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Chinglish Menu Part II Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Culture

Sometimes when you go out to eat in a Chinese restaurant (饭店 – fàn diàn) in China, you will find some hilarious attempts at English names for the various dishes. As Chinese people have a tendency to give very clever and odd names to certain dishes, oftentimes these English translations result in a thing we like to call Chinglish (中式英语 – zhōng shì yīng yǔ). Basically, Chinese + English = Chinglish. Last year, I stumbled upon one restaurant in particular that was chock full of incredibly funny Chinglish names. In case you missed that one, you can find it here. It took a while, but I managed to find a restaurant in my neighborhood that may just top that one in terms of how much their menu (菜单 – cài dān) makes you laugh. So sit back, relax, and get ready to laugh as you browse through these pictures.

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So… which of these hilariously named dishes would you like to try? Actually, I can highly recommend the last one. It most definitely isn’t baby food, but it sure is good! Although Beijing is trying really hard to eradicate Chinglish from menus across the city, we can be thankful knowing that they are nowhere near accomplishing this goal. Let’s hope silly Chinglish items keep appearing on Chinese menus for many years to come.

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Sasha is an English teacher, writer, photographer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they're currently trying the digital nomad lifestyle across Latin America.

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