Legend: A foreign restaurant garbles a menu as only non-English speakers can.
Origins: In 1986, writer William Dalrymple finished college and spent his summer retracing the 12,000-mile route from Jerusalem to Xanadu that Marco Polo had (allegedly) traveled
The waiter brought over a grubby document, creased at the corners and covered with tea stains. “Ingliz menu,” he said, beaming at Laura. We opened the menu and studied it closely.
Kujuk Ayas Family Restrant
Last updated: 8 July 2007
; Also told in:
Train, John. Crazy Quilt. New York: HarperCollins, 1996. ISBN 0-06-095503-1 (pp. 13-14).