However, when Su Tang ordered her meal this time, her two dishes and one soup were all vegetarian. And since she was seated in the main dining area, a little girl, alone, who ordered so confidently, it aroused some curiosity in the surrounding diners. But then when they saw her plain white mourning clothes and the small white flowers in her hair, everyone quickly understood what was going on.
Su Tang picked up a bite of tofu with her chopsticks and tossed it into her mouth. Immediately, she felt slightly surprised. The tofu tasted very good and the sauce was also rich, it melded well with the leeks and chinese cabbage, and the egg & vegetable soup was also fragrant and tasty.
Of course, at the end of the day, these out-of-season ingredients weren’t able to bring out the same flavor as ingredients grown in-season, so the taste was slightly lesser and, when compared to the ingredients from the space that Su Tang was used to, the taste was even more lesser, however, the chef really had some skills to be able to make up for these deficiencies. Su Tang couldn’t help but nod with approval before continuing to eat.
In the end, Su Tang had to pay nearly two silver taels for this one meal, which was indeed quite a bit of money, but that was expected in a bigger city like this. Su Tang calmly paid her bill and then left to slowly make her way back to the inn. However, when she arrived in front of the inn, she found the orange cat squatting near the door with a resentful face.
Su Tang: …
Orange cat: ‘Hmph, went to go eat delicious food by yourself? Do you even have a conscience?’
He had laboriously followed Hu Sande all over the place over the last few hours, not daring to look away for fear that Hu Sande might try to play some tricks, and what was the result? When he came back he found that his heartless master had gone out to eat delicious food without bringing him along!
Even if he was a foodie cat, he could also have a temper okay!
‘I’ll make you grilled fish later on tonight, alright?’ Su Tang sighed. It really wasn’t easy to raise a foodie cat. She even began to suspect that maybe this “Divine Beast” had only bound himself to her because she could cook.
Of course, the orange cat would never admit to that conjecture even if you beat him to death!
However, when he secured Su Tang’s promise to make him grilled fish tonight, the orange cat relented a bit. He proudly twisted his fat neck and relayed everything that he had heard while following Hu Sande to Su Tang.
Su Tang wasn’t at all familiar with the County Seat. Although it was said that the Brokerage Office was supervised by the Yamen, Su Tang believed in herself more than any Yamen, which was why she had asked the orange cat to follow Hu Sande. This way, even if Hu Sande tried to play any tricks in the middle, she wouldn’t end up being cheated.
Thus, the orange cat had followed Hu Sande diligently. The man had gone around to visit several places and, because the owners of the farms that were for sale were scattered all over the place, Hu Sande had hired a carriage and ran around for nearly an hour to meet all of them to set up times to see their farms. Once that was finally done, Hu Sande had hurriedly returned and then gone to have lunch, and the orange cat had also returned to look for Su Tang.
‘There are no big problems. It seems that Master Zhang really died recently, and his children are very prodigal and want to sell off all of his property. However, because the two farms are so large, it means the prices are correspondingly high, which is why they are so hard to sell and are still on the market until now. As for the other plots, two are being sold by families who want to use the money to send their children to take the imperial examination, and one is being sold by a wealthy man’s mistress secretly to increase her own private property. In short, all of the plots of land that Hu Sande had introduced earlier are really being sold and also didn’t have any complicated background.’ The orange cat reported.
After all, in this era, buying land wasn’t just a matter of saying a word or signing a contract. If there were some complicated family circumstances in the background, there may be troubles when trying to take the land over. Su Tang had made all this clear to the orange cat earlier so he could investigate properly, however, she really hadn’t expected that there wouldn’t be any issues. Well, except for that mistress who was secretly selling in order to increase her private wealth. There might be an issue there, and Su Tang noted it down. If there was a choice, she would try not to buy from that woman.
Although Hu Sande was eating right now, Su Tang found out from the orange cat that he had already made an appointment with the butler from the Zhang family to discuss regarding the farms they were selling, so Su Tang picked up the orange cat, left the inn, and had Niu’er drive her back to the Brokerage Office.
“Miss Su, what a coincidence for you to appear right now. Let me introduce you, this is the Butler Zhang from the Zhang family. He will follow along while we go to take a look at the Zhou Farm and the Yang Farm today.” Hu Sande saw Su Tang coming, and quickly moved forward and spoke with a smile.
Butler Zhang had already heard from Hu Sande in advance that the buyer today was not very old, but he was still surprised when he really saw Su Tang. This little girl in mourning clothes was so small and looked as delicate as jade, but unexpectedly she could still bring out so much money to buy his master’s farms?
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