Don't order it if you can't pronounce it
March 24, 2010 11:23am CST
This actually happened a few years back. I took my mom and my brother to Korean Restaurant. My brother always has this urge to try new things, specially if it's food. The downside is when he end up don't like it, so he won't even eat it anymore or even try to finish it. This restaurant is really authentic Korean. So the menu, all in Korean's name, such as Bulgogi, Kim Chee, etc,etc. Okay, that his first time trying Korean food. So he told my Mom what he want by pointing the picture on the menu. My mom ask him if he's sure meaning my mom wants him to eat it whether he end up like it or not. My mom said at the end i rather you not order something that you can't even pronounce. I was bursting in laugh. By any chance, if you ever end up somewhere that you are not familiar with the food, are you still going to order something you can't even pronounce or you stick try to find McDonald?
• Boston, Massachusetts
30 Mar 10
Hi Ibuemma, That's funny. Same here i want to try new foods in international cuisine. you right there are some that's hard to pronounce but i used to check on the english translation below each menu if there's any. if not, i ask the waiter to pronounce it for me. then i repeat after him. challenging and fun!
• United States
25 Mar 10
I like trying different things, so I definitely would try something that I could not pronounce if it sounded good. On the other hand, I do not like going to restaurants that have their menus in a different language, because then I not only can't pronounce what I want to order but also I have absolutely no idea what it is that I am trying to order. As long as I know what the food is made from, though, then I don't necessarily need to pronounce it ... I can just point like your brother did - lol!
25 Mar 10
I love trying different things, and if I am not sure about what's something in the menu and I can't even pronunciate it, I will ask the waiter or waitress what's on it so I know what I am going to eat . Nobody should be afraid of asking something because of not knowing how to pronunciate it, trying new things is always good
25 Mar 10
Well that is true, your mom knows well that if you cannot eat the food, it will be just a waste. I know for sure because when I took my mom to an Italian restaurant to order some pasta, it wasn't the pronunciation problem that gets us (fetuccini), it was the food itself. I do love Italian pasta and pizza but when it comes to my mom's taste, it will only be one taste "Ilokano" (Tongue from the Northern part) of the Philippines, she only appreciates veggies and bagoong. I think there are really people who are not ready to take a challenge of eating foreign foods. My mom would rather appreciate commercialized establishments such as McDonalds, than a fancy Italian Resto. But what we do when we order some food that we don't like, we would ask for it to be ordered out rather than leave it on the plate which is wasting food.
24 Mar 10
I love to eat new kinds of food and I prefer international restaurants. Most of the time I like the food that I order, but it has happened a few times that I have had some food that I really didn't like. Some time ago one of my friends and I went to an international restaurant, and usual I ordered some food that I didn't know, because I was interested in trying something new. I got my starter, it had a very, very strong taste, and I didn't like it. My friend laughed a lot when he saw the expression on my face, and he kept teasing me about it. I said to him: "Well, I am sure that the main course will be delicious" I didn't know that dish either, and when I got it I discovered that it tasted exactly like the starter I didn't get much to eat that evening, but I still love to eat new dishes from around the world!
24 Mar 10
Aha,my friends always love to try new cuisines too. We been scanning all Indian restaurant that are available in metro,regardless of prices.(gee..Indian restaurant were too costly) There was one incident that,one friend ordered an indian cuisine which is not familiar to me...and when i tasted it,i almost spit it on my plate. Funny,but,it's really fun to taste other countries cuisine...don't look at the price too