Restaurant Menu's- wish they'd include the kind of broth they use
November 21, 2010 4:51am CST
Don't you ever wish that restaurants would include in their restaurant menus what kind of broth they use for their soup? I just had the misfortune to have a food allergy today because the soup I ordered had shrimp as a soup base. I have asthma and it has been acting up recently and I was avoiding anything that could trigger my allergies and asthma more. Had I known, I would have ordered the chicken or fish and damn the consequences. I immediately tasted the shrimp at the first sip and I asked the waiter right away, and he answered that it was just made of pork. It was fortunate that I did not take another spoonful because he came back informing me that the soup was indeed made of shrimp (the broth). I told them that I was allergic to shrimp and they should have included that in the menu. The manager apologized and I haven't looked at my bill yet but I guess they did not charge me for it. But the damage has been done and I am now like a swollen tomato. Which comes to my question, don't you just wish that they include what kind of broth they use for the soup? So that for those who have allergies (like me) will avoid it as much as possible.
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21 Nov 10
Hi, sorry to hear that happened to you and I am with you on this. Previously I was having a very bad cough (okay, I know it sounds nothing serious but) I cannot take any thing that is made of chicken (or I will be having a very bad reaction such as coughing which will lead to vomiting at times). Anyway, I went into this noodle shop where I wanted to settle for something soupy but there were no indication what was the soup based made of. I asked the waitress whether is there any chicken added and she assured me it's just vegetables. But within seconds, her manager came back with her and explain to me that there are chicken in it. So yes, I agree that there should be so indication. Especially at times due to personal beliefs, the menu indication can help to make ordering easier and also without complicating matters.
24 Nov 10
Sometimes the front waiters don't know what the back kitchen staff are doing. Like you, it took a few minutes before the waiter came back to confirm that there was shrimp in the soup. I know of some restaurants that place in their menus the type of broth they use in their soups. Thank you for your response!
21 Nov 10
Please let me apologize first....at the risk of seeming confrontational, I think the responsibility for your good health lies in your own hands. What I am saying is that, knowing you have specific allergies, you should be asking the questions regarding the content of the foods you are about to consume! In most restaurants, the soups are made daily, so it would mean a re-vamping of the menu daily----costly and complicated. My son had peanut allegeries...and I felt it was my duty to keep him safe from this content. I am sorry for your allergy, as I know it complicates one's life, and makes dining out a challenge! Here's to your good health and Cheers!
24 Nov 10
I usually steer clear from soups because I do know that the broths aren't usually included in the menu description. But I thought I was safe ordering the pork meatball soup. I had a bad cold that day and wasn't feeling well that's why I ordered soup. Thank you for your response!