Imperial Cuisine (2022) Review


“Imperial Cuisine” is an ancient costume court drama that Xu Kai and Wu Jinyan collaborated on after “Story of Yanxi Palace”, so the topic has been hot since the filming started. The first blockbuster drama. It tells the story of the sadomasochistic story of a young girl named Yao Zijin who entered the palace and was selected as a maid of the Shangshi Bureau during the Yongle period of the Ming Dynasty.

“Imperial Cuisine” is known as the gourmet version of “Strategy of Yanxi Palace” and the Ming Dynasty version of China “Dae Jang Jin”. It launched a thrilling court battle from the perspective of a chef girl and used a fast pace similar to “Strategy of Yanxi Palace” to attract people’s attention. It’s a cool drama with a big heroine. This drama was also created by Xu Kai and Wu Jinyan’s boss, Yu Zheng.

Set during the Ming dynasty during the rule of Yongle Emperor, it tells the story of a young girl named Yao Zijin, who entered the palace to become a maid of the food bureau. In the deep palace, she remains determined and slowly works her way up while perfecting her craft; while friendship and romance at the same time. Through her romantic entanglement with Zhu Zhanji, the drama also showcases the historical achievements and family life of three outstanding emperors of the Ming Dynasty, portraying a gourmet Forbidden City full of rich family affection, friendship, love, and humanity.

Now there are a lot of big pending dramas that are fine, such as this one about the “Imperial Cuisine”, which is a drama set in the Ming Dynasty, in which the food culture of the court during the Ming Dynasty is shown through the fine costumes.

The first point of this drama is the second cooperation between Xu Kai and Wu Junyan, these two had a very tacit chemistry in the “Story of Yanxi Palace” before, and this time to play the ancient costume is also very much looking forward to the performance of the two.

Then there is the supporting cast of beautiful people, with Wu Junyan such exquisite beauty, and Wang Churan such atmospheric beauty. It can be said that each has its own characteristics, each flower into each eye, greatly meet the audience’s different aesthetic needs.

The third is the costume color matching and the whole play to give a sense of ancient painting. This retro tone looks to have a premium quality, but also very much a sense of age.

And just look at the layout of the scene and the display of ingredients, feel that in addition to seeing the ancient idol drama hero and heroine’s relationship story, but also be able to appreciate some ancient food.


  • Drama: Imperial Cuisine
  • Native Title: 尚食
  • Also Known As: Shang Shi, Royal Feast
  • Director: Wang Wei
  • Screenwriter: Zhou Mo
  • Genres: Food, Friendship, Historical, Romance, Drama
  • Country: China
  • Episodes: 46
  • Airs: Jan 10, 2022 – ?
  • Airs On: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Original Network: Hunan TV, Mango TV
  • Duration: 45 min.

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