Last summer, I had a really bad meal at Hunan Legend and wrote about my frustration because I knew people love that Columbia institution and knew there was a "hidden" menu. Since then, I have raved about Grace Garden in Odenton, which serves up authentic, delicious Chinese food off menus that you can read in English.
A commenter Wai has translated Hunan Legend's Chinese menu. It's 34 items, including appetizers, stirfries, noodle dishes and more. Wai was very humble and says her written Chinese is rusty, but this should be invaluable for anyone who wants to explore specialties that you can't find on the American menu.
My thanks to Wai. This is my favorite post on HowChow. Just one local translating up some fun for anyone else. I'm happy to be the conduit. The image below is the largest that Blogger allows. If you can't read it (and it is hard), email me so that I can forward Wai's TIFF directly. (I'm on the road these days, so please give me a few days to respond.)
(Update: Over 2009, many people asked me for copies of this menu, and they kept bringing them to Hunan Legend. At some point, the restaurant created an official translation. If you're interested, check out the detailed comment below from a Hunan Legend regular who talked to the owners and the June 2009 post about Warthog, who took this menu to Hunan Legend and says that he enjoyed the authentic Chinese food.)
For more about Chinese food, check out my post about Chinese restaurants in Howard County.