David Chang, chef and owner of Momofuku Noodle Bar in New York, as well as other chefs, may be getting tired of your requests for vegetarian dishes to be made separately from meat ones.
In an article in the New York Post, chefs who are fed up with catering to customers’ demands are discussed, as well as their reactions, which include ignoring the requests, even at the expense of losing a customer.
It’s rumored that Chang got so tired of vegetarians complaining of the lack of options, he permanently changed the menu to reflect more meat than before.
Anthony Bourdain, who’s normally tickled pink by vegetarians too, by the way, gave the dish.
“I don’t know if it’s true,” says Bourdain. “But there’s a story that when customers started annoying [David Chang] by complaining about the lack of vegetarian options at [Momofuku] Noodle Bar, he changed the menu and put, like, pork in every dish.”
The Post says Chang did not deny the story, and at another one of his restaurants, Momofuku Ssam Bar, there are notes that read, “No substitutions or special requests” and “We do not serve vegetarian-friendly items.”
As The Post writes, “Well, Momofuku too, pal!”
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