How to Order Food in Chinese
Posted by Lilian Li on 2015-12-21 15:08:34 2649

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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.

Ricemǐ fàn
Egg fried ricedàn chǎo fàn
Noodlesmiàn tiáo
Fried noodleschǎo miàn
Kungpao chicken or diced chicken and cashewsɡōnɡ bǎo jī dīnɡ
Fried eggs with tomatoesxī hónɡ shì chǎo dàn
Stir-Fried Tofu in Hot Saucemá pó dòu fu
dumplingjiǎo zi
chickenjī ròu
beefniú ròu
porkzhū ròu
fish
shrimpxiā
vegetableshū cài

To order these foods, you can use the structure:

wǒ yào yí fèn +sth.(I want sth)

For example:

  • 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:

Chillilà jiāo
Garlicdà suàn
Shallotcōnɡ
Gingerjiānɡ
Vinegar
monosodium glutamatewèi 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)

To eat

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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