Hi there, welcome back to a small Chinese Lesson.

Last time I showed you the most basic signs to get around China somehow, today we dive a bit deeper into the world of food. (We already covered a couple food signs before, like restaurant and different types of meat.)

One thing most tourist are scared of when coming to China is the food.

Now I am a tad adventurous and don’t mind it, but even if you won’t try everything, you will be surprised by how good it can be, if you know how to order 😉

The only people that will have an impossible hard time are Vegans. Even Vegetarians suffer.

For example you order Cauliflower and ask if there is meat, they will tell you know, but I can promise you, you’ll find some bacon slices. The easiest is if you eat around temples, who usually have vegetarian dishes with eggs…finding something without egg or meat will be a Hercules task. You might have to eat lots of French Fries 😉

Ohh and I picked the food topic, because that is actually what I learned by heart, which usually leads to me ordering in Chinese, them thinking I speak good chinese and me sitting there very confused, while the whole stuff tries to have conversation. Well just to show what my priorities are 😉

But enough talk…let’s start learning =)

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So first one..we are starting simple with fruits and veggies. The fruits are useful to know when you buy them from a vendor, this way you get a simple ideas on how much a “Jin” -500g will cost you, so they won’t be able to rip you off^^ The veggies are the most common and you have to try the eggplant. They do amazing stuff with them, super delicious!

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Further try the spinach with garlic, it’s heaven on earth. Now to the stapples, mantou’s never have a filling, they are rather try, very simple buns…baozi come with all kind of fillings, often there is a vegetarian option. Jiaozi often come as a big plate somewhere between 12-24 pieces. Enjoy I am addicted to them 😉

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Now let’s move on to actual dishes…Chicken Burger are mostly decent and hotpot is THE thing you have to try out. It is a soup for which you order different veggies and meat, you throw it all in and eat together with friends…Basically it’s like Fondue, just not with cheese 😉

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Some common dishes, not much more to say with them…with these you usually can’t do anything wrong^^

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Now if you go to Hangzhou, you won’t get around trying the Beggars Chicken. A really yummy dish, where the Chicken is cocked inside a claycrust. Sounds strange but is good 😉 And what Beijing Duck is I don’t think I have to explain 😉

Lastly some drinks =)

No that you can figure out what you want to eat, you have to be able to order it too…so I made you a list of the most important phrases. As you will have to say them, I wrote them down in Pinyin for you^^

Pinyin: zài lái yi gè – One more please
Pinyin: mai dan – the Bill please
Pinyin: wo è le – I am hungry
Pinyin: kuàizi – Chopsticks
Pinyin: wo bao le – I am full
Pinyin: wo xiang he kafei – I would like a Coffee
Pinyin: Liang wèi – A table for two
Pinyin: Sì ge wèi – A table for four
Pinyin: càidan. – The menu
Pinyin: Hen haochi! It’s delicious
Pinyin: yì bei – One glass
Pinyin: gan bei- Cheers
Pinyin: da bao – Take away
Pinyin: duoshao qián – How much is it?

Ok, now you are all set. Book your ticket and come to China 😉

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