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Soy Sauce at Restaurants

Every restaurant has two types of soy sauce. They've got the stuff on the table [pictured], which is delicious. They also have small packets of soy sauce, which have all the heart disease of the other stuff, but none of the taste.

And it always goes like this when I get my order:

Employee: Here you go!
Mike: Thanks!
E: You need any soy sauce or anything else?
M: Soy sauce, but I'll just use the stuff on the table if you don't mind
E: We have packets of soy sauce.
M: Oh. [pause] Okay.
E: Is that ok?
M: Yeah, that's fine.

I mean what am I supposed say? "NO! MUST HAVE TABLE SOY SAUCE!!" I'm not going to be that much of a pain.

I thought it was just China Gate that did this, but some guy at Evergreen (and I think it was new guy nonetheless) did it to me today.

Is it some sort of cost thing? They give me a huge handful of packets rather than let me use the table stuff, so those packets would have to be pretty cheap to negate the cost of the table stuff. Do they think that I'll spill all over their table?

Other theories? Leave 'em in the comments.

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  • Blogger Joel says so:
    May 20, 2007 at 11:33 PM  

    Theory: if you don't use it, no one has to go out there and refill it.

    Further theory: long shelf life required of packets --> preservatives required --> taste modified? top

  • Anonymous ko says so:
    May 21, 2007 at 11:24 PM  

    solution: don't be polite and ask if you can use the table soy sauce. just go use it and then run away. top