6 (Sat) November 2010
Shrimp in Chili Sauce
-Samseong, Gangnam, Seoul, Korea-
with the Family, Mom and Dad
By the time that I arrived – early, which made me late, because my parents always arrive way early – they had already ordered a set menu.
The problem was that the set menu included only spicy items that DJ couldn’t handle, like the shrimp in chili sauce. My parents don’t pay much consideration of their grandson where food is concerned. So I asked the waiter if the kitchen could whip up a plate of deep-fried shrimp without any sauce. Aside from the fact that the deep-fried shrimp were really awful and desperately needed sauce, any sauce, even warm water would’ve been an improvement, they charged us 37,000 won for it. WTF? The set menu was only 25,000 won per person. Was the odd number supposed to make me think it was based on some bonafide calculation? I said to the manager, “That’s a lot, isn’t it?” He said, “We gave you a lot.” I thought about arguing – under normal circumstances, this kind of thing would be a fastball for me to drive way the fuck out of the park – but what with my parents and the kid and the wife, I just shook my head and paid and left. When I later mentioned it to my father, man, did he start yelling at me, as if I’d been the one to charge myself.
In any event, this joint is now banned.