Mmmmboy. Sometimes, when I’m driving home dinnertime-ish, I would really like to swing by somewhere and pick up some flimsy boxes of hot food. Since celiac, I have not yet been to our local Thai restaurant. It’s because I have never been able to tell how much the manager understands me vs. the extent to which she is just amicable and efficient.
Maybe the Lonely Planet guide to Thailand would have helpful phrases, spelled out phonetically instead of in amazing curlicues. But even if I knew the mouth noises to make, I’d feel half condescending/half baboon attempting to speak a medical thing to someone who speaks English as a second language (extremely well) when I do not speak their language (at all.) And then there’s the tedious series of follow-up questions about stove areas or ladles or tin foil.
I do so very much want those boxes of hot food.
But first I must determine
- Is it true Thai cuisine uses fish sauce, not soy sauce, and do you promise?
- What secret code words can be used to guarantee 100% safety?
Imagine how amazing it would be to call a local restaurant, order some delicious, hot food, and pick it up in 10-15 minutes, and then bring it home and everyone would cheer. Massaman curry! Yay! That would be the life.
That would be amazing.