Housekeeper of the Hundred Blossom Palace - Chapter 65
Anyway, that matter should be set aside for now. What was he talking about?
“Not managing the servants well.. Are you referring to Princess Pan?”
The corridors were now deserted after those girls left. Li Yong stopped when he heard Yui Mei’s question.
“Ah, no, that’s not what I meant. Rather than talking about that, we should go talk to the Head Chef at the kitchen, right?”
“Well, that’s right.”
If they didn’t hurry, the preparations for the evening meal would soon begin. Yui Mei was bothered about what Li Yong said, but they had a goal, so they strode towards the kitchen.
“Pardon the intrusion, may we take some of your time?”
She called out to a young chef washing vegetables beside the well near the kitchen.
“Daring to show up in this place, city-breds really are so shameless.”
The chef glared at them, but Yui Mei just ignored him and continued on.
“We came because of work, is the Head Chef currently here?”
“The Head Chef is very busy, he doesn’t have the time to deal with city-breds that are just messing around.”
Yui Mei thought ‘again, huh’ when he curtly retorted.
This was the second time they met with this chef.
The first time was during the banquet, when she came to inquire about Princess Pan’s meal.
She was also driven away that time after being told that outsiders shouldn’t meddle.
Yui Mei was also bothered by being treated as a city-born person since she was a girl raised in the borderlands.
Besides, many court ladies weren’t born in the city, either.
However, for this snarky chef that only wanted to grumble about the guests of Princess Pan, such details did not matter.
She was still able to talk to the head chef previously, but what should she do now?
Yui Mei was stuck in a dilemma, when Li Yong stepped forward.
“Hoh, do you mean to say the Huang mansion’s kitchen is bothered if guests come?”
The chef jumped to his feet when he heard Li Yong’s words.
“Who do you think you are.”
Li Yong remained unfazed at the chef’s intimidation.
“You’re extremely bent on driving us away. So, is this kitchen hiding something worrisome that guests aren’t allowed to know? You’re serving food from such a suspicious place to Lord Li Min and Her Highness the Princess — this is not a small matter. We should hurry and report this to Lord Li Min.”
The chef was shocked when Li Yong turned on his heel.
“Nobody said anything like that! I’m just saying that outsiders like you shouldn’t hang around here like some self-important big shot!”
“Hoh, so you’re treating the crown prince’s attendants that the princess herself acknowledged as outsiders, huh. The Grand Duke will probably rebuke Lord Li Min for his questionable training of his subordinates.”
“Wha, where did that come from!? Besides, there’s no way your words would reach the Grand Duke in the first place!!”
“What nonsense, we are currently acting as the crown prince’s deputies. Of course, something like sending word to Grand Duke Huang is a mere child’s play.”
Yui Mei was left behind while the two engaged in a verbal sword-play, and it seemed that Li Yong had the upper hand.
The chef was cornered by Li Yong, when all he wanted was to find fault in these city guests that he didn’t like.
However, it turned into questioning Li Min’s integrity, so his face turned purple with rage.
Even if this land held the emperor in contempt, there was no way a chef would be greater than a royalty.
Anybody would of course grit his teeth in this case
‘Hey, how in the world did Lord Li Min do his personnel selection?’
Yui Mei felt a headache coming from this situation.
“Too noisy, shut yer mouths!”
An angry voice echoed from inside, and a short and stout man emerged from the kitchen.
This man was the head chef of this mansion.
The head chef intervened when Yui Mei was almost beaten by this chef in his irritation last time.
He said that ‘Chefs don’t raise their hands except when cooking!’
It seemed that the chef was about to be scolded again, so he was in a fluster as he tried to reason out.
“But Head Chef, this outsiders…”
“There’s no outsider or insider in cooking!”
However, the head chef slammed his words down.
“If you wanna keep on being a chef, then go move your hands, quit wagging your tongue!
Blabbermouths ain’t needed in here! You’re taking your sweet time, you done washing ‘em vegetables!?”
The Head chef glared daggers at the chef, who then scowled for a moment.
“That’s because these outsiders…..”
He spat those words, then he picked up the basket of the vegetables he finished washing, before scurrying into the kitchen.
The head chef bowed deeply to Yui Mei and Li Yong.
“Sorry for that, you guys. Since His Highness the Crown Prince came, it’s been tough dealing with those restless bastards.”
“It must have been hard on you….”
Yui Mei could sympathize with the head chef from the bottom of her heart.
However, they must leave this be, and discuss the important matter they came here for.
And so, they entered the kitchen, and started talking while looking at the ingredients.
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