The other day I was shopping in a part of town (Mong Kok) which I am not totally familiar with. I know a few streets in the area (Night Market, Ladies Market, Flower Market, and Shanghai Street) which are known for having good deals while shopping but this day I was on a mission. I had to find small chalkboards and some baskets of a certain size for a work project so I was determined and just kept walking even when I reached as far as I had been before. By the time I realized I had no idea where I was it was too late. I had myself so turned around I didn’t know which way I had come from and by this time everything was in Chinese so there was no hope in trying to read a sign. I was also becoming increasingly aware that I hadn’t eaten a very large breakfast and it was way past lunch time. I made an attempt at getting back to where I started but when I get hungry all I can think about is the next meal so I wound up getting even more lost. Finally I decided to just stop into the next restaurant I ran into and just point at something and hope for the best.
When I got to the restaurant they had the menu outside so I made up my mind the drink and food items I was going to point too and did so once inside. Apparently I had 2 other choices to make with my food item and with a little help from the waitress I did so. She brought me back this massive bowl of noodles and a delicious malty creamy beverage. Since her English was pretty decent and the place was empty I decided to fess up and ask about the items I had ordered. She told me it was traditional wide noodles in a spicy broth with veggies. I asked about some of the veggies and she promptly brought me an English menu. I felt pretty dumb but all I could do was laugh. It turns out I chose the only 2 fermented vegetable options on the menu which isn’t something I would normally do when this hungry but I’m glad I did. It was a terrific meal and a steal at only 28HKD.
Getting lost turned out to be a great reason to Live to Eat.