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Chapter 15: Deep-Fried Stinky Tofu

Translated by Yan of Exiled Rebels Scanlations

After fishing, Old Man Yang’s mood improved quite a bit, and he would occasionally joke around with Lin ShuYi and the rest. He didn’t really mind other people talking about his son either.

Lin ShuYi also felt secretly gratified.

Of course, Shen Fu was the one who actually deserved the most credit. Because even though Lin ShuYi had a warm temperament, he didn’t know how to say things that would amuse someone and make them feel happy. But Shen Fu was different; he marvelously charmed Old Man Yang until he was grinning from ear to ear.

But Lin ShuYi kept feeling as if what the middle-aged woman said wasn’t wrong. No matter what, his son and grandson, who left Old Man Yang here alone and didn’t visit or even call much, were both too much.

It was only that Lin ShuYi truly wasn’t in the position to criticize, nor did he have the right to point fingers. After all, they were Old Man Yang’s son and grandson. Every time Xiao Xiao was mentioned, Old Man Yang always wore an adoring, pampering expression.

Just when Lin ShuYi was thinking that, in any case, it wouldn’t matter since they wouldn’t see them, they actually showed up.

Old Man Yang went to the meat shop to get meat. Shen Fu sat on the chair, talking with Lin ShuYi. When he turned his head, he saw two people walk inside.

The reason he was so certain that one of them was Old Man Yang’s son was because the middle-aged man in the front looked much too similar to Old Man Yang. He could tell just from looking at him how Old Man Yang must’ve looked back then when he was younger.

The middle-aged man also seemed a little stunned when he saw them. He looked around the shop, before he went out and looked at the sign again. When he saw that it said XiQin Restaurant on it, he walked back in.

Originally, Shen Fu was looking at him as they talked, but when he saw Lin ShuYi glance towards the door, he also turned his head.

“Who are you two?” Of course, Shen Fu didn’t say that. Instead, the one who spoke was the young man standing behind the middle-aged man. He didn’t look very old, a little older than Lin ShuYi, maybe about twenty-two or three. After a long pause, he spoke again, “Where’s my grandpa?”

Shen Fu had also just realized who these people were, and he stood up before pulling out the chair. He said, smiling, “Grandpa went to get meat. He’ll be back shortly, please sit first.”

The man immediately plopped down into the seat that Shen Fu had vacated. He complained loudly towards the middle-aged man, “I’m dying from the heat. Grandpa’s really something, he’s perfectly fine so why put up such a fuss? Wanting us to come see him too, just when I was playing with my friends.”

The middle-aged man thought of something that made his face darken a bit. He shot a glare at the young man and said, “Stop talking!”

He looked around, as if searching for something. After that, he said a little apologetically to Shen Fu, “Uh, do you have some water?”

Shen Fu turned and went to the back to pour them two cups of water. The middle-aged man took the cups and placed one down in front of the young man first. “Drink up. Cut your nonsense a bit in front of your grandpa.”

The young man rolled his eyes, and it wasn’t clear whether he actually listened or not. He took the cup that the middle-aged man gave him and drank a sip before he shouted again, “So hot! There’s no ice water?” The second sentence was directed at Shen Fu.

Lin ShuYi saw Shen Fu’s brows crinkle, though he didn’t bat an eyelid. Finally, he said, “I’m sorry, we don’t have any.”

Lin ShuYi and Shen Fu shared a look. It was clear that these two people had come because of what happened when Old Man Yang had abruptly returned last time.

But they had only come quite a few days after it had happened. Wasn’t it a bit too late to offer an apology and make amends?

Just as he was thinking that, Old Man Yang came back, carrying a big bag of meat. Shen Fu hastily went up to take it from him. Old Man Yang still hadn’t noticed the two people in the shop yet, and as he walked, he said, “This meat was freshly cut and sent over today. Xiao Song left me a large chunk, it’s really fresh. Xiao Song’s daughter is also really interesting, when I mentioned Xiao Fu today, her face went red…”

“Grandpa.” He only lifted his head when Shen Fu called out to him. Old Man Yang saw the two people sitting near the side, and his movements jerked before he twisted his hands together. “JianGuo? Xiao Xiao? Why are you here?”

