Taipei Restaurant Sells "Long Live Nazi Spaghetti"
Both Israeli and German representatives have since condemned the Italian restaurant in Taiwan's capital
It's well known that Nazi paraphernalia and Hitler are of great interest to residents of certain Asian countries.
A recap: last year, an Indonesian Nazi-themed cafe reopened despite an international outcry; in Mongolia, neo-Nazis dress up in garb and call themselves 'environmentalists'; in Thailand, a KFC opened with Hitler replacing usual mascot Colonel Sanders; in North Korea, Kim Jong-Un handed out copies of Hitler's Mein Kampf; in Japan, comic books that were distributed to stores ended up being a Japanese translation of Mein Kampf; in South Korea, this bizarre photo graced the cover of the Diary of Anne Frank; in India, a clothing store opened up that was named after Hitler.
You get the point.
Now, according to the Taipei Times, there is an Italian restaurant in Tapei, the capital of Taiwan, which sells an interesting dish named "Long Live Nazi Spaghetti."
Served with a side of "I hate Jews garlic bread" and smothered in "genocide tomato sauce."
Ok, the last parts I made up.
As reported by the Taipei Times:
The Israeli and German representative offices in Taiwan have expressed shock and regret at an Italian restaurant in New Taipei City’s Banciao District (板橋) serving a dish named “Long Live Nazi spaghetti (納粹萬歲麵),” saying it showed how some Taiwanese lack understanding about history and the Nazi slaughter of Jews and other minorities.
The restaurant owner, Tsao Ya-hsin, was quoted by cable news channel TVBS on Sunday as saying that she named the dish to get customers’ attention, but that she did not wish to specifically place emphasis on the word “Nazi.”
Well, we can just basically call this an epic fail, then.
The dish - which has been on the menu for over a year - was apparently named after its usage of German sausage, and has since been renamed to "World Champion Spaghetti" in honor of Germany winning the World Cup.
Considering it's an Italian restaurant, I'm surprised Ya-hsin didn't think to name it after Benito Mussolini.