Little Chef - Chapter 65
Translator: Cherry Riri
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Su Tang immediately understood what these people wanted to do after hearing their purpose.
It’s just that they admire her fame and craftsmanship and want to partner with her to open a restaurant in the East district.
Su Tang, on the other hand, had no such plan. She flatly refused. Everyone was stunned because her refusal was straightforward.
These people arrived early in the morning without saying anything and brought so many gifts, regardless of whether she accepted them or not.
If she accepts it, she must discuss cooperation. She will look bad if she does not accept it.
Su Tang simply believes that these people must think she is young, so they come to coax her into cooperating.
Otherwise, why do they come directly to her out of all the contestants?
With those with a strong family background, such as Huang Yue Tong and others, will they dare to approach the door directly?
Furthermore, she shouldn’t visit these three families at the same time. It’s best not to go out until she understands the situation.
Not to mention Su Tang’s ability to read people.
When they leave Su Tang’s house, these three people still refuse to give up on this idea.
They were debating how to contact Su Tang.
It’s normal for businesspeople to bump into the wall now and then, and they don’t mind.
Just scold them as long as they can make money.
Liang Shi is the most ambitious of them all.
His nose was crooked with anger as he returned to the East district from the West district and passed by Feng Shang Pavilion.
They are all neighbors. His business is getting worse and worse, but the next door is getting better and better. Can he not be angry?
He must bring Su Tang no matter what.
He will go to any length to bring Su Tang over.
After all, making money is important to anything else.
However, in the last few days, Liang Shi tried everything but failed to gain entry to Su Tang’s home.
Except for the first time, she was never at home, and he had no idea if this was true. Anyway, the door was shut, and the neighbors confirmed it.
Liang Shi went to Su Tang’s second aunt’s house next door, but the second aunt abruptly closed the door, said she had no relatives named Su Tang, and asked him not to come again.
They’ve learned over time that Su Tang is not easy to persuade.
Su Tang is now at Meng Jing Pavilion. Even when it was first opened, people saw the potential of Meng Jing Pavilion, and it is now gradually developing.
Su Tang was eating pastries in her private box.
Su Tang surprised Huang Yue Tong when she invited her.
“I knew you had shares here, but I didn’t expect to be able to eat here.” Huang Yue Tong carefully bit into tiramisu, her face beaming.
“You mentioned that you wanted to come. I brought you directly.” Su Tang drank milk tea while smiling.
It’s wonderful to have such a relaxing day, with ice cubes blowing cold air, drinking milk tea, snacking, and listening to the sound of silk bamboo.
It’d be even better if she had some potato chips with her.
It’s a shame there are no potatoes available right now, not even sweet potatoes. Then how about some taro chips?
Meng Jing Pavilion’s desserts are still limited. They should actively seek to innovate!
Su Tang was distracted, but Huang Yue Tong explains: “Tang Tang, do you realize how popular the Meng Jing Pavilion is? There are numerous officials in the capital, but they all want to visit. Previously, when the number of people allowed in the Meng Jing Pavilion was limited, a long line formed. Now, appointments can only be made three days in advance, which is inconvenient. Although my family is part of the royal chef family, in the capital is not even ranked. If my family can come here at all, it will be at least six months later.”
Don’t look at who opened the Meng Jing Pavilion to think Huang Yue Tong is exaggerating.
The Meng Jing Pavilion, on the other hand, can be so popular not only because the identity of the Boss behind the scenes is different, but also because the desserts in the Meng Jing Pavilion are really delicious.
And the tiramisu story brought on many tears.
According to rumors, there are storytellers who add fuel to the story, making tiramisu even more famous.
That is to say, there aren’t enough raw materials. Otherwise, if there isn’t a limited supply of desserts, sales will be phenomenal.
Su Tang was embarrassed when she heard Huang Yue Tong praising Meng Jing Pavilion.
Su Tang could tell Meng Jing Pavilion was popular by the number of people waiting in line to buy dessert.
Furthermore, it was well-liked among officials, and many Madam and Young Miss from aristocratic families came over to drink milk tea and eat dessert.
Many people want to come because of this.
Consider all the dignified noblewomen who love it and want to try it as well!
