October 28, 2006
I ordered ‘roast duck drumstick rice’ at a roast duck rice stall.
“Don’t put gravy,” I told the aunty assistant. I don’t like the gravy of most roast duck stalls. Instead of enhancing the taste, I feel it spoils the roast duck.
“You want to put soya sauce and cooked oil?” she asked.
“Put,” I said.
So, I expected the duck with the soya sauce and oil on it to come on the rice itself or in a separate plate.
But the aunty seemed to have a different interpretation of my instructions.
The plate of rice came with soya sauce and oil added and the duck came in another plate with gravy added!!!
First time this happened. I think she might have thought I referred to the rice only. Must give very specific instructions if I patronize the stall again.
Maybe in a similar way, we sometimes misunderstand each other.