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Monday, November 22, 2004
Fun Fact: Chow Mein is for old people
Went out for Chinese today with the boys. Boys, meaning 7 of the engineers. Waiter (eerily reminiscent of the guy in "A Christmas Story") came over to take our orders. He went down the line and got to Brian. Brian ordered No. 2, the Chicken Chow Mein. The waiter began waving his arms. "No, no!" he shouted. "You not get No. 2, No. 2 is for old people, No. 2 is no good, you no want No. 2." Brian, a bit shocked but still surprisingly composed, said. "Oh. Really?"

"Yes, you never get No. 2, No. 2 is for very very old."

"Oh. OK, I'll have No. 10 I guess."

The waiter smiled happily and went to the other end of the table to get the rest of our orders. We were all trying very hard not to laugh while we made our choices.

Mr. Waiter had turned on his heel and was about to walk away, when he apparently decided that we needed further edification. "Back in Chang dynasty. People came here on boat. They were hungry. They have no food for long time. They go to houses of other Chinese people and say 'I am hungry, you give me food.' Poor Chinese people say, I have only this left over, they put it in pot and give it to man from off boat. That is Chow Mein. Chow Mein no good. Chow Mein for very very old. You not find Chow Mein on any menu in Chinatown."

So how friggin' interesting is that? See. You just have to listen and be open to learning. What a cool waiter!
posted by LoRi~fLoWer
  • At 8:34 AM, Blogger bella said…

    How interesting is that!? Wow... thanks for sharing.

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