He didn’t actually look that pleased.

The middle-aged man stood up then and called to Old Man Yang, “Dad.”

Yang Xiao also stood up, and he muttered an unwilling “Grandpa,” under the middle-aged man’s glare.

The smile on Old Man Yang’s face also slowly faded.

Lin ShuYi was still standing inside, looking at the three people outside. Shen Fu had already lifted the curtain and come inside some time ago, and he grabbed Lin ShuYi’s hand. “Let’s go, we’ll leave.”

Lin ShuYi was about to ask why they were going leave, but then he understood when he saw the three of them standing outside together, looking as if they had things to say to each other. They should go out and walk around a bit.

Fortunately, there were no other people in the shop at that time. Lin ShuYi took off his apron and went out with Shen Fu. When he passed Old Man Yang, he reached out and patted Old Man Yang’s shoulder. “Grandpa, we’ll go out for a bit.”

Old Man Yang knew their intentions, and he nodded but didn’t say anything.

Shen Fu walked in front with Lin ShuYi behind him. The two of them left through the door, and after they exited, they heard Yang Xiao ask Old Man Yang, “Grandpa, what do those two people do? Are they waiters? I didn’t see them the last time I came…”

Lin ShuYi had already been here for three or four months now. It was obvious how long it had been since they had last come here.

“Where are we going?” Shen Fu turned his head to ask Lin ShuYi once they were outside.

Lin ShuYi looked around a little blankly, and he didn’t answer. He didn’t know where to go either.

Shen Fu sighed. “How in the world did you live here for so long? You’re not even as familiar with this place as I am. Let’s go, big brother will take you to go wander around.”

Lin ShuYi’s mind was still preoccupied, so he didn’t pay attention to Shen Fu’s ‘big brother.’ “Where are we going?”

“Originally I wanted to take you to this street with delicious food, but they shouldn’t be open yet. Also, we probably don’t have enough time either, so next time. Next time, I’ll take you to the delicious food street in the city.”

When Lin ShuYi heard ‘delicious food,’ his expression finally grew a bit better. “What about now then?”

Shen Fu stuck his hands in his pockets, and he glanced around. “Now… we can only walk randomly for around a bit.”

He said ‘randomly,’ but because of Lin ShuYi’s special attribute where he would only be cured if he saw delicious food, Shen Fu only brought him to places with delicious food. After roaming around for a bit, Lin ShuYi ended up holding quite a few things in his hands.

There was finally a hint of a smile on his face. For some reason, Shen Fu felt like Old Man Yang was extremely important to Lin ShuYi, as if he was Lin ShuYi’s only relative. After walking for a while, the two of them guessed that Old Man Yang and the rest probably had had enough time to talk, and they went back. They hadn’t gone very far when Lin ShuYi stopped and frowned.

Shen Fu looked back. “What’s wrong?”

Lin ShuYi slowly lifted a hand and covered his nose. “What’s that smell? So stinky.”

Shen Fu sniffed, and a familiar stink flooded his nose. Even Shen Fu involuntarily made a face. “Stinky tofu ah, have you never eaten it before?”

Lin ShuYi shook his head. In reality, he hadn’t heard clearly what Shen Fu said.

Shen Fu was so overwhelmed by the stinky smell that he didn’t have time to lament that Lin ShuYi didn’t even know what this was. He was about to walk away when his eyes shifted and he grabbed Lin ShuYi. “It’s yummy, do you want to eat it?”

Lin ShuYi shook his head firmly. He pinched his nose, and he looked viciously at Shen Fu, as if he wanted to say, how can something so smelly be yummy?

Shen Fu laughed. “It’s really is yummy.” But the polarization towards stinky tofu was very severe. Those who loved it loved it to death, those who didn’t wanted to throw up the moment they smelled it. Shen Fu thought that it tasted pretty good, but it was true that the smell was truly overwhelming.

