Peter Cherches, who writes the blog Word of Mouth, has had high praise for the Flushing restaurant Imperial Palace, and especially for its "exemplary" version of snow pea leaves with crab meat sauce. Recently, before a long-overdue visit to the restaurant, I looked for further recommendations on Chowhound, where I read that at least one diner had a frustrating time making his off-menu order understood. "Clueless waiter" was one diagnosis.
My remedy, inspired by an ad hoc experiment in Xiamen: Download the photo from Word of Mouth, upload it to my iPhone (above), and show it to our server. He knew what we wanted at once (see below, and look for more details in a future post).
As it happened, at our table of eleven I met a fluent Cantonese speaker, and my little menu hack may have been unnecessary, but I'll bear it in mind before future solo excursions. If you try this yourself (I have plenty of photos to work with, but for your personal use only, please), let me know how things turn out!