Have you ever tried STEAK for dinner in Indonesia?
By Tanya82 Story ID: 118
I (Tanya) was on a lovely vacation in Indonesia with my family recently. After a long day with lots of sightseeing in the sweltering heat and we had become tired and hungry for some food. So we popped into this restaurant a bit off-the-beaten-path, but that nonetheless looked really nice and friendly and the staff was so smiley and happy, we just had to stop by.
There was one big problem however. -The menu was in Indonesian, and we didn’t speak any of it. And the people working there didn’t speak English. And there were neither any pictures of the food in the menu. “This might be an interesting dinner, I thought to myself.. An Indonesian food experiment.” All my family members (mum, dad, and my brother) ordered “chicken and rice” as this was something the staff understood by shaking their heads up and down. I mean really hard up and down. Actually so hard that I was wondering if they were about to come off their bodies. -You know, overly happy to understand and be able to communicate with foreigners.
I wanted something different, so I asked if they had a stake. Maybe not a smart move, but hei, you only live once. They first looked at each, looked a bit uncertain, then they faced turned into smiles and then they shook their heads really hard up and down again.
Less than two minutes later, one of the little boys came running to my table with a red dirty bucket, and a huge smile on his face. My stake is in a bucket??
I sceptically and slowly peeked over the rim of the dirty red plastic bucket, and in the bucket was…
-A SNAKE! A living black snake!
With a very girly and high pitched scream – I jumped up on the chair, grabbed the table cloth on my way, and continued to scream while I tripped on my toes the chair. TAKE IT AWAAAAAY..!! PLEEEASE..!!!
We all left the restaurant and never came back.. Thinking back, I am sure it was just fine, I was probably just being an ignorant tourist. But this is the true story of my encounter with off-the-beaten-path encounter with Indonesian food. And now I have to listen to this story at every family gathering.