He dragged and hauled Lin ShuYi over to the vendor’s stall where people were crowded in front of it. The intense smell assaulted Lin ShuYi even more to the point that he wanted to turn his head away and leave.

But Shen Fu was already used to it. With one hand in his pocket, he pointed with his other hand at the crowd of people surrounding the stall ahead of them. “You really don’t want to eat it? Look, there are so many people over there, how could I be tricking you?”

Lin ShuYi’s extended leg paused for a moment before he finally withdrew it again. There really were a lot of people surrounding the small stall, shouting endlessly for orders back and forth.

Lin ShuYi, who only hesitated indecisively when he encountered food, truly amused Shen Fu to no end, making him smile until his eyes curved and causing the people nearby to keep shooting looks over. Lin ShuYi thought that Shen Fu was teasing him, and he glared at him before turning to walk away.

Unexpectedly, Shen Fu walked over to the edge of the stall and said, “Boss, give me two portions, one less spicy.”

Shen Fu’s voice was magnetic and pleasant to the ears. The people who hadn’t noticed him at first all looked over at him when he spoke. As a result, they were all completely stunned.

So handsome, it couldn’t be that this was some celebrity, right? But would celebrities also eat stinky tofu?

When the boss’ wife saw Shen Fu’s handsomeness, she took the lead and gave him two portions. Nobody actually objected either, and Shen Fu took the portions, beaming, before handing the less spicy one to Lin ShuYi. “Try it, I’m really not tricking you.”

Only then did everyone realize that it turned out this handsome man hadn’t come by himself. There was another… handsome guy.

Birds of a feather flock together, the saying never lied.

Lin ShuYi looked doubtfully at the black object inside of his paper bowl. There was a dense sauce and a few pieces of dark green cilantro scattered on top. A few toothpicks were stuck in the tofu, and it smelled a little fragrant.

Shen Fu chuckled as he reached out and stuck a toothpick in one of the pieces in Lin ShuYi’s bowl before picking it up. He fed it into his own mouth before he narrowed his eyes. “It’s very tasty, not poisonous. You don’t need to look so cautious.”

Only then did Lin ShuYi give it a try.

It was very fragrant and completely different from what he smelled from far away. It was very similar to tofu, but it was much yummier than tofu. The sauce was salty and rich, and it was very delicious when paired with the unique flavor of cilantro to the point that Lin ShuYi also narrowed his eyes. He finished the bowl in a few bites and handed it to Shen Fu. “More.”

Shen Fu was startled, before he laughed loudly. He couldn’t resist reaching out and ruffling Lin ShuYi’s hair. “Why are you so amusing?”

Lin ShuYi’s face immediately darkened.

The two of them walked slowly back, thinking that Old Man Yang should probably be just about done talking. Unexpectedly, when they got back the other two people were still there. Judging from their positioning, they seemed to be still arguing intensely, and Lin ShuYi quickly ran over.

“… dad…”

“Stop talking! I won’t agree!”


“What’s wrong?” Lin ShuYi darted over to Old Man Yang, facing the middle-aged man and Old Man Yang’s grandson, who both wore agitated expressions.

Yang Xiao seemed to be in a fit of temper because of something. When he saw Lin ShuYi do that, he grew even angrier, and he reached out as if to push him, but someone caught his hand. When he looked, he saw Shen Fu standing behind him, gripping his hand and looking at him with a smile but not a smile. “Talking is fine, but you still want to make a move?”

Even though Yang Xiao was a little bit younger than Shen Fu, he wasn’t shorter at all. When Shen Fu gripped his wrist, he wanted to pull it back, but after struggling for a few seconds he realized that even though the strength Shen Fu was using to grip his wrist clearly wasn’t very strong, he couldn’t break free at all. He grew frantic. “What are you doing?! Let go!”

The middle-aged man also grew a little worried, and he said to Shen Fu, “What are you doing? Let him go first.”

