So I was hungry, needed an emergency pit-stop, and what better place to refuel than at the local noodle shop I’ve been frequenting for over a year? Or so I thought.
I am eating my bowl of noodles, minding my own business, watching the cook stirring his noodle soup pot, and the pedestrian traffic outside on the street …. when all of a sudden yer man the cook has a sneezing fit, and then again and again…
Suddenly he has his fingers on his nose to defecate, but he is still sneezing, and it’s all over his hand…. he flips his hand and splat right into the soup the clingy mucous goes, following which he wipes his nose with the grubby sleeve of his white jacket and continues stirring his stock soup…
I mean how totally gross is that?!!!
…Oh and I didn’t finish my noodles.
Local Chinese advice (1):
“If he (the cook) brought the soup to a boil, then there’s nothing to worry about”
Local Chinese advice (2):
“…there is a Chinese saying: ‘It’s clean if you do not see it’…… Oh and never try to ask them to make a new dish for you . The cook probably would spit in the dish before remaking the dish and giving it back to you. He’ll get really upset as you give his boss a chance to punish him and he loses face. You could ask for a discount, much safer”.
Local foreigner advice (1):
“At least you can see the noodle guys preparing the food. Imagine what they would do if you couldn’t see them.
Local foreigner advice (2):
“I am always super-cool to the noodle guys at my local noodle shop… they all know me, and they always seem to show me a little extra love when I order a bowl. However, I have made a point of NOT paying close attention to how they knock out my order. Ignorance is bliss”.