I guess the subject is the author's colleague, but may I ask, I think the sentence doesn't explicitly state who the subject of "言った" is, so why can't it be the author?

  • Compare to '韓国料理が食べたかったので'.
    – MNEMO
    Commented Aug 1, 2023 at 5:34

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Yes, the subject is most probably 同僚.

The only other available option is the speaker. Technically you could argue it's the speaker, but it wouldn't make sense for them to explicitly quote themselves using 食べたいと言った. Instead it is much more reasonable to think that it's 同僚 being quoted.

as @MNEMO pointed out, if it was indeed the speaker who wanted to eat Korean food, they would say something like 韓国料理が食べたかったので, without any quote.

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