Chapter 37 Dish Testing in Public?
The guests who came here for the fame of the Beggar’s Chicken looked on with folded arms. They had positive thoughts about Baiwei Restaurant before, but after hearing the quarrel for a moment, they instantly suspected themselves.
“I also think it’s expensive according to them…”
“Yeah, the most expensive dish in Baiwei Building before was the Fragrant Rice. But now the price of the Beggar’s Chicken increases by ten times than the Fragrant Rice. I even didn’t think it’s expensive.”
“I must be cheated by this profiteer. Baiwei Building, give my money back!”
“Baiwei Building, give my money back!”
“Give my money back!”
Under the push of a group of people who had ulterior motives, the crowds were much angrier. It was too noisy to eat for the guests on the second floor. They could only leave with disappointment.
“Calm down please! Calm down please!”
The manager of the restaurant was overwhelmed, pushed and shoved by the crowd, and nobody knew who threw the leftovers to him. Soon, he looked like a drowned rat hanged in red and green leftovers on his body.
“This is a big accident! Everything is fine in these days. Why suddenly…”
The manager crawled out and saw Fang Yuan standing aside in a daze. He immediately thought an idea, “Hey, boy, go and inform the boss quickly. When you came back, I will give you a monthly wage.”
With a happy light in his eyes, Fang Yuan went to the kitchen to ask about the address of the Su Family. After he got it, he immediately rushed to the Su family. He even didn’t notice that he had revealed his accomplishment in martial art which he always hid in ordinary days.
Su Li who was concentrating on the martial arts practice in Jinyuan Court instantly opened her eyes, and murmured, “Eh? The breath…”
In front of the vermillion gate, Fang Yuan gasped for breath and said intermittently, “Mr. Gatekeeper, I am a waiter of Baiwei Building. Something bad happened there. Master…”
The expression of the two guards changed dramatically before he finished talking. One of them immediately went inside and reported.
“I will get the wage. I hope that the manager will not break his promise.”
Fang Yuan was relieved, and he could not help but grin when he imagined the scene that his sister saw the money in surprise.
He really didn’t care the survival or collapse of the Baiwei Building. The white bones on the battlefield in Nanjiang Country piled up higher than Baiwei Building. He deeply knew that he needed to be cautious. If it wasn’t because he had no money to eat, he couldn’t expose his accomplishment in martial arts.
“The martial arts are not prosperous in Dahan Country and the location of Dasu Town is remote, so no one should find my breath.”
When Fang Yuan was thinking about this, he looked up as he heard the footsteps. Su Li was coming out of the gate with a smile. Her clean smile like the sunshine immediately drew Fang Yuan from calmness into sluggishness.
Fang Yuan did not expect that the kind Miss who helped him and his sister was actually the daughter of the Su Family. But… is there just one daughter in the Su Family? He had met Su Zipei in the restaurant. Who was the girl in front of him?
Su Li seemed to just see Fang Yuan. She walked to him with a comfortable and fresh aroma. Fang Yuan secretly flushed and took a step backward.
“She is just a voluptuous girl. Many of this kind of girl died on the battlefield. How could I care…”
Fang Yuan sneered in his mind, but his heart was beating fast.
That day, he was just an ordinary beggar on the side of the road. Several days passed, and this girl actually remembered him!
Su Li saw Fang Yuan was in silence, but she didn’t care. She continued to smile, “How is your sister? You don’t have to give me back the five hundred taels. Why are you wearing this kind of clothes?”
Fang Yuan remembered that the money was stolen, so he was very embarrassed for that. He was so absent-minded that he disappointed not only his sister but also this kind girl standing in front of him. How could he explain this to her?
Explained it directly? He really couldn’t say it.
“Erya, why are you here?!” Someone behind her said urgently.
Su Li seemed to be shocked. She turned around and saw Su Huanli and the butler walk to her in a hurry.
When Fang Yuan heard what Su Huali called Su Li, he couldn’t help but surprise, “The girl is beautiful, but her name was so casual. I am afraid she is not a daughter of the Su Family.”
Su Li lowered her head with a much sweeter smile, “Daddy, I just came out for a walk.”
This word broke Fang Yuan’s inner guess.
Did Su Family really have another daughter? And is she?
“Well, don’t hang out a lot. Are you a waiter of Baiwei Building?” Su Huanli had no time to think why Su Li was here. He beckoned Fang Yuan and got on the carriage, “Just get in, and let’s talk on the way.”
Fang Yuan was so flattered and he climbed into the carriage. Before they left, he couldn’t help but look back at Su Li who was still smiling to them. A mysterious feeling rose in his heart.
Fang Yuan dispersed these thoughts with a wry smile. Now how could he have the qualification to talk about love? Maybe it was impossible for him in his life…
Su Li watched the carriage disappearing at the corner of the official road, then walked away slowly.
She didn’t expect that the boy she helped on purpose actually practiced martial arts. It was getting much more interesting.
Fang Yuan was very fast. But when Su Huanli arrived, Baiwei Building had already been in a mess. All the tables and chairs were smashed, and the money in the cabinet was also robbed.
Su Huanli was so furious that he felt his blood would eject from his mouth! He had done business for so many years and had never seen such a barbaric act!
