Un-Yammy Experience

August 29, 2010 at 11:06 pm 5 comments

I was invited for dinner at this relatively new place in Miri. Food was generally acceptable, palatably speaking.

When it came to desserts, I had a good look at the menu

and decided on the taro sweet corn banana split. Since I don’t like sweet corn, I asked the waitress whether I could substitute the sweet corn with vanilla. She nodded in assent. My host, on the other hand, decided to stick to the original taro sweet corn banana split.

Seconds later, she came back to inform me that they’d run out of taro or in her own words “No more taro”.

“What other flavours do you have?” I ventured.

“Vanilla and sweet corn”, was her terse reply.

“Two vanillas for me and for my friend, one vanilla and one sweet corn”.

She then paused for a while and said, “Taro?”

By then, I was a bit annoyed. “I thought you said you have no taro”.

“We have,” she corrected herself.

“Alright then. One with two vanillas and the other a combination of vanilla and sweet corn”.

When she returned minutes later, I was given this.

I know what you’re thinking. Where’s the taro? I got two vanillas and my host friend, two sweet corns. I could have kicked up a fuss but it wasn’t worth it.

Moral of the story: Scrap the name taro because most of the staff have no idea what taro is.  There is a  possibility that some just assume it to mean banana split. Hence, just stick to plain old banana split with a choice of 3 flavours (or more) in the menu.

Entry filed under: Varieties of English, vocabulary.

Signs of the Times

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Periwinkles  |  August 30, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Had you asked for Chocomaro, probably she’d have said : No stock! (Not knowing what Chocomaro really is, that is, and thought it’s some chocolate-based delicacy)

  • 2. sarawakiana  |  January 22, 2011 at 7:05 am

    Some one may want to be smart…stick to jagung …yam….and vanilla…Good point.

  • 3. Siew hoong  |  June 7, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    More food pictures please!

  • 4. ladyfairybread  |  December 5, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Oh yummy!!!! Love your blog so far – not read it all yet.

    I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Bloggers Award 🙂 http://ladyfairybread.wordpress.com/2011/12/05/the-versatile-blogger-awards/

  • 5. Steve  |  June 25, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Why are you not blogging anymore?

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