As a result, Meng Jing Pavilion became the talk of the entire capital. Those who had been here were all in glory, and they could be brought up at banquets as a topic of conversation.
Those who have never been here can only listen and cannot participate in this type of discussion.
As a result, a large number of people want to visit. The more people who visit, the more popular it becomes. Everyone who does not go would seem to fall behind.
Su Tang is well-versed in this type of psychology, so she has been mentally preparing for the fact that the entire capital is pursuing Meng Jing Pavilion for a long time, and she will not be surprised at all.
But her calmness surprised the steward of the Meng Jing Pavilion, who assumed she was simply unaffected by the change.
Su Tang, who appeared calm, turned out to be a very calculated person.
It’s no surprise that she can work with their Young Miss.
She is not inferior to their Young Miss, regardless of how she speaks or handles things.
Su Tang had no idea that others had given her a greater level of evaluation.
She recently came over, completely avoiding people looking for her cooperation, those who were looking for her cooperation, almost directly forcing her to cooperate.
Su Tang simply came to Meng Jing Pavilion when she was free, and she was able to make some new desserts.
Here, there are more ingredients than at home.
She simply invited Huang Yue Tong to join her for snack time.
She was very happy.
Huang Yue Tong also thought of Su Tang’s recent affairs, frowned and said, “those people have really been blocking your door?”
Many people are pestering Su Tang to cooperate, and many people are aware of this.
After all, several contestants in the God of Cooking competition were harassed to varying degrees.
Su Tang will not be let go as first place.
“Regardless of them, I guess they won’t be back in a few days,” Su Tang smiled. In any case, I refuse to cooperate with them.”
“Others are fine, but don’t ignore Liang Shi.” Huang Yue Tong has lived in the East district for many years and is very familiar with the restaurants there. “This man is well-known for his shady methods. He got Yi Pin Pavilion by defrauding others. Liang Shi originally opened a restaurant with his brother, but he didn’t expect business to be good, so Liang Shi drove his brother away.”
“At the time, his brother trusted him, so he didn’t write any agreement, but now it’s over, he went to the government office and sued him just to pay some silver, and the restaurant is still Liang Shi’s,”.
Su Tang was very impressed with this Liang Shi, and he was the first to propose paying her dividends.
She had no idea he’d done something like this behind her back.
“Don’t worry, I’m not going to cooperate with this man.” Su Tang nodded and said, “They simply look at our popularity and want to make a profit in our name. When the restaurant business fails or the food is terrible, we must bear the brunt of the blame.”
Huang Yue Tong agreed, and her father said the same thing.
After all, how can a restaurant’s business rely solely on one chef? You can’t keep the chef in the back kitchen cooking every day.
In any case, running a restaurant is not an easy task.
Now he’s eager to cooperate, but if anything goes wrong, it’ll be Su Tang’s fault.
In her heart, Huang Yue Tong admired Su Tang. She wouldn’t think that deeply if she were Su Tang.
But Su Tang had already considered it, and this is far too powerful.
After all, so many people came bearing gifts and silver, ordinary people were moved.
Su Tang, on the other hand, did not, which is better than many people.
They were eating and drinking in Meng Jing Pavilion, but Liang Shi, whom they casually mentioned, looked bad.
He’s been unlucky lately, and the Feng Shang Pavilion next door’s success is enough to make him angry.
And then there’s Su Tang.
Why is she so difficult when she’s just a poor girl from the West district?
How come he sends money but she avoids seeing him?
She only has two small businesses. Why is she so proud?
He continued to beg Su Tang with a smile on his face.
Someone recently told him not to bother Su Tang because she had important people on her back.
What important people can there possibly be?
She is a little chef who only knows how to cook, can she still know the marquis and the emperor?
That is to say, Liang Shi’s character is bad, and his family is neither official nor wealthy.
He should have known about Su Tang’s relationship with Meng Jing Pavilion, and he wouldn’t dare to entangle her again.
But he was completely clueless.
And he will live with the consequences of his next decision for the rest of his life.
Liang Shi was eating while scolding Su Tang with his favorite concubine.
