Original Flavor and 30% Sweet


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Xian Bei had severe social anxiety. She couldn’t look at people and speak.

But she had a crush on a man.

Clenching her teeth and stomping her feet, Xian Bei turned around. ”I-I-I li-li……” For a long time, she was blushing and sweating.

And so he hugged her from behind and whispered, “Me too.”

—— I have tasted thousands of flavors, but I only love this one.

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05/30/21 Foxaholic c22 part3
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tarararawr rated it
February 18, 2021
Status: Completed
Hi, I'm the translator for this novel. Thus, this review might be biased.

The novel is about a manga artist who has severe social anxiety and loves milk tea. Her life starts to slowly change when she meets the boss of her favorite milk tea shop.

The story is very cute and short. I find the female lead's thoughts and issues very relatable as someone who is very introverted. It's interesting to see a female lead that seriously struggles, but some of the best parts of the novel is seeing her overcome... more>> some of these struggles. I also really like the male lead because he does his best to understand her and he follows his values of letting people be themselves.

However, this novel is extremely short and I think it'll leave readers hoping for more.

Overall, it's a very good and light story to read. The author's writing is very clever and I will do my best to translate it. I hope you will like my translation and thank you for reading my review! <<less
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Lazyhazy rated it
June 6, 2021
Status: Completed
I will rate 3.5⭐ out of 5. Its sweet and short. I wish author could have written about her overcoming her trauma slowly and start being confident and face her mother. Even though its ending was sweet and cute but I didn't get to see her change herself and she didn't even try to, she tried one time but that was only to confess her feeling. 😩 Untill the very end she was afraid of people so I really didn't like the ending, it felt incomplete.
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crystalwings rated it
May 9, 2021
Status: Completed
The milk tea may be only 30% sweet but the novel is a 100- no make that 10000000000000000000000000% sweet.

Translation is excellent, kudos to the translator!

I MTL'ed after and want more content so bad, why is this so short.

All in all, a sweet adorable gem.

Thanks for coming to my ted talk.
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DOHere rated it
February 28, 2022
Status: Completed
Cute, fluffy and lighthearted.

I will address a few points:

  1. I was a bit shocked by MC's extreme mental condition.

    I'm actually really shy myself, but I've never seen or heard someone at this level of the MC. I was hoping to see a noticeable improvement by the end, but anyway, she should definitely be seeing a professional for her severe social anxiety and extremely low self esteem. She needs to be able to function in society by herself. At the moment, she's only able to interact with her boyfriend and editor, and even those interactions are limited.

  2. I really wanted an update on her mother.
  3. It seemed like the ML just fell for

    her shyness (which is her mother's fault) ? He fell for her immediately, even if she didn't show herself, so there was neither appearance, not character/personality that he could fall for.

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kishichan rated it
September 1, 2021
Status: Completed
It's sweet and fluffy for sure and I loved the interactions between the MC and the ML. However, I feel the ending was a little rushed. It mentions the reason for the MC's social anxiety and near the end the MC makes a step toward a resolution, but we don't actually get to see that resolution.

I really wish there had been a seen where the MC actually met with her mother again after all the years since she'd been gone. All we get is the MC sending a message to her mother and a hint that her mother was the one who replied with a recording of her daughter's out of print manga. There could have been a beautiful arc where the MC faces the scars of her past and her mother who caused them and their relationship is slowly mended with her mother apologizing, etc. Definitely a missed opportunity there.

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Mytrumpet143 rated it
April 19, 2021
Status: Completed
I wish it the story was longer! It’s so sweet and cute. The ML is very patient to MC who has what it seems severe social anxiety.

I liked that the MC in the end, took a leap of courage and tries hard overcome her anxiety, although it’s just a very tiny change, it’s enough that she meets the ML in the middle

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AerynJay rated it
February 10, 2023
Status: c1
I relate to this too much ugh. I have eternal tomato blushing syndrome lol which makes me awkward with people of opposite s*x as they always comment on it. This and other things lead to social anxiety and panic attacks and that’s not fun at all. Did exposure self therapy (got jobs in customer service omg) and it helps. So for those saying that the ML doesn’t respect her boundaries- good, good that he doesn’t, otherwise it’ll only be worse for her. Those having this condition hate their own... more>> behavior and somebody pushing them can be annoying if done too brusquely, but this ML is awesome. Where can I find one 😭 <<less
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chande rated it
February 24, 2022
Status: Completed
Interesting plot (unlike some CEO story), short, and sweet. MC wasn't perfect but she successfully became a highlight of this story. But I still hope that she could overcome her anxiety in the end because she deserved to live a happy life.

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Well, in the ending, she didn't fully overcome it but she became a bit braver thanks to ML.


If I had a dissatisfaction towards this story, it was because:


There's no closure between MC and her mother. I want to at least hear an apology because her mother practically destroyed MC's youth and the source of her anxiety until now.

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Unknoewy rated it
January 19, 2022
Status: Completed
Soooo cute~

Just for light read. If you looking for logic as for how they fall in love, this might not be your cup of tea.

