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Carl Johnson sent in this nice bilingual pun:

The name of the restaurant in Chinese is:

Huáfǔ 華府
("flower; florescent; China" + "prefecture; prefect; prefectural capital; government mansion / repository; official residence") = Washington, DC

where "Huá" 華  is short for

Huáshèngdùn 華盛頓 ("Washington")


Huáfǔ 華府


Huá[shèngdùn] fǔ 華[盛頓]府 ("Wa[shington] capital")

華府 in Cantonese is waa4fu2.

Selected readings (there are scores of other posts involving bilingual puns)


  1. Carl said,

    October 21, 2019 @ 3:47 pm

    As far as I know, their only location is in Baltimore, not DC, so I think Hua indicates “China” rather than DC, but maybe it means both.

    – Wow Food
    – Huafu sounds like Wow Foods
    – Means Washington Capitols
    – Also means Chinese Capitals

    This is a very good bilingual pun restaurant name.

  2. Jenny Chu said,

    October 22, 2019 @ 12:03 am

    A three-dimensional pun – wow indeed!

  3. B.Ma said,

    October 22, 2019 @ 1:03 am

    When I saw the characters (which I read as Cantonese waa4fu2) I immediately thought of wafuu, Japanese for "Japanese style".

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