Little Chef - Chapter 66
Translator: Cherry Riri
Xi Cheng Restaurant is no longer open.
This caused quite a stir, and in less than a half-hour, the entire West district was aware of it.
After all, Su Tang is famous in the West District.
And how many people rely on Su Tang to eat?
It didn’t take long for the West district to find out about it.
Everyone in Jing Shui Pavilion (Jiang Ling), Zui Xiao Pavilion (Zhu Jin Yuan), Zhen Xiu Pavilion (Huang Yue Tong), and Meng Jing Pavilion knows what happened to Su Tang.
It would be fine if they were the only ones paying attention.
However, many people are still concerned about this issue.
Ling Yin Temple is located in the South District, and Shang Qing Temple is located in the North District.
The abbot and master inside asked their people below to pay more attention to this matter.
Report any news about Su Tang as soon as possible.
This is also a significant case in the capital.
After all, it was a murder, and he died in broad daylight.
It’s difficult to put this matter behind.
Who knows what would have happened if Su Tang hadn’t arrived in time and blocked everyone’s mouths with her words.
It is also fortunate that Su Tang is a good person; if this were to change with other bosses, it is expected that they would be directly found guilty of murder.
Su Tang had gotten her thoughts together on the way from Xi Cheng Restaurant to the Government.
Qi Tian Yun is the person closest to her.
Qi Tian Yun looked at her, from flustered to calm, and realized that the woman in front of him was truly special.
Many court officials are not as good as she is at dealing with difficult situations.
Su Tang didn’t give it much thought. She simply believed that the truth would reveal itself. Don’t try to open a restaurant if you’re afraid of just these things.
But human life is valuable, and she would prefer to know why the deceased died.
When Su Tang arrived at the Government, the woman was sobbing so hard that she needed assistance, and the child was sobbing so hard that his voice was hoarse that he had been screaming for his father.
It’s distressing to look at.
Numerous people have been drawn along the way.
Governor Pei felt a lot of pressure as he sat in the public hall.
He wanted to flee immediately when he saw Qi Tian Yun, the Weiyuan Marquis who was following Su Tang.
But he can’t run, and the case must be thoroughly investigated or he will be humiliated in front of his boss.
It’s not impossible to be partial to Su Tang, but everyone knows how selfless Marquis is.
Governor Pei, a wise man, was also unsure at this time, especially since he kept looking at the Marquis and the Marquis didn’t even give a command.
Finally, Qi Tian Yun asked someone to relay the message.
Governor Pei was relieved when he was told to do what he needed to do.
Qi Tian Yun believes in Su Tang since he dares to say such a thing.
With her personality, she will never intentionally harm others.
Furthermore, there are doubts in every aspect of this matter. It’s best to look into it as it should be.
The woman’s cry became quieter above the public hall, and Governor Pei inquired directly: “Who is in the hall, and what is the surname, and please explain the reason.”
It was quiet outside as soon as this was said. Everyone sought to eat fresh melons aka drama. Naturally, they should pay close attention.
The woman explained what happened today.
Su Tang is also the first to hear such a detailed situation.
It was discovered that the husband’s surname was Zhu. He had to follow the merchant ship every day and could only return home every three or four months.
He took his wife and children out to eat after returning home this time.
He know that the fast food served at Xi Cheng Restaurant is well-known, and that it has even spread to Jiangsu province in Yang Zhou. There are Xi Cheng box lunches all over the pier.
Yes, all of the lunch boxes are referred to as Xi Cheng lunch box.
Because it was created in the Capital West district (Xi Cheng).
After ship crew Zhu learned about it, he had to bring his wife and children over to try it.
However, after arriving, the son continued to cause problems. The couple debated letting ship crew Zhu to eat first. He went to coax the child after he was full, and Mrs Zhu ate again.
However, ship crew member Zhu did not finish his meal and fell to the ground. He died with not even a single breath left in him!
This directly terrified everyone.
Li Fan, the manager of Xi Cheng Restaurant, immediately requested that the doctor be summoned, but when the doctor arrived, he declared that he was dead and that he could not be saved.
