Taiwan Diaries: Communication Miscommunication

By Lu


Taiwan 06

(Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan) No English!

When trying to buy dinner to fill the stomach in Taichung, I came across a hawker store. As my usual methods to buy food by judging through the pictures or just to follow the crowd’s favorite was out of the question, there’s no easy time getting my dinner. There’s no English translation available on the menu. When the cook asked me to pick my final selection out of the menu, I revealed my inability to read the whole selection. He asked me then how did I ever survive out in the streets over here. I replied, “I just asked for the chef’s recommendation and bear with anything that came out on the plate. We both laughed.