Picture menus can be hard to fathom. Much like the "serving suggestion" for supermarket goods, a disclaimer along the lines of "illustration only" can help clarify that the preparation, accompaniments, and plating of a professionally styled photo might outshine what eventually appears at the table. The photo sets the expectations; the fine print gives cover to the management in case of customer complaints.
For silhouetted photos like these, size is an issue, too. A glance at the six plates depicted on this storefront might suggest that the cányǒng (Tsan-Yohng), depicted at upper right, are outstandingly large and plump, given their proportions in relation to the fish at upper left. Only if you'd had your share in the past would you know, instinctively, that these tidbits are only just so big and that the photo must have been enlarged to fit the available space. Without that past experience, you might be disappointed to be served just a small, appetizer-sized portion of silkworm pupae. Or you might not.
Streetside picture menu