When I ordered a set of bulgogi in Seoul, the least I expected was to have a huge tray delivered to my table.
The tray was filled with delicious food, a steaming hotplate of meat, grilled fish, rice, seaweed soup and 6 other side dishes. Yep, there were 6 in all. It felt like a spread for the rich. I got all these for just KRW12,000 (SGD14/USD11).
BUT! And it was a HUGE BUT!!
I looked on those 6 side dishes with worry, mostly because they were ALL vegetables.
For those who know me, this is their time to snigger. AT ME.
Sha? Eating vegetables? Really?
Yes, I confess that I’m a picky eater and vegetables are right at the bottom of my list.
I picked up one of them. It had leaves and stalks. I put it in my mouth and I chewed. It tasted good. Next one, I ate one piece and moved on to the next dish after one bite. I continued tasting each one from each dish.
And then I left it alone, happily eating my meat and my rice.
And then I heard whispers behind me. The ahjummas (shop assistants here) were all watching me eat, probably because I was eating by myself.
I began to eat self-consciously.
I could feel their eyes on me with each spoonful that I took. I felt bad for leaving the dishes full so I slowly started to eat the vegetables in front of me.
Some were good and enjoyable. There was a few that did not sit well with me and I abandoned it after trying to eat as much as possible without offending them.
There was also huge basket of leaves for me to make a wrap with the meat.
One ahjumma came over to cut up my meat and pushed the basket towards me, urging me to eat.
I sheepishly smiled and reluctantly grabbed for the first leaf, And then almost choked when the taste of mint spread through my mouth. Did I just eat mint leaf??? I chewed as fast as I could.
At the end of the meal, I was proud to leave the restaurant, having finished almost all that was on that tray, including the vegetables.
So, this incident left an impression on me because I was not allowed to be a picky eater in this situation. Since then, I would say that I have been more open to eating my vegetables, especially when overseas.
Okay, wait, I have to be truthful here. I will say that my travels did make me more open to vegetables but only when I like the ones served. I did say I am a picky eater!!! 🙂
Are you a picky eater when travelling like me? Has travel changed any habits of yours?Please do share!