Chinese Menus

  What’s for Breakfast?
Chinese rarely have bacon and eggs for breakfast. Instead, they have a bowl of hot rice congee with a few pickled vegetables or other side dishes. On the run, instead of a doughnut and coffee, Chinese have you tiao ( fried cruller ) and doujiang ( soybean milk ). If you’d like to try breakfast Chinese-style, ask a local friend where to find these favorite items:

Chinese menu reader

Bao zi - Steamed Dumpling bao zi Steamed dumpling
da mi zhou -rice congee da mi zhou rice congee
dou sha bao - steamed bean-paste dumpling dou sha bao steamed bean-paste dumpling
 pao cai - pickled vegetable pao cai pickled vegetable
rou song - shredded dried meat rou song shredded dried meat

  What’s for Dinner?

You’ve finally found a place to eat. You’re seated at the table, and the waiter has handed you the menu. Now what? If you are puzzled by the menu at hand, try pointing to some of the choices below and asking You mei you zhe ge? ( Do you have this? ) The items here are standard dishes available at most restaurants.

 

xiang su ji - crispy fried chicken xiang su ji crispy fried chicken 24.jpg (3500 bytes)
gong bao ji ding - hot spicy chicken with peanuts gong bao ji ding hot spicy chicken with peanuts
tang cu yu - sweet-and-sour fish tang cu yu sweet-and-sour fish
hong shao yu - braised fish in brown sauce hong shao yu braised fish in brown sauce
mu xu rou - mushu pork mu xu rou mushu pork
yu xiang rou si - pork in hot garlic sauce yu xiang rou si pork in hot garlic sauce
ma po dou fu - hot spicy bean curd ma po dou fu hot spicy bean curd
sha guo dou fu - bean curd casserole sha guo dou fu bean curd casserole
chao dou ya - sauteed bean sprouts chao dou ya sauteed bean sprouts
suan la tang - hot-and-sour soup suan la tang hot-and-sour soup

    Tea

The most popular beverage in China is tea. Tea is said to have many curative effects, from improving eyesight and preventing tooth decay to helping reduce weight. Below are the names of the basic teas in China.

Green tea - Cha l cha

An unfermented tea with a clear taste and dark green color. The most famous green tea is West Lake Dragon Well Tea ( xi hu long jing cha ) produced in Hangzhou. It is known for its delicate taste.

Green Tea:
Hong cha - Black tea hong cha

A fermented tea with a fruit fragrance and mellow taste. A famous black  tea is Keemun Tea ( qi hong ) produced in Qimen, Anhui province. It has a sweet aftertaste.

Black Tea:
wo long cha wu long cha

A semi-fermented tea produced in Fujian and Taiwan. A famous oolong tea is Iron Goddess of Mercy Tea ( tie guan yin cha ) which has a sweet aroma and concentrated taste.

Oolong Tea:
Hua Cha hua cha

A tea produced by smoke-processing tea leaves with flower petals. Jasmine Tea ( mo li hua cha ) is popular for its clear taste and jasmine fragrance.

Scented Tea

    Local Snacks

As you travel throughout China, you will have the chance to sample many local snacks. Below are some of the most popular snacks in four major cities.

Beijing    
bing tang hu lu - candied haws on a stick bing tang hu lu candied haws on a stick

shuan yang rou - Mongolian hot pot shuan yang rou Mongolian hot pot
wan dou huang - pea-flour cake wan dou huang pea-flour cake
xing ren cha - almond-flour tea xing ren cha almond-flour tea
yang rou chuan - mutton shish kebab yang rou chuan mutton shish kebab
Shanghai    
dou sha bao sweet bean-paste dumplings
xiao long bao small steamed dumplings
zhi ma tang yuan sesame sweet-rice dumplings in soup
Xi’an    
shi zi bing fried persimmon cake
yang rou pao mo crumbled unleavened bread soaked in lamb stew
Guangzhou    
chun juan spring roll

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shao mai steamed pork dumpling
xia jiao shrimp dumplings
he ye fan rice wrapped in fresh lotus leaf
zha xia qiu fried shrimp balls

    What You Will Hear

 

Cheers! Bottoms up. Gan bei!
Would you like anything else? Hai yao shen me?
How many people? Ji wei?
What would you like to drink? Ni men xiang he shen me?
Do you have a reservation? Ni men yu ding le ma?
Check please. Qing jie zhang.
Do you want rice? Yao mi fan ma?
To your health! Zhu ni jian kang!