Su Tang happened to come here for lunch and caught up with it.
Su Tang listened quietly, only to realize that Mrs Zhu’s words were well-organized and clear, and she didn’t even look like someone who never study.
Despite their briefness, the words pierce people’s hearts.
The husband returned after being gone for four months, the road was difficult, and the child was still young.
These seem meaningless.
But she soon portrayed a sad but happy family.
It breaks one’s heart for this family.
Su Tang was also distressed, at least for the child who continued to cry.
However, this makes it appear to have been taught to the woman by someone.
Su Tang had a strong sense of it even before entering the Xi Cheng Restaurant.
It’s even more powerful now.
The woman’s sob echoed throughout the public hall, and it was heartbreaking to hear.
Many people on the street have already accused Su Tang of causing harm in her Xi Cheng Restaurant.
“This is too sad; the child has no father at such a young age.”
“They come here just to take a break with their children, not expecting to encounter this kind of thing.”
“Perhaps it’s really the food?”
“Who knows, there must be something wrong with Su Tang selling food so cheaply.”
“Stop talking nonsense, Miss Su is very nice.”
“Tsk, who doesn’t know her family is going to your store to get groceries? Aren’t you afraid that if you help her talk like this, you won’t get any business in the future?”
After a while, there were all kinds of things being said out there.
Governor Pei frowned as the woman finished her speech. He was not a particularly capable official, but he was also not a vegetarian who able to risen to his current position. He had the impression that this woman was suspicious.
After hearing the situation, Governor Pei asked Su Tang, “Do you agree with what she said?”
Su Tang stated: “My Lord, this humble one was not present at the time of the incident, but it was the same as what my employee said. It was just that this humble one was a little confused.”
“I dare to ask Mrs Zhu if Mr Zhu has an old disease and if the old man in the family has any disease,” Su Tang said to Mrs Zhu.
She is suspicious of any genetic disease in the family, and if there was a sudden heart attack or death from cerebral hemorrhage, she would look for traces.
Su Tang didn’t think there was anything wrong with her restaurant’s food.
Despite her occasional visits, she knows several merchants who supply food ingredients, and she cooks large cauldrons of food. What happened to Mr. Zhu but not to the other?
Everything makes no sense.
Su Tang went on: “My Lord, we also left Mr Zhu’s leftovers, Mrs Zhu’s untouched meal, and food from the same cauldrons. All of this can be used as evidence, so please assist the coroner in his investigation.”
Su Tang did not directly explain after these words, but simply wanted to present the evidence.
Who knew that as soon as she closed her mouth, Mrs Zhu would say sharply, “Is it evidence, you say?” What if you switch your meal halfway through? “The restaurant is packed with your own people, so you can do whatever you want.”
“When picking up the meal, I entrusted the witnesses to the restaurant guests.” Su Tang solemnly stated, “To be honest, Mrs. Zhu, Xi Cheng Restaurant has no reason to harm your husband. I’m also sorry to hear about your husband’s death. Xi Cheng Restaurant can fully assist you in determining the cause of death. But never, ever say it was the Xi Cheng Restaurant that killed your husband; the difference is too great.”
Mrs Zhu’s calmness was in stark contrast to Su Tang’s.
But, strangely, it does not give the impression that Su Tang is cold-blooded, but rather has an inexplicable sense of approval.
Su Tang here seems to be the one resolving the disputes.
Su Tang mentioned the coroner, and Mrs Zhu shouted back, “Coroner! Coroner!” Don’t call the coroner; you’re not allowed to cause any harm to my husband’s body anymore! Do you still want to spoil his body after your Xi Cheng Restaurant has killed him?”
“Don’t you want to know the cause of Mr. Zhu’s death?” Su Tang questioned Mrs Zhu.
“What could be the cause of death? If someone dies in your restaurant, you are naturally criminally responsible! “
Governor Pei understood a little more after these words were spoken.
