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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Funny tale of crossed cultures

I was at dinner last night with some friends in a Chinese restaurant. One of whom looked at the listing of Beijing style steamed buns, and said,

"I've had those before. They're like the ones in the Vietnamese restaurants, right?"

I looked at her quizzically, and she explained that she was expecting a bowl of vermicelli.

To which I explained that no, this is a Chinese restaurant, and when they said bun, they meant bread (Incidentally, the Vietnamese bún is pronounced with a long U sound - "boon").

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