I’ve recently travelled to Vietnam & while in Ho Chi Minh I thought I would go on a few bus tours. One of the tours saw us stop at a restaurant where we were able to enjoy some lunch.
We all shuffled in & were herded to a seat. As I was travelling alone, I ended up at a table with non-English speaking people, so I was essentially on my own.
I selected the number on the menu I wanted. Sautéed Onion with Chicken. It sounded OK, as I wasn’t up for experimenting too much that day. How wrong was I.
I got my meal & started to eat it. It didn’t really taste like chicken, but I couldn’t pinpoint what was wrong with it, & it still tasted great, so I still ate it.
At the end of my meal the waitress came over & asked excitedly “Did you like snake?”
I thought her English was bad, and, not wanting to offend, just replied “Oh no, I ordered Chicken, not steak. It was pretty good”.
She laughed at me. “No, no, no, not steak, SNAKE” & then mimed a snake with her hand.
Realisation hit me. I gave the wrong menu number!
All in all, the meal didn’t taste too bad.
It wasn’t chicken, & it certainly wasn’t steak.