“I have no idea where that wild girl came from. She has no shame. Watch how I clean her up when she comes to work with me.” Liang Shi sipped his wine and cursed with his mouth.
“Master, didn’t you say that giving her dividends is considered cooperation?” the spoiled concubine asked, surprised.
“Cooperation? Giving dividends is considered cooperation? I own the restaurant. She’s only here to cook. Is it difficult to clean up a little girl?” Liang Shi wanted to deceive Su Tang and told his concubine, “But she just didn’t want to take the bait.” Wait, let me think of a harsh way to deal with her. Such a person has no shame.”
The spoiled concubine cheers him on, saying, “Our master is still very good, and he will definitely be able to clean up that little girl.” But wasn’t it mentioned that she has a strong backbone? “Are you not afraid, Master?”
“Backbone? If she truly has a backbone. Why isn’t she opening a restaurant in the East district? She’s still incompetent. Just watch! The Xi Cheng restaurant will have a good show soon.”
Liang Shi was already dizzy from his excessive drinking but he still had bad intentions.
Su Tang returned home from Meng Jing Pavilion to find the man at the door had left.
“They just came to look today, and they didn’t stay long,” the tofu vendor next door hurriedly explained.
Su Tang thanked him.
Having a good relationship with neighbors is still beneficial.
Normally, she doesn’t have to say anything because everyone already helps her.
Su Tang let out a sigh of relief as she opened the door.
She has grown tired of eating desserts recently, and she no longer wishes to visit Meng Jing Pavilion.
In contrast, she still prefers Chinese snacks, such as preserved fruit and plums, to pass the time.
She hopes that these people will not come to the door again!
She hopes they will retreat now that they are aware of the difficulties!
It’s not that she doesn’t want to open a restaurant in the East district. In fact, she does not want to open a breakfast shop or a fast food restaurant.
It’s a personal kitchen.
It’s best to drive down a back alley, do whatever she wants, and eat whatever her guests want.
Isn’t it nice to have such a small restaurant?
This wish, however, must be discussed after the God of Cooking competition has ended. It is best after the summer heat has subsided, and her relationship with Qi Tian Yun will also progress.
Let her open a small private kitchen quietly.
Of course, this wish is still a little far away now.
It is not impossible for her to open a regular restaurant, but it is dependent on who she opens it with.
People like Liang Shi are unquestionably bad.
Su Tang concluded, and she went to Xi Cheng restaurant for lunch instead of cooking herself.
But as soon as she arrived, she noticed the Xi Cheng Restaurant was crowded.
The conversation inside was lively.
“My husband was killed by your fast food!” It’s yours! “
“Husband, how can you just leave like this, leaving us an orphan and a widow?”
“Dad, Dad, wake up, wake up. ”
These voices reached Su Tang’s ears, and even before she arrived, someone recognized her.
“Su Tang has arrived!”
“Su Tang has come? Look at what’s going on as soon as possible!”
All of the waitresses and the Manager of Xi Cheng Restaurant were standing at the door. Li Fan had already dispatched someone to find Su Tang, but he had not anticipated the arrival of the Boss herself.
Su Tang took a step forward and the woman grabbed her sleeve: “Are you the owner of Xi Cheng Restaurant? You murdered my husband; see if I don’t beat you to death!”
Su Tang had just arrived and had no idea what was going on. She was now being grabbed and nearly fell.
Su Tang’s arm was tightly grasped as she was about to fall, and she finally stood firm.
Su Tang turned around and saw that he was Qi Tian Yun, who had not been seen in several days.
Why is he appearing everywhere?
“Deal with the matter first,” Qi Tian Yun said.
Su Tang nodded and was guarded by imperial guards alongside Qi Tian Yun. She had no fear of this woman.
Su Tang remained silent, but asked Li Fan, “Have you invited a doctor? Can’t he be saved?”
Make sure everyone is safe before mentioning anything else.
“I invited a doctor the first time, but the doctor came over and still couldn’t save him,” Li Fan said, looking uneasy. The doctor stated that he was in a hurry to leave, and that there was only a quarter-hour before and after.
Why was he in such a rush?
Su Tang never imagined a murder in her own restaurant.