But he had a headache for a brief moment. Even if an autopsy was performed in this case and it was determined that the deceased died from a cause other than the food at the Xi Cheng Restaurant, Mrs Zhu would undoubtedly cause trouble.
After all, if people die in the course of someone’s business, there will be implications.
The issue now is not that Su Tang is not taking care of it, but that the other party is taking too much care of it.
Human life is too valuable, even if it is not the fault of the Xi Cheng Restaurant.
For a while, things were at a deadlock.
Even if it was discovered that Mr. Zhu died as a result of a sudden illness, Su Tang and the others would still lose their prestige.
Today is only a trial; the government must still inspect the food at Xi Cheng Restaurant and determine whether there are any issues with the ingredients supplied to Xi Cheng Restaurant.
The Xi Cheng Restaurant is currently closed.
However, without the consent of the deceased’s family members, the deceased’s body could not be examined for the time being.
A large restaurant abruptly closed. It will not reopen until the truth is revealed and the matter is resolved.
That means losing money as the day continues.
After all, there are far too many employees in the restaurant, and the daily wages are enormous.
People in the restaurant were worried for a while, and they didn’t know if the Xi Cheng Restaurant would be able to reopen in the future.
What should they do if this is discovered and it is proven that the restaurant accidentally killed Mr. Zhu?
Su Tang left the government after carefully considering the causes and consequences, and she always felt that this matter was suspicious.
But she’s still not sure what’s suspicious.
Now Mrs. Zhu’s attitude is very clear because someone just died in Su Tang’s place, she will naturally be responsible.
But nothing is being said on how to be responsible right now.
When Su Tang went home and noticed Qi Tian Yun still following her, she asked curiously, “Aren’t you gone yet?”
It was nothing new to the imperial guards surrounding Qi Tian Yun.
Even if Su Tang dared to directly drive them away, the second person would not be found in the entire Cang Qin dynasty.
Qi Tian Yun said “Someone will likely come to you soon, and more people will cause you problems.”
Su Tang believes the same thing.
Someone will undoubtedly knock on the door later.
After all, such a large cause must have a reason.
They would reveal something, whether they wanted money or life.
Su Tang turned to face the imperial guards stationed behind Qi Tian Yun.
Indeed, with these people behind them, those who will arrive later will be afraid to do anything.
“I’ll bother you,” Su Tang said, nodding.
“Not bother, just cook eight treasure duck and thank me afterwards.”
Qi Tian Yun is not welcome at all.
He now understands that he must be straight in front of Su Tang, or else she will pretend to be ignorant.
Su Tang looked at him with wide eyes, but Qi Tian Yun didn’t feel anything wrong and sat straight on the stone stool.
Sure enough, as expected.
A group of people with poles and hoes arrived half an hour later and knocked on the door. Mrs. Zhu was the leader, and there were several women following her, clearly looking for trouble.
They came all the way, which scared off many bystanders.
The woman next to Mrs. Zhu came over and sobbed, “My God, look at our West District Miss Su Tang. They all say she has a good heart, but what about now? Kill my brother, leaving Mrs. Zhu an orphan and widowed mother. How will she raise the child on her own in the future?”
“Yes! This is our fellow countryman! Doesn’t it mean something that your restaurant killed him?
“Murder a life!”
“Come out, Su Tang!”
These people yelled outside the door but did not enter the yard.
It was made clear that they intended to cause uproar.
Su Tang and Qi Tian Yun didn’t go up, but instead asked the imperial guards to invite them in.
These people shouted outside the door for half an hour before walking in and saying to Su Tang: “How come you still have the face to sit there drinking tea when you killed someone?”
“Everything has to be decided by the official,” Su Tang said, looking at them. “Do you want to convict me before the official makes a decision?”
Su Tang was too calm and unaffected by these folks, which left them perplexed as to what to do.
“Don’t you have a conscience?” exclaimed the woman next to Mrs. Zhu. You killed someone without even crying?”
