Chapter 358: Major Good News
Translator: Atlas Studios Editor: Atlas Studios
Su Xiaoling was a little distracted. She was worried that Zhou Heng would chat with her.
However, even after washing the dishes, Zhou Heng did not speak. The two of them were very quiet, as if they had a natural tacit understanding.
Their gazes met and Zhou Heng smiled.
After cleaning up the dishes, the two of them came out of the kitchen together. Zhou Heng smiled and said, “Xiaoling, I’m going back to my room to sleep. Sweet dreams.”
Su Xiaoling nodded and replied gently, “Alright, Little Brother Heng, you too.”
After returning to her room, Su Xiaoling heaved a sigh of relief.
She walked to the bed and saw that Su Xiaolu was still sleeping soundly. Her breathing was even. She smiled slightly, extinguished the candlelight, and carefully went to bed.
In her daze, Su Xiaolu would subconsciously burrow into her arms.
After so many years, she had doted on Su Xiaolu, so Su Xiaolu’s habits had never changed. Su Xiaolu had left home a few times, and she would still be very uncomfortable at night.
She thought that Su Xiaolu would no longer be so close to her when she grew up.
But obviously not. No matter how many times Su Xiaolu left home and went home, she still had to sleep with her and would still get used to hugging her.
Su Xiaoling kissed Su Xiaolu’s cheek quietly and murmured, “Sweet dreams, Xiaolu.”
The thirteenth day of the first lunar month.
Shopkeeper Niu called Chen Hu and Su Sanlang up.
Chen Hu, Madam Qian, Su Sanlang, and Madam Zhao went over together. On the way, Madam Qian asked, “Brother, Sister-in-law, do you know what’s going on?”
Su Sanlang and Madam Zhao shook their heads. They did not know what was going on.
However, when Shopkeeper Niu called someone over, he especially emphasized that it was something very important.
What was so important that both families had to gather together?
Chen Hu and Madam Qian did not know.
Su Sanlang and Madam Zhao could not figure it out either.
They arrived at Fu Man Lai Restaurant.
Madam Yan was already waiting. When she saw the two families coming, she hurriedly went forward and pulled Madam Qian and Madam Zhao. She smiled and said, “You’re here. They’re upstairs. Let’s go up now.”
Su Sanlang and the others nodded.
Although Madam Qian and Madam Zhao were anxious, they still resisted the urge to ask. They were already here, so there was no hurry.
They went to a room on the second floor.
Shopkeeper Niu and Niu Dagui immediately stood up to welcome them.
“Sanlang, Hu, you’re here. Please sit.”
Shopkeeper Niu greeted them with a smile. Ever since Chen Daniu and Chen Erniu were engaged to his two grandsons, his impression of Su Sanlang and Chen Hu had changed. It was not appropriate to call them brothers, and it was strange to call them nephews. He might as well call them by their names.
After sitting down, Shopkeeper Niu said directly, “I called you here this time because I have important news to tell you. It’s also a huge opportunity.”
Su Sanlang looked at Chen Hu, who gestured for him to speak. Su Sanlang said, “Uncle Niu, what’s the opportunity?”
Shopkeeper Niu pushed the box in front of him towards Su Sanlang and Chen Hu. He said, “Open it and take a look.”
Su Sanlang opened it. The box was filled with banknotes.
There was a thick stack. Su Sanlang and Chen Hu both gasped. How much was this?
Madam Qian and Madam Zhao were also shocked. Each banknote was a hundred taels. How much was in this full box?
Shopkeeper Niu looked at Su Sanlang, Chen Hu, and the others, who were all shocked. He smiled and said, “We were also shocked when we first saw it. There are a total of 10,000 taels of silver in here, and it’s only to express their sincerity.”
“Sanlang, Hu, I won’t keep you in suspense. These are the banknotes given by a wealthy businessman from the capital. He has eaten the sauerkraut and pickles you made and came to my restaurant from thousands of miles away to do business with the restaurant. After knowing that I don’t have these skills, he wanted me to help pass on a message. He wants to invite you to the capital to buy a large workshop to make sauerkraut and pickles so that the entire Great Zhou can taste these sauerkraut and pickles.”
“If you go to the capital and bring this business to greater heights, when the time comes, you’ll have to send it to the palace and fight for a seat in the imperial cuisine. This 10,000 taels of silver is his way of expressing his sincerity. He needs you to teach them how to make sauerkraut and pickles. If you’re willing, you can meet him and talk to him. He even said that he can split the money 40-60. If he gets 40, you get 60. As long as it’s sold in the entire Great Zhou Kingdom, there will be an account book to check in detail.”
Shopkeeper Niu was a little excited. He had been a shopkeeper for so many years, but he had never encountered such a good thing. Even his sincerity was obvious.
Su Sanlang and Chen Hu were stunned by this news.
They pondered for a while before figuring out what he meant.
He had not even started to earn money, but he was already paying. What was he after?
After waking up from this huge amount of money, the few of them began to worry.
Chen Hu and Madam Qian didn’t know what to do.
Chen Hu suppressed his excitement and said to Su Sanlang, “Brother, we’ll do whatever you say. We’ll listen to you.”
Madam Qian nodded repeatedly. She would never have dreamed that the sauerkraut and pickles she made would have such a day.
Initially, he thought that it was already a huge fortune for their business to be so popular in this small town. Who knew that there would be such shocking news today?
Imperial dishes were set by the emperor.
She really didn’t dare to imagine what these small sauerkrauts and pickles would become at that time.
Su Sanlang pondered for a moment and said to Shopkeeper Niu, “Uncle Niu, where is that rich businessman now? This is such a big matter. We want to see him before we consider it.”
This matter was too sudden and important.
They could not digest this news for a moment.
Shopkeeper Niu smiled and said to Niu Dagui, “Dagui, go and invite Old Master He over.”
Niu Dagui nodded and stood up to leave.
Su Sanlang swallowed nervously and tried to calm down.
Madam Zhao also looked around.
Chen Hu and Madam Qian also looked around.
Niu Dagui quickly walked over with a man in dark red clothes. The man’s hair was a little white, but he looked very good. He did not look noble in his clothes.
After he entered the room, he cupped his hands at Su Sanlang, Chen Hu, and the others. He smiled faintly and said, “Hello, I’m He Hai. Greetings. Please listen to me and let me tell you in detail.”
Su Sanlang, Chen Hu, and the others stood up and cupped their hands.
Su Sanlang said, “Old Master He, please speak.”
He Hai smiled and said, “I’m originally from the capital. In the entire Great Zhou, there are hundreds of restaurants called ‘Yu Jing Hong’. My ancestors used to be imperial chefs. Now, there are still a few imperial dishes in the restaurants. I’m a person who likes the food in the kitchen. I’m old and my family matters are handed over to my descendants. I also have time to travel around. A while ago, I passed by Furongzhou for a break and tasted that dish called sauerkraut lamb and pickles in Fu Man Lai Restaurant. The taste stunned me.”
“That’s why I’m here. I want to work with you guys. To be honest, Yu Jing Hong hasn’t chosen imperial dishes for five consecutive years. I value these sauerkraut and pickles very much, so I want to work with you guys at all costs.” He Hai was very serious and sincere. He also looked kind.
He told the truth, which made Su Sanlang, Chen Hu, and the others have a good impression of him.