Netizens Triggered by a S’pore-Themed Eatery in China That Has Wrong Translations & Fake SIA Uniform


It’s no secret that China’s products often take reference from famous brands elsewhere and make almost little to no changes before stamping a wholly new brand on it.

And now, the latest to find themselves being imitated is none other than Singapore.

Beijing Restaurant Imitates Singapore Culture

A Facebook post recently surfaced showing a Singapore-themed restaurant in Beijing selling Singaporean food with waitresses donning the iconic Singapore Airlines (SIA) stewardess uniform.

A slice of Singapore life in the capital of China, perfect for the homesick traveller. Right?

Except, going there would remind you of nothing back home and would probably incite a few raised eyebrows instead.

Spelling Mistakes in English Translation

The restaurant named “Borderless” attempted to portray our local dishes in their menu but it seems the result ended up sounding a tad too Google-translated.


Fortunately, the accompanying images still looked somewhat accurate.

First up, were multiple spelling mistakes.

“Yellow” was misspelled as “vellow” in this curry dish.

Image: Facebook (Arthur Pang)

And Beef Rendang was completely misspelled as “remdamg”.

Image: Facebook (Arthur Pang)

If you thought that was still reasonably acceptable, it gets worse.

Strange Translations

Some other dishes had been translated too literally.

This pork rib dish had turned into “grasp the sand bone”.

Image: Facebook (Arthur Pang)

While our favourite roti prata had become “lion city throw bread”.

Image: Facebook (Arthur Pang)

It makes sense considering the context of how the dish is made, but definitely not as the name on a menu.

Inaccurate English Names

Meanwhile, other dishes’ names were completely inaccurate.

Fried rice had become “Singapore Fried Bee Hoon”. How on earth?

Image: Facebook (Arthur Pang)

And the vegetable sambal kangkong was called tauhu goreng, which is fried tofu instead.

Image: Facebook (Arthur Pang)

The real tauhu goreng was also available on the menu, but to order that, you would have to ask for “Fried Tofu W ith Minced Malay Meat”.

Image: Facebook (Arthur Pang)

Mango Sago had also somehow become “fresh coconut water”.


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Wrongly Worn SIA Uniforms

Another aspect of Singaporean culture that the restaurant attempted to emulate was the traditional sarong kebaya, typically worn by SIA stewardesses.

However, the waitresses were a far cry from the original wearers.

Image: Facebook (Arthur Pang)

From the wrongly positioned slit to pairing the outfit with sneakers, it was truly nothing like the elegance supposed to be radiated by the wearer.

Singaporeans Respond

Unsurprisingly, Singaporeans were not too happy when they came across the post which has since been shared over 8,200 times.

The comments and shares were full of Singaporeans lamenting the mistranslated and misspelled dishes while poking fun at the inaccuracies in the dishes.

However, when it came to the waitresses’ uniforms, users were upset about it being wrongly worn, claiming that it was “tarnishing” the uniform.


Others also called it a “disgrace” and an “insult”.

On the other hand, some saw the situation as a compliment.

One user wrote, “imitation is the highest praise”, adding that for the Singaporean culture to be copied meant that it was viewed as viable and good.

But to copy something well, it should be almost identical and it seems the restaurant has a long way to go before it reaches that.

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