I'm myself have anxiety, read this make me feel that at least I'm not as severe as her. But I can relate to most of her thoughts.

Thank you author and translator!
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LookingforanotherPIT rated it
November 11, 2021
Status: Completed
This was a book where the ML accept the FL imperfection and the imperfection stay for the whole story and did not suddenly gets cured for the sake of ML. Very good translation work. This is a simple yet poetic story that will have you smiling ear to ear when reading it. Even if you can't completely relate to the FL the anxiety and her struggle with being an introvert is somewhat relatable and is conveyed through the author's writing. You can feel that anxiousness she has about the small... more>> things which is why I appreciate the author not shaping her up to 'fit' the ML.

I do agree with the other comments that you would wish to see more character development. But she is a person with severe social anxiety so it's not like she can just face her trauma because she suddenly became succesful in other parts of her life.

Overall Rating: 4.9 <<less
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stevannie Chang rated it
November 5, 2021
Status: Completed
although this was short, but it left impact on my memories, plus this novel was adapted to audio drama, so I listen to the audio while reading. This was one of my faorite where the ML accept the FL imperfection and the imprefection stay for the whole story and did not suddenly got cured for the sake of ML. The age gap was probably 7-9 years because it was stated that the ML from the perspective of the FL was in his thirties while the FL was in her early... more>> twenties, also the teams have provided an image of the FL and ML taken from the audio drama cover. <<less
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pastelbunnyyy rated it
October 15, 2021
Status: Completed
This was short and fast-paced. A lot of times, I had to go back and check how much time has passed between events because it was a bit hard to distinguish.

That aside, I enjoyed how everyone aside from MC’s mom were kind characters. This was such a feel good quick read.
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pyrx rated it
July 11, 2021
Status: Completed
Sweet ride. If you wanna read a refreshing novel, this is it. It's also kind of short. You can just finish it in a few hours.

Oh, Xian Bei is so adorable but my heart aches whenever she does her inner monologue because I can relate to it.

You'll probably tear up out of happiness

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LalaMarkova rated it
June 4, 2021
Status: --
Do you believe in love at first line? Heck that's how I felt reading the description for the MALE LEAD.


The person had shoulder length hair that was in a half-up top knot


truly my style!

And that relatable anxiety the FL felt when someone (even your friends) knocks on your door or simply want to have a small talk. Daaang, the first scene got me hook!
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Gabrielaroveder rated it
April 22, 2023
Status: c22
Simply one of the best novels I've ever read, my only complaint is how short it is, I would pay to read more of this, really wish I could follow more of their progress and have more dog food. But that's not the focus of the novel, since it's not a slice of life, so this is just a personal wish of mine. I would really read like 200 chapters of this 🤧 in short I loved it and will certainly reread it in the future.

sorry for any mistakes, english... more>> is not my main language and I'm still learning. <<less
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April 6, 2022
Status: c22
Hmm... the main female character was cute, the premise was cute, but the male lead, personally, was not cute.

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in an effort to get the FL to come out of her shell, he constantly touched her (picking her up, grabbing her arm, holding her bare foot). It just felt like he was overall a really selfish, inconsiderate guy. He had a few nice points here and there but the main thing is that he did a lot of stalker like things, which really creeped me out.


This novel will be super cute to some and somewhat creepy to others. <<less
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Dayang_Dyan rated it
September 11, 2021
Status: Completed
What a cute story! And very short.

It was mainly focused on ML & FL's cute interaction. I wished there was more but just this short story is okay too.

Thank you for translating!! I enjoyed it really well.
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July 3, 2021
Status: Completed
I was like? Huh? What the hell....

The novel started really good. It doesn't have many dialogues since FL has problem with talking...

ML also gentle and understanding. Imagine a male with shoulder hair omg 😂

But buuut, cmon how's the author gave such an ending. We need some closur as whatever it started. No satisfying ending is really sad : (....
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July 15, 2023
Status: Completed
6/10 kinda cute but didn't manage to fully catch my attention...i skip some chapters and jump straight to the ending. If you like fluffy romance with no drama then this is for you
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Akime yuko rated it
November 18, 2022
Status: Completed
Pretty cute but the FL condition bothered me with how severe it is. Can't help but to think if there's actually someone like her who can't even communicate with ppl via phone call irl cos I pity the person and those around her. Not everyone can be as patient as the ML in this novel

I know its bcos of her traumatic experience and I also know ppl have different mentality but ik some ppl have it worse (the bullying) so I can't help but to imagine it irl.

I also don't... more>> think the ML is being a creep or aggressive with his approach. If we follow her pace it would take years for her to open up a bit and their relationship wouldn't go anywhere. She's also not uncomfortable when he touches her so it's okay. Sometimes ppl like her dont need space they need someone like ML who's a bit pushy but knows how to retreat and advanced to pull them from their dark place and shows them the world is a bright place and not everyone is monster

The ending doesn't satisfy me but it was an okay read if ur looking for something light and short <<less
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