No coke, pepsi! Cheeseburger, cheeseburger, chips!
Over the last few months I have sometimes felt like Thailand and Laos have been secretly participating in a tribute to the Saturday Night Live skit on the Olympia Cafe. If you are old’er’–you may remember this very famous series of skits with Dan Ackroyd, Jane Curtain, John Belushi, Bill Murray and the classic gang. In this SNL skit they worked at a Greek dinner where they only had Pepsi, Cheeseburgers and Chips. Customers would try and order various things like a hamburger and they would be ‘encouraged’ to get a cheeseburger. “No coke, Pepsi!” was the other standby–I believe they used the word ‘cheeseburger’ a total of 82 times in one five minute skit.
Thailand seems to like coke but you can only really rely on getting pepsi in Laos. You quickly realize that a Hamburger may actually, literally, be a Ham patty and not what a Texan considers a ‘burger’. And french fries or chips…don’t even get me started–Thailand doesn’t know what a french fry is but Laos knows how to cook them fried potatoes. Ketchup? All of SE Asia just sucks at Ketchup.
Tomorrow I am going to McDonalds and I am ordering a coke, cheeseburger and french fries. Maybe I should go to Burger King instead since they are going all humane!