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Friday, February 19, 2010

Translating Chinese New Year's Menus, Part 5: Hakka Restaurant

Posted By on Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 11:10 AM

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The year of the iron tiger officially arrived last weekend, but Chinese restaurants around the Bay Area are offering special New Year's banquet menus over the course of the next few weeks.
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SFoodie drove around the city collecting some of them, which Adobo Hobo's Ed Chui and his parents then translated for us (thanks, Ed!).

Today's menu ― the last in our series ― comes from Outer Richmond's new Hakka Restaurant. Perhaps because the place is so new, Hakka's two dinners are a real bargain: $198 or $168 for eight to ten people. Call to reserve a table, though, before you show up with nine of your hungriest friends.

Click on the banquet menu above to enlarge (English translations are embedded in the image). Or scroll through the English text version (after the jump).

Chinese New Year Family Dinner
$168 for 10 people

Dried scallop and seafood soup
Lettuce wrap
Hakka special chicken
Stir-fried lily buds, wood fungus, calamari, and prawns
Fresh scallops and seasonal vegetables
Slow-cooked pork with dried oysters and mushrooms
Clay pot ginger-scallion crab
Steamed fish with tofu and preserved vegetables
Sticky rice with preserved meats
Premium dessert

Read more about the wordplay, visual puns, and customs buried within the menu listings here and here. And check out our earlier posts translating banquet menus from Empero Taste, New Hing Lung, Yet Wah, and S&T Hong Kong Seafood. Disclaimer: We at SFoodie are no fans of shark fin; it's probably possible to order any New Year's menu without.

Hakka Restaurant 4401-A Cabrillo (at 45th Ave.), 876-6898


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