Beijing restaurant serves "Wikipedia"

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32 Responses to “Beijing restaurant serves "Wikipedia"”

  1. codeman38 says:

    SPT3125: Y’know, I think you’re on to something here. The first result for “鱿鱼” (squid), as seen in #18, is also from Wikipedia.

  2. Robert says:

    Wasn’t there a move by China to stamp out bad English translations ahead of the Olympics?

  3. acb says:

    This is not the first time this has happened; two years ago, a French restaurant in Taiwan listed cheesecake as “wikipedia”.

  4. Doomstalk says:

    Wikipedia is a dish best served cold… or is that revenge? I always get those two mixed up.

  5. Adam Rakunas says:

    Better that than the Farked Noodles.

  6. Anonymous says:

    The Wiktionary article for this (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/鸡枞) includes the following:

    References
    鸡枞 on the Mandarin Wikipedia.

    This is a plausible origin of this.

  7. woolie says:

    What machine translation program is causing these strange errors I wonder? I asked a chinese friend — one instance was “chicken”, another instance was “squid” (the one linked in the comments.)

  8. Tedly Teddington says:

    I’ve had their wikipedia. It’s almost as good as Lunchballz!

  9. Sudasana says:

    The work they’re translating as “wikipedia” is 雞樅 jicong, apparently a type of fungus native to Yunnan province. Google translate gives “Zongyang”, and there’s no English Wikipedia page on it, so it’s a mystery where that word was pulled from. Picture here.

  10. Registrado says:

    Does it come with Jimmy Wales’ Own Special Sauce?

  11. JoshuaZ says:

    Wow, and only a few days about a recent Questionable Content that advertised a similar food:

    http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1023

  12. JY Yang says:

    @#2 posted by Sudasana:

    After linking seemed to imply that the scientific name of the fungus in question is either Collybia albuminosa or Termitomyces albuminosus, or… “chicken flavored mushroom”. No, not very scientific. In any case it’s some kind of rare fungus that only grows in the mountains of the Yunnan province. Nothing to shed light on how they came up with ‘wikipedia’. 鸡枞 looks just like ‘chicken fungus’ to me.

    Apparently one of the other names for it is “chicken foot mushroom” so maybe that’s where the ‘pedia’ part came from?

  13. JKG says:

    I bet its del.icio.us

  14. jahknow says:

    http://www.rahoi.com/2006/03/may-i-take-your-order/

    You haven’t lived until you’ve had #1313, the “Benumbed hot vegetables fries fuck silk.”

  15. Nora says:

    The steamed egg dish that anyone can edit!

  16. Tian says:

    That is nothing. I dare you to try this “fuck the frog rice” dish from a cafe in Shanghai, China:

    http://www.tian.cc/2007/11/fuckthefrogrice.html

  17. W. James Au says:

    If you don’t agree with the vegetables in the stir fry Wikipedia, you can remove them and add your own, and your changes will be tracked with a grease pencil on the tablecloth. Careful, because the kitchen staff will vote on your additions, and if you can’t provide a source for your veggies, they’ll quickly restore your plate to its original form.

  18. Halloween Jack says:

    I’d like mine with troll eyes, vowels on the side.

  19. Anonymous says:

    I’m sure this was anything but the quality translation they were after. Who would have thought Wikipedia would be a popular cooking ingredient? This is the difference between relying on an automated translation tool and an actual translation agency. Professional language specialists would never have allowed this mistake to happen, as funny as it may be. Well maybe it’s something they may now consider if they ever decide to co

  20. Dan says:

    That’s an especially baffling case of Engrish run amok.

  21. Teresa Nielsen Hayden / Moderator says:

    Jy Yang (5):

    鸡枞 looks just like ‘chicken fungus’ to me.

    Apparently one of the other names for it is “chicken foot mushroom” so maybe that’s where the ‘pedia’ part came from?

    Right! It’s Chikipedia!

  22. doktor tchock says:

    to #12 – congrats, you got an audible laugh out of me. good show, good show.

  23. tp1024 says:

    Now that’s an easy one. “Per pedes” means to walk by foot. Pedes obviously means something like foot. And getting from pedia to pedes to foot to a chinese “chicken foot mushroom” should be obvious … ;)

    Since both “pedia” and “pedes” are of latin origin it could have been mixed up somehow. Try translating something to chinese and have it read back to you in english – you’ll probably do worse. ;) If you really don’t want to be understood: instead of writing, try reading it out aloud.

  24. Patapete says:

    Now you can have your wiki and eat it too!

  25. spt3125 says:

    I think i may have found a plausible explanation:

    Google “雞樅”. Scroll down a bit, and what word jumps out at you?

    The first search result* to have any English words in its title is “雞樅- Wikipedia”.

    It’s easy to imagine a non-English speaker seeing this and mistaking it for a translation!

    This also works for #24′s cheesecake (起士蛋糕). Probably explains the other cases as well, since Wikipedia often comes up near the top in a Google search for a single word or common phrase.

    *(Interestingly, the Wikipedia link is in the top 10 search results when you use Google in English or Traditional Chinese (Taiwan), but with Google in Simplified Chinese (as used in mainland China) it’s on like the 5th page of search results.)

    #22′s Wekipidia bread has me truly baffled, though…

  26. semiotix says:

    The fine print is troubling:

    “The tastiness of this item is disputed. Please see the waiter for a discussion. It has been suggested that this item be merged with ‘an order of spring rolls.’”

  27. js7a says:

    [tasting needed]

  28. xiaosquared says:

    I saw BBW Wikipedia at a restaurant in Dalian this summer.

    http://web.mit.edu/x_x/www/uploaded_images/CIMG0912-781329.JPG

    It turned out that it was squid. Here’s me with a plate of it: http://web.mit.edu/x_x/www/uploaded_images/CIMG0844-750896.JPG

  29. Paul D says:

    And here I thought Wikipedia was banned in China. It turns out you can get it fresh in Beijing restaurants!

  30. Hjalprek says:

    I find those mushrooms far too radical for my liking. Can I have stir-fried ‘conservapedia’ please?

  31. Sudasana says:

    Maybe this is just the English translation company stumped for a word and putting in something that’s obscure enough (among Chinese restaurant managers anyway) to pass for the correct English translation? It would be familiar to anyone using the internet to look up translations, and if it’s being used to translate squid of all things then the feet->pedia connection seems less likely.

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