Translation Course: Dinner!
By Nicky Harman, published
It wasn’t all work and no play…
Some of us went to a local restaurant.
The local produce was fantastic. Here’s the menu:
Cold Starters 冷菜
Pickled bamboo shoots (bamboo grows everywhere and gets into everything).
Wild ‘herbs’ 野菜 with chopped beancurd (the herbs were about the size and thickness of chives, and had a slightly astringent flavour).
Warm salad of chicken giblets.
Salad of cucumber slices.
Fried dried fish slivers.
Soup of chicken and terrapin.
Red-cooked wild boar.
Red-cooked wild rabbit with bacon.
Red-cooked game chicken (野鸡 unspecified, maybe partridge).
Scrambled eggs with fungi of some sort.
Deep-fried fishes (about the size of whitebait) mixed with lots of deep-fried bay leaves and chilli peppers.
Stir-fried greens and various other dishes of stir-fried vegetables, more or less 野.
Local beer; local tea; local grain spirit (白酒).
Total cost 100 RMB, which including treating our leader, author and helper.