somtam wtf? (or: only in Bangkok)

I went to eat at my favorite som tam place (real name unknown, mentally referred to as “ladyboy som tam”) only to find a “we’ve moved” sign there. Going to the new place, it didn’t *seem* like my old favorite. Sitting down and looking at the menu, I questioned the waiter, an old woman:

Me: Is this the som tam restaurant that used to be *over there*? (pointing)
Old woman: yes, yes, we’ve merged two restaurants together into one.
Me: (Not really believing her) The menu is different, are the recipes still the same?
Old woman: yes, yes, everything is the same.
Me: (looking dubiously into the kitchen) What about the ladyboys? Are they still making the som tam? Where are the ladyboys?
Old woman: Yes, yes, we still have ladyboys. Look into the kitchen, there’s not a real man or woman in there!
Me: Well, ok, then. *orders*

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