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Rodney Smyth has pushed himself out of his culinary comfort zone at Mr Ling’s Chinese restaurant this evening after asking the waiter if they had any of their traditional spicy sauce.

It’s believed his cultured children rolled their eyes, knowing full well that he meant sweet chilli sauce and that it was not traditionally Chinese.

“When in Rome, hey kids” Rodney said.

Rodney, sad his staple foods are meat and three veg for dinner and a bowl of wheat bix for breakfast.


“That’s got a bit of a kick to it!”

“Is this from your home country?” He asked the waiter.

“Umm, no, we just get it delivered wholesale from Coles, you can buy it too” said the second generation Australian.

Sweet chilli sauce, also known as nam chim kai in Thailand (Thai: น้ำจิ้มไก่; literally “dipping sauce for chicken”), is a popular chilli sauce condiment in Thai, Afghan, Malaysian, and Western cuisine.

It’s believed the kids didn’t want to derail Rodney’s culinary exploration so they refrained from telling him that Sweet Chilli Sauce is actually a product of Thailand.

At the time of press, Rodney had just ordered another serving of his favourite dish, sweet and sour pork. 

More to come.


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