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Chinese menu cheat sheet


As I already wrote before, ordering stuff in restaurant can be quite tricky. They have neat system of paper lists where you can check food you want. The upside of the lists is that you actually don’t have to speak Chinese. The downside of this is you have to know how to read Chinese.

They are some translation apps that can actually read the letters (like Waygo ) but are a bit expensive. And you don’t wanna OCR the menu everytime you go to the restaurant.

So I made a little cheat sheet with translations of some common ingredients. The point is to know roughly what will land on your plate, but still leave a room for a little surprise. So for example – you know you order chicken with rice, but the surprise is that you have to kill it yourself.


Here is the list, you don’t have to thank me. I also added sign descriptions so you can memorize them better.


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1 Comment

  1. Hahahahahhaha Thank you for this awesome way to read chinese symbols.

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