Food & Drinks in Chinese

Food & Drinks in Chinese 2017-07-03T14:26:50+00:00

Food and drinks are a recurring talking point, not only while eating out on vacation. So let’s learn the most common words and phrases related to this topic.

This lesson is part of the chapter “Learning Chinese (Mandarin)“.

Food & Drinks in Chinese

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EnglishChineseChinese
(Romanization)
Pronunciation
(Audio)
bread [Sg]
面包
miàn bāo
breads [Pl]
面包
miàn bāo
roll [Sg]
面包卷
miàn bāo juǎn
rolls [Pl]
面包卷
miàn bāo juǎn
butter
黄油
huáng yóu
cheese
芝士
zhī shì
honey
蜂蜜
fēng mì
jam [Sg]
果酱
guǒ jiàng
jams [Pl]
果酱
guǒ jiàng
egg [Sg]
dàn
eggs [Pl]
dàn
noodles
面条
miàn tiáo
rice
yoghurt [Sg]
酸奶
suān nǎi
yoghurts [Pl]
酸奶
suān nǎi
sugar
táng
salt
yán
pepper
胡椒
hú jiāo
spice [Sg]
香料
xiāng liào
spices [Pl]
香料
xiāng liào
oil
yóu

Basic Words & Phrases

EnglishChineseChinese
(Romanization)
Pronunciation
(Audio)
(to) eat
chī
food
食物
shí wù
(to) drink
drink [Sg]
饮料
yǐn liào
drinks [Pl]
饮料
yǐn liào
hungry
饥饿的
jī è de
hunger
饥饿的
jī è
thirsty
口渴的
kǒu kě de
thirst
口渴
kǒu kě
(to) cook
烹煮
pēng zhǔ
(to) taste
品尝
pǐn cháng
tasty
好吃的
hǎo chī de
delicious
美味的
měi wèi de
Bon appetit! / Enjoy your meal!
祝你胃口好!
祝您用餐愉快!
zhù nǐ wèi kǒu hǎo!
zhù nín yòng cān yú kuài!

Cheers! / To your health!
干杯!
祝你健康!
gān bēi!
zhù nǐ jiàn kāng!

breakfast
早餐
zǎo cān
lunch
午餐
wǔ cān
dinner
晚餐
wǎn cān
restaurant [Sg]
餐厅
cān tīng
restaurants [Pl]
餐厅
cān tīng
bar [Sg]
酒吧
jiǔ bā
bars [Pl]
酒吧
jiǔ bā
café
咖啡厅
kā fēi tīng

Dishes

EnglishChineseChinese
(Romanization)
Pronunciation
(Audio)
soup [Sg]
tāng
soups [Pl]
tāng
salad [Sg]
沙拉
shā lā
salads [Pl]
沙拉
shā lā
french fries / chips
炸薯条
zhà shǔ tiáo

Dishes & Cutlery

EnglishChineseChinese
(Romanization)
Pronunciation
(Audio)
cutlery
餐具
cān jù
fork
餐叉
cān chā
spoon
汤勺
tāng sháo
knife
餐刀
cān dāo
plate
盘子
pán zi
glass
玻璃杯
bō li bēi
cup
杯子
bēi zi
mug
马克杯
mǎ kè bēi

Drinks

EnglishChineseChinese
(Romanization)
Pronunciation
(Audio)
water
shuǐ
mineral water
矿泉水
kuàng quán shuǐ
soda water / sparkling water
苏打水
汽水
sū dá shuǐ
qì shuǐ

still water
纯净水
chún jìng shuǐ
juice [Sg]
果汁
guǒ zhī
juices [Pl]
果汁
guǒ zhī
beer
啤酒
pí jiǔ
wine
葡萄酒
pú táo jiǔ
champagne
香槟
xiāng bīn
cocktail
鸡尾酒
jī wěi jiǔ
milk
牛奶
niú nǎi
cocoa
热可可
rè kě kě
coffee
咖啡厅
kā fēi tīng
tea
chá

Flavors

EnglishChineseChinese
(Romanization)
Pronunciation
(Audio)
sweet
甜的
tián de
sour
酸的
suān de
spicy
辣的
là de
salty
咸的
xián de
bitter
苦的
kǔ de

Fruit & Vegetables

EnglishChineseChinese
(Romanization)
Pronunciation
(Audio)
fruit
水果
shuǐ guǒ
vegetables
蔬菜
shū cài
apple [Sg]
苹果
píng guǒ
apples [Pl]
苹果
píng guǒ
orange [Sg]
橙子
chéng zi
oranges [Pl]
橙子
chéng zi
strawberry [Sg]
草莓
cǎo méi
strawberries [Pl]
草莓
cǎo méi
banana [Sg]
香蕉
xiāng jiāo
bananas [Pl]
香蕉
xiāng jiāo
potato [Sg]
土豆
tǔ dòu
potatoes [Pl]
土豆
tǔ dòu
cucumber [Sg]
黄瓜
huáng guā
cucumbers [Pl]
黄瓜
huáng guā

Meat & Sausages

EnglishChineseChinese
(Romanization)
Pronunciation
(Audio)
meat
ròu
sausage [Sg]
香肠
xiāng cháng
sausages [Pl]
香肠
xiāng cháng
small sausage [Sg]
小香肠
xiǎo xiāng cháng
small sausages [Pl]
小香肠
xiǎo xiāng cháng
ham
火腿
huǒ tuǐ
chicken
鸡肉
jī ròu
fish
鱼肉
yú ròu
beef
牛肉
niú ròu
lamb
羊肉
yáng ròu

Sweets

EnglishChineseChinese
(Romanization)
Pronunciation
(Audio)
chocolate
巧克力
qiǎo kè lì
pie [Sg]
pài
pies [Pl]
pài
cake [Sg]
蛋糕
dàn gāo
cakes [Pl]
蛋糕
dàn gāo
biscuit [Sg]
饼干
bǐng gān
biscuits [Pl]
饼干
bǐng gān
icecream
冰激凌
bīng jī líng

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