Su Tang wanted to laugh a little when she heard this. Let’s not say the situation was suspicious, but someone died in the restaurant and no one rushed to find the doctor and discover the truth. Instead, asked her why not cry?
These people don’t seem to be upset.
“That’s not a good thing to say. If it was my fault, I would naturally admit it, but the deceased’s cause of death is currently unknown. Why should I be sad? You bypassed the public hall today and came to my house to cause trouble,” Su Tang said calmly. “What are your plans?”
“Of course, I want justice!” Mrs. Zhu clenched her teeth, “You seem so gentle, but you are the most ruthless! So long as I don’t receive justice! This restaurant will not be able to open!”
They were arguing outside, and there was already a crowd gathered.
The Zhu family started trouble at the Xi Cheng Restaurant’s entrance, and they also cried in the public hall.
The government stated their intention to investigate, but they gathered people from the same town to cause trouble.
Su Tang and Qi Tian Yun exchanged glances, and they could tell what the people wanted.
It’s nothing more than asking for money.
When Su Tang opened a restaurant in ancient times, she didn’t expect to meet someone who touched porcelain (Tl: A pretended to be hurt by B in order to seek compensation from B).
She’d heard about it before.
What kind of people purposefully stated that they had a bad stomach and that the food in restaurants was rotten, causing people to become ill?
But what if you touch porcelain with someone’s life?
Su Tang couldn’t believe it.
“Wait a little longer,” Qi Tian Yun said quietly. I’ve already sent someone to check on the situation at their house before we go to the government. “There should be results soon.”
Su Tang nodded, there are too many strange things about this matter to solve in a short period of time.
Why didn’t Qi Tian Yun directly help her in solving all of the problems in a domineering manner?
Of course, it was because Qi Tian Yun respected her.
Su Tang mentioned this word in ancient times, but she was actually a little distracted.
She never felt she could bring up the subject of touching porcelain in ancient times and Qi Tian Yun had complete faith in her, so he stayed out of her way.
Otherwise, he will use his right to inform Governor Pei that the case will be closed today.
But Qi Tian Yun did not do so, instead gradually uncovering the truth.
Su Tang watched as these people continued to cause trouble in front of her house, and her neighbor Tofu Liu’s family came over secretly and said that there were also people causing trouble at the Xi Cheng Restaurant’s door.
This makes it clear that the issue is only going to get worse.
However, once Su Tang agreed to pay compensation, people were convinced that this matter was related to her, and she would be unable to justify it in the future.
Things seem to be in a state of no solution.
Su Tang inhaled deeply. She couldn’t stop it even if she reported it to the official. After all, this family is no longer alive and will be blamed for being overly complicated.
This family clearly understood everyone’s psychology in order to force her to submit.
Su Tang realized what it was like to be touched by porcelain for the first time.
The results of the government investigation were also revealed, and the food was not poisonous.
The Xi Cheng Restaurant had been turned upside down, revealing only very fresh fruits and vegetables, chicken, pork, and fish.
Some fish even swim in the backyard pool.
This is obviously not a matter of ingredients.
If everyone wants to know how Zhu San died, the only option is to request an autopsy from the coroner.
With Zhu San’s wife’s attitude, how could she agree to the autopsy?
Su Tang listened to the voices outside, waiting for someone to come over and find out what was going on with the Zhu family.
But it was the butcher’s family and the grocery store Uncle Song who arrived first, not Qi Tian Yun’s people.
Su Tang let them in through the other door in the back.
“The dead Zhu San, he is a rascal!” said the butcher’s family.
Su Tang smiled at Qi Tian Yun after hearing this: “Before going to the government, you asked someone to look into the family. It was purely coincidental that I did the same thing but my people are faster than yours.”
Of course, this is due to the fact that they all live in Xi Cheng. The Butcher and Song families are both locals. It’s very simple to try to figure out someone’s identity.
“Listen to it first,” Qi Tian Yun said, raising his eyebrows.
No wonder Su Tang is not nervous at all, just waiting for news.
She is far too clever.
The butcher’s family and the Song family began to share what they knew.
To be continued….