Knowing what you are going to swallow is one of the most important things when visiting a foreign country. Let’s see how to read Chinese menu as a beginner.
First, if the food you choose is a “western style” food, the food name probably be a translated name. Herewith provide you certain popular dishes name.
Second, if the food you choose is more like “Chinese style” or “Asian style”, there is a common order when we write the dish’s name. Here is the rule:
Below is some popular cooking methods and main ingredients:
Main ingredients (meat):
For example：紅燒牛肉飯 hóngshāo niúròu fàn / Braised Beef with Rice
In this case, “紅燒hóngshāo” is the cooking method
“牛肉niúròu” is the main ingredient
“飯fàn” is rice, if what you choose is a combo meal
However, if what you order is based on “rice” or “noodle”, I mean, a plate of stir fry rice or noodle, the order will be like below:
蝦仁蛋炒飯 xiārén dàn chǎofàn/ Fried Rice with Shrimp and Egg
排骨湯麵 páigǔ tāngmiàn/ pork ribs soup with noodle
According to this basic information, you can have a roughly idea about what you order and eat.
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