談談滷肉飯的英譯

October 4, 2012

多謝曾泰元教授這一篇很有趣味及教育性的文章。分析如何將「滷肉飯」譯為soy-stewed pork over rice(醬油燉豬肉蓋飯)。更提出建議,”試想,「炒麵」英文叫chow mein,「豆腐」的英文叫tofu,倘若我們大膽把「滷肉飯」翻成lu rou fan,有這麼可怕嗎?”
以本人的愚見,可以將兩者二合為一。
將「滷肉飯」翻成 lu rou fan (soy-stewed pork over rice)。
To me, the main purpose of translating the name of a dish must be to communicate what it is. If we go with “lu rou fan” alone, then for people/visitors unfamiliar with the original Taiwanese dish, they will have no idea of the most basic information (e.g. the dish’ ingredients). People will be forced to ask a server or skip the dish to avoid looking foolish.
In contrast, if we put both names then people who are keen to learn can learn the dish’s Taiwanese name over time and people will also get the basic info of the dish even if they have never come across 滷肉飯.
Few years ago, I downloaded a free online copy of《中文菜单英文译法》published by 北京市商务局 for the 2008年北京奥运会. It lists many examples (see below for a sample). Plus it was fun for me to read and learn a bit of the translation theory.
麻婆豆腐 Mapo Tofu (Sautéed Tofu in Hot and Spicy Sauce)
北京炸酱面 Noodles with Soy Bean Paste, Beijing Style
宫保鸡丁 Kung Pao Chicken
咕噜肉 Gulaorou (Sweet and Sour Pork) [Note: I personally prefer they break it out as “Gu lao rou”]
驴打滚儿 Lǘdagunr– Glutinous Rice Rolls Stuffed with Red Bean Paste [note: same coment]
艾窝窝 Aiwowo (Steamed Rice Cakes with Sweet Stuffing) [same comment]
四宝烤麸 Marinated Wheat Gluten with Peanuts and Black Fungus
乌龙吐珠 Sea Cucumber with Quail Eggs

I don’t like this one,
夫妻肺片 Couple’s Sliced Beef in Chili Sauce [Why not skip the “couple” all together?]

談談滷肉飯的英譯(曾泰元)
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