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How to order dishes in Mandarin?

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Chinese Restaurant are everywhere. They sale cheap and delicious food. In America, you can order food in English or numbers. However, have you ever thought about going to your favorite Chinese restaurant and ordering your favorite dishes in Mandarin.

Today, I am going to share some Mandarin and teach you guys how to order in Mandarin!! Go to your favorite Chinese restaurants and surprise them!

 

First of all

Menu 菜单 cài dān,(tseye-dan), Thank you xiè xie,(syeh-syeh)

When you arrived the restaurant, then you can ask for menu and just say “tseye-dan, syeh-syeh” (Menu, please.)

Second, order your favorite dishes

Rice 米饭 mǐ fàn (mee-fan)
Egg fried rice—a simple cheap dish that can be found all over China   蛋炒饭 dàn chǎo fàn (dan-chaoww-fan)
Wheat noodles—another Chinese staple, more popular in the north    面条 miàn tiáo (myen-tyaoww)
Sizzling beef—served on a very hot plate with peppers/onions           铁板牛肉 tiě bǎn niú ròu (tyeah-ban nyoh-roh)
Kungpao chicken or diced chicken and cashews    宫保鸡丁/宫爆鸡丁 gōng bǎo jī dīng (gong baoww-jee-ding)
Sweet and Sour Pork Ribs                     酸甜排骨 suān tián pái gǔ (Swann-tyen peye-goo)
Deep-fried pumpkin sticks                   黄沙南瓜条 huáng shā nán guā tiáo (hwung-shah nan-gwaa-tyaoww)
Fried eggplant                                         红烧茄子 hóng shāo qié zi (hong-shaoww chyeah-dzrr)
Fried eggplant, potato and peppers   地三鲜 dìsān xiān (dee-san-sshyen)
Fried shredded potato                           土豆丝 tǔ dòu sī (too-doh-srr)
Fried Chinese cabbage                          炒大白菜 chǎo dà bái cài (chaoww daa-beye-tseye)
Steamed buns with condensed milk dip 炼乳馒头 liàn rǔ mán tou (lyen-roo man-toh)
Caramelized banana/apple                   拔丝香蕉/苹果 bá sī xiāng jiāo/píng guǒ (baa-srr sshyang-jyaoww/ping-gwor)

Third Ordering Verbally

I don’t want chilies. 我不要辣。 Wǒ bú yào là. Wor boo-yaoww laa.
I don’t want MSG. 我不要味精。 Wǒ bú yào wèijìng. Wor boo-yaoww way-jing.
I don’t want it too salty. 我不要太咸。 Wǒ bú yào tài xián. Wor boo-yaoww teye sshyen.

After finished your meal, don’t forget to say thank you to them (Syeh-syeh)!

 

For visit: http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/chinese-food/how-to-order-chinese-food.htm

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Author:

An advertising major student who works in Chinese restaurant for three years.