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Nov 29th, 2004, 02:49 PM
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In a Taipei restaurant I was served a dish comprised of stir fried pig intestines with chilies and vegetables. It was the only dish of the meal one could label unusual. But along with a tofu soup, braised prawns and crispy roast chicken, all in all it was quite tasty over some hot steamed rice.
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Nov 29th, 2004, 03:05 PM
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Neil, first it is a bull with his parts, then he is neutered and you have Rocky Mt Oysters

My husband told me a story about eating with some people in India, in the mountains , and they offered him things that looked like large spiders. Since no one could get a translation, he just said that he was full..I picture the Indiana Jones movie with the monkey head, ick ick.
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Nov 29th, 2004, 03:27 PM
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Not a menu item, but several years ago when looking through a China Focus brochure, I noticed that they had direct frights from the US daily.
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Aug 3rd, 2005, 03:54 AM
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You should try out for "Fear Factor".
Do they have that on television where you live?

Rocky Mountain oysters are bull (but ask your butcher for calf, they're more tender - so they tell me) testicles. They're usually battered and deep fried.
I've seen them many times, but I have a bad case of plate fright.

Which brings me to a quesion I've been meaning to post:
In other trips I've taken, I could fall back on my high school languege classes and figure out menues, like French, Spanish, Italian etc. But this whole Asian thing is new to me. Is there a Thai menu translator out there like the 16 country Berlitz European Menu reader I have?
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Aug 3rd, 2005, 04:07 AM
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The closest to a menu translator I have found for Thailand is Lonely Planets "World Food Thailand". It's a great little book that explains food and drink and their traditions and preparations in the country and includes an extensive English Thai translation section. It's part of a series of different countries. There is also Turkey, Vietnam and others.
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I created a post card of a few of the funny signs that I had taken pictures of in China last year. For those of you who have not focused on signs--sometimes taking pictures of odd and fun signs make the best memories when you get home and friends just crack up. One sign I regret not taking a picture of was on the famous shopping street in Shanghai, Nanjing Xilu Road. It was a *very* sexy lingerie shop with essentially only thongs, whose English translation was "Senior Ladies Lingerie." ;-)

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Aug 3rd, 2005, 08:41 AM
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I'm not sure thay offer this at the Lord jims in Bangkok, But 2 weeks ago my GF broght me some finely chooped up, deep fried squirl with pepper and basil.. it was OK..

No fear factor food for me. they usually eat super slimy long things.. I can handle crunchy rather then slimmy and gooy.. I dig oyester though.
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Aug 3rd, 2005, 02:25 PM
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I know, christiegr. But unlike the other contentious threads resurrected by the troll, this one was good-humoured and entertaining, so where's the harm?

BTW, no need for the caps - that's the email equivalent of shouting.
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Aug 3rd, 2005, 06:29 PM
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I never saw that book, thanks for the heads up, I'll look for it.
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Aug 4th, 2005, 11:49 AM
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BostonHarbor, one amusing sign that I saw in China said, "No smoking allowed--Tourists should be observed."
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Aug 4th, 2005, 02:34 PM
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China is a wonderland of interesting signs. One of my favourites was seen on the side of a building in the Forbidden City: "This ancient building is renovating. Excuse me for bringing trouble to you."

A cryptic sign at Bingyu Valley, north of Dalian, warned the unwary visitor: "Pay attation to one's safeness,Prevent oneself from" We never found out what the threat was.
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Aug 4th, 2005, 02:51 PM
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Two favorites in Chiang Mai Thailand at our favorite sea food restaurant: in front of the live fish tanks it says "It is swimming for cooking"

The other one is over the entry door. "Refund for complain food." This one has been "fixed" from its old wording of "Refund for food complain."
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Aug 5th, 2005, 04:39 PM
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I had a great time photographing signs on a recent trip to China. My favorites:
1. On a brass plaque above an elevator in Shanghai international airport: "This lift don't to the toilets lead."
2. On the side of a milk carton: "Tasted like the early first love."
3. On a sign at the Summer Palance in Beijing: Busy period: March - November, Slack period: November - March.
Wished I'd taken more photos - some signs were absolutely classic.....but then who am I to speak - cannot read or write Mandarin!
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Aug 22nd, 2005, 06:39 PM
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I just saw a sign for "Night Crawlers and Chili Dogs". None for me thanks, I'm trying to quit.
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Aug 22nd, 2005, 09:13 PM
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Wish I had had my camera with me when I saw this sign in Prague, "Pizza Go Home".
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Aug 23rd, 2005, 12:29 PM
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In Tokyo I saw a banner for a bridal fair with the words "trembling with you". One of my other favorites there was painted on a white vehicle with dark tinted windows, "Brain Location Services". Still trying to figure that one out...a headhunter service perhaps?
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