How to Order Food in Chinese
Posted by Lilian Li on 20/12/2015 11:08 PM 1931
For many foreigners who live in China, ordering food is really a difficult job, because most of them don't know Chinese words in the menu. I had a foreigner friend who eaten in a restaurant himself. He ordered 4 soups due to don't know Chinese characters. Maybe some of you also have had terrible experience when eat in restaurant. So how can we do in order to find the exact food that we want? Don't worry, this article will tell you.
To call waiter
In order to order food, you need to call the waiter first of all. In China, you can call them fú wù yuán.
When the fú wù yuán come, tell them what you want and they'll take note.
To order food
Menu with Picture
If the menu has pictures you are in luck as this offers an easy way to order. What you need is just point to that you want and say yí fèn zhè ɡe (one portion de this). You could also do the same if you see someone else eating something you would like, you can also say yí fèn nà ɡè(one portion de that) by pointing at their food. However, although people will usually excuse you for being foreign, this is a little impolite and bizarre.
Menu without Picture
If you get a menu without pictures in unlucky, well, you need to remember the name of some Chinese food. Here are some foods that are commonly ordered and liked by many foreigners.
|Egg fried rice||dàn chǎo fàn|
|Fried noodles||chǎo miàn|
|Kungpao chicken or diced chicken and cashews||ɡōnɡ bǎo jī dīnɡ|
|Fried eggs with tomatoes||xī hónɡ shì chǎo dàn|
|Stir-Fried Tofu in Hot Sauce||má pó dòu fu|
To order these foods, you can use the structure:
wǒ yào yí fèn +sth.(I want sth)
- wǒ yào yí fèn mǐ fàn.
- wǒ yào yí fèn jiǎo zi.
If you don't want some food, you can say:
bú yào+sth. For example:
Bú yào là jiāo(No spicy)
Here are some things that maybe you don't like:
|monosodium glutamate||wèi jīnɡ|
To say the favour or taste of food
Everyone has his taste. If you want to say your taste in the restaurant, these sentences will be useful:
tè là (extra spicy)/ zhōnɡ là (medium spicy)/ wēi là (mild spicy)
duō yán (more salt)/ shǎo yán ( less salt)
duō yóu (more oil)/ shǎo yóu(less oil)
Finished the ordering, maybe the waiter will ask dǎ bāo hái shì zài zhè ér chī ( To go or for here?) At that case, you just need to choose that you would like.
So that's all for ordering food. Hope it'll help you!
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