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Chinese Restaurant Guide

If you always order the same thing in a Chinese Restaurant because you don't understand the menu - this guide is for you.

Certainly not all inclusive, it lists many of the common words and descriptions you will find on a Chinese Restaurant Menu to help you make your selection.

For example - if you order Moo Goo Gai Pan you can expect white mushrooms and sliced chicken.

Bon Appetit!



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Bird's Nest Soup(Authentic)
Made using the nests of the swiftlet, a tiny bird found throughout southeast Asia. Instead of twigs and straw, the swiftlet makes its nest from strands of gummy saliva, which harden when exposed to air. Once the nests are harvested, they are cleaned and sold to restaurants, where they are served simmered in chicken broth.

Bok Choy
Chinese Cabbage. Sometimes known as Nappa Cabbage.

Cellophane Noodles
Fine strands made from Mung Beans

Cha
Tea

Char Shew
Roast Pork

Char Su
Roast Pork

Ching
Steamed

Dim Sum
Assorted steamed dumplings and hot snacks

Ding
Diced

Don
Egg

Dou Fu
Bean Curd (Known as Tofu in Japanese)

Dow Food
Soybean Curd

Fan
Rice

Five Spice
Combination of cinnamon, star anise, cloves, fennel and Szechuan pepper

Foo Gwa
Bitter melon

Gai
Chicken

Har
Shrimp

Hoisin Sauce
Sauce with combination of sweet and spicy flavors. Mae from soybean paste and flavored with garlic, sugar, chilies, and other spices and ingredients.

Jah
Fried

Jing Chow
Braised

Kamote
Sweet Potato

Kangkong
Green leafy vegetable also know as water spinach

Kew
Chunks

Kung Pao
Spice hot with peanuts

Lar Choy
Bean sprouts

Lo Bak
White radish

Lo Mein
Soft Noodles

Loong Har
Lobster

Lop Cheong
Sausage (usually pork or liver)

Mangetout
Snow Peas

Mein
Noodle

Mo Gwa
Also known as Fuzzy Melon. Similar to winter melon

Moo Goo
White Mushrooms

Ngow Yuk
Beef

Opp
Duck

Oyster Sauce
Sauce made from boiled oysters and seasonings

Pan
Sliced

Plum Sauce
Made from Chinese plums, chili peppers, ginger, vinegar and sugar

Sambal Oelek
Hot pepper sauce

See
Shred

Soong
Mince

Sub Gum
Mixture

Tong
Soup

Won-ton
Dumplings

Wor
Boneless

Ying
Wet Steam

Yu
Fish







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