January 08, 2008

Gourmet Special


Folks, after reading the daily bulletin from another expat site (Chew.hu), I simply had to preempt todays post and insert their photo. Why should I be the only person to have sprayed coffee on their monitor today!?

Bon Appetit!

The original caption from Chew.hu: Via Pestiside.hu reader P.M. we get the above pic of a rather unappetizing menu offering, taken at the historic Hunguest Hotel Palota out in scenic Lillafüred. ("Quite an interesting 'inter'-course offered by the cook along with the traditional halászlé," is how P.M. puckishly described it.) Mercifully, a quick re-translation of the original Hungarian reveals it to be nothing more than a harmless bowl of rooster soup with home-made "snail" pasta. Then again, judging by some of the other cock soups that have been sprung on our readers, you can probably never be too careful.

16 comments:

roentarre said...

That sounds very appetitising! Hehe

Janice Thomson said...

That is hilarious Isadora. And it brought back a very nauseating memory. I had a friend from Trinidad who entertained the province's football team one time. He served this yummy soup. I went back for a second bowl and while stirring through the soup came across a piece of meat I didn't recognize. At first he would not tell me what it was - so his friend did. Penis of a pig. The first bowl of soup came back up very quickly and I made a mental note to never eat at his place ever again...never! LOL.
Apparently it is a common dish in Trinidad.

Oswegan said...

Hmm. That's not sounding too good to me.

Nor does Janice's pig penis.

~Oswegan

Isadora said...

:) You guys are just looking at the pictures aren't you. Sometimes the fine print does help.

Isadora said...

p.s. it goes to show you that it is just a matter of what you are accustomed to. Janice you said yourself that the soup was perfectly tasty. You don't have the same reaction after you have breast of chicken? So what is the difference? How did the commercial go? parts are parts?

then there is the joke about the restaurant next to the arena where the bullfights are held - the day's speiality is a dish prepared with the testicles of the day's kill. Fellow gets there in time and orders, but when the plate arrives he is disappointed that the portion is much smaller than he is used to. He calls the waiter to complain. Waiter agrees and tells him that today the matador lost.

Lara said...

hahaha... well... depends on one's own point of view :))... on the other hand, in Romania used to be very popular (especially in the countryside) the pig (or other animals) testicles... [sigh]...[brrrrrrr]... I guess people are eating all sorts of weird things...

Lara said...

ps: another example of a chef lost in translation... :)

zakscloset said...

well you never know, maybe it's one of the most gourmet items ever existed...haha.

Sienna said...

Funny!

You are correct, sometimes you just eat something because it's quite tasty, I have had pulverised snail and raw egg soup and it was truly delicious..

I don't think I could eat (knowingly), penis of the pig though.

Pam

Jim said...

very funny

dive said...

Oh, hee hee hee!

Jeff B said...

Waiter. . . I think I'll have the salad today!

Andrea said...

too cute.....you made me smile.

quintarantino said...

Well, for starters I laughed but then, after seeing it was Isadora the guide, I said: "What the hell... if it's only a cock soup..."
And yes, that one on the matador and the bull is a good one.

Clueless in boston said...

Great post. It really made my day. I think I'll pass on the soup.

Isadora said...

It is amazing to me how often you can find translations that make you stop dead in your tracks. Although I speak Hungarian fluently, I would never have the courage to translate into Hungarian because of the lack of proper vocabulary. That does not seem to stop a lot of people from translating into English, however.

:) I see it left dive speechless.

quintarantino :) it is not only the soup, see what it's served with.

I guess I was the only one who almost sprayed the keyboard and the monitor.