FAQ: Words To Know When Dining, Chinese Food?

General Terms

English Pinyin Simplified
restaurant cān tīng 餐厅
waiter / waitress fú wù yuán 服务员
menu cài dān 菜单
beverage yǐn liào 饮料

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What are the Chinese food terms?

Menu Mainstays

  • Mǐfàn: White rice.
  • Chǎo fàn: Fried rice.
  • Jiǎozi: Dumplings.
  • Húntún: Wonton.
  • Tāng: Soup.
  • Bāozi: Stuffed steamed bun.
  • Mántou: Plain steamed bun.
  • Chǎomiàn: Fried noodles.

What do you say before eating in China?

“ chī hǎo hē hǎo ” 吃好喝好

What do waiters say in Chinese?

If you need the waiter’s attention, yell 服务员 (fú wù yuán – waiter). When I say “yell,” I mean yell it.

Why do Chinese ask if you have eaten?

” 你吃了吗 (nǐ chī le ma)?” literally translates to “Have you eaten?”, but in everyday usage the “你”, or “you” is omitted for simplicity. In the olden days, people did not always have enough to eat, and asking about whether someone has had a meal yet is a good way to show that you care about their wellbeing.

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How do you write Cai in Chinese?

Chinese. Cai is written the same (蔡) in both simplified and traditional Chinese characters. In Mandarin Chinese, the surname is transliterated as Cài in pinyin and Tongyong Pinyin, Ts’ai in Wade-Giles, and Tsay in Gwoyeu Romatzyh. In Southern Min or Taiwanese, it is Chhoà in Pe̍h-oē-jī.

What’s your name in Chinese?

In Chinese, when you want to know someone’s name, you can say “ Nǐ jiào shénme míngzi? ” It means “what’s your name?” In this sentence, “jiào” is a verb, which means ‘be called”.

What should I reply to have eaten?

“ Yes, I have eaten dinner ” or “No I haven’t eaten dinner”. If you want to be more casual you can say “Yes, I have” or “No, I haven’t”

How do you say food is delicious?

Beyond “Delicious”

  1. Tastes great! Eating something delicious right now?
  2. Really good! Here’s something else you could say instead of delicious.
  3. Wow, [this food] is amazing! If something tastes better than you expected, you could use the word wow to express your surprise.
  4. Yummy.
  5. Flavorful.
  6. Mouth-watering.

How would you describe taste in Chinese?

Tastes of Chinese food are traditionally categorized into five flavors: salty, spicy, sour, sweet, and bitter.

How do you respond to looks delicious?

@mkb6979 “looks delicious” This is a compliment to food. The proper response is Thank you, or just Thanks!

Why do we love Chinese food?

“I love Chinese food because of the wide variety of dishes. There are so many combinations and taste sensations to try. I also like the fact that Chinese cooking doesn’t really use much butter or cream, which keeps things tasting lighter and fresher I’m hungry now!”

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What is the word order in Mandarin?

As mentioned above, basic Mandarin word order is SVO: subject + verb + object. Remember that this is just what’s typical in Mandarin. Different word orders can certainly appear.

How do you get a waiter’s attention in Chinese?

If you need to summon your waiter, you need to make a gesture with your hand, a gentle wave. All Chinese textbooks teach foreigners to call their waitresses by saying xiaojie (小姐), which technically means “miss” but we wouldn’t advise you to do so.

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