June 24, 2018

#2869: Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Torpid & Peppery Beef

#2869: Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Torpid & Peppery Beef

Alright so when I found this up at China World in Richmond, BC, I was curious. ‘What’s this torpid all about, anyway?’ Well, Thanks to my friend Kyle, that’s been cleared up. It’s a really bad translation. This really should be Sichuan Spicy Flavor. As far as torpid goes, here’s the definition –

tor·pid
tôrpəd/
adjective

mentally or physically inactive; lethargic.
“we sat around in a torpid state”

Spicy and lethargic beef flavor? Yummy! Translation is a seriously tough thing. It’s definitely an uphill battle for me – Google is of very little help. I’ve been asked in the past by companies what I would call a product and helped them with translating and making it sound like a good name for something sold in the west. I think that would be a neat job – helping companies with western translations. So I guess if you need help with someone proofreading a packaging bound to be on products for the west, contact me maybe I can help. Alright – let’s do up some spicy beef vermicelli!

Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Torpid & Peppery Beef – China

#2869: Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Torpid & Peppery Beef

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and sachet contents as well. Cover for 508 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2869: Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Torpid & Peppery Beef

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2869: Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Torpid & Peppery Beef

An included fork!

#2869: Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Torpid & Peppery Beef

Rice vermicelli in its own separate bag.

#2869: Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Torpid & Peppery Beef

A dry base sachet.

#2869: Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Torpid & Peppery Beef

A tan powder.

#2869: Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Torpid & Peppery Beef

A paste sachet.

#2869: Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Torpid & Peppery Beef

Thick and oily.

#2869: Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Torpid & Peppery Beef

A vegetables sachet.

#2869: Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Torpid & Peppery Beef

A nice little mix.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion. The rice noodle hydrated really well and ended up the perfect chew – just the way I like it. The noodles and broth worked together in harmony. The broth, with it’s deep red color and Sichuan peppercorn and beef taste has a nice oiliness and richness to it. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 6911754102589.

#2869: Chencun The Flavours Of Yunnan China Torpid & Peppery Beef

Oxford English Dictionary: 20 vol. print set & CD ROM

My father had a full set of the Oxford English Dictionary. I remember looking in one of the volumes and just flipping to a random page, looking at the ceiling and dropping my finger on a spot. One time, I found the word nothing – which refereed to something called a nithing post. A nothing post would be erected in someone’s yard – someone who wouldn’t share their meat.