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Lost in Translation

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We are dining out in Shanghai tonight at a restaurant that relied on Google to translate the menu, but we are a bit stumped with some of the dishes and would value your help before we order. For instance: What about this?
And what about the following:

Or any of the following delicious sounding morsels:-
Brown sweet old duck soup pointed flat
Shrimp seed and the big
Brine door cavity

And here's some more...

And there are also its cousins:-
Sweet halogen bad duck tongue
Fragrance crab clamp
JinNiang bad yellow corvinci
Five fang lent the drunken chicken
Three wire spring rolls

We couldn't make this out at all...

Or these:-
Sweet canceled the black bears shrimp goo
Bacon evaporate hairy crabs

And what on earth is...

Dry heating daming shrimp
Born fried irrigation with described it
Three fresh stewed leg muscles
Bad fish slipped
Hot boil in water for a while cows shutter
Palace with blasting

It looks like we will have to stick with the - Food bravery riches and honour bag with fried rice again!

P.S. Joking aside - we found all the above, and more, on one menu. Luckily for us there were pictures.

Posted by Hawkson 05:32 Archived in China Tagged food

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Oh you can sure get me laughing in the early morning.As for the picture it looks like a poor little black bird (feathers on) with a broken wing and a very big foot - only one. the orange thing could be a giant tomato and the whitish stuff beside it could be old bread crumbs.
those other translations are hilarious.
Reading The Cats Table certainly one of the best of Michael Ondaatje. he is so poetic. I will look for some of his poetry books...Jean

by Jean

Looks very insecty... spider body and lots of little leg pieces, tomatoes and and apple fritter(!?). Now then, the question is...how are your digestive systems doing? hugs..Sharron

by Sharron

Oh dear no sardines you will have to wait for your next trip here.
All the blogs of China are very informative you seem to be enjoying a lovely holiday. I am hoping you might visit the opera if you have time.
I was thinking of you yesterday at the Lord Mayors show, the gold coach broke down 50 metres before it was to pass me.
Keep well and enjoy.

by David Henderson

I'd be happy to help you with further translations...but really want to know who won the sign translation contest? As for ordering ust order everything with 2-3 ping pijo (Or some lovely moutai) and it really won't matter. Am enjoying your journey, but wishing to see some sunny skies and azure water soon...for all of us!

by catherine

Love the menu===it reminds us of rice putting in Greece. We saw a sign today that says the best English School in Phnom Penh and it offers chidrends English program. Maybe your people could get some help here. We are looking forward to your next stop.

by Keith and Helen

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