Translating Chinese New Year Menus, Part 2: Great Eastern Restaurant

The Year of the Rabbit celebrations continue, and so do our translations of Chinatown banquet menus. Today's comes from Great Eastern, one of Chinatown's best-known Cantonese restaurants. A thousand thanks to Thomas Kwong for the translation (Thomas did this one for us on the fly, so we collectively guessed on a couple of the items).

Yesterday's menu, provided to SFoodie by Lichee Garden, menu seemed more of a general banquet menu. Great Eastern's special dinners, however, include many classic New Year's dishes, such as steamed fresh fish and the wordplay-filled dried oyster and hair moss, listed on the menu as “good fortune and good business.” SFoodie was a little disappointed to see shark's fin soup here, since more and more bans on shark finning are being enacted around the world. But you can order any of these menus without shark's fin.

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