Early the next morning, after breakfast, Su Nuo left to the academy for class as usual. At the same time, Su Tang packed up and got ready to go out, but then she heard a knock at the door.
When Yu Caihe opened the door, she saw it was Madam Qian, who had come to get her fish balls. Yu Caihe greeted, “Sister-in-law Jiang, hello again.”
Zhang Cuilan appeared and brought out Madam Qian’s fish balls from the kitchen. She said, “These are the fish balls for today, but tomorrow our young miss will be going out, so…”
Madam Qian understood what Zhang Cuilan was trying to say, so she smiled and promised, “I know that Miss Su is a very busy person, I’ll just not come for the next few days. Then when your young miss comes back I’ll start picking up the fish balls again.”
In the past few months, Jiang He and Madam Qian had realized that they couldn’t rely on Su Tang’s fish balls to maintain their business forever, so they had decided to stand up and start working hard. On the one hand, they studied how to make fish balls themselves, and then they also began experimenting with how to mix fish balls with their bowls of noodles, including what spices to use and so on.
After all, although Su Tang’s fish balls were still the star product of their noodle stall, their other products had also gradually become more marketable. Thus, when Jiang He and Madam Qian thought of how Su Tang wouldn’t be providing fish balls for them forever, they were no longer as nervous as before.
In fact, in the final analysis, no matter what industry a person was in, they could only rely on their own abilities at the end of the day.
Once Madam Qian finished speaking, she took out her purse and counted out fifty copper coins for today’s fish balls. Then when Su Tang came out, she quietly handed her the money.
Su Tang smiled and received the money, then said, “Sister-in-law Jiang, it seems you’re doing a brisk business!”
“Fufu, it’s just a small business, not as good as yours. Still, we are doing better than before.” Madam Qian’s face was full of contentment.
In fact, Madam Qian and Jiang He were very self-aware. They knew that they were ordinary people, and that they weren’t as capable as Su Tang. After all, the Dessert Cafe was a real marvel. It would always produce some new type of cake every once in a while, something that wasn’t new just to Qinghe Town, but new to the whole county.
Moreover, people queued up to buy their expensive confectionaries every day, and business was obviously booming.
Their little noodle stall wasn’t nearly as successful as Su Tang’s restaurant, but Madam Qian and Jiang He were aware that this was the extent of their capabilities so they felt quite content despite that. After all, their stall was definitely doing much better now than it had been in the past, so they felt satisfied.
Su Tang was also very happy to see that they had found a way to develop on their own. After all, back when they had first started cooperating Su Tang had told them that her fish balls would be very good for their business, but she had known all along that no independent business could rely on someone else to make their star product forever.
If you let someone else make your star product, that only indicated that you had a strong dependence on that second party. Thus, she was happy to see that Jiang He and Madam Qian had found their own direction and way. Although their new products may not be as good as her fish balls for now, so long as they were willing to put in the work they would always be able to slowly improve over time.
After all this, Madam Qian’s business was done, so she turned to leave with the fish balls. But when she turned around she immediately saw someone on top of a tall horse in front of her and felt very startled. She saw that the person was young man who looked cold and dignified. Although his clothing didn’t look to be very expensive, he was well-dressed and looked neat and clean. Madam Qian quietly avoided this person and snuck away with her basket of fish balls, not wanting to offend a big shot.
Meanwhile, Su Tang also came outside and saw Pei Xuan there waiting at the door. She raised her eyebrows. He had really come early. She couldn’t help but look up at Pei Xuan on his tall horse, his whole body covered in a serious aura.
Internally, she snickered. Don’t look at this guy now, who seemed dignified and even a little scary on his big horse and with his cold face, she knew he was actually just a brat inside.
Pei Xuan was wearing the same clothes that he had been the day before, but now his sleeves were specially tied back with a pair of white ribbons, causing the whole outfit to seem that much more dignified. Coupled with the sword around his waist, it all made him look even more neat and handsome.
However, Su Tang was very clear on the truth in her heart. Pei Xuan had only dressed like this to cover up the pig she embroidered on his sleeve!
Heh, who let this little guy dare to look down on her? Did he really think she couldn’t deal with a little teenager who was still middle-school age? Hmph!
Su Tang looked meaningfully at Pei Xuan’s right sleeve and pursed her lips.
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