Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Screwed Noodle Translation


Liuzhou’s Municipal Commission of Commerce has proudly announced that, after copious head-scratching, they and the other four other committees who had to get their oar in have finally come up for the definitive name for the city’s iconic noodle dish 螺蛳粉, known to everyone in Liuzhou by its Chinese name, Luosifen.

No, it is not “Liuzhou Luo Si  noodles” or, even worse, “Liuzhou screws  noodles”.

We are officially eating ““Liuzhou river snails rice noodles”. While technically correct, what an utter  waste of time. The translation is not wrong but clumsy and anyway no one needs a translation.

English does not normally translate foreign dish names but is content to go with the original foreign language. Think pizza, pasta, sushi, entrecôte, rogan josh, paella, taramasalata, etc.

This is all part of a drive to promote instant luosifen, a horrible approximation of the real thing, which they are trying to launch as a global brand.

I can’t see it.

Source (in Chinese)

. This entry was posted on Friday, June 12th, 2015 at 6:40 pm and is filed under Food and Drink, Liuzhou News, Luosifen. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Screwed Noodle Translation”

  1. Owain Lloyd-Williams Says:

    Funny, I was just having a bit of a nostalgic re-run of the luosifen-related posts on your blog after seeing an old photo of the dish in all its glory come up on my laptop background. Needless to say, after a hopeful yet inevitably unsuccessful search for “luosifen in London/UK” it seems they haven’t quite gone global yet (not that here would be their first point of call anyway). Naturally, overpriced attempts at luosifen imitations I occasionally resigned to during my time in Beijing paled in comparison to the real thing.

  2. Liuzhou Laowai Says:

    If you are a Facebook user, you may want to to have a look at the “I Love Luosifen” group.

    If luosifen turns up in London, you’ll hear about it here first!

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