 - Season 1, Episode 17
YAN has his dinner at the Phoenix Cafeteria, where he spots a well-dressed lady who looks so much like HING. This is in fact all planned by CHUN. HING runs into the lovelorn MAN at the pier. She tries to give MAN a few words of comfort but ends up tossing him into the sea accidentally. YAT and CHUN finally come face to face at work but CHUN explains that the woman is just her look-alike.
S01:E18 - Season 1, Episode 18
CHUN moves to HING’s home to avoid YAN. YAN is so lazy about housework that his place is left in a horrible mess. YAN has a talk with CHUN and CHUN promises to offer her resignation after finishing all the work at hand. The press conference organized by CHUN turns out very successful and CHUN is held in even higher regard.
S01:E19 - Season 1, Episode 19
YAN has finally found a job but will have to work under CHUN’s supervision. Desperate for a career leap, YAN stays up late to work on a proposal but the proposal happens to fall into the hands of KAU later on. KAU claims that the proposal is drafted by him, which irks YAU no end. YAN knows KAU is lying but has no evidence to prove it.
S01:E20 - Season 1, Episode 20
CHUN gets tricked by KAU and falls out with YAN. MAN asks HING out for a date, during which he expresses his love for her but is rejected. CHIU is robbed of his wallet. He runs after the robber and follows him all the way to a topless bar, which makes HUNG believe that he has been engaging in adulterous affairs.
S01:E21 - Season 1, Episode 21
FU is to investigate an international prostitution ring. For this reason, he follows CHIU and his mates to different nightclubs to look for clues. HUNG has laid a trap for CHIU but her plan is thwarted in the end. As arranged by the management, FU is suspended from work on the grounds that he has lost his pistol.
S01:E22 - Season 1, Episode 22
YAN and CHIU suppose HUNG and her pals are going to the male exotic dance club but the women’s destination is in fact a fur shop upstairs. Suddenly a fire breaks out. YAN and CHIU are so worried about their wives that they almost rush into the scene of the fire to save their beloved. Luckily everybody is found safe and the women are finally reconciled with their husbands.
S01:E23 - Season 1, Episode 23
The world has entered the 21st century. TAI SZE-KA, the daughter of YAN and CHUN, was orphaned as a child. She has been very independent and adventurous and will never be hesitant when it comes to love and relationships. When she sees FONG KA-ON and LAM HEUNG-YAN taking wedding photos at the bridal shop, she whispers that only nuts would get married.
S01:E24 - Season 1, Episode 24
KA follows her uncle CHOW TING-CHEONG back to his home, where she gets a stern telling-off for her rebellious behavior. KA stomps out of the flat after having a terrible quarrel with her cousin CHOW CHOR-KUEN. KA’s clothes are made dirty by someone at the convenience store. She goes to the toilet to clean herself up but gets attacked by a robber along the way.
S01:E25 - Season 1, Episode 25
KA moves to ON’s place and the pair start to live together. To everyone’s surprise, KA does not blow the money on extravagant purchases. The pair has been enjoying a quiet and simple life together. CHING suggests that KA should try to spice up her love life by buying herself some sexy underwear.
S01:E26 - Season 1, Episode 26
ON gets furious when he sees the mess in his apartment. He blames KA for bringing such a crowd of friends to his home without his permission. ON starts to cool down a bit and gradually comes to learn about the truth from a videotape. Knowing that KA has done her best to calm CHING and her friends down, ON gives a wry smile.
S01:E27 - Season 1, Episode 27
There is so much misunderstanding between KA and ON that they finally decide to split up. The pair pretends not to take it too seriously but deep down both of them are distressed by the break-up. ON tries to concentrate on his work but ends up making a big mistake, which causes his company to suffer a great loss.
S01:E28 - Season 1, Episode 28
ON criticizes TAI and KA’s proposal and the meeting ends in extreme embarrassment. In order to find enough capital for the project, TAI suggests KA go and seek help from her friends and relatives. With her efforts and determination, KA has finally made some progress with the project. TAI expresses his love for KA but KA rejects him right away for she wants to concentrate on her career for the time being.
S01:E29 - Season 1, Episode 29
Without knowing the truth, ON has already headed for mainland China. KA, on the other hand, has chosen to be a single mother. KA has a brainwave and decides that it may be more effective to run a family-style eatery. Ten months have passed. ON and KA run into each other unexpectedly and ON is shocked yet glad to see that KA has turned into a successful businesswoman.
S01:E30 - Season 1, Episode 30
KA learns from KAT that ON is not HEUNG-YAN’s fiancé. With the help of SUET, KA finally makes up with ON. FUNG’s jade chopsticks happen to be the first prize for a prestigious cooking competition. To recover the chopsticks, KAT decides to participate in the competition on behalf of the Phoenix Private Kitchen.