Seeing Su Huanli like seeing a savior, the restaurant manager, who were knelt on the floor in rags, shouted, “Boss is here! Boss is here!”
In a moment, dozens of people orderly looked at Su Huanli, which gave him some pressure groundlessly.
Su Huanli stood calmly in the middle of the lobby, like a general to some extent. “Is there anything wrong with Baiwei Building? Why are you so angry? A gentleman uses his tongue but not his fists. We’d better sit down and have a talk.”
Seeing the boss is here, the rascals who specially stirred things up immediately left quietly, only leaving those who could be in charge of the riot in Baiwei Building. Fang Yuan saw them going out, but he did not say anything.
“Well, boss Su definitely can take the responsibilities!”
A man who looked simple and honest said. He had a wide face, which made him seem tolerant and kindhearted.
“I only have one question. Why did the price of the best dish before never exceed one taels while the price of the Beggar’s Chicken increased by ten times or even fifty times! Aren’t you too greedy?”
His words hit the nail on the head, but Su Huanli calmly said,
“Sir, you are wrong. How can the previous best dish of Baiwei Building compare with the Beggar’s Chicken? As for the ingredients, the ingredients of the Beggar’s Chicken are screened out one kind by one kind from the wild plants by my daughter. Every ingredient is new. There are even strict standards for the selection of chicken. At the beginning, I sent my whole family to find it for half a month. And we only found one. Then we regarded this chicken as a standard to develop a chicken farm for the restaurant. The Beggar’s Chicken only exist in my restaurant!”
Heard Su Huanli said that in detail, the man felt the situation is going wrong.
“Su Family spent so much money and energy to make this unique delicacy for everyone. But now you call us liar. That hurts so much.”
Su Huanli made a look of distress, and most of people immediately sympathized with him.
“No wonder. There are so many inside stories that we didn’t know before. We misunderstood the Su Family…”
“We also smashed the restaurant. That’s not right!”
The man suddenly changed his expression and sneered, “Boss Su is really a businessman. You can convince others with a few words, but except me! How old is your daughter? How can she screen ingredients and cook the delicious food? In my opinion, you must have stolen the recipe from somewhere. Have you fooled us that a cooking genius is in your restaurant?”
“Nonsense!” Su Huanli said with full of confidence, “These delicacies were all researched by my daughter personally. If they are false, I am willing to be struck by lightning and thunder!”
Seeing Su Huanli being so bold and assured, the man suddenly had no ideas.
At this time, a voice came from the crowd.
“Haha, you just talk about it but not do it. Since you are so sure, then let Su Zipei personally make a Beggar’s Chicken and we may be convinced.”
Hearing what he said, everyone echoed, “Yes, Su Zipei may personally make a Beggar’s Chicken before us. We will ask Mr. Zhou and other chefs to come to have a taste. If the chefs recognize the dish, Baiwei Building is worthy of its name!”
“It’s a good idea, boss Su, make a promise, quickly!”
Su Huanli’s look changed dramatically. The recipe was indeed invented by his daughter. However, it was Su Erya, not Su Zipei!
The man who looked simple and honest was composed for the situation. It turned out that Su Huanli pretended to be calm. He was almost cheated by Su Huanli.
“It’s inappropriate for Miss Su to cook in public. But the most important thing at present is to give us an explanation. How do you think, boss Su?”
When the man who looked simple and honest said that, Su Huanli had to promise him. Otherwise the reputation of Baiwei Building would inevitably fall even he compensated it in the future.
He could only answer him with a cold hum, “Today, I have to reorganize the restaurant, and tomorrow, during 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m., I will invite you to come and be witnesses!”
“OK! Boss Su is really straightforward!”
The man who looked simple and honest left the restaurant with laughter. The rest of the crowd also left by twos and threes. The matter about the restaurant of tomorrow quickly spread in Dasu Town.
After everyone left, the restaurant manager ordered servants to pick up the restaurant and then he was ready to leave. Fang Yuan frowned and hesitated for a moment. Finally, he ran and pulled the restaurant manager, “Manager, the wage…”
“You still want the wage?”
The restaurant manager slammed his sleeves and said with sadness, “The restaurant is almost gone! You still want to get the wage. If you don’t want to keep this job, get out!”
Fang Yuan was so angry that his face turned red. The fists which buried in his sleeve could not wait to punch the head of the person in front of him, but in the end, he did nothing and said nothing.
“Hey! Boy, be smart.”
Seeing Fang Yuan have nothing to say, the restaurant manager said and patted the sleeves that were pulled by Fang Yuang. Then he left after Su Huali.
“Boss, are you really going to let Miss Su cook the Beggar’s Chicken in public?”
The restaurant manager followed Su Huanli and asked. But the latter was being upset at that, so he didn’t give him a good expression. The manager just touched the sore spot of Su Huanli, so, he was scolded by him,
“Otherwise, you come out a solution for me. I asked you to run the restaurant, and that’s how you operate it? How did the riot happen today? Tell me clearly or get out!”
The restaurant manager was stunned by the scolding and didn’t know what to say for a while. At this time, He Shi walked in and said, “Boss, you cannot blame the restaurant manager for this matter today. I saw many acquaintances of other restaurants, as well as some rascals who always stir things up.”