Distraught Over Stirred Hot Pot

February 22, 2015

in Server Stories

I went to my favorite Vietnamese restaurant as I typically do when I’m in Maryland. It was off to a bad start as soon as I walked in the door. It’s freezing this time of year so I didn’t want to sit near the door. I asked to sit in a booth and was told that somebody was already sitting there. No biggie. I sat elsewhere and waited for a waiter to take my order.

I was waiting about ten minutes in a pretty empty restaurant and noticed that no one had sat in the booth. The waiter finally came and took my order and still no one sat in the booth.

My food came and that’s when it really got weird. In the middle of eating from my clay hot pot, the waiter came over to check how everything was. He proceeded to STIR MY HOT POT to verify the food was fully cooked. WTF? He explained that you know the chicken hot pot is fully cooked when the rice was crispy. At that point he also mentioned that the boss likes to sit at the booth I asked to sit in and that’s why I couldn’t sit there. All while stirring my hot pot.

I lost my appetite and asked for the check. I think I’m taking a break from there for a while.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Guest February 24, 2015 at 12:49 pm

Why would a waiter stirring your hot pot make you lose your appetite? If he was using his finger or a dirty utensil I can see it, but if he was using a clean utensil I don't see it. Sounds like a few details are missing.


Jodi February 25, 2015 at 5:56 pm

Why was the waiter stirring anything already served? That's just weird.


Emily Patterson-Kane April 16, 2015 at 12:01 pm

What is missing is any good reason for staff to be moving around food after it was served. That's just weird.


Ilovefyling January 7, 2016 at 6:25 am

One a waiter should be waiting on tables not stirring, and the booth thing?customers come first! Heck if it needed stirring customers can do it themselves! Another thing I think the op provably lost their apptiete because they were afraid that the chicken wasn't cooked enough. You should have complained to someone,


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