17 Inadvertently Meaningful Chinese Menu Misspellings: An Annotated List

17 Inadvertently Meaningful Chinese Menu Misspellings: An Annotated List
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Whether these represent typos, misspellings, bad transliterations, or -- as some have suggested -- Chinese menu writers working with a badly flawed 19th-century English dictionary, all of these come from restaurants located in the five boroughs. Whatever the cause, they form a highly entertaining and cross-cultural type of meta-literature.

Sliced Couch with XO Sauce...............$21.95 But then where will they sit?

Sting Beans with Thick Noodce...........$8.99 If a bean bites, use the noodle poultice.

Crispy Colorectal..................................$14.99 The proctologist's fave.

 

17 Inadvertently Meaningful Chinese Menu Misspellings: An Annotated List
chineseenglish.com

Sea Claim in Black Bean Sauce...........$12.95 A matter for maritime lawyers.

Alumni Perch........................................$16.95 Don't want to eat no stadium seats.

Stewed Bullwhack with Ginseng and Chinese Lycium..............................$6.95 Aftermath of a bullfight?

Duck w. Taco Peel Noodle Soup..........$5.50 Taco peel = skin treatment.

Steamed Buttlo Fish w. Preserved Vegetable.............................$11.95 End-dangered species?

Sauteed Bok Choy & Fungus In Thickening Sauce............................$7.99 Coagulates as you watch.

Mutton w. Cumm in Seasoner In Hot & Chili......................................$10.99 Not touching that one.

 

17 Inadvertently Meaningful Chinese Menu Misspellings: An Annotated List
chineseenglish.com

Do Do Frog's Leg...............................$14.95 Use toilet paper, O Amphibian!

Slippery Fish Filet.............................$12.00 Oops! Just dropped it on the floor.

Chinese Wolfberry Strew w Snow Clam......................................$5.00 A strew? Well, la-di-dah.

Boss Fish Stew with Tofu................$10.00 It orders you.

Fresh Fish with Burnt Sauce..........$17.99 Begging to be sent back.

Sauteed Snail Piece...........................$15.99 The shell? An antenna?

Meat Ball w. Blotch Soup..................$8.99 Request Clearasil sauce.

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