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What exactly is 'Hand Shredded A$$ Meat'? A new dictionary for Chinese restaurants may tell you
NBC News ^ | 4/21/2012 | Bo Gu

Posted on 04/21/2012 6:17:31 AM PDT by Ready4Freddy

BEIJING – Overseas tourists often find the menus here befuddling, for good reason.

After all, what Westerner has experience with foods like these? “Cowboy leg,” “Hand-shredded ass meat,” “Red-burned lion head,” “Strange flavor noodles,” “Blow-up flatfish with no result,” or “Tofu made by woman with freckles.”

As proud as the Chinese people are of their thousands of years of gastronomic culture, even a Chinese native can feel disoriented when going to another province, given all the different styles of cooking. Many of the food names, often unique to different provinces, get lost in translation, especially in booming cities starting to embrace overseas tourists.

With few English speakers, restaurants usually translate their menus word by word directly from an English-Chinese dictionary. Or they just Google the Chinese characters. A photo that made the rounds online a few years ago got a chuckle from a lot of people: a restaurant with a large “page not found” sign above its door as its English name.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Food
KEYWORDS: a; hand; inverted; meat; shredded
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How often do you get to post an article title like that? ;)
1 posted on 04/21/2012 6:17:35 AM PDT by Ready4Freddy
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To: Ready4Freddy

Don’t cross me or I’ll do the #10 with egg roll on you.


2 posted on 04/21/2012 6:20:40 AM PDT by bgill
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To: Ready4Freddy
I used to use the tagline "Napolean fries the idea powder". I got it from a chinglish menu where it was listed as one of the food items. After many years I have yet to figure out what it could be.
3 posted on 04/21/2012 6:22:03 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Romney's judicial appointments were more radical than Obama's)
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To: Ready4Freddy
Required reading: Engrish.com
4 posted on 04/21/2012 6:22:22 AM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: Ready4Freddy
“Hand-shredded ass meat,” ...


5 posted on 04/21/2012 6:22:58 AM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: mvpel

Ahh, the inverted kind!


6 posted on 04/21/2012 6:25:38 AM PDT by Crazieman (Are you naive enough to think VOTING will fix this entrenched system?)
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To: mvpel

I see we have a USDA employee to inspect those. Your taxes at work.


7 posted on 04/21/2012 6:33:29 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Romney's judicial appointments were more radical than Obama's)
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To: Crazieman

Nothing but the very best!


8 posted on 04/21/2012 6:34:58 AM PDT by Ready4Freddy (In the final analysis the trouble with Muslim democracy is the Muslims.)
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To: Ready4Freddy

“That wasn’t chicken” Chicken.


9 posted on 04/21/2012 6:35:30 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

Cinese Chicken go Meow!


10 posted on 04/21/2012 6:39:38 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: Ready4Freddy

You no get dog here. Obama special at Indonesian restaurant down the street.


11 posted on 04/21/2012 6:44:16 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: Paine in the Neck

From my b-school IT class, the anecdote about the first English-Russian/Russian-English translation program, inputting “The spirit is strong, but the flesh is weak” came back out as “The drink is strong, but the meat is bad.”


12 posted on 04/21/2012 6:47:41 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: mvpel

In Soviet Russia, ass meat shreds you!


13 posted on 04/21/2012 6:52:29 AM PDT by mykroar (A vote for Romney IS a vote for Obama.)
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To: Ready4Freddy
No wonder Obama likes them so much.

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14 posted on 04/21/2012 6:54:01 AM PDT by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: Calvin Locke

I heard that one came from an early USAF translating computer project. Another one was

“Out of sight, out of mind” —> “Blind, insane”


15 posted on 04/21/2012 7:11:01 AM PDT by Erasmus (BHO: New supreme leader of the homey rollin' empire.)
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To: mvpel

LOL! You photoshopped that one, didn’t you? WTH are *those things*? NO, I don’t want to know.


16 posted on 04/21/2012 7:11:17 AM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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To: Calvin Locke

BTW, I heard the first one as “The spirit is willing....”


17 posted on 04/21/2012 7:11:58 AM PDT by Erasmus (BHO: New supreme leader of the homey rollin' empire.)
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To: Caipirabob

Chinese SPCA motto: “To Serve Dogs.”


18 posted on 04/21/2012 7:13:48 AM PDT by Erasmus (BHO: New supreme leader of the homey rollin' empire.)
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To: mvpel

The funny word there is “inverted”.


19 posted on 04/21/2012 7:32:48 AM PDT by goseminoles
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To: Erasmus
Could be, could be.

Been twenty years. Need...more...coffee...

IOW, your version is probably the right one.

20 posted on 04/21/2012 7:33:31 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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