The Rice Pot Next Door


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“Yo, Rice Pot next door. You ate so much of my rice, how are you going to repay me?”

“Money? I do not want money. I want you.”

饭桶    [Rice Pot/Container/Bucket]: – refers to a person who eats a lot (of rice).  Sometimes, the term may take on a negative connotation when used to describe a person is only capable of eating and not anything else.

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New potatosince1992 rated it
September 4, 2019
Status: Completed
Rating: 5/5

Simply because it's so fluffy and it makes a reader feel good.

The translation is well done.

... more>> The plot is not too convulated, there are no major conflicts. And I really really appreciate the laughs.

I had a few hearty laughs because of the lines, they have caught me off guard time and time again, making me feel that these are realistic conversations between real people. How else do you expect people to follow a script in real life, right? And for me, that part of the story is really well done.

The dynamic of the characters is very very well done as well. Even the side characters that are not fleshed out doesn't seem 2D and just 'there'.

There are clichès, but it's never to the point of being grating on a persons nerves, at least to me, in fact I am willing to overlook it.

Although there is a feeling that you are reading about teenage people instead of adults, but, since OTP is both virgins in love, it's understandable.


Big Brother and Baby Vegetable in the epilogue are more 'adult', in terms of conflict and overall interaction, if not for these two, I will grade this novel lower.

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nixxara rated it
January 26, 2016
Status: --
SWEET and it is the perfect length! I love the two leads! I am glad the female lead is not dumb and knows how to scheme! The male lead was a total sweetheart and so pure, loyal, and dedicated. The perfect waifu!

Not to mention, he even knows how to cook and cooks for her daily~ I wish I had a hubby as sweet as him... /Sigh~

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dysry rated it
March 5, 2016
Status: --
The summary doesn’t really do the story justice.

The female lead, Lan Shan is fairly normal while the male lead, Qiao Feng, has a high IQ but low EQ. After a few misunderstandings, they end up as neighbours, where they start to develop a slow but sweet relationship based on their daily interactions.

LS and QF are both likeable characters – strong, adaptable, flexible but slightly immature in terms of romance and they take their time realize their feelings. The story is not particularly complex, but it reads well. QF... more>> is also a very sweet and caring house husband despite his low EQ.

However I do have a few issues:


1. Song Zi Cheng was left off lightly despite spiking LS’s drink and attempting to rape her. Since the roofie technically didn’t work on her, she let him off... yeah the story loses a point just for how this situation was handled.

2. Their initial interactions and misunderstandings weren’t paricularly funny and felt rather forced i.e. mistaking him for a s*x doll, thinking he was gay, etc did not feel particularly believable or realistic.

3. Aside from the two leads, the side characters weren’t really noteworthy – so much so that I wasn’t even motivated to read the XYC and WW love story. Can’t tell if its because their interactions just werent appealing, or if they were completely overshadowed by LS and QF.

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Shio rated it
November 7, 2015
Status: --
It's a sweet one. Surprising at first (because of the scene in first chapter, then I remember this novel is targeted toward elder female), and had a lot of light misunderstanding, but without drama. Which is nice.
Recommended for people who are searching for light hearted comedy romance.
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I gave the main story 5, but the side story with Xiao You Chai 3. I just felt like their relationship is not healthy and is one sided. That, and I dislike "Lie to Me" drama that the translator used as novel image source

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Moonlight Prince
Moonlight Prince rated it
November 22, 2018
Status: c2
This novel is quite good! The translation is very good and I especially like this part:

"To Qiao Feng, the only thing worth his attention is how dumb Lan Shan is. Her idea of what is good vegetable has no relation to freshness, ripeness or smell. She only has one yardstick – big. The bigger the tomato, the better it is. The bigger the cucumber, the better it is. The bigger the leaves of the lettuce, the better it is." ROFL
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DubZer0 rated it
March 13, 2017
Status: c15
If you're fine with an completely unrealistic plot line and a complete b***h of a female lead, then go ahead and read. The story follows no logic at all. Female lead gets hit on by annoying cab driver so she throws a rock at him and leaves him a big ass bruise. Female lead gives the male lead a black eye, never apologizes, but barges into his house and eats dinner with him, literally the next day and practically every day after that. And the male lead is perfectly okay... more>> with some random chick who physically assaults him, TWICE, coming into his house and cooking dinner for her. <<less
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Bib rated it
March 29, 2016
Status: --
A really sweet and funny story. The comedy comes from the super genius Qiao Feng who really lacks common sense in his interactions with the various people around him. Plus there is the adorable little Schrodinger.
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remy911 rated it
October 7, 2015
Status: --
No big conflicts or serious misunderstandings! Just a really hilarious and sweet romance. Almost every chapter had me grinning ear to ear. While not exactly alike, this is almost like a Penny x Sheldon pairing from Big Bang Theory, but without the gag humor.

For those not familiar with the TV show, the heroine in Rice Pot is basically a rather charismatic and upbeat girl, but not necessarily the most “intellectual” person out there. While the male love interest is a smart eccentric man but falters a bit when dealing with... more>> people. <<less
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frostcrystal rated it
July 7, 2018
Status: c95
I can't say I was expecting such an entertaining romance given the synopsis, so this story was a pleasant surprise! Still, despite cheering on the main couple, my favourite characters remain Big Wu, Little Xiao, and their Baby Bears.
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love-cutter rated it
December 15, 2017
Status: Completed
I love this so much. I often go back and re-read it.

Now, if you're wondering whether to read this or not... It's a subtle love. With a major and hilarious misunderstanding stemming from the fact that ... more>>

female lead and her friend thought that the male lead and his brother were gay lovers. They didn't know that they were brothers because their last name is different.


