My wife and I went out the other night for some pho at our local casino. We are regulars so after the confirming wink, the waitress put our order in as soon as we walked in. She brought the meal, a shrimp based pho for my wife, and a beef stew for me, both with no cilantro and with the bean sprouts lightly steamed on the side. And an empty side dish for my wife's smuggled kimchi.
This is routine for us and I normally don't even think about it anymore since all the places we dine out at turn a blind eye on her smuggled kimchi.
What made me think about it this time was the group of patrons who sat at the next table and wanted to order the "red salad" at the next (our) table. The waitress handled it very well with a small giggle and explained that my wife was allowed to bring in a dish for "health" reasons.
So, does any one else "smuggle" must have foods, condiments, etc, into their eating spots, or are we alone in this?