How to order food in Chinese
Mar 27, 2017 21:14

Food is deeply rooted in Chinese culture. For most Chinese people, socializing around food and mealtimes is very important, because their family life revolves around the dinner table. Besides that, Chinese dishes are famous around the world, which involve a wide range and variety of ingredients, based on the region.

Why not taking eating Chinese food as a opportunity to get to know more about Chinese culture?! Remember, it’s important that not only you should be open-minded to try stuff you’ve never seen before, but also you should know how to communicate with the servers working in the Chinese restaurant, to be able to order dishes of different Chinese cuisines with distinct styles!

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Entering the restaurant
Chinese Pinyin English
欢迎光临,请进 Huān yíng guāng lín ,qǐng jìn Welcome, come in!
请稍等一下! Qǐng shāoděng yíxià! One moment, please!
请问几位? Qǐng wèn jǐ wèi ? How many people?
目前客满了! Mù qián kè mǎn le! The seats are fully booked now. (No vacancies now)
您要等空桌吗 Nín yào děng kōng zhuō ma? Do you want to wait for a free table?
请稍等XX分钟 Qǐng shāo děng XX fèn zhōng Please wait for XX minutes.
请问订位大名? Qǐng wèn dìng wèi dà míng? What’s the name of the person who booked the seats?

Ordering food
Chinese Pinyin English
我们要点菜. Wǒmen yào diǎn cài. We would like to order now.
能介绍一下菜单吗? Néng jiè shào yī xià cài dān ma? Can you introduce the menu?
你有什麽推荐的? Nǐ yǒu shí me tuī jiàn de? What’s your recommendation?
你们有什么特色菜? Nǐmen yǒu shénme tèsècài? What is the daily special?
Some restaurants offer menus with English translation, but most local restaurants only have Chinese menu! However, a lot of restaurants have pictures with their most recommended or famous dishes. Feel free to point out the dishes and indicate your interest in ordering it, or try to find the dish on the menu card, if the pictures include Chinese characters.
Chinese Pinyin English
我要… Wǒ yào… I would love to have…..
和他一样的. Hé tā yī yàng de . Same as what he/she ordered.
这个/那个. Zhè gè /nà gè. This one/ that one.
Sometimes, the servers might send dishes to the wrong table or you might want to order additional food. In this case you might need the following sentences.
Chinese Pinyin English
这不是我所点的. Zhè bù shì wǒ suǒ diǎn de. This is not what I ordered.
是我的. Shì wǒde. That is for me.
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