20 baffling menu mistakes from around the world

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Eleanor Aldridge
4/1/2020

Restaurants often go to great efforts to translate their menus for English speakers. But sometimes their best intentions, well, just don't quite go to plan. Detonation eggplant, curried grab and crap sticks sound delicious? That's just the start of it. We've rounded up some of the funniest menu fails from around the world below.

1. We had to try bad pepper fried beef while researching the Rough Guide to Laos

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2. This seems unlikely to "make people taste happiness"

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3. The ginger water's in trouble

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4. Anyone for a curried grab?

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    5. We can only hope this restaurant isn't advocating cannibalism

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    Chinglish 1

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    6. It's all about creating the slobber

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    7. There's nothing more appetising than a fried crap stick

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    Local Thai Restaurant

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    8. Sometimes prawns are just blown out of all proportion in Vietnam

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    being blown out of proportion

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    9. This duck got more than it bargained for

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    Cowboy Bone, or Button up the Duck

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    10. These casseroles would leave a lasting impression

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    11. Well, it probably does

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    Restaurant Translations

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    12. Why burns the sheep hoof?

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    a fair question

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    13. There are just too many delicious options on offer here

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    Forest Frog's Ovidcut braises Sydney

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    14. Boil broken or not, it could still be a bit chewy

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    Interesting Thai Menu Choices

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    15. We'll pass, thanks

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    Explode the belly

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    16. Could we have an order of the wild virus, please?

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    wild virus ngau liu lobster pieces

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    17. Don't worry, this vinegar is crudely benign

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    18. Unimaginably good?

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    Grilled Unimaginable

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    19. Tapas here comes with a side of debauchery

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    20. Soup maker in cattle? Nope, not a clue

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