Sure enough, Shen Fu let go, but it wasn’t because of Yang Xiao’s roar. Instead, it was because of Old Man Yang’s slightly concerned gaze. Shen Fu released Yang Xiao, but Yang Xiao looked like he was infuriated. He rushed towards Shen Fu, but was restrained by the middle-aged man. After all, the middle-aged man had seen all sorts of people before, and he could naturally tell that this person in front of them wasn’t someone easy to handle compared to his father and that other boy.

“Stop messing around!” Old Man Yang suddenly said loudly, looking at the middle-aged man and his grandson. In an instant, it looked as if he had aged a lot. “JianGuo, take Xiao Xiao back with you. I said already that I won’t agree.”

The man’s face also went bitter. It looked like he wanted to say something, but in the end he still closed his mouth.

Instead, Yang Xiao bellowed, “I don’t know what the point is of you leaving that rotten house! It’s not as if we don’t care about you, my mom said that you came…”

Old Man Yang’s expression changed, and the middle-aged man finally stopped Yang Xiao from speaking. “Forget it, let’s go.”

Upon leaving, he turned and said to Old Man Yang, “Dad, I’m sorry. I won’t bring it up again in the future. I’m leaving now.”

Yang Xiao also turned back, unwilling to give up, but he was restrained by the middle-aged man and dragged away.

Once the two of them left, Lin ShuYi turned back and looked Old Man Yang up and down. He was fine physically, which also made sense, since in the end Old Man Yang’s son shouldn’t really dare to lift a hand against Old Man Yang. The only thing was that Lin ShuYi didn’t know why things had become like this.

After they were gone, Old Man Yang finally sat down, rubbing his eyes with his hand. He said hoarsely, “I can’t sell the house.”

Shen Fu also walked up and sat down next to Old Man Yang. He didn’t need to talk. Right now, Old Man Yang only needed someone to listen to him.

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April 15, 2019 12:56 pm

Dear God. Some people really need to be disowned by their parents. But this scenario has become quite common, sadly.

April 15, 2019 1:01 pm

That spoiled brat >:CC learn some manners from Lin ShuYi.
Thank you for the translation.

April 15, 2019 1:02 pm

And all those who were constructing the MCxGrandson ship please evacuate the area. Get your gears up and tear down that damn ship…what a prick!!! Jiayou Grandpa Xiao Yi and Shen Fu are with you 😂😂

Xiexie ExR and team 😘

April 15, 2019 1:54 pm

That confirms that Shen Fu is involved in shady business like mafia or something. He most likely is hiding at the moment, considering that he never allows his photos taken and he said he is experienced in cutting things, also he doesn’t want to say what actually happened to the person that saved his life.

Anyway breaks my heart seeing elders disrespected by their own family.

Thank you 🙏

April 15, 2019 1:59 pm

I was really hoping Lin ShuYi or Shen Fu would smack that spoiled brat… What an ingrate… And the father was no better either 😡

April 15, 2019 2:02 pm

What a spoiled brat! And what a horrible son, not sparing a glance to his father for months and only talking to convince him to sell the house…. Poor granpa

tama_ ochi
tama_ ochi
April 15, 2019 2:44 pm

stinky tofu and durian. xiao yi should try these foods😁
i love it everytime when they stole people’s attentions because of their looks. a pair of ikemen walking on the street, i won’t be able to take my eyes away. and probably just starting to coupling them 🤣🤣🤣

i really grateful the seme is most likely to be shen fu😚 not that so called grandson. although shen fu’s background is still mysterious, but it won’t be that bad, right?! maybe😅

grandpa, i wish you all the best😭

thank you for this chapter😘

April 15, 2019 3:03 pm

Thanks for the chapter! Knew the son and grandson would be jerks. And the daughter-in-law is likely the instigator behind selling the house, giving the money to their family, and moving into their house and becoming dependent on them. The motive is likely to get something for the grandson and/or dissatisfaction with her father-in-law’s lifestyle…

April 15, 2019 3:21 pm

I’m thinking military, maybe? Ex-military? He’s used to knives, tents and fires, but can’t cook…. training? But he also had an assistant helping him at the bayberry farm and seems to have friends in the city willing to loan him a car, despite him laying low. Mafia is also a good guess. Its definitely some sort of OP position or he wouldn’t be so mysterious. I’m guessing that Gramps is going to eventually cave and sell the house and restaurant, and move in with his son. He does love them and miss them, even if they’re jerks. Especially if Lin… Read more »

April 15, 2019 3:47 pm

The people in the comments are right. They just wanted money. I knew it was the mom. Can’t even raise a son right.

