During my years in China, one hobby I’ve taken up is documenting the amusing Chinglish translations on signs and packaging. When I moved here, I decided my sense of humor was going to be an invaluable tool for the transition, and I haven’t regretted it. Menus, park signs, packaging, and clothing provide an almost endless source of fun. Over time, I’ve built up quite a collection of signs that have given me a chuckle. I intend to share them in installments in hopes that you will enjoy them, too.
Please be aware that I am not making fun of my Chinese neighbors. Goodness knows, I’ve made enough language mistakes of my own to leave no room for finger pointing. When I visit the States, I frequently find similar mistakes in Chinese (for instance, one man had a prominent tattoo which he thought said “wolf,” but which actually meant “pig”…oops!). I only hope they enjoy my occasional blunders or quaint phraseology as much as I do theirs.
You can tell a lot about a restaurant by its name.
Something tells me this food will be quite tasty.
East meets West in this one…
…and creates quite a funny mental image. Think the Chairman with a big, polka-dot bow.
This bakery is bending over backwards to bring us a beautiful appointment, coming song.
Let’s see some of the tasty treats we might find inside this accommodating eatery.
Mmmmm, that’s hard to resist…literally.
On occasion, I stumble across that rare gem of a restaurant that doesn’t make me come inside to discover their specialty.
You had me at “frog eggs;” although the “sticky nice balls with tar” were a close second.
Unfortunately, most cafes aren’t so forthcoming, and I have to peruse their menu to see their offerings.
Good thing I can be “surrounded by the sweety feelings” here, because I still have no idea what they’re selling. If their fish are on dialysis, I’m definitely skipping the sushi.
Let’s face it, most of us don’t have the luxury of eating in restaurants often. Grocery stores are where we buy our food, and we create delicious, well-rounded, healthy meals at home. I find when stir-frying it’s usually good to start with…
…that Inedible Blend Oil is just nasty.
Over in the refrigerated section, I like to search for all-natural ingredients, bursting with flavor, like…
…nothing says “farm fresh” like “Burger King Colored Burger Slice.” Yummmm!
I would say that Classy Kiss comes from classy cows, but that just sounds wrong.
When simple bacon just doesn’t make the cut, this bacon is a cut above.
For those people on a no-frills budget, try…
If disapproval, we will drawback; now how’s that for a guarantee?
There is also a wide assortment of appetizing snacks, for the “kitchen impaired.”
Or not so appetizing.
That’s more like it. Although, if I were the “Saying Plum,” I’m not sure it would be super smart to say, “Hey, so delicious, let us try it fast!”
I’m sorry, but as a Christian, I just wouldn’t feel right buying “temptable food.” How could I live with myself if I led it astray? I want my food to stay on the straight and narrow, even “while travelling.”
The more times I try this, the more “specious” I feel. This delicious snack really fit me.
So next time you’re in China, be sure to sample some of their culinary masterpieces. Whether you’re wowed by their frog eggs or lured into sampling the dialysis fish, we know that nowhere else can you get that same specious feeling as China. It is, indeed, a Delicious Place.