The following tale is about special chickens in Thailand which lay yolkless eggs. Strange but true!
It was my first full day on Koh Libong, a relatively remote island in Southern Thailand. As I had signed up for a sightseeing tour which was scheduled for 8:30AM, I decided to have an early morning breakfast in the hotel’s outdoor restaurant.
It was 7:40AM, when I walked up to the young man by the hotel kitchen to order my breakfast. I knew the young man’s understanding of English was minimal, so using the menu which had the entrees in both Thai and English, I pointed to the items which I wanted – toast and jam and scrambled eggs. There was one small wrinkle to my order - I wanted scrambled eggs without the egg yolk (in other words, an egg white scramble).
With the aid of Thai-English dictionary and by drawing a picture, I believe that I was finally able to get the message across – it took about 5-6 minutes.
While sipping on some hot tea at my table, I waited for my breakfast as other hotel guests gradually filtered in; the regular waitress took their orders. About 30 minutes elapsed and still no food; in the meantime, other hotel guests were getting their breakfast - some with scrambled eggs. I remarked to a fellow guest who had just been served, “I guess they’re still waiting for my chicken to lay her eggs.”
Finally 8:30AM rolled around and still no breakfast; I had run out of patience and confronted the young man who took my order – In broken English, he said “We are still trying to find a chicken that lays eggs without the yellow (egg yolk).” Just kidding… Actually with a look of complete shock in his face, he said “I forgot. I’m sorry, sir.”
Because I was so upset, I decided not to go on the tour. Finally my breakfast with the egg white scramble arrived about 10 minutes later. Another hour later, my bad feelings dissipated and it turned out to be another sabai sabai day in paradise.