Su Tang squatted down and looked at the orphan and widowed mother, saying, “Why don’t we get up first and find someone to put your husband’s body in a good place? We will know the true cause of death after the doctor thoroughly examines him.”
Su Tang’s tone was soothing, and she had just been pulled by this woman, but her husband had died recently, and it was natural for her to be unhappy.
So she won’t be upset because of these things.
But as soon as Su Tang finished speaking, the woman pushed her away: “I don’t need you to be a hypocrite! There must be a problem with the food in your store! People die from eating here!”
Qi Tian Yun frowned and wanted to end it, but Su Tang stopped him.
Su Tang was aware that this was a difficult situation to deal with, but the woman repeatedly insisted that he died as a result of a problem with the food in her restaurant.
She definitely can’t carry this kind of pot.
“Please explain the situation to me. What makes you think my food killed your husband? “Is there any evidence?” Su Tang’s voice was neither urgent nor slow, making listeners feel at ease. “How about inviting the coroner over for an autopsy to see how he died?”
“Who wants to invite the coroner?” In the West district, you are wealthy and powerful, and the black can be said to be white! What happens if you bribe the coroner? My husband walked into your restaurant and ate there; if it’s not your fault, who is to blame?!” Su Tang was scolded as the woman wiped her face.
Su Tang has a basic understanding of the situation at this point, and she is concerned that someone has come to cause trouble.
Will any family not care about their husband but cling to Su Tang if he dies?
However, using human life to cause trouble made her heart cold.
Li Fan also arrived at this time to explain the situation.
The woman’s husband turned out to be a ship’s helper. Yesterday, the ship docked and had to rest for a while. He invited his wife and children over for dinner today.
However, the wife attended to the crying child and did not eat anything, whereas her husband ate more than half of it.
But just as he was about to swallow the rice in his mouth for the last time, he collapsed.
So there was this tragic event.
On the first floor of Xi Cheng restaurant, a woman sobbed as she held her husband’s body.
Crying and yelling that the Xi Cheng restaurant had murdered her husband.
This has prompted many people to point fingers.
Su Tang’s eyes closed slightly, puzzled by the coincidence.
To put it bluntly, hundreds of meals are sold every day in her restaurant with no problems, but something happened just to this one.
Su Tang never considered avoiding responsibility, but it’s odd that the woman only cries.
However, there are consequences to her uproar.
No one dares to enter the Xi Cheng restaurant, which was supposed to be thriving. They’re only there to see what’s going on.
After all, the food killed someone!
This is huge!
Is there something seriously wrong with their restaurant’s food?
Just as everyone was beginning to wonder, the woman began to yell again: “There is meat in every box lunch in your Xi Cheng Restaurant, and it is sold so cheaply.” There must be a problem! “Does it contain sick chicken and pork?”
“I believe you just use bad meat to make lunch boxes in order to sell them cheaply.”
“Husband, why do you come here to eat cheaply?”
When this statement was made, many people erupted.
Yes, the lunch box at Xi Cheng Restaurant has always been inexpensive, and the meat is great. Can they really make a profit?
Even if they did make money, it would be very little.
Is the restaurant truly considerate?
When there is doubt in your heart, everyone begins to make up their own stories.
Su Tang responded directly to what she had said: “There is no basis for it, so speak with caution.”
“Why are you so wary? Look, Xicheng restaurant is a tyrant! They won’t let me speak! Do you still want to kill me after murdering my husband? Do you still intend to murder my child?” The woman sobbed and scolded, and the rest of her words were agonizing.
Even crying alongside the children.
Su Tang returned her gaze to the body on the ground and asked Li Fan, “Have you reported to the official?”
Report to the official?
Many people are terrified when they hear the word government. Li Fan has not yet left.
Su Tang observed this and stated, “Report it as soon as possible to the official and let the official handle it. And where are the rest of the meals? Keep all of them. Don’t let anyone get too close.”
Qi Tian Yun looked at Su Tang as she spoke.
People are not allowed to approach because they are afraid that something will be added to the rest of the meal. At that point, Xi Cheng restaurant will be completely inexcusable.
Only the most senior officials are capable of such careful thought.
