South Korea’s government is cracking down on embarrassing menu translations

18th Jul 2016
Written by: Dave Owen

Accurate, less fun menus coming

If you’ve travelled anywhere in Asia, you’ve probably found some amusingly inaccurate translations in restaurant menus.

The internet is full of pictures of restaurants offering the likes of ‘good slag porridge,’ ‘crotch steamed dish,’ ‘explodes the large intestine,’ and more. Thankfully, they’re usually accompanied by a picture of the actual dish, which is much less alarming.

Good slag porridge

For most people this is a harmless source of amusement, but the South Korean government apparently doesn’t agree. It’s set up a task force dedicated to removing all embarrassing menu translations in the country.

South Korea’s government believes that these mistranslations “not only confound foreigners but embarrass some Koreans.”

The task force will set up a website listing the correct translations for South Korean dishes, giving restaurants something to refer to when putting together their menus.

So if you’re desperate to order some ‘chicken asshole house’ you might need to act quickly.


Care and Community in Cambodia, Summer 2018

from £1370

14 days


Volunteers make a difference in the lives of underprivileged children by dividing their time between running fun educational activities and...

Community Volunteering in Thailand

from £30 per day

14 days


Work with young children while living with a group in a local community in Thailand

Big One – 26 Days Across Central and East Coast of Canada

from £800

26 days


Experience it all. Great outdoors, national parks, epic citiesm quant towns. Gaspesie, Laurentians, Algonquin, Bay of Fundy, and Cabot Trail....

Guest Services and Ticket Sales Jobs in New Zealand

from £549

182 - 365 days

New Zealand

Accelerate your adrenaline and launch your working holiday in New Zealand. Gap year jobs don’t come much better.

Surf camp in Australia

from £250

2 - 84 days


Begin surfing or improve your existing skills with expert instructors in a small and friendly community south of Sydney. Excellent...

Ghana Volunteering with Gapforce

from £1500

28 - 84 days


Take this vital opportunity to impact your knowledge in helping teach subjects like Maths, English, Science, History and foreign languages...

Sumatra Orangutan Protection with Gapforce

from £2,200

28 days days


This 4 week program in the jungles of Sumatra combines volunteering on our unique Orangutan protection project with an amazing...

Southeast Asia Explorer with Gapforce

from £2200

28 - 56 days

Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam

From Bangkok to Halong Bay on an 8 week adventure!

South America Explore with Gapforce

from £2400

28 - 56 days


A Trek to Machu Picchu, volunteering at our jungle animal sanctuary, learn Spanish and complete important community development work.

South Africa Adventure with Gapforce

from £2200

28 days

South Africa

Your adventure starts in the Mother City – Cape Town then it's on to road trips and conservation reserves! An...

[contact-form-7 id="4" title="Contact form 1"]