Cryptic Food Menus
I'm looking for examples of cryptic food menus. I mean those that describe dishes poetically, or just list the ingredients, or include only dish titles etc. Anything that makes a menu hard to decipher, for better or for worse.
I'd welcome any contributions: links to restaurant websites, images/photos of menus, reviews, personal anecdotes etc.
The same way I might have no idea what Buddha Jumps Over the Wall is, there are plenty of others who don't know the purpose of the three preceding adjectives of Nueske's Applewood Smoked Bacon, or what the contents of a Waldorf Salad are.
Merely not knowing the language could make it a cryptic menu too, but that's also a horse of a different color.
Then there's Engrish, but that's not an uncommon plot device on CH..."sauce sub-volume" anyone?
I have previously mentioned dining in Beijing and looking at a menu featuring lurk.
There is a vegan restaurant in San Francisco, Café Gratitude, where all the menu items were titled things like "I am Grateful".
I think it's actually a chain of restaurants because they were in my local Whole Foods for a while.
keo's "evil jungle prince" ! http://thai.food.com/recipe/evil-jung.... IF you decide to make it, then be prepared for a big hit of searing pepper fumes to get caught in your throat as you start cooking the first aromatics in the hot oil. BUT it is worth it. we made the veggie version (see below at ***).
(don't know about the "princess" LOL). i did find a recipe for "princess" but i believe it is a take-off on keo's creation. http://tollerfood.blogspot.com/2008/0...
from keo's cookbook:
evil jungle prince with mixed vegetables
½ # mixed veggies, sliced into thin strips (pick as many as you like -- bell peppers, string beans, water chestnuts, tomatoes, bamboo shoots, miniature corn, asparagus, cucumbers, zucchini, mushrooms).
6 small red chili peppers
½ stalk fresh lemon grass
2 kaffir lime leaves
½ C coconut milk
¼ t salt
10-15 sweet basil leaves
1 C chopped cabbage
grind the aromatics and then sauté in oil over med high heat for 3 minutes. (warning about fumes!).
add the coconut milk, stir and cook 2 minutes
add veggies and cook 5 minutes more
drop heat to low, add basil and salt. serve on the chopped cabbage. (we also had rice).
this dish is really delicious! -- esp. if you have some veggie cravings.
have fun! it is really quite easy. we used a deep pot like you cook pasta in -- it helped contain some oil splatter from the initial hot frying.
before you start, be sure your vent is running.
as soon as you put in the aromatics, do a quickie stir to distribute them and immediately step away. do not stand over the pot (or put your face over it)!
those fumes will make you choke.
re: my post last night
I've put this link up before and one poster felt I was ridiculing whoever had the unenviable task of translating the menu into coherent English.
I do hope most folks will be able to appreciate the intrinsic humor in surreal dish names like "Carbon Burns Fresh Particularly Must" or "Big Bowl Immerse Miscellaneous Germ" or "Man Fruit Braise The North Almond" without reading any racism or insult into my posting the link.
There's a banquet of unintentional hilarity over there and some of the blogger's comments are pretty humorous too. Please accept the spirit of good-natured bemusement in which it was offered- nothing ugly was intended.