Want to order from the Chinese menu and not the watered down English version they present to non-Chinese speakers? Perhaps some readers know how to ask for what they want in Mandarin but what if you are hankering for a new sensory experience and would like to try the specials or dish of the day? Reading the culinary characters on a Chinese menu is not so cut and dry. Learn 6 simple tricks for deciphering the Chinese menu in our Blog post today.
吃饭了吗? – Chīfàn le ma? – Have you eaten yet?
This standard Mandarin greeting illustrates the importance of food in Chinese culture at the extent to which food and the language are intertwined.
Fittingly, it is not surprising that often the first real-life test of a Mandarin learner’s language ability takes place in the Chinese restaurant. However, one quickly realizes that a single Chinese menu simply does not exist.