Translating Chinese New Year's Menus, Part 1: Empero Taste
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First up: Empero Taste in the Outer Richmond, which wins the award for best menu name. 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).
$228 for 10 people
Premium appetizer platter
Shredded chicken and shark fin soup
Crispy fried chicken
Oysters and sea cucumber
Braised dried oysters and pigs feet over fat choy (black moss)
Stir-fried seafood over mixed greens
Steamed sea bass
Ham, dried scallop, and egg white fried rice
Red bean soup with glutinous rice balls
You can read more about the wordplay, visual puns, and customs buried within the menu listings here and here.
Empero Taste 4052 Balboa St. (at 42nd Ave.), 876-3298. Definitely call for reservations.