Ch 1 - male and female lead meet unexpectedly in

an adult exhibition where the female lead and her friend accidentally think that the male lead is a male s*x doll.

I swear I was hooked from that point on.

The bad ratings are likely because the female lead seems is quite shameless in the beginning. By shameless, I meant that she did intrude in the male lead's house because of the nice-smelling food and has been coming there ever since uninvited. Honestly, as someone who's moved out of the house and sucks at cooking, I'd do the same. If she wasn't so intrusive, we wouldn't have a romantic plot to read to begin with. Maybe some readers didn't like that she didn't apologize at first? Well, she does apologize later on. There was that one time where she hit a rock towards a cab driver hitting on her which I admit was going too far. But, I'm not cool with the constant cat calls irl either.

Maybe, the bad ratings were due to the assumption

that seeming asexual = gay for men?

Although, that was more of the friend's fault rather than the female lead's fault.

Other than that, I don't know why you shouldn't read this novel. I try not to be offended/think too deeply about a plot when I'm reading this to relax myself.

That's all I can remember right now. I'll likely read it again. Even the side characters are hella amusing. The relationship between the brother and her best friend. Too funny. All I can say is give it a try. <<less
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KimiKazoo rated it
July 3, 2016
Status: Completed
The main story is so cute. Both characters have very good personalities as well.

My favorite thing about this story is that you actually see the two main characters fall in love with each other.
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Imychan rated it
August 31, 2018
Status: Completed
What a sweet sweet romantic fluffy and funny novel😍😍😍😍

With a genius handsome ML of high IQ but low EQ and a beautiful FL with normal IQ but who seems dumb to our ML.

The side characters are cute too and there interactions are intersting too.

The summary doesn't do the story good. So I hope that everyone would give it a shot.
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Aster Anemone rated it
May 14, 2017
Status: c95
I was fun reading it. Story was different and interesting. Characters were well crafted. Loved the ML and MC and their interaction was very fun to read. Pacing was good I just felt that female MC's parental side should also be treated the same as the male MC's. It was a bit unjust.
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TheEscapist rated it
April 9, 2017
Status: c95
This was quite funny and cute... in some places, improbable, but this is a romance, so a bit of suspended disbelief is necessary! The leads are both sweet and charming. Male lead is typical high IQ low EQ person while female lead is a beautiful girl, but defensive and wary of males. I love how their relationship develops.
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cinabre rated it
May 19, 2016
Status: c95
The Rice Pot Next Door is a fun romance. There are some clichés but if the whole plot is nothing really original I had a nice time reading it. The characters are likable and a bit crazy. They even made me laugh (and I don't often laugh while reading).

This is a novel to read when the weather is gray, when you're tired and you don't want any complicated story.
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leedalys rated it
January 6, 2016
Status: --
I really love it. The story was really touching and hilarious.
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Lachiel rated it
October 17, 2015
Status: --
This is a really sweet romance novel, the first few chapters are not listed here but you can find them pretty easy from the chapter 67 link (table of contents ye kno)..

Recommended for anyone who really loves funny and deadly sweet romances.
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fltstrt rated it
February 23, 2019
Status: --
Story 4.7/5, TL 5/5

Moonblossom did a wonderful job w the translation and I love her musings and little notes at the start/end of each chapter.

Sceond time reading this story as I've completely forgotten that I did and I find myself loving it as much as the first time for the very same reasons.

... more>> I enjoy intense, heart stirring and gut wrenching romance very much but at times, a light hearted fluffy piece like this one just hits all the right spots.

Who doesn't want a high IQ, rich to boot yet humble and domesticated Husband? Oh, not to mention his incredibly supportive family? Brb while I find myself a Feng Qiao. <<less
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hiryukaede rated it
June 5, 2018
Status: Completed
Well, this is good story...

I like the FL and ML... They are really sweet and cute to each other... And ML was super cute, he was so smart and genius, but he was really dumb abaut a feeling, XD...

Really recomendid this story of someone whom search for a loyal and virgin ML,... XD
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Nostalgia21 rated it
May 4, 2018
Status: Completed
This is such a good read. It's nothing exciting and heart pumping so don't expect for those. It's more like a chill, slice of life read. The plot is pretty consistent although there are no ground breaking plot twist or conflict. It's very much a novel with a touch of realism.

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i like how the MC and ML interacts and it's so cute how the gender bias is reversed. Lol. The ML is the wifey. I also like how the MC is not wishy washy and doesn't get upstreamed or sidetracked by the supporting lead.[

It's pretty interesting how the MC is also affected by "midlife crisis" (although she's only 28) because I feel like almost everyone suffers thru that. You do your work your entire life and somehow, something happens and snaps you out of your bubble and you think what you're doing is what you really want.


As much as I live for CN with interesting plot twists and turns and heart pumping action, I dont mind reading this type of genre at all. It manages to be mellow without being boring at all. <<less
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hebiroteshon rated it
December 12, 2017
Status: Completed
It's one of the most enjoyable modern time C-fiction I've read, considering my C novel preference which is fantasy ancient-time novels.

The story was fun and had clear objectives dan narration. The story telly is perfectly timed, neither too slow or fast. And the best part, there's no scene that felt like a filler in the story development.

I think the author tend to make her main female characters to be rather dense and gullible. It's a tricky character to write because they are easily hated (I have a fair numbers of... more>> them in my blacklist 😑). Somehow, ricepot author can develop such character nicely. It's suitable with her storytelling and story ideas.

Overall, this novel is worth the time. Try reading it for a few first chapters, since it's really cringy on chapter 1, but it's okay after that.

Happy reading! <<less
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