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Sir,may I take your order?|那些让歪果仁一脸问号的中国菜名

Foreigners in China don’t like to order in Chinese restaurant, they would like to let their Chinese friends order for them or just order something they have heard of, like……Kung Pao Chicken. 

Well, there is a reason, names of Chinese food are so hard to understand.

I have prepared five Chinese food for you, I bet you will have some questions for me. Here we go!



蚂蚁上树 mǎ yǐ shàng shù

(Ants on trees)

Are you thinking about this?

Actually its official name is 肉末粉丝 ròu mò fěn sī (Sauteed Vermicelli with Spicy Minced Pork), the minced pork on Vermicelli just like ants on trees.



中式沙拉 zhōng shì shā lā

(Chinese salad)

I have heard of Chicken salad, what’s Chinese salad?

Its Chinese name is ……凉拌菜(liáng bàn cài ), it looks like this,

and there is no mayonnaise in it.



夫妻肺片 fū qī fèi piàn

(Husband and wife lung slices)

Kind of horrific based on my rusty translation…

Its official name is Sliced Beef and Ox Tongue in Chilli Sauce or Mr and Mrs Smith.

In May 2017, GQ Magazine released the latest “American Restaurant Rankings 2017”, this dish is “Appetizer of the Year”.



红烧狮子头 hóng shāo shī zǐ tóu

(Braised Lion head)

Wait a minute, lions? Think about all the danger and it’s so cruel. I can’t order this!

Relax……it’s pork…..

红烧狮子头(Braised pork ball in brown sauce),  also named “四喜丸子 sì xǐ wán zi ”. 



龙须面 lóng xū miàn

(Dragon beard noodle)

You know, Chinese worship dragon, so we pull their beard down to make noodle, and……..and I don’t know how to continue this nonsense.

LongXuMian, the Pinyin of it is its official name, the name does root in the worship of dragon, the noodles are so slim that we think them as the beard of dragon.

It takes forever to understand all the Chinese food names, so at the end of this article, I will teach you a practical sentence to avoid eating something you may not like:



zhè gè shì ná shén me shí cái zuò de 

(What’s in it?)


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