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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?
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And what about the following:
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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...
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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...
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Or these:-
Sweet canceled the black bears shrimp goo
Bacon evaporate hairy crabs

And what on earth is...
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..or:
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 Comments (5)

Chinese Take-Out?

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Lovers of Chinese food will just love the food in China, and everyday can be a culinary adventure, especially when the menu offers such intriguing items as…
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Most restaurants have no English menu and there are few waiters who can say more than “Hello”, but fortunately Sheila has a good smattering of Mandarin and we have easily managed to get what we want.
It is no exaggeration to say that we could eat very well in China on $10 Cdn.(£6.50) each a day, although there is a considerable price difference between establishments primarily catering to the locals and those attracting finicky foreign tourists. We are not finicky and we enjoy the experience of eating like the locals so, for example, for $5 each we had: spicy lamb kebabs, noodles with peanut sauce, some strange (but nice) vegetables, exquisite custard tarts, and both beer and endless lemon/ginger/honey tea.
Eating on the street can be a whole lot cheaper, but much more exciting, although we can’t help wondering if some of the foods are just intended to freak out foreign tourists. These are live scorpions waiting to be toasted…
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Snakes, snails and spread-eagled frogs are common…
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As are locusts, centipedes and starfish…
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Though we wonder who would really want to eat tiny week-old barbecued ducks…
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Peking Duck is a must for any visitor to Beijing and for just $15 a head we had a whole Peking Duck dinner, complete with wafer-thin pancakes, in an upscale Beijing restaurant…
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The supermarkets offer a Pandora’s Box of both unrecognizable and everyday products, including many straight off the shelf in Safeway or Waitrose, and prices are about 30% of what we pay at home. We are used to seeing tanks of live lobsters and crabs in Canada, but the Chinese love to make eye contact with most of their food before they eat it so it is common to find numerous kinds of live fish, crayfish, terrapins, turtles and frogs.
The range and quality of food on offer in both restaurants and stores is impressive and we have been struck by the cleanliness. Even most street vendors wear plastic gloves, hair nets or hats, and some even wear facemasks…
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Good food is everywhere here, but this ad-hoc cabbage market in Beijing took Sheila back to the 1980s when everyone stocked up on cabbages to get them through the lean winter months…
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Cabbages are still popular, and incredibly cheap, but most Chinese have everything they want today – including some of the biggest radishes in the world…
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We are now in Shanghai collecting recipes for our next Chinese New Year dinner, but James is worried that he won't be able to get live scorpions or snakes at home.

Posted by Hawkson 17:57 Archived in China Tagged food Comments (5)

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