Food and Drink Vocabulary in Chinese
Posted by Julia Song on 2016-02-24 16:02:24 16749

Chinese people so love to eat that there’s a funny saying: all animals fly in the sky, run on the land and even swim in the water can be the delicacies on Chinese table. You must want to have a taste of the Chinese food when hear it, but how can you tell the restaurant waiter or your Chinese friend the food you want to eat? Or how to buy food from market when you want to cook Chinese food by yourself?

Take a close look at the Chinese vocabulary list for different types of food below.

蔬菜(shū cài)
Vegetables in Chinese

Chinese    Pinyin    English
玉米yù mǐCorn
土豆       tǔ dòuPotato
生姜       shēng jiāngGinger
大蒜     dà suànGarlic
豆      dòuBean
西兰花           xī lán huāBroccoli
黄瓜  huáng guāCucumber
韭菜 jiǔ càiLeek
蘑菇     mó gūMushroom
木耳mù ěrAgarics
青椒       qīng jiāoGreen pepper
辣椒        là jiāoPepper
西红柿        xī hóng shìTomato
茄子        qié zǐAborigine
萝卜        luó boRadish
芋头        yù tóuTaro
白菜        bái càiCabbage
菠菜      bō cài Spinach
南瓜        nán guāPumpkin
苦瓜        kǔ guāBitter gourd

肉(ròu)
Meat in Chinese

Chinese    Pinyin    English
猪肉        zhū ròuPork
鸡肉        jī ròuChicken
火鸡        huǒ jīTurkey
鸡翅膀        jī chì bǎngChicken wing
鸭肉      yā ròuDuck
鹅肉        é ròuGoose
狗肉        gǒu ròuDog meat
牛肉        niú ròuBeef
鱼       Fish
虾        xiāShrimp
火腿        huǒ tuǐHam
热狗        rè gǒuHot dog
羊肉        yáng ròuMutton
兔子肉       tù zǐ ròuRabbit meat

水果(shuǐ guǒ)
Fruit in Chinese

Chinese    Pinyin    English
苹果  píng guǒApple
香蕉     xiāng jiāoBanana
芒果  máng guǒMango
葡萄      pú táoGrape
橙子chéng zǐOrange
草莓        cǎo méi Strawberry
西瓜        xī guāMelon
樱桃  yīng táoCherry
柑橘  gān júMandarin
桃子táo zǐPeach
梨        Pear
蓝莓      lán méi   Blueberry
椰子      yē zǐCoconut
奇异果 qí yì guǒKiwi
柠檬  níng méngLemon
牛油果        niú yóu guǒAvocado
菠萝        bō luóPineapple
石榴      shí liúPomegranate

饮料(yǐn liào)
Drink

Chinese    Pinyin    English
茶      cháTea
牛奶 niú nǎiMilk
奶茶nǎi cháMilky tea
咖啡kā fēiCoffee
汽水qì shuǐPop
可口可乐kě kǒu kě lèCocoa
雪碧      xuě bìSprite
果汁     guǒ zhīFruit juice
柠檬水      níng méng shuǐLemonade
啤酒        pí jiǔBeer
白酒      bái jiǔWhite spirits
红酒       hóng jiǔRed wine

面食(miàn shi)
Flour Food in Chinese

In northern China, people are adept at making flour food. Flour food are always served as breakfast, but sometimes it could be the festival food, here’s an example, Chinese like to eat dumplings on midwinter and the Spring Festival. Now, let’s see what delicious Chinese flour foods you should taste.
  flour food in chinese

Now, you have mastered almost all the basic Chinese food vocabulary, the next thing you should do is to eat, eat, eat! !
 
In the video below, Clarice Zhao, one of the most excellent teachers of Hanbridge Mandarin, will teach you how to order food in Chinese.

Hope you enjoy Chinese food and enjoy your life in China! :D

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