Su Tang turned to the guests who had not yet left and said, “You must also trust Xi Cheng restaurant when you come here for a meal.” I will be grateful if you are willing to remain as a witness.”
Su Tang then bowed to the people inside, saying, “Everyone knows that what my restaurant sells is just a lunch box.” Everyone is served in a box before being distributed. This lady stated that her husband had problems eating my food. “How could it be such a coincidence that everyone is fine except for him?”
Everyone’s hearts were filled with questions as soon as these words were spoken.
How could this be so coincidental?
Perhaps this person was ill in some way? And passed away in the Xi Cheng Restaurant?
Su Tang was finally able to calm things down. The woman would say something stupid if she keep waited for her to cry.
Her restaurant would be unable to open in the future.
She is fine by herself and is capable of doing anything else.
But now she is responsible for feeding sixty people. If the restaurant closes, no one will be able to eat.
Officials soon arrived; the lead constable saw Qi Tian Yun and almost saluted, but saw the marquis’ hint and resisted the urge to kneel and rush to the case.
However, because it is a matter of human life, they must proceed with caution.
The body and witnesses were arrested and turned over to the authorities, and the Xi Cheng restaurant was temporarily closed.
People in the restaurant panicked and turned to look at Su Tang.
Su Tang tried her best to calm everyone down, saying, “Don’t panic, we didn’t do it, and the materials used are also the best.” We don’t have a bad conscience. Let us take a break in recent days, and everything will be fine.”
That’s what she said, but Su Tang, as the owner of Xi Cheng Restaurant, is also required to go to the Government.
Speaking of which, Su Tang has talked with the Government’s people several times before.
However, this is the first time she has had to go to the Government.
The crowd had no idea things would progress to this point.
This is just another ordinary midday. What caused the Xi Cheng Restaurant to close? Not only did people die, but the owner of the Xi Cheng Restaurant had to go to the Government as well?
This is the government we’re discussing.
Many people are concerned, including the waiter at Xi Cheng restaurant, who handles all kinds of food ingredients to the restaurant.
Su Tang was on her way, accompanied by the accountant, Li Fan, and Mr. Hao.
After all, the three of them are in charge and must leave as well.
Su Tang has been reflecting on what happens.
Will her food be a problem?
If something goes wrong in a large pot, it means everything goes wrong. But there’s nothing wrong with it.
Or is there something wrong with that person?
There is also a suspicious attitude on the part of the deceased’s family.
“It’s okay, just wait for the people in the Government to interrogate,” Qi Tian Yun said as he continued to follow Su Tang.
That is true.
But Su Tang cast a strange look at Qi Tian Yun: “Why are you still following?”
“I am more familiar with the people in the Government,” Qi Tian Yun said lightly.
Are you more familiar with them? They are obviously more afraid of him.
Qi Tian Yun was also aware of it, which is why he came along.
But, as he watched the woman cry, Qi Tian Yun had some thoughts in his heart, but there was no evidence for the time being, so he couldn’t talk nonsense.
By the way, the incident of Su Tang being taken to the Government spread throughout the West district. Obviously, she was still proudly happy a few days ago, having won first place in the sixth round of the God of Cooking Competition, but now she was involved in a murder case.
The person was found dead in her restaurant.
This type of massive event has sparked a lot of discussion.
However, many people have mixed feelings about Su Tang. On the one hand, they acknowledge that she is a good person who helps everyone make money.
However, there are many people who are jealous of Su Tang.
It’s just that everything had gone so well for Su Tang before that no one dared to say anything negative.
Who doesn’t spread a little more gossip now that Su Tang is imprisoned in the Government?
Su Tang will almost certainly be terrified.
This is what many people believe.
This was also Liang Shi’s thought.
But, seeing Su Tang’s expression, the servant sent by Liang Shi rushed back and reported.
“Su Tang looked normal and was not frightened at all. She seemed to be chatting and laughing with a handsome man standing beside her. She turned out to be fine.”
Liang Shi frowned, how could this be possible.
Who will not worry about being involved in the murder?
Can Su Tang be an exception?!
He’s not convinced!
“Go investigate again and keep me updated on the case’s progress! Move quickly!”