Bangkok, eating in a "Fusion Restaurant" (ok, it was an English
Pub, that also sold Thai Food, but mainly Western Food. and beer
in pints on draught
..........but no monkey business on the menu, that was around the corner
They had on the Menu Cheese & Branston pickle sandwiches and Tuna with Mayonaise............I fancied a Cheese & Mayonaise sarnie, not on the menu - but the ingrediants were. and used in Sandwiches, so I figured no big stretch.............
I was with me Missus (a local), I knew from past visits that the Thai serving staff spoke decent English and were well used to us foreigners and our strange ways / tastes...........so I was quite confident that ordering off the menu would go ok.
When ordering the Missus looked at me a bit strangely, but nothing unusual in that
The Waitress did the same, and treble checked with me. and then with the Missus. I put it down to her wanting to prevent any of the usual lingo problems.
5 minutes later she came back. and wanted to make sure of my order. A couple of minutes later another waitress did the same.
But the Cheese & Mayo sarnie duly arrived. and very nice it was too
(fellow eaters of "your" Foods when abroad will know that interpretations of dishes can "vary"
- but my sarnie was spot on!).
Whlst eating I realised that the staff (including kitchen) had come to see me eat the Sarnie.
The Missus explained to me, "they think you make mistake when ordering, "Chef no beleive" and "now they no beleive you eat" ; "I no beleive also"........
I knew the locals were not so big on dairy foods, but a simple Cheese & Mayo sarnie being bizarre / disgusting???? WTF
Especially given all the truly weird sh#t the locals eat