Urban Legend: The bowl of oil & vinegar

This is an asian legend, soon spread beyond the borders of the Celestial Empire.

I experienced it in Hong Kong a few months ago.

In any Italian restaurant, next to the plate take place a small bowl, not too concave, one for each diner.

You do not need to put the bread in, as it happens here, but a mixture of oil and vinegar.

The waiter comes with two bottles, one in each hand: one with the oil, the vinegar in the other.

The condiments end up together in the bowl, and what thay expect the customer do – thinking that it is something typically Italian – is to dip bread into the solution with dots formed by oil & vinegar.

When I asked to have only oil, he looked at me as he wanted to say: “Are you sure youโ€™re Italian?”. Oh, yes.

Thanks to Marco Gemelli