So disappointed with the grandpa’s son. If he sold his house and went to live with them, it’ll make the old man miserable. Just look at them. Disrespectful to their elders, impulsive, and no care about the old man’s daily life. Only when they needed him did they call (no invite) him over.

I wouldn’t be surprised if they caused him to die of an accident instead of old age. Hope he changes his will soon.

April 15, 2019 4:43 pm

My guess is shen fu is mafia in high position possibly to give orders good with cutting things…knives for attacking with? Very mysterious wont let his pic get taken possibly to lay low due to enemy gang or mafia attack until it blows over now what will he do now that hes found m.c. …

April 15, 2019 5:14 pm

This chapter was excellent, poor old man Yang though, he deserves a better family!

April 15, 2019 5:28 pm

I’m wondering what the whole story is with the son and grandson. Thanks for translating.

April 15, 2019 6:34 pm

I’m one of those people who can’t eat stinky tofu no matter how delicious they are lol

This pair of son and grandson need a smack srsly

April 15, 2019 9:25 pm

Poor Grandpa. Of course it was money… but to sell his house. That’s outrageous. He has a happy life there, why should he sell his house just because his family say so?

But I’m glad he now has Lin Shuyi and Shen Fu at his side.

Thanks for the chapter!

April 15, 2019 9:27 pm

Aww poor grandpa! What a terrible family! I hope Shen Fu and Lin ShuYi make him feel better! Thanks for the chapter~

April 15, 2019 9:29 pm

*reads about the son and grandson* THOSE EFFING LITTLE SH–!!*gets punched* Is it possible for the grandfather to disown his family? Cause that needs to happen. ASAP!! Disrespectful, impulsive, selfish, and that’s both of them!! I haven’t even gotten into the specifics for each of them yet!! Well, at the very least, Xiao Yi and Shen Fu are there for Old Man Yang….that and their bonding moment this chapter was adorable. Shen Fu and Xiao Yi walking around on their food walk *cough date!cough*, and Shen Fu recognizing that Grandpa is important to Xiao Yi and helping him out. Really… Read more »

April 15, 2019 9:53 pm

This series is going to torture me endless with its food porn.

I’ts making me hungry all the time!

April 15, 2019 10:06 pm

Thank you for the chapter!
Yes, that’s definite. After this chapter, the ship and a happy plot I’ve mentioned before has been burned down by a thunderstorm and then eaten by a kraken. Absolutely no way in hell do I want them to end up together, Not with a jerk like that!!! Although the evil daughter-in-law thing was confirmed. Sell the house and then what? maybe give them the money?!

April 16, 2019 6:57 am

Ooh I had stinky tofu once 😁 Found it in a night market in Malaysia. ShuYi was right, it was quite fragrant upclose and totally delicious 😍😍 One bowl was simply not enough!
Just the fact that I have to go abroad if I want to taste it again really make me want to cry 😢😢

April 16, 2019 12:12 pm

Thank you for the chapter ! Ugh, that father and son pair. I really can’t stand them.

April 18, 2019 8:46 am

welcome to the reality, this happens every day, so sad

thank you for the translation

RenTheWitch (@RenTheWitch1)
May 7, 2019 6:28 pm

as expected it was to go live with them? or sell cause they need money? old man looks happy in that town and prob lived with his wife there, i understand why he wouldnt want to sell it

May 17, 2019 6:28 am

Woah that’s what stinky tofu looks like? So interesting!

September 9, 2019 12:08 pm

Are